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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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It is always great news when a significant recording from the past is discovered and released. Such is the case with Horace Silver Live at Newport ‘58. Michael Cu…
St. Louis born and St. Louis Conservatory of Music trained saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger Eric Person has built a solid reputation within jazz circles. His …
Kim Richmond is known both as an educator and a composer/arranger/saxophonist with many of those great West Coast jazz orchestras. In Live at Café Metropol, his hand…

What a wonderful surprise this CD is! Bassist Gregg August is a new name to me, and "One Peace" is his second recording as a leader. Here, August leads a formidable cast…

It seems like there are jazz groups worth listening to in every corner of the country. That is the case with Evidence Jazz Group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Its leader…
Clichés are the worst and I try to avoid them at all costs. I must admit, however, that the title for this CD is most apt. Pianist, Gil Coggins’ near debut recording, Be…
One of the non-musical challenges every recording artist faces is what to title their records. There are doubtless many approaches to this task, from seeking serious ins…
This new and exciting endeavor for Nathan Eklund and his group of established musicians, which is an adventure in the classic sound of jazz for the aficionado listener. …