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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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  • 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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  • 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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Inspired by an affection for the mid-sized bands led by the likes of Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich, Dave Pell, and the piano-less group led by Gerry Mulligan, Geoff Roach e…
This is not my usual cup of tea. I try to stay away from anything that skirts with the definitions of smooth jazz or new age. I think of both genres as music for people …
This 3-CD collection chronicles one glorious afternoon and evening in the life, as it were, of this extraordinary trio. These two sets in the afternoon and three more on…
Philadelphia born saxophonist Andy Snitzer returns to his 1999 release title Some Quiet Place, this time adding a new track and a different album cover.R…
Italian pianist Roberto Magris leads a pan-European quintet on the fine new CD Il Bello Del Jazz. Most notable among the group's members is the fine…
There was supposed to be a quiet storm brewing with the new release of Chip Shelton’s follow up to his successful 2003 release Flute Bass-ics featuring the Ron Carter Qu…
Being confined within is not a bad thing to some. On the album self duo titled album, guitarist Nick Fryer and saxophonist Doug Stone, being confined within is a good th…
Assembling a smart tribute album is tough. Thoughtfully titled The Royal Dan these guitarists from the jazz to rock to blues have taken highlights from the Beck…
Every now and then I happen upon a CD by a player with a strong local reputation, who deserves to be heard more, and heard of more, in the rest of the world. This is one of…
Stan Getz was a perfectionist. He once described the ideal saxophone player as one who combined his technique, Al Cohn's ideas and Zoot Sims' time. He also said, "All you c…