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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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    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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Sometimes it’s just nice to sit down and listen to some hot hard-bop played by musicians who don’t normally get the opportunity to play the music they love. It’s not tha…
Drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, who spark-plugged bands of both Marsalis brothers, Harry Connick Jr., and the late Michael Brecker, is back with his sixth disc as leader. Watts …
Blue Note Records is commemorating the label’s 70th Anniversary in 2009 with the release of Mosaic: A Celebration Of Blue Note Records, an eight-song collection of c…
Stickadiboom is the second CD and Zoho debut from jazz bassist/composer Steve Haines and his quintet, who are best known for their classic New York-style hard-bop…
Benn Clatworthy is a British tenor saxophonist presently based in L.A. He has a grand tone, deep and luxurious - full and resonating. His recording as a leader on this trio…
If ever there was a contest to choose a poster boy for "it's not over 'till it's over," Mort Weiss would be a strong contender. At 66 years of age, he picked up his clar…
Roberto Magris an Italian pianist of considerable talent has released a special album, Kansas City Outbound. On this recording he has captured the beautiful spirit o…
Bebop is alive and well in the hands of trombonist Jonathan Voltzok. Not only does he play, he commands the trombone through blistering tunes like Shawnuff. He th…