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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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  • 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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  •  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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Tom Chandler

Tom Chandler

After three fantastic band recordings, the young bari player has decided to make a disc entirely made up of overdubbed baritone sax ensemble. And frankly, when I hear the i…
This piano-less trio is subtly misleading, because you can listen to it and groove to Carr’s sinuous tenor sax phrasing accompanied by the nuanced, modern rhythm unit of Le…
Mellow, swinging, and thoroughly in the pocket, the Barron/Prouty duo makes some relaxed listening. I’m on the stool at the bar with the red velvet curtains, sipping a n…
Following in the footsteps of Jacques Loussier, Knudsen and his mates Daniel Olsson and Fredrik Nilsson take selected pieces from the French impressionists and use them as …
The first thing you need to know about Steve Haines is that the man knows how to swing. Both in his writing and his playing, the bassist and bandleader is a hurricane of forward motion, pushing his band into upper atmosphere, and lucky for us all, they deliver. On his new disc Stickadiboom, Haines’ working combo is joined by living legend Jimmy Cobb on drums, he of the long tenure with Miles Davis, and the sole surviving musician who played on Kind of Blue. Rob Smith plays trumpet …
New York-based, St. Louis-bred pianist and composer has epiphany. That’s the short version of this story. Maybe it wasn’t truly an "aha" moment, but Linda Presgrave certainly woke up to her calling after a trip to Italy in 2003. She’d been steadily progressing as a pianist, gigging in St. Louis on piano and French horn, and then moving to NYC and focusing exclusively on piano. She spent some time studying with Joanne Brackeen, who pushed her to compose more, and then got the call to participate …
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