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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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  • 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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  • 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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Sheldon T. Nunn

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KHJZ 95.7 The Wave, the city's only commercial smooth jazz radio station sponsored "A Peter White Christmas" Friday night. As one of their major concert events of the year, KHJZ has continually brought quality shows to Houston's Verizon Wireless Theater. In bringing guitarist Peter White and Mindi Abair to the city, a merry night of Christmas cheer and jazz became the hightlight of the evening. Anytime Peter makes a visit to Houston, he is always a welcome delight. In
Jazz in all of its flavors was alive and well at Jones Hall on the night of October 2nd in Houston. Presented by the Society for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis played to a near capacity crowd that night. As one of the finest organizations in the United States, the LCJO is comprised of 15 of the best musicians in jazz today. In coming to Houston, Wynton Marsalis and company offered a multitude of commissioned originals and c
Jazz concerts in the City of Houston are rarely if ever have a predictable measure of success. In many ways, they can best be compared to the flip of a coin, heads I win, tells you lose. Sometimes shows are successful, and to a large degree there are those instances when they are not. The reason being, Houston is an extremely difficult town for jazz, especially live performances. Factors determining the success or failure of a concert in the city are not clear cut. Shows that are expected to be
Houston, Texas has a unique position in jazz history, mainly because numerous musicians have called the city home over the years. They have included Arnett Cobb, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Illinois Jacquet, Milt Larkin, Calvin Owens, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, Don Wilkerson, Billy Harper, Wilton Felder, Bubbha Thomas, Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws and a host of others. Collectively and individually, these artists have had a tremendous impact on jazz in one way or the other. As trailblazers, this inc
Paul Taylor is one of jazz's finest saxophonists, yet in cities such as Houston, Texas, he may be one of the genre's best kept secrets. In fact, Paul could be considered as an undercover jazz artist on a secret mission. On August 24th, Paul appeared in concert at Houston's IRIS Jazz Resort, the city's premier jazz venue. For those attending the show, the concert was a mesmerizing experience. His appearance also served to elevate the consciousness of many jazz starved connoisseurs who were unawar
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