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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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  •  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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  • 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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  • 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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Palo Alto, CA guitarist/singer/songwriter Ed Johnson has been teaching guitar in private and group situations and music camps in the bay area for over 25 years. He is also …
For more than 15 years, Bob Baldwin has been known as one of smooth jazz’s finest keyboardists. Now, Baldwin debuts with A440 Music Group on Brazil ChillInfluence…
This is strong Latino bebop nailed down by composer Luis Munoz's forceful original music & his Latin culture. A lot of influences pervade Munoz's project, i.e. 'Miles' "Bir…
Diary is the latest release by Argentinean-born, Brazilian-bred guitarist Torcuato Mariano. Mariano plays a blend of jazz and Brazilian music that he calls ‘Rio Chill’. Act…
Dave Pietro was a latecomer to Brazilian music, primarily because he lacked the opportunity to immerse himself in it until he traveled there with the Maria Schneider Jazz O…
Luis Munoz is a brilliant composer/arranger/percussionist born in Costa Rica in 1953 and a resident of Santa Barbara, California for the past 30 years. Vida, recorde…
A singer with a wide appeal to the jazz audience, Fernando Holz releases his debut CD, and this collection showcases his remarkable talents. A highly textured and melodic c…
Formed in 1998 to coincide with an active touring schedule, this Brazilian tentet does indeed, mesh familiar territory with a contemporary slant. On this irrefutably attrac…
Sao Paulo and Rio are a dream come true for a singing guitarist. There is an understanding of the complexities of accompaniment, a knowledge that understated meditative sin…
Whatever it is that makes a listener fall in love with Brazilian music--the insouciance and elegance of an unobtrusive, yet driving beat, the romance that drips like honey …