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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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I have always enjoyed the piano craft of Dave Brubeck, and he is at his finest in this CD originally recorded on May 6 and May 7 in 1991. This one has Brubeck on piano, Bil…
Eric Marienthal is always creative and very, very good on whatever saxophone performances he does! This CD contains some fine work by Marienthal, and the selections are "Hu…
The guitar of Rick Stone is both smooth and adventurous, similar to Kenny Burrell's various excursions. Rick's "Far East" is a fine vehicle for Rick. Such a glorious journe…
Tom Borton's CD, "Dancing With Tigers," has a lot going for it, and a lot of enjoyable songs! Many of these jazz compositions are written by Tom Borton and put to excellent…
The Carl Michel Group is Carl Michel on guitar, Gerald Cleaver on drums, Michael Grave on alto saxophone, and Tim Flood on bass. A fine group of musicians with a warm, zest…
Pianist Mickey Tucker has performed with many leading figures in jazz. From Louis Hayes, Junior Cook, James Foster and James Moody to name but a few, Tucker has earned resp…
Jack Reilly recorded this album in 1988 at Maybeck recital hall and once again establishes himself as one of the ne plus ultras of this jazz genre. His technical skill a…
Keith Jarrett is one of the most enduring jazz pianists performing today, and in his DARK INTERVALS, he is in top form. This is a remarkable performance by Jarrett, one tha…

Queens College Professor Neil K. Friedman Ph.D. was the host to a neighborhood jazz outing for nephew Adam Kassell Hoffman of Londonderry, New Hampshire and college gal friend at Cleopatra’s Needle, 2485 Broadway between 92nd and 93rd Street, New York, NY on March 18, 2005 to introduce The Spirit of Life Ensemble’s world-beat to the youthful neophytes.

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