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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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  • 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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  • 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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In his debut album, L.A. guitarist Chris Mello makes use of all his childhood musical influences, from Pat Methany to Brazilian singer Luciana Souza to John Coltrane. In…
Alain Perez learned about his Cuban musical heritage the same way most other boys of his generation did ,by listening to his grandfather sing tonadas and gu…
Brian Lynch gets complaints about his music.It usually comes from the guys trying to play his music, but it is not something that bothers him. "Conrad Herwig the trombone p…
From Ann Arbor’s PKO records comes the second release from the popular Detroit-based Cuban jazz ensemble Tumbao Bravo. This music will make even the most reserved want t…

When Half Note Records released the astounding Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis in 2004, it appeared to be a single live recording that re-interpr…

This is Afromantra’s third album, and this mix of bop with Afro-Cuban and South American rhythms does not disappoint. Alex García, the group’s leader and enthusiastic dr…
Paul Carlon has been a part of the New York and Latin jazz for over fifteen years. He completed a Master’s in music composition at The City College of New York, and now …
On From the Heart, pianist and composer Hilario Duran showcases his new 20-piece Latin Jazz Big Band. The ten-song disc is a vibrant release that recalls the semi…
Andrea Brachfeld is another artist who deserves to be much better known. If she keeps making records like this one it should not take long. A New York-based Latin jazz f…
Dave Valentin has been making recordings now for 27 years. He has yet to make a bad one. Reviewing his 2005 release World On A String, I attributed his success …