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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Palmetto Records has released Una Noche Inolvidable (An Unforgettable Night), a live recording of Jazz at Lincoln Center 's (JALC)…
Latin Jazz, what can I say - I love the excitement of the percussion and vibrancy of the horns. I typically enjoy good Latin music with very little exception. So, when I…
Wayne Shorter, a legend, an icon, a teacher, philosopher, artist - all of the above. At 72, Shorter has been part of such bands as Art Blakey and the …
Another Ray Charles tribute. That's what I first thought, but after a listen - I had quickly come to realize that Sco had once again put his magic to the test.
If something inside of you is touched by the sounds of gypsy jazz, then you must listen to this release. Austrian born, Harri Stojka is as authentic as it gets. S…
Hard-Bop is alive and well, and the Ron Pirtle Quintet is living proof. Gettin' in the Groove is the real deal. Ron and the band have certainly…

It was Monday night, and I was looking foward to the "Jazz Jam" at our local coffee house. I decided to see if any of the guys from my favorite music store, Guitar Haven, felt like having dinner. Co-Owner, Ted Katz, agreed that some ribs at Meg O'Malleys sounded too good to pass up, and off we went.

Our conversation (over an ale) was surprisingly elevated as Larry Coryell came our way. Escorted by singer/songwriter Tracy Piergross and Paul Santa Maria, …

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