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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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  • 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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When I first played this album, I felt the same degree of smug satisfaction that I recall from more than fifty years ago when I heard my first Eddie Condon album. It's the …
With her third CD, Morrow brings together American legends, living in France, where the reverence for fine musicianship is at a peak. Straight ahead, familiar songs are rev…
The Period record label is better known among collectors of classical music. The company once occupied offices on East 74th Street in New York and is now just a memo…
Clarinetist, Mart Rodger played his first gig more than fifty years ago. He's been a driving force on the Manchester jazz scene ever since. In fact, Mart Rodger's Manche…
For the past twenty-seven years, European traditional jazz fans flocked to the Femo Jazz Festival. Held on a tiny island in the Baltic Sea, the island's 150 full time resid…
Jeremy Davenport Brings It All Back Home A New Orleans tinged jazz trumpeter and vocalist inevitably draws to mind Louis Armstrong. Fair enough, but in terms of J…
The New Orleans revival bands in Scandinavia show a tremendous interest in the origins of the music they perform. The Gota River Jazzmen are a prime example. Everyth…
Famed British jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton titled his memoirs I Play As I Please. Mart Rodger & Manchester Jazz might say, "We play whatever appeals to u…
The spring and summer of 1945 found jazz legend Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers booked at Boston’s Savoy Café. The band came to town boasting the re-emerging …
New Orleans Delight set a benchmark with their 2004 sessions with Cliff "Kid" Bastien and George Berry. Sadly, both men have since moved on to their fi…