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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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  • 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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  • 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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The retro-big band sound on this release gleams bright like the bumper on a '57 Chevy. So bright, in fact, that a reasonably astute listener couldn't be blamed for wonderin…
Legendary, indeed. Renowned pianist, composer, arranger and musical director (Vikki Carr, Julie Andrews), all prior to his founding of this talented big band over three dec…
On January 13th, 2007, the music world lost a genius, Michael Brecker. While with us on this planet, Mr. Brecker established the standard by which modern saxophone playi…
Restless Spirits may be considered a showcase for European jazz pianist and composer Roberto Magris. The maestro brings his compositions and his considerable piano t…
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. That's where the 2…
One can debate whether the big bands are "dead"--and a good chunk of this CD's liner notes are devoted to that debate--but one must acknowledge that large ensembles still c…
Composer-saxophonist-educator and Oregon born Tim O’Dell earned Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees in music from the University of Iowa, as well as a Master’s in Music degr…
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. …
Omaha Nebraska resident and saxophonist Bill Wimmer has collaborated with Vail, CO., keyboardist/vocalist Tony Gulizia for years. And with prominent New York jazz stars, gu…
Recorded live in Vail, Colorado on May 13 and 14, 2008 at Kelly Liken, Project Omaha purrs with a swing-jazz versing and hip shaking samba tassels pinwheeling the…