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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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  • 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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  •  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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As the title would seem to suggest, Mo'Fone has created a very upbeat summertime compact disc. Comprised from what would seem to be a Donald Fagan dream, Mo'Fone is lead by…
I’d taken a friend of mine to see the Lee Konitz Trio at NYC Iridium club a year or so ago - she’s not a jazz fan per se but is an open-minded sort. When I asked afterwards…
Kent Cohea and Alan Steger are a duo made for each other. Cohea's Tenor Saxophone at times has a Getz like feel but his ideas certainly run on differently, giving him an id…
Slightly Askew has been a long time coming but is well worth the wait. Chris Bowden's music has matured and now travels beyond the earlier musical territorial constraints o…
Albums "paying tribute" can be tricky propositions - sometimes it’s a calculated (though not "evil") move, to sell more units of the album by covering the tunes/composition…
Detroiter Larry Nozero and a stellar group of locally lauded musicians offer one of the most exciting discs of the past year in this outstanding tribute to Eddie Russ. This…