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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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    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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  •  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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The Beaches International Jazz Fest's 23rd Anniversary began its blockbuster live shows this year, with three stellar days and nights of entertainment outdoors at Toronto's Woodbine Park. This huge, manmade park on the edge of the Beach and Queen St. E. in Toronto, is a musical highlight for all die-hard jazz, blues, soul and R&B fans who converged here for the inaugural concerts that launched the 23rd Annual Beaches Jazz Fest. It was founded by Lido Chilelli, with Artistic Director Bill King, one of Canada’s most respected blues and jazz piano players.

Woodbine Park is also the site for the Waterfront Blues Fest every June, put on by blues promoter extraordinaire Rico Ferrara, with assistance from Beaches Jazz Fest co-founder Chilelli. Ferrara was the charismatic host for all three days and nights of blues, jazz and R&B at the Beaches 23rd Jazz Fest outdoor kickoff at Woodbine Park, Friday July 15th, to Sunday July 17th, 2011.

Chicago guitarist, composer and producer Vince Agwada has worked the Chicago music scene for over 25 years. This heavily blues and rock oriented musician has worked with artists like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Magic Slim, Otis Rush, Syl Johnson and Sammy Lawhorn, to list but a few. Of his many awards the most standout one was when, in 1996, Agwada was listed as one of the top 40 Blues artists under 40 by Living Blues Magazine. Basic Blue is his second release as a leader.

 

 

One of the more delightful bands to come out of Sweden in the most recent past is The Soup. This quartet of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums has a rockabilly type of backbeat that is incredibly infectious. With drummer Tom Steffensen's two-beat dance hall backbeats and Johan Bendrik's B3 organ playing, this quartet gets down to the nit-and gritty from the first notes of the first track to the last beat of the final 11th cut.

A girl's gotta have a little pleasure is a fun album full of blues, ballads and even a little humor; all these delivered by the sensual, soulful and powerful voice of Donna Greene. Donna is in good company in this album with veterans musicians with experience in a diversity of music styles. Jeff Elliot on trumpet played with Flora and Airto Moreira; Sinclair Lott on drums played with jazz legend Freddie Hubbard and percussionist Kevin Winard played with Sergio Mendes. There is something for ever
Only in the spheres of the blues and pool could the names "magic" and "slim" go so well together. Born in Mississippi, Midwest-based Magic Slim is one of our day’s primo…
Carmen McRae says, "Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread--without it, it's flat." Masterfully versatile and creative guitarist Jeff Golub has followed that opinion, c…
The big band of Jason Hainsworth swings heavily with soloists that get off the ground and into orbit immediately. An solid example of this is "When I Fall In Love," a be…
This album falls into the category of experimental blues. Although the Sam Marshall Trio's all acoustic approach puts it on another shelf so to speak, comparisons could …
Ronnie Horvath didn’t start to play guitar until he was 20 years old. When he saw Muddy Waters play, the blues became his passion. It was Waters who changed his stage na…
Slide To Freedom 2 (Make A Better World) is the follow-up to the first release by Doug Cox and Salil Bhatt. Bhatt is master of the Indian satvik veena, which is…