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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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  • 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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In the nineteenth installment of their Swiss Radio Days series, TCB Music showcases the Count Basie Orchestra in their 1956 live recording from a concert in Basel, Switz…
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Make no mistake about it, Al Hood is a great trumpeter. Able to play the most demanding conceptualizations his improvisational jazz oriented mind can think up with the u…
Why cover some of the best singers ever with relaxed arrangements that don't even try to outshine the originals? "Fly Me to the Moon" without Sinatra, Basie or the Quinc…
Saxophonist/composer/arranger Bob Mintzer has enjoyed a prolific career as a sideman to the likes of Jaco Pastorius, and longtime member of the contemporary jazz group The …
Saxophonist/composer/arranger Bob Mintzer has enjoyed a prolific career as a sideman to the likes of Jaco Pastorius, and longtime member of the contemporary jazz group The …
With his fourth release as a leader, composer/pianist Mike Holober reaffirms his spiraling presence within modern jazz circles, to augment his role as a first-call sessi…
Step into the Wayback Machine for a history lesson: Once upon a time there was a genre known as Western Swing it was an all-American mutant music, an amalgam of the "Wes…
The inclusion of poetry in the middle of a mariachi-themed jazz CD is quite unusual. Multi- instrumentalist George McClure releases Playboy Swing 2 with a host …
There will, most likely, never be another vibraphonist with the musicality and historical significance of Lionel Hampton. A consummate performer, artist, entertainer and…