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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Diane Schuur

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All About Jazz is celebrating Diane Schuur's birthday today! Diane Schuur, who has often been on the periphery of jazz, has the potential to be an important jazz singer although she still includes a large dose of pop tunes in her repertoire. Early in her career she had the tendency to screech in her upper register, but with maturity that flaw has largely disappeared and she has become a very impressive singer. Blinded at birth due to a hospital accident... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Apple to Acquire Shazam for $400 Million [report]

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Apple is reportedly days away from acquiring music and audio recognition app Shazam for a $400 million. The startup, which had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins, DN Capital and IVP, as well as, Sony Music, Universal Music and Access Industries, which owns Warner Music...

TV / FILM: Bucks County's Jazz Ambassador's Eric Mintel Lands New Jazz TV Talk Show!

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Bucks County's Pennsylvania's own, pianist and composer Eric Mintel has just landed the opportunity of a lifetime and a personal mission he has led for the past 25 years as bandleader of the Eric Mintel Quartet. In January Mintel will host his own TV show called Talking Jazz with Eric Mintel. The show will be taped out of TV30 in Princeton, NJ and will feature jazz musicians but will also focus on people behind the scenes, organizations, non profit groups and unsung heroes who are helping to bring jazz more into the public mindset. The show of course will feature jazz musicians covering the entire spectrum of the music, from emerging talents to elder statesmen. 'It's been my mission with the Eric Mintel Quartet over the last 25 years of bring more jazz to the masses. I love jazz because it's such a positive art form and every time we play it people come up to us after our concerts from all different cultures with huge smiles on their faces, telling us that they have a new understanding for jazz', Mintel said from his home in Morrisville, PA...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Byrd

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All About Jazz is celebrating Donald Byrd's birthday today! Trumpeter Donald Byrd was born in Detroit in 1932, his studies at Wayne State University (1954) were interrupted by military service, during which he played in an Air Force band. He then attended the Manhattan School of Music (MA in music education). At the same time he was the favorite studio trumpeter of the bop label Presitge (1956-58), though he also recorded frequently for Riverside and Blue Note... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Bonerama Puts Low Brass on Top

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This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on Bonerama, who will be back in St. Louis to perform on Saturday, December 16 at The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy. The New Orleans-based band puts the low brass on top, thanks to a three-trombone front line plus a sousaphone standing in for electric bass. Formed in 1998 by trombonists Mark Mullins and Craig Klein, both veterans of Harry Connick Jr.'s big band, they've forged a distinctive sound that incorporates their hometown musical traditions into funky yet hard-rocking covers of songs by the likes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, using trombones to deliver the heavy riffs originally played by fuzzed-out guitars...

RADIO: Corporate Radio Takes a Big Hit (Again)

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The struggles and bankruptcy of iHeart radio have been a known issue for some time now, but apparently the number one station group isn't alone, with the second largest station owner, Cumulous Media also having recently filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

CAREER: 5 Must-Dos of Email Marketing

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Although many may believe otherwise, email marketing is far from dead, and is in many ways ahead of channels like social media when it comes to effectively capturing the attention of potential consumers. Here we look at how to maximize the effectiveness of email marketing. Guest post by Chris Appelgren of Eventbrite...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube Planning New Spotify Competitor "Remix" [report]

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YouTube is planning a March launch of a music service internally dubbed Remix, according to a new report. The move comes amidst increasing calls for YouTube to return more revenue to creators and rightsholders, and will be the streamer's third attempt at getting users to pay. Google's YouTube is planning a March launch of a new music streaming service, internally called Remix, which will include Spotify style on-demand streaming plus some video from YouTube, sources tell Bloomberg...

