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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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  •  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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Scott LaFaro was one of those musicians, whose number unfortunately is too large, who exerted a high degree of influence during and after a short recording career. Most fam…
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It has been a pleasure this week to receive two recordings by jazz masters. For one by Phil Woods I wrote: "Once a performer has reached the level of jazz master . . . cons…
This recording is pretty much what you might expect, but rather than a condemnation, this is intended as high praise. Once a performer has reached the level of jazz master …
Lest we show lack of appreciation, let’s be mindful that much of the jazz in America is being conducted, so to speak, on college campuses. Often, many of the country’s more…
Laurence Hobgood’s name appears as the primary one in the jacket design for When the Heart Sings, but there’s no doubt that the album is a joint enterprise, the resu…
If Little Richard sang jazz, he would sound exactly like the Philippines jazzman Mon David. David’s vocal expressions have Richard’s unbridled verve and over the top hoo…
New York City-based alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo is a busy session artist, recording for the Criss Cross and Fresh Sounds record labels. He’s also performed and recorde…
When Laurence Hobgood tickles the ivories, it transports the listener to a desirable place. It cleanses the mind of any worries, and places the listener in a world where…
Swing jazz vocalist Mark Lambert fuses his love of Brazilian, Arabian and Indian music with the gentle fluidity of classic jazz in his new record, Under My Skin f…