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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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  • 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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Shawn Salmon

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With so many big time record labels putting together super groups for a record, the end result is not exactly all that super. The playing from the individuals is outstandin…
Guitarist Peter Sprague’s newest CD Taking It All In is fantastic. This is one guitarist who is stretching himself musically and artistically. The album was recorded…
The organ in jazz is now a standard instrument. The organ trio is one to today’s hippest instrumentations. Groups like Soul Live and MMW can play in the jazz and jam-ban…
The latest release Soul Circus from bassist Victor Wooten is exactly what it says it is a circus. Let me first say don’t expect a jazz album from this one. Victor is…
Concord Jazz’s latest compilation Sounds of Spring is truly the jazz sound track to spring. The CD’s twelve tracks from the greatest jazz artists of past and present…
Live! (Tone Center) is guitarist Scott Henderson’s newest album with his newly formed blues band. The blues/fusion guitarist whose work with Tribal Tech and collabor…
Now at age of 18 Eldar has been turning heads in the world of jazz for some time now. He has impressed jazz greats such as Benny Carter and Dr. Billy Taylor and was asked b…
Grand Pianoramax is the self-titled debut "Nu-Jazz" album from keyboardist Leo Tardin. As a huge fan of the New York inspired techno-jazz-funk-fusion blend, I am ver…
Los Angeles based trumpeter Jeff Kaye's debut CD Just Like Me will take jazz fans back to the days of classic 1960’s Blue Note. Recorded in 2004, Just Like …
To coincide with the release of the Kevin Spacey movie Beyond the Sea, IPO released pianist Roger Kellaway’s 2005 solo piano recording I Was There- Roger Kella…
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