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EVENT: Joan Torres and Michael Manring Share the Stage at Sfjazz on Auguat 23

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Inspired by redefining music genres and pushing boundaries, Joan Torres Music presents a one-of-a-kind live performance at the e: SFJAZZ Center on August 23rd 2018 showcasing the great m: Michael Manring, The Barely Jazz Ensemble, and the cross-continental m: Joan Torres's All Is Fused. The night starts with Manring opening the show, and grows progressively more collaborative as musicians from around the Bay Area synthesize new sounds on stage together for the first time. A final set from Joan Torres's All Is Fused will take listeners on an emotive musical journey of discovery with their genre bending Jazz...

RECORDING: San Francisco Jazz Singer Noa Levy to Release Her Debut Ep Take Two and Perform a Rising Star Showcase at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley

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With a beautiful, rounded voice and a magnetic stage presence, Noa Levy is a unique and charismatic female vocalist and performer who sings across genres -- Jazz, Rock, Cabaret, Musicals, and Pop. She has set a worldwide digital release date of August 17, 2018, for her recently recorded debut Take Two EP, a thoughtful collection of Jazz arrangements featuring Noa Levy in a duo format with three different instrumentalists. That same day, Noa will headline her own RISING STAR SHOWCASE at the California Jazz Conservatory, featuring songs from the Take Two EP as well as other material...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Monaco

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Monaco's birthday today! One of the greatest honors in a Jazz Musician\'s life is to be voted in the Downbeat Magazine Critics polls and readers polls. In 2005, Tony was blessed to be a voted in both polls and in January 2006, he was also voted by Jazztimes Readers as being in the top 4! Not only is Tony proud of these wonderful accomplishments, he is once again, humbled as he realized that these things only happen because of the great gifts that God gave him... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Johnny "H" Smith: Open House

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Organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith was relentlessly tasty. Whenever I dig into one of his albums, my feet can't stop moving. Hi grooves and chord voicings were intoxicating. One of his finest albums from the first track to the last was Open House. Recorded for Riverside in 1963, the album featured Thad Jones (cnt,tp); Seldon Powell (ts,fl); Johnny "Hammond" Smith (org); Eddie McFadden (g); Bob Cranshaw (b); Leo Stevens (d) and Ray Barretto (cga)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: City National Acquires Exactuals Artist Paymenthub

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City National Bank has acquired Exactuals, the LA based creator of entertainment industry payment system PaymentHub. In 2017, City National participated in a $10 million funding round for Exactuals. Details of today's deal were not disclosed. Mike Hurst will remain CEO of Exactuals. He and the firm's other executives are being retained with multi-year contracts...

CAREER: How to Discover, Monetize Your International Audience

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While the growth of your audience has in the past typically been a linear progression, but changes in technology and the ways in which we access music now mean that international growth can occur simultaneously to regional growth. Here we look at how to tap into and monetize your international audience...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mulgrew Miller

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All About Jazz is celebrating Mulgrew Miller's birthday today! Mulgrew Miller is an American jazz pianist born in 1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi. In a childhood filled with early musical experiences, mostly playing gospel music in his church and R&B and blues at dances. Mulgrew was constantly meddling in jazz piano, and established a trio in high school that would play cocktail parties. Miller admits that they didn\'t really know what they were doing and were merely "approaching jazz"... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: JD Allen

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JD Allen, Love Stone (Savant) Tenor saxophonist Allen's brief liner notes are addressed to 'Hello Dearest,' who is not identified. Allen tells the object of his affection, 'True confession: playing the melody while knowing the lyrics is like drinking champagne alone and laughing at yourself all night long. I figured you would get a kick out of hearing me play someone else's story, for a change. Hope you know that I live only to hear you say, '...hmmm...that's different...

VIDEO / DVD: Billy Taylor: Brazilian Beat

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Another rare and stunning Billy Taylor album is Brazilian Beat. It was recorded in 1963 for Sesac Records. Originally known as the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, Sesac is the third largest performance-rights organization, behind ASCAP and BMI. Founded in 1930, Sesac's mission was to support European stage authors and composers in seeking American performance royalties. In the 1940s, Sesac began widening its representation, and in the 1950s it set up an electrical transcription service. Each month, Sesac would record "transcriptions" -- not for sale recordings -- of its artists and distributed them to radio stations across the country via discs. The goal as to achieve airplay and royalties for its artists...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

