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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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Ron Kearns

Ron Kearns

Ron Kearns is a performer, conductor, composer/arranger, record producer and educator. He is currently the director of instrumental music at Walter...

The new CD by bassist/composer/band leader James King, Allen’s Odyssey, defies the normal assumptions made about CDs of this type being released. Sometimes CDs by bass play…
Looking Back, Stepping Forward, is the new CD release by The Ron Kearns Quintet. The CD celebrates five years of the group's existence with Ron Kearns, saxes, Ken Reed, Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Eric Byrd, Piano, Bhagwan Khalsa, Bass and Mike Smith, Drums. On the disc, Ron describes how the history of the DC Jazz scene affected his development and he has one of his inspirations and mentors, Buck Hill, as a guest artist. Buck Hill is a major part of the DC Jazz scene and has influenced many of the jazz …

DC Jazz Legend Ronnie Wells passed on March 7, 2007, in Silver Spring, MD. For over 30 years Ronnie Wells was known as one of the top jazz vocalist on the East Coast but that description is limiting and incomplete. She was also an educator and mentor to many emerging jazz artists in the Washington, DC area and since the founding of the Fish Middleton Jazz Scholarship Fund, internationally.

Getting her start as a "house vocalist" at the Top O'Foolery in DC, Ronnie developed her unique s …

Jazz comes to Wheaton, MD. Since May 6, 2006, many of the top jazz performers from the Washington, DC area have been performing in an intimate new setting--Sabang Indonesian Restaurant. Sabang has quietly celebrated a "birth of jazz in the burbs" with jazz artists ranging from jazz legend Buck Hill to new jazz sensations Jason Marshall and Alex Brown.

On Sunday, February 11, 2007, Sabang will celebrate Valentine's Day early with a JAZZ FOR LOVERS brunch buffet featuri