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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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  • 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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  • 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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Manhattan Autumn is pianist David Hazeltine's fourteenth album as a leader in just seven years, but there's no evidence that his creativity is anywhere near exhauste…
It's been a number of years since "He played with Miles." was saxophonist Kenny Garrett's most significant credit. Although he was one of the brighter talents to emerge fro…
Bassist Joshua Bayer leads an excellent quartet through nine tracks on Lines And Grooves, eight of them his original compostions. It's a straight-ahead affair, with …
Saxophonist Christian Winther, a graduate of the University of New Orleans Jazz Studies Program can be counted as yet another success story for the Program's Director Emeri…
Tangled Roots is a song cycle about a friendship, one that starts in childhood, is interrupted for twenty years, and is renewed and enhanced by the passage of time. …
Another in the outstanding series of samplers representing the many jazz labels that operate under the Fantasy Records umbrella, this one is split between Milestone, founde…
Swingville Records was launched by Bob Weinstock, the founder of the Prestige label, in 1959 in order to document the music of the original generation of swing musicians, w…
Copenhagen's Cafe Montmarte provided the setting for several memorable live recordings by Stan Getz, including his 50th birthday celebration in 1977 and the three albums th…
Even if his name isn't instantly recognizable, saxophonist/composer David Brandom is likely more familiar to you than you think. His resume includes four years touring and …
Trombonist Sarah Morrow holds the distinction of having been the first female instrumentalist to tour with Ray Charles, but the emphasis there should really be placed on in…