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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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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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Russian pianist and composer Masha Stepina studied at the Rostov College of Arts and at the S.V. Rakhmaninov Conservatory in her home country. She taught theory, music h…
Wellstone Conspiracy is just another example of how many great jazz musicians there are throughout the United States. This quartet combines Idaho-based Brent Jensen on s…
Mentored by Miles Davis who first heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall, what everyone remembers, however, is when Miles chose trumpeter and c…
Dig Django Reinhardt? Well, consider checking out the Django Jam featuring guitarist Frank Vignola. It is scheduled for August 20-23, 2010 at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace …
Jamie Ousley is an accomplished bassist, and while I am familiar with many of the headliners he has been a sideman for, I am not familiar with his music. But then again,…
Bassist and composer Yuka Tadano was born into a musical family in Ibaraki, Japan. While her early studies were on the violin, starting at the age of six, she eventually…
Southern California saxophonist and composer Ian Tordella’s debut CD, Magnolia, places the young musician in quartet and quintet settings. Originally from the Was…
Composer and vibist Chris Varga has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Music degree from DePaul University. He has also s…
Award-winning pianist, composer Randy Klein also wears a business hat since he is president of the Jazzheads record label. Otherwise, this 2010 session features alternat…
New York guitarist Paul Meyers uses his nylon string guitar to connect to the spirit of straight ahead, swinging jazz on this quartet date with saxophonist Frank Wess, b…