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RECORDING: Trumpeter Joe Mazzaferro Releases Debut CD "In Terms Of..." with Jeff Clayton, Donald Brown and Carl Allen

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On February, 9th 2018 Sacramento CA native, trumpeter, composer, educator and arranger Joe Mazzaferro released his debut CD In Terms Of... on his own Joe Mazz Music label with special guest m: Jeff Clayton and featuring m: Donald Brown and m: Carl Allen! Joe Mazzaferro was raised in a musical household. As Joe states "both of my parents were musicians and me and my 3 sisters all played. My father is a retired high school band director (who still teaches) as well as an active musician. I would often tag along with him to performances and recording sessions! Being around music all the time was just a normal thing so I naturally was drawn to it and wanted to find my own voice...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Murray

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All About Jazz is celebrating David Murray's birthday today! David Murray (tenor saxophone and bass clarinet) is a Jazz artist who has recorded over 130 albums, including 2 recorded in 2006 (Gwotet and Pushkin) and a forthcoming album to be released in Summer 2007. He was born in Oakland, California in 1955 and grew up in Berkeley, where he studied with his mother Catherine Murray (organist), Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Four Videos: Happy Prez Day

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Today is President's Day in the U.S. On this day at JazzWax, we celebrate Lester Young. Billie Holiday called him the President, which was shortened to Pres or Prez. She meant president of the tenor saxophone. If you know nothing about Young but would love to know why he's such a big deal, here it is in a nutshell...

RECORDING: Pianist Roberta Piket Revisits Jazz Trio Format with the April 6 Release of "West Coast Trio," Featuring Joe la Barbera and Darek Oleszkiewicz

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m: Roberta Piket, one of the most virtuosic and versatile pianists on the current international jazz scene, revisits the iconic jazz piano trio format with the April 6 release of West Coast Trio on her label Thirteenth Note Records. Joining Piket is the consummate rhythm section of drummer Joe La Barbera and bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz -- part of the vibrant West Coast jazz scene centered in metro-Los Angeles and whose presence inspired the album's title. Guitarist Larry Koonse guests on two tracks...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lajos Dudas

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lajos Dudas' birthday today! Lajos Dudas was born in Budapest/Hungary and studied there at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (1958-1963), laying the foundations for his successful career not only as jazz and pop/rock musician but also on the classical side (Strawinsky: Three Solopieces, Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Glazunow: Concerto for Altosax). He is thus brilliant at interweaving bop nuances, folk music... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Defranco

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All About Jazz is celebrating Buddy DeFranco's birthday today! Buddy DeFranco has the unprecedented distinction of winning twenty Downbeat Magazine Awards, nine Metronome Magazine Awards, and sixteen Playboy All-Stars Awards as the number one jazz clarinetist in the world. Buddy is generally credited with leading the way for jazz clarinetists from the exciting era of swing to the exhilarating age of bop. Along the way he has set the example for all jazz musicians for technical brilliance... Read more...

TRENDS: Google is Sending You More Traffic Than Facebook

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In the first week of February, Google sent publishers 40% more or 466 million more pageviews than it did in January 2017. That same week, Facebook sent 200 million fewer, or 20% less. This shift is happening as Facebook adjust its algorithm to prioritize posts from friends and family over business, bands and publishers...

TRENDS: Streaming Platforms Are Changing Music Promotion, Discovery: Here's How

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While streaming has revitalized the music industry in lots of ways, many artists continue to struggle to make ends meet, something which the launch of numerous new analytic and discovery features by streaming services could help to change. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire...

RECORDING: Drum Maestro Akira Tana Puts a Gorgeous Spin on the Brazilian Songbook with Jazzanova

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m: AKIRA TANA didn't have to go looking for Brazilian music as a young musician. An elite jazz drummer since the mid-1970s, he's been immersed in the verdant hothouse of Brazil's surging rhythms and sensuous melodies his entire career. His new album JAZZaNOVA, which is slated for release by Vega on March 1, 2018, reflects an abiding passion kindled by his formative experiences with some of Brazilian jazz's foundational figures. It's a treasure trove of Brazilian riches, with beautifully crafted arrangements designed to shine a lustrous new light on classic material...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Pete Christlieb

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All About Jazz is celebrating Pete Christlieb's birthday today! From the 1970s through the 1990s, the sound of Pete's tenor could be heard on television and motion picture sound tracks and recordings. The son of a famous bassoon player, Don Christlieb, Pete began his musical journey on the violin at age 7. At 12, he was introduced to the sounds of jazz through the recordings of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis and Johnny Griffin... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Discog Sold 10 Million Units in 2017, Names New Ceo

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Sales on the Discogs Marketplace rose 20% to top 10 million units in 2017. Vinyl sales grew 18% to 8 million, the user-built music database and online a catalog announced today. Key sales trends for the year include: Cassettes were the format showing the most substantial growth at 29.54% CDs were not far behind, up 28.39% Indie music marketplace Bandcamp showed similar increases in physical goods sales, and the trend should accelerate online as brick and mortar retailers like Best Buy and others abandon the format...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Bossa Nova Legends

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Well, it's Friday once again. So let's tilt our seats back, put up our feet and jet down to Rio. Here are four fab videos of bossa nova founders that I found surfing around on YouTube yesterday: Here's Luiz Bonfa playing his Batucada, Tenderly, Manha de Carnaval and Menina Flor... Here's Joao Gilberto playing his Desafinado...

RADIO: Radio Holds Key to Streaming Growth [mark Mulligan]

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Streaming use is growing and broadcast radio's audience is shrinking. No surprise there. But what is of interest is the slow pace of the shift, which presents opportunities for streaming to reach a much broader audience and the time for radio to reinvent itself. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Last week MIDiA held its latest quarterly research and networking event at Gibson Brands Showrooms in the heart of London's West End. The event was heavily over-subscribed and was a great success (there are some photos at the bottom of this post)...

TRENDS: Discs to Digital: The Strange History of Music Formats

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While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now. Guest post by Jaclyn Kendall of Soundfly's Flypaper (This article originally appeared on the Landr Blog)...

RECORDING: Buddy Rich "The Lost Tapes" Now Available on CD and Vinyl LP

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Lightyear Entertainment and Lobitos Creek Ranch, in association with Scabeba Entertainment and the Buddy Rich Estate, have released the live album The Lost Tapes featuring Buddy Rich and his Big Band, recorded in 1985 at the King Street Studios in San Francisco on CD and vinyl LP. The album is part of the Buddy Rich Centennial Celebration. Buddy was born on September 30, 1917...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Threadgill

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All About Jazz is celebrating Henry Threadgill's birthday today! Henry Threadgill first performed as a percussionist in his high school marching band before taking up the baritone saxophone and later a large portion of the woodwind instrument family. He soon settled primarily upon the alto saxophone and the flute... Read more...

TRENDS: Music Festival Culture is Now Playlist Culture [cherie Hu]

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In this article, Cherie Hu explores how music festivals have adapted to the rise of playlist culture, through partnerships with streaming services and even the way in which festivals market themselves to fans. Guest post by Cherie Hu on Forbes LAS VEGAS, NV- SEPTEMBER 23: Fans attend the Daytime Village Presented by Capital One at the 2017 HeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for iHeartMedia )...

EVENT: Bandsintown Produces SXSW's First Data Driven Showcase

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Concert discovery platform Bandsintown is producing its first ever showcase at SXSW. Dubbed the music conference's first ever data driven showcase, participating artists were chosen from Bandintown's Big Break program made up of touring acts that have grown from 100 to 5,000 or more followers on the platform in last 6 months...

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