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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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  •  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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  • 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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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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Ronald Jackson

Ronald Jackson

Critics often talk about "interesting" projects, and I certainly have heard my share. The term is sometimes loosely tossed around. However, here with this latest release…
It just doesn’t get any better than this. It just doesn’t. No meteorologist could have predicted this phenomenon. There has been "rainmaker" folklore, and whether you be…
A radio DJ for 18 years who finally succumbed to the beckoning of his own heart and soul to jump into the "mix" with the other smooth jazz artists who are prospering (es…
While e.s.t. has been on the music scene for about 10 years, this was my first exposure to the trio, which recently lost a key third of its essence when Swedish pianist/…
Jason Miles is the perfect example of consistency in quality. His latest tribute to the late great Grover Washington, Jr., 2 Grover With Love, is delivered with…
Symbiosis. Now, here’s some jazz and classical fusion with flair that’s sure to appeal to jazz experimentalists everywhere. Expressive, harmonious horns, lively…
As can always be expected from the illustrious saxman from Memphis, Kirk Whalum, along with other artists performing under the pseudonym, The Millennium Promise Jazz Pro…
Uri Caine’s The Othello Syndrome. What an interesting and definitely unique potpourri of music focused on Shakespeare’s Othello. Certainly being no Shake…
Paul Motian has enjoyed one of the most fulfilling careers in jazz today. Having rich experiences ranging from performing with Thelonius Monk to appearing with Arlo Guth…
Drummer Peter Buck presents his debut straight-ahead album, Buck’s Vibe, with a quiet confidence. There is nothing ostentatious or too heady here, just g…
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