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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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One of Poncho Sanchez's best albums, Afro-Cuban Fantasy includes a little dance music, a little jazz, a few ballads, and a lot of enthusiasm. The mathematical ratio of jazz…
Paquito D'Rivera, Cuban alto Saxophonist was introduced to jazz by his father, who played tenor saxophone and gave him his first lesson. He was advertising Selmer saxophone…
Randy Dorman has put together a wonderful compilation of standards with a Latin flavor plus a "tropical seascape of sounds" which make this CD a relaxing well played tour d…
Pianist/leader Terry Seabrook has a winning combination with his superb Latin jazz group, Cubana Bop, in his CD release, "Can't Stop Now." Cubana Bop is at the forefront of…
Samba Importado puts Hendrik Meurkens' jazz harmonica to great use on this collection of ten Latin-American songs. David Friedman guests on vibraphone, Helvius Vilela on pi…

Queens College Professor Neil K. Friedman Ph.D. was the host to a neighborhood jazz outing for nephew Adam Kassell Hoffman of Londonderry, New Hampshire and college gal friend at Cleopatra’s Needle, 2485 Broadway between 92nd and 93rd Street, New York, NY on March 18, 2005 to introduce The Spirit of Life Ensemble’s world-beat to the youthful neophytes.

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