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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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Richard Bourcier

Richard Bourcier

It seems like yesterday when this writer placed Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett’s Home on the turntable, but reality tells me it was at least 35 years ago. Bonnie Bramle…
California-based blues heavyweight Janiva Magness follows up her successful Bury Him At The Crossroads with Do I Move You? and it’s certainly going to move yo…
San Francisco born Sugar Pie DeSanto launches her fourth CD for Jasman Records on March 21st this year. That’s the first day of spring and, for Miss De Santo, it will be…
One of America’s finest blues guitarists, Duke Robillard returns with another new release, the 12th for Stony Plain. As with all Robillard CDs, this has a definite t…
Here’s a nice presentation by Art Lillard’s big band from New York City. Lillard’s classy congregation retains the spirit of the swing era but avoids repeating all the time…
Tom Hunter is a singer/pianist from Minneapolis. While this is Hunter’s third album, it’s been our first chance to hear him. Here I Go Again will see much wider dist…
Every once in a while, a CD arrives and from the first note, you know it’s special and will sit on that shelf of "play me often" discs. Carol Robbins’ Jazz Play is o…
After Beat Records, like its sister label, Little Beat Records, is dedicated to preserving highlights in the history of jazz in Denmark. Both ventures are the work of a con…
Sixty-one years ago, the great Mary Lou Williams emerged from the Asch recording studios in New York City. She had recorded her Zodiac Suite in a single day, June 29, 1945.…
There are some fine new recordings emerging from the San Francisco area recently. Sherri Roberts’ The Sky Could Send You is among them and, I dare say, very near the…