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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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  •  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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Shaun Dale

Shaun Dale

When he set out to pay tribute to pay tribute to some of the great musicians that inspired his own affection for through the vehicle of the classic organ trio, saxophonist …
The music on Geoffrey Keezer's MaxJazz grew from collaborations with Hawaiian slack key guitar specialist Keola Beamer, a featured player on the album, and expanded to enco…
For this release, guitarist Chris Cortez turns from the smooth jazz style of his last outing, Groovopolis, for a set of standards, featuring his working band. It als…
Guitarist Joe Finn has reassembled the quartet he led when winning the Best Jazz Instrumental Performance award from BET's Jazz Discovery Showcase in 1998. The quartet runs…
Norwegian bassist/composer Eivind Opsvik moved from Oslo to New York in 1998 to pursue a master's degree in jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. While studying, he forged…
Over the years, I've seen a lot of noteworthy clubs described as the Mecca of jazz. The Blue Note, the Blackhawk, the Vanguard, Jazz Alley, you know the names. One I've nev…
Although saxophonist Michael S. Doyle organized the quintet a decade ago, this is only the second recording from the Grand Rapids, MI, based Evidence. With a sound that ech…
This is the second recorded matchup of Duke Robillard, who has established one of the finest reputations in the blues field since he founded Roomful Of Blues in the late se…
Saxophonist Nathan Childers picked an appropriate name for his debut release. There's a brightness and energy in his thoroughly modern blend of straight-ahead, fusion and w…
This couldn't have been an easy session to lead. Sure, pianist Steve Kuhn can count a lot of experience as a leader, and his resume as a sideman is as impressive as they co…