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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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  • 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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When ABC-TV’s former Primetime Live anchorwoman Diane Sawyer went to see her colleague Rondi Charleston perform at a nightclub in New York City a few years back, …
Revered saxophonist, flutist and composer Frank Wess is a longtime member of the Count Basie Orchestra, yet leads a nonet for the first time in his storied jazz career. …
You can hear it in Irene Atman’s voice, she was tutored by Petula Clark, Judy Garland and Peggy Lee. Well, maybe not literally because Atman is too young to have been tr…
Purple Butterfly, the third CD from singer-songwriter Daniela Schächter is like manna to jazz fans ears. Her vocal palate satisfies the listeners craving for emotive-ins…
Eliane Elias has a silky resonance in her vocals that is reminiscent of American pop singer, Carly Simon as Elias cuddles the lyrics with all the feminine lure of a sea …
Hailing from Cuba, and touted as the "first authentic all-Cuban timba band in the United States," the players have since relocated to Miami, Fla. Recently signing with S…
The jazz sax/bass/drums format yields bountiful residuals with this prismatic 2009 release. Featuring musicians that reside among the crème de la crème of progressive ja…
Guitarist Michel Sajrawy launches the set with an Arabic-jazz piece "Bride Of The Galilee," which to me, sounds like a variant on Paul Desmond’s classic composition, "Ta…
The 6-piece ensemble who go by the moniker, Bipolar, take classical music to new heights and traditional jazz idioms into lively interpretations. The group’s latest rele…
The Beaty Brothers Band are more than a band, they seem connected through a much more adhesive bonding. In the core of this unit are twin brothers, saxophonist John Beat…