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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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In a world crowded with holiday music, pianist and composer Pamela Hines gives us something new. Make that nine new original songs for the Christmas season. It’s a nice …
Songs of Joy & Peace is a producer’s album, though the concept is cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s. Songs of Joy & Peace is a holiday album, though its messages are univers…
Despite his long involvement in jazz with some of the art form’s most recognizable names as well as continuing critical acclaim, Mark Kramer remains undersung. Part of his …
Portland, Oregon based vocalist, keyboardist, composer and arranger Matt Molnar’s second self-produced CD is a Christmas disc. This short, less than 28 minutes in length…
The interpretation of classic Christmas tunes by jazz artists is a time-honored tradition that has resulted in many wonderful records and compilations over the years, fr…
Tradition is an important and vital part of any holiday. Traditions of course are what bind humans together in the form of rituals and allow us to recognize the cyclical…
When I spun Trio West Plays Holiday Songs for the first time, what really appealed to me was the intimacy that was created on this album by Tobias T. Gebb (drumme…
Natasha Miller’s first holiday release The Season avoids the major pitfall of utter sameness that usually plagues Christmas music by offering a unique blend of di…
This is not your grandmother’s White Christmas. No indeed. Peter White, along with mega artists Rick Braun and Mindi Abair join forces for a jazzy, steamy and zesty time wi…
Here’s a sweet holiday gem with all the charisma and soul of three of the most highly respected artists in smooth jazz. Each "take" on a holiday classic is approached wi…
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