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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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  • Kem Owens
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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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  •  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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Richard C. Anderson

Richard C. Anderson

Wow! What a woman! Internationally touring jazz pianist. Subversive alto whose singing soothes and disturbs at the same time. 2003 Guggenheim fellowship winner. Patricia Ba…
I tend to greet "Best of" albums with skepticism. So many are cheap attempts to resell the same old tracks in a different package. And it’s such a subjective undertaking an…
More and more often in this post-post-modern world of sampling, remixes and reconcievings, you come across artistic endeavors about which you can only ask, "Why?" A new rem…
Joe Zawinul is probably best known as the versatile keyboardist for fusion pioneers Weather Report. But his part in the story of American jazz goes back over a decade earli…
Maryland guitarist Rob Levit knows his way around his instrument, that’s for sure. He’s a consummate musician and a dedicated artist, and he has a deep, passionate creative…
Throughout the 1930s and ’40s, there was no greater saxophonist than Lester Young. Suave, sophisticated, cool, even in the face of overt bigotry, Young expanded the vocabul…
Back in 2001 (has it really been that long already?), bassist Charlie Haden released Nocturne, his finest album since 1992’s Haunted Heart. With a mostly Cuba…
Back in the 1970s, a mix of electric and acoustic instruments playing twisty heads and highly evolved improvised jams to hard-driving beats was called "jazz," or, more prec…
It’s funny how you can often tell a foreign musician from an American, even when they don’t sing with an accent. Astrud Gilberto, Stina, Bjork - they all sing with in a hyp…
Freedom demands control. The greater the freedom you seek, the greater the need for control.At least in music. The term "free jazz" may bring to mind a free-for-all - ho…
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