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All About Jazz is celebrating Pat Metheny's birthday today! Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: Cy Coleman

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Cy Coleman, A Jazzman's Broadway (Harbinger Records) Cy Coleman's success as a popular songwriter and a composer for musical theater overshadowed his effectiveness and influence as a jazz pianist. Nonetheless, as this album reminds us, he could be a spirited improviser whose background as a classical prodigy equipped him with impressive technique and a feeling for the harmonies inspired by classical music that underlay much jazz improvisation in the late 1950s. The album has no music written by Coleman. It consists of his interpretations of 22 Broadway showpieces by Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers. The songs are from Arlen and Yip Harburg's Jamaica, with others from Flower Drum Song, and South Pacific by Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. His singing on several tracks is infectious, on others show-bizzy and over the top...

RECORDING: King Crimson to Release Meltdown in Mexico - Live in Mexico City 2017

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This 3-CD/1-Blu-Ray set features over three and a half hours of material performed during King Crimson's five night residency at Teatro Metropolitan, Mexico City in July 2017 plus audio extras. The Blu-Ray contains over two hours of multi-camera HD recorded footage, audio soundtrack in 24/48 LPCM, hi-res stereo and 5.1 DTS HD-MA (with 'picture off' mode allowing the music to be heard independently in lossless audio). Meltdown in Mexico includes, for the first time with this line-up, audio recordings of 'Breathless,' 'Discipline,' 'Moonchild' and Tony and Jeremy's nightly Cadenza improvs. Mixed by King Crimson member Bill Rieflin from full multi track recordings...

RECORDING: Pianist/Composer Yelena Eckemoff to Release "Better Than Gold and Silver," Her Jazz Settings of Biblical Psalms, Sept. 21

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The prolific Russian-born, North Carolina-based pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff adds a sacred dimension to the ambitious series of concept albums in her extensive catalogue her new 2-CD set Better Than Gold and Silver. Due for September 21 release on her imprint L&h production, it's the first in a projected series of recordings featuring Eckemoff's settings of Biblical psalms. The new album includes both vocal and instrumental versions of 10 songs she conceived as works of modern jazz rather than part of the Christian music canon...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Donny McCaslin

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All About Jazz is celebrating Donny McCaslin's birthday today! Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band, featured on David Bowie's Blackstar, will make their Motema Music debut with the October 14 release of Beyond Now, a highly anticipated album dedicated to Bowie. Recorded nearly three months after Bowie's passing, the project is deeply influenced by their extraordinary experience collaborating with one of the greatest artists of all-time on his final album... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Dionne, Tomasz and Buddy

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This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Dionne Warwick for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section. There's nothing like picking up the ringing phone and hearing, "Mr. Myers? Dionne Warwick." Dionne's voice is unmistakable -- like a long wooden match being drawn slowly and seductively across a flint. We talked about childhood and growing up in East Orange, N.J. And yes, I asked whether she sings her Hal David/Burt Bacharach hits in the shower. The answer will surprise you...

CAREER: 7 Tips to Attract More People to the Merch Table

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Merch is becoming an increasingly important source of revenue for artists and bands on the road, but for artists merchandise isn't only sometimes difficult to sell, but can also be a creative challenge when try to think up interesting and innovative items that fans will want to buy. Here we look a seven tips for getting more fans to the merch table...

EDUCATION: Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz as Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

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e: KC Area Youth Jazz is pleased to announce the addition of Media Relations Expert and Kansas City area Radio and Television Personality, Joel Nichols as an official Spokesperson, Concert Emcee, and Media Consultant. 'I've known Christopher [Burnett] for many years and look forward to working with KC Area Youth Jazz,' Nichols said. 'I'm looking forward to serving the organization as an official spokesperson, concert emcee, and consultant...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Pete McCann

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All About Jazz is celebrating Pete McCann's birthday today! Pete McCann is undoubtedly one of the most respected and industrious electric guitarists on the New York and international scene- a popular sideman in innumerable jazz and jazz/rock line-ups over the past 25 years, as well as a recording artist in his own right with five solo albums released to date. McCann\'s prowess has led him to perform with many of the jazz greats, including Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, and Brian Blade... Read more...

TRENDS: Musicians Income Rises Even as Streaming Takes Its Toll

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The music industry is undergoing a major resurgence as measured by all indicators except one, according to an extensive study published by Citi GPS. Left behind are the musicians, whose creations make the rest of the music industry possible, but who are receiving less than 12% of the annual revenue...

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