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WEBSITE: All About Jazz Upgrades Premium Musician Page Service: Modern Page, More Promotion, Free Spotlight Ad... Still $30/Year

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All About Jazz has upgraded its premium musician page service to include a splashier new page design, more promotional opportunities, and for limited time, a free event spotlight ad (a $40/value). Improved Page The stylish new design is a marked improvement over the previous design. It utilizes a more modern template, is bold in its presentation an rivals even professionally design musician websites. The page itself is easier to navigate and for page administrators, easier to maintain and update...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wadada Leo Smith

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wadada Leo Smith's birthday today! ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet-player, multi- instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in the creative contemporary world music for over thirty years. His theory of Jazz and World music was significant in his music development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith\'s early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen... Read more...

OBITUARY: John THMS. Williams (1929-2018)

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John Thomas Williams, a spritied jazz pianist strongly influenced by Bud Powell and Horace Silver who recorded with the Stan Getz Quintet in the early 1950s before recording his two sole leadership albums for EmArcy in 1954 and '55, died on December 15. He was 89. Born in Windsor, Vt., Williams began as a church organist and played baritone horn in the Army before spending a semester at the Manhattan School of Music. In the 1940s, he joined Mal Hallett's band, which brought him to New York, and by the late 1940s, Williams was playing in Johnny Bothwell's band, which included top-flight players. In 1951 and '52, he played in an Army band during the Korean War. Discharged in 1953, Williams toured and recorded with Getz on his early Clef and Norgran recordings with trombonist Bob Brookmeyer...

EVENT: Data Shows Email Engagement Benchmarks for Live Music and Events

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For artists and musicians, email marketing can be a tricky beast, and while may think your email marketing campaign is doing just fine, given that emails are being opened and tickets are being sold the reality is, you could be losing out to the competition- here we look at some key benchmarks that can help you better assess the success of your campaign...

CAREER: End of Year Guide to Launching Your Music Industry Career

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As another year draws to a close, Angela Mastrogiacomo offers some helpful advice on how to position yourself for a successful music business career launch in 2019, by drawing on the experiences of 2018, constructing a solid plan and challenging yourself. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the TuneCore Blog...

RECORDING: 2018'S Best Jazz Recordings

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'Tis the season for the outpouring of Top 10 lists, and their many variations, for jazz, world events, etc. The jazz lists tend to have a lot of variation depending on the individual reviewer's personal tastes, as well as what he or she listened to during the year.* Bottom line, all are extremely subjective...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Celebrates the NEA Jazz Masters

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All About Jazz, home to largest database of jazz musicians on the internet, now recognizes the NEA Jazz Masters on a dedicated page as well as on the recipient's musician page (example). 145 musicians have been honored since 1982 and they are all identified and accessible from the All About Jazz musician section by clicking "NEA Jazz Masters" in the "View by" dropdown box...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: James Booker

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All About Jazz is celebrating James Booker's birthday today! The Piano Prince. As a pianist from New Orleans, he has no peers,though there is legion of those who have tried to imitate, duplicate and emulate his phenomenal approach on the keys. James Carroll Booker III was born in New Orleans on December 17, 1939, son of a minister, who played piano. It was his sister's music teacher who taught him piano scales and to read music. He was known for his musical gifts at an early age... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: 9 Nancy Wilson Video Clips

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The late Nancy Wilson worked tirelessly during her long singing and acting career. Days off were rare. Weekends meant work and holidays meant work. If she wasn't touring to support one of her Capitol albums she was appearing at one of the country's top supper clubs. Or she was in Las Vegas or on television variety shows. Or she was acting in dramas. People forget that Nancy was quite a good actress...

RECORDING: David Pate and Rex Shepherd, One Half of the Oddyssey Quartet, to Release New Album Seeing Sound

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The first duet release from one half of the Oddyssey Quartet, with David Pate (Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra) and guitarist and composer Rex Shepherd (No End of Now). Seeing Sound features the two playing an improvised set, creating palpable musical textures using subtle harmonic and melodic ideas and developing them into intuitive conversations, 'seeing' the sound of two like minds speaking with one another...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Abercrombie

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Abercrombie's birthday today! Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds (he played electronic mandolin on McCoy Tyner\'s 1993 album 4x4) and nontraditional ensembles (recent quartet recordings have included violinist Mark Feldman), Abercrombie is a restless experimenter... Read more...

RECORDING: O.R.K. Announce Details of New Album Ramagehead Set for Release Through Kscope on February 22, 2019

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O.R.k., comprising some of contemporary music's most revered artists, have combined their creative forces once again for a new studio album; their first for the ground-breaking UK label Kscope; O.R.k's Ramagehead will be released on 22nd February 2019. The band feature Italy's celebrated vocalist, producer and award-winning film score composer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF (lead vocals), King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto (drums), Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin (bass), Marta Sui Tubi's Carmelo Pipitone (guitars); Ramagehead also features a superstar collaboration in the form of Grammy Award-winner Serj Tankian of System of a Down, who is undoubtedly one of metal's greatest and most renowned vocalists...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Palmieri

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All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Palmieri's birthday today! Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold pioneering drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of both Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie's generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11... Read more...

OBITUARY: Nancy Wilson is Gone

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Sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy Wilson. She was 81 and died yesterday at her home north of Los Angeles in the California desert community of Pioneertown. The singer achieved fame in the 1960s after Cannonball Adderley heard her in a Columbus, Ohio, club and recommended her to Capitol Records. An album she made with Adderley and his quintet became one of her most popular and has remained so for decades. Nearly as successful was her album with the George Shearing Quintet. For a summary of her career and a stunning latterday photograph of Ms. Wilson performing, see this Associated Press obituary...

OBITUARY: Nancy Wilson: 1937-2018

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Nancy Wilson, a sassy and sultry jazz-pop singer with extraordinary vocal and visual performing talents who emerged in 1959 just as the pop charts were starting to be dominated by soft Brazilian voices, vocal harmonies by beach bands, British invaders and back-beat soul from Detroit and Memphis, died yesterday. She was 81...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: American Pop Loses Global Crown, but Christmas Music Still Can't Be Beat

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In this piece, Bobby Owsinski observes how US pop hits which once permeated the world over have given way to more local music in every area except when it comes to the holidays, where American Christmas classics from the '50s and '60s still reign supreme. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 One of the ways I used to gauge the magnitude of a hit was if I could walk down a street in another country and hear it blasting from the bars and shops. Since the 80s when I began to travel a lot, this little test has never let me down, as it's been a better indicator of the general acceptance of a song than any chart. One thing that was always obvious was the enormous influence that U.S. pop music had in the world, because if you had a hit here, chances are it would be everywhere else too...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: In the Holiday Spirit, Jazz Style.

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Guitarist Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday has become a seasonal tradition in Southwest Florida. He started the concert in St. Petersburg, where the 13thannual edition was held last night at The Palladium Theater's Hough Hall. Ex-Ellington bassist John Lamb, drummer Mark Feinman and trumpet marvel James Suggs are regulars in this event, with Nate drawing on an array of visiting talent to expand the group...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 17, 2018

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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 Harold Mabern The Iron Man: Live at Smoke (Smoke Session...

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