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RECORDING: Joe Locke Discovers His Lingua Franca on Subtle Disguise

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Available on November 16, 2018 from Origin Records CD Release Celebration: Nov. 17 @ e: Scullers, jny: Boston, MA For several years now vibraphonist/composer/bandleader Joe Locke has had two musical purposes: one, to speak in a vernacular which reaches people, and two, to continue challenging himself as a player, writer and arranger. In 2013 Locke released Lay Down My Heart (Blues and Ballads, Vol. 1), which dealt with the first directive. Then in 2015 he completed the astounding Love Is a Pendulum, a suite in five movements, which addressed the second. Now, on his newest release, Subtle Disguise (available on e: Origin Records, November 16, 2018), both of these impulses have been integrated into one recording. "For me, this album is the fruition of a long journey of self discovery as an artist, where I no longer see the different aspects of my musical personality as separate or at odds with one another. I have discovered my own lingua franca, connecting the seemingly disparate styles I enjoy playing," says Locke...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 24, 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 6 1 Steve Turre The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions) 272...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chico Hamilton

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chico Hamilton's birthday today! Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Foreststorn 'Chico' Hamilton, born September 21st, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim and Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnett, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr.... Read more...

RECORDING: Guitarist Bobby Broom Introduces His New Group the Organi-Sation with Their Debut Recording "Soul Fingers," Due October 12

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Virtuoso Chicago-based guitarist m: Bobby Broom has always embraced the rhythm and blues core of jazz music. On Soul Fingers, his 12th album as a leader and first with his new trio Organi-Sation, Broom mines the rich repository of '60s and '70s pop music, offering inspired versions of hits by the Beatles, Procol Harum, Steely Dan, and Seals and Crofts, among others. Set for October 12 release by MRI Entertainment, the recording was produced by legendary drummer Steve Jordan...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Coleman

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All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Coleman's birthday today! Steve began playing music just days before his 14th birthday as a freshman at South Shore High School on the south side of Chicago. His first instrument was violin but later that year he switched to the alto saxophone. For three years Steve studied the basics of music and saxophone technique, then he decided that he wanted to learn how to improvise... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying: Eurupeans Only

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In July 1953, drummer Louie Bellson recorded an album in Los Angeles for Norman Granz's Norgran label called Skin Deep. For the big band tracks, he assembled quite a stellar showcase of talent. The band featured Harry "Sweets" Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo and Ray Linn (tp); Hoyt Bohannon, Herbie Harper and Tommy Pederson (tb); Benny Carter and Willie Smith (as); Wardell Gray and Bumps Myers (ts); Bob Lawson (bar); Jimmy Rowles (p); Barney Kessel (g); John Simmons (b) and Louie Bellson (d)...

TRENDS: How Teens Influence Music Industry Trends in 2018

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While the constant connectedness of today's youth has been well established, just what impact that has on the music industry is somewhat less well documented. One thing which is certain however is the popularity of music videos among the younger demographic, leading to what some are calling the ressurection of the MTV generation...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Muhal Richard Abrams

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All About Jazz is celebrating Muhal Richard Abrams' birthday today! Muhal Richard Abrams..... World renowned pianist and composer has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for well over forty years. Muhal is a co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), founder of The AACM School of Music and President of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York City Chapter... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Helen Merrill with Strings

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Between 1954 and 1957, singer Helen Merrill recorded five albums for Mercury's EmArcy division. Yesterday, while writing, I spent the day listening to all of them as well as a bunch of assorted tracks she recorded for the label. Perhaps the best known album of the bunch is Helen Merrill, which she made in December 1954 accompanied by the Clifford Brown Sextet. The second most popular EmArcy album is probably Dream of You, arranged by Gil Evans and recorded between July 1956 and February 1957. I last posted about this one in 2010 (go here)...

CAREER: 5 Ways to Get Music Discovered in the New Digital Age

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While the ways in which people discover music have changed dramatically in many ways, some avenues remain the same. Here we offer advice to artists on how to get their music discovered in the digital age by consulting with industry experts on where they go to find new music. Guest post by Jeremy Young of Soundfly's Flypaper...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Nils Petter Molvaer

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All About Jazz is celebrating Nils Petter Molvaer's birthday today! Nils Petter Molvaer (NPM), Norwegian trumpet player, composer and producer, connects multiple music styles -- jazz, ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip hop, rock and pop music -- and effortlessly melts them into convincing soundscapes of deep intensity. Born in 1960 on the little island Sula (Norway), NPM was introduced to jazz from an early age by his musician father... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Red Mitchell and Tony Fruscella

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After my post last week on trumpeter Tony Fruscella, reader Don Frese wrote and asked if knew of bassist Red Mitchell's vocalese rendition of Fruscella's recording of I'll Be Seeing You. That song appears on Fruscella's Tony Fruscella, recorded by Atlantic in April 1955. I wasn't aware of Mitchell's vocal so I tracked it down and gave a listen. I was astonished. Before I share with you how this recording came to be, let's listen to the two tracks...

CAREER: 5 Small Business Tips for Music Industry Pros

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Small businesses make the music industry go round, and whether you're a record label, marketing agency, or management company, we here offer five essential tips for achieving success as a small music business in 2018. Guest post by Jeanette Keats of Symphonic Distribution and the Symphonic Blog Small businesses keep the music industry running. If you own a management company, record label, event company, or anything else, you are important! We want to help you make 2018 your best year ever, so we put together a list of five tips to keep in mind as you grow your business, and create a larger impact...

RECORDING: 'That's Right!,' the Recording Debut of Trumpeter Brad Goode's Quintet Featuring Tenor Titan Ernie Watts, Set for October 19 Release by Origin Records

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That's Right!, the recording debut of trumpeter Brad Goode's quintet featuring tenor titan m: Ernie Watts, documents the virtuosity and versatility of one of the tightest working bands on the contemporary jazz scene. Set for October 19 release by e: Origin Records, the album is a powerful showcase for Goode's ideal quintet as well as the soloing chops and writing skills of each of its members...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack McDuff

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jack McDuff's birthday today! Brother Jack McDuff, was one of the handful of leading exponents of the soul jazz style created on Hammond organ by Jimmy Smith in the late 1950s. The instrument at the heart of the soul jazz style was the Hammond B-3 organ, usually in the company of electric guitar, drums, and often tenor saxophone. The emergence of Jimmy Smith