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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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    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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Just Play, produced and performed by drummer Craig Pilo with an accompaniment that includes keyboardists Michael Forman and Ed Czach, bongo player Bryan Brock, an…
Staying on top as one of contemporary jazz’s premier innovators is not always easy, especially in an environment that is constantly evolving and very eclectic. One group…
The first minute of this album begs you to dance a little two-step with your honey and shout "Aw, shake it, now!" This project, a good-time oldies blues/soul/jazz packag…
Niall O’Neill tells on his band’s myspace site (www.myspace.com/reversetrust) that his self-released debut album As If has been on the backburner for the last 20 …
Bheki Mseleku’s illustrious career as a pianist, composer, and arranger is paraphrased in his latest release The Best Of Bheki Mseleku. His repertoire of post-bop…
Percussionist, composer and Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) member Kahil El’zabar, has found a way to incorporate real African music and ins…
Eldar has progressed from the status of "teenage phenomenon" to "twenty-something phenomenon," now that he has passed the age of twenty. After all, some revered jazz musici…
Eerily, the press release that accompanied this album for review concludes with this statement: ".... Alvin Batiste and his band.... will be featured in the Jazz Tent at th…
The seventeen-year relationship between alto saxophonist David Binney and pianist Edward Simon has been an open one. They’ve partnered with other musicians and have come ba…
The Source doesn’t sound like a drummer’s album. And that’s by design. Like other younger musicians, Kendrick Scott is more interested in the totality of effect, col…