RECORDING: Danish Vocalist Maria Emrik Releases "My Christmas"

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New release from Danish jazz singer and songwriter m: Maria Emrik An Announcement from the desk of Danish music journalist Dave O. Smith: Maria Emrik has released a wonderful Christmas EP My Christmas. The EP contains three classic Christmas songs: "A Winter's Tale", "The Secret Of Christmas" and "Let It Snow." Maria has also composed two new, fabulous Christmas songs of her own "Christmas Time" and "Winter Song." They mix really well with the three classic and I am totally in love with her song "Christmas Time" which has a glow of "Good old" days...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 11, 2017

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All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek radio chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations around the United States. Enjoy! TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Gregory Porter Nat King Cole and Me (Blue Note) 343 318 +2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Smith

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Smith's birthday today! Born James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. In the sixties and seventies he helped create the jazz style known as \'funk\' or \'soul jazz\'... Read more...

OBITUARY: Beverley Thorne (1924-2017)

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Beverley "David" Thorne, the last of the Case Study architects and the designer of Dave and Iola Brubeck's modernist California and Connecticut homes, died December 6 in Sonoma, Calif. He was 93. Bev's death was confirmed yesterday by architect, colleague and long-time friend Paul Wood, who said from France that Bev was admitted to the hospital in Sonoma last week with pneumonia...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Inside Music Analytics: Chris Stapleton Has More in Common with Etta James, Van Morrison, Otis Redding Than You Think

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In this piece Glenn Peoples looks at the rise of Chris Stapleton's cross genre success with is cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" and how the soulful country number has been able to capture the attention of audiences typically more focused on R&B/soul legends. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora, of Medium...

RECORDING: Jazz Dispensary Rolls out Two More Titles on Limited-Edition 'Top Shelf' Vinyl Reissue Series: The 3 Pieces" Vibes of Truth and Funk Inc.'s Self-Titled Debut Album

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Two new vinyl titles are being reissued as part of Jazz Dispensary's Top Shelf Series: The 3 Pieces' Vibes Of Truth, the lost 70's jazz-funk crossover classic off Fantasy, and Funk Inc.'s raw and funky, self-titled debut album off Prestige. This will be the first time in over 20 years these releases will be made available on vinyl...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

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All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today! Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more...

CAREER: 4 Reasons You Should Use Linkedin to Advance Your Music Career

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While most musicians take the time to actively develop their presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram, many artists may not bother with what the perceive as the more 'corporately oriented' LinkedIn. This could be causing them to miss out on a number of beneficial connections, however. Guest post by Paul Loeb from CD Baby's DIY Musician...

VIDEO / DVD: John Plonsky: Cool Man Cool

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The 1950s are a gold mine of lost trumpeters. No matter how many times I comb discographies, I come across another solid horn player whose name is likely unfamiliar to many jazz fans. On Monday I posted about Johnny Glasel and his Brasstet. Today, I'm looking at John Plonsky and his sole leadership album, Cool Man Cool (1957)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: CO-Founder Glenn Dicker Talks Seminal Indie Label Yep Roc

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In this interview Glenn Dicker, co-founder of Yep Roc records (now in its twentieth year), chats about the origins of the label, the value of genre diversity, suggests some essentials from their catalogue, and more. Guest post by Will Hodge of Noisetrade It's always an incredibly fun opportunity to chat with the industry professionals that help get the music that we love into our hands and our newest NoiseTrade One-on-One with Yep Roc Records co-founder Glenn Dicker is no exception. During our enlightening and entertaining discussion, Dicker gives us a little of Yep Roc's origin story, talks about celebrating 20 years as a label, speaks to the genre diversity of their upstarts-and-icons roster, recommends some quintessential Yep Roc releases, and much more...

TRENDS: Streaming Grew Profits for Warner Music Group in 2017

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Warner Music Group Corp. today announced its fourth-quarter, reporting growth in revenue, as well as, a net loss. 'We've now had five consecutive years of global revenue growth in constant currency, and the last two were up double digits,' said Steve Cooper, WMG CEO. 'Our momentum reflects the tremendous talent and appeal of our artists and songwriters, and the strength of our worldwide operating team," Ross continued. "Investing to maintain our growth will remain a priority into 2018 and beyond...

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