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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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  • 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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  • 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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The Ray Brown Trio is one of the finest examples of how well a trio sounds in a jazz setting. Ray Brown is in topform with this collection. With a playing time of 66:01…
Jack Dejohnette, Chief Bey, and the African drums color the World Saxophone Quartet's 17th album. The familiar Miles Davis songs offer instant recognition for this themed a…
Having played piano and bass guitar in her youth, Masha began singing at the age of 19 and by 1990 she had developed the Masha Bijlsma Band and toured as the opening act fo…
After 24-years in the Bay Area, Allen returns to his native Texas for this live set recorded at the Elephant Room in Austin. Despite the garish pinks and blues of the cover…
Deanna Witkowski was totally unfamiliar to me when I received this CD. In my usual manner, I follow a certain ritual while reviewing a new item. The CD is slipped into my c…
Five Play is really one third of the all female big band DIVA led by drummer Sherrie Maricle. Sherrie was part of the Oliver Jones Trio in recent years and a fabulous talen…
With a footing in jazz pedagogy and the professional performing arena, bassist Steve LaSpina is just one of many yeoman musicians who goes about his daily music making with…
At the end of 1997, Scott Colley cut the sessions that comprise this album and his Criss Cross disc, SUBLIMINAL. Not much happened with either record (although THIS PLACE i…
Benny Carter’s composition, "When Lights Are Low" is the chosen piece to open this debut recording from vocalist/ pianist Dena DeRose. What an opener it is. Dena approaches…
BOBBY HACKETT LIVE AT THE ROOSEVELT GRILL FEATURING VIC DICKENSON is a remarkable recording of a mainstream jazz ensemble showcasing the talents of Bobby Hackett on cornet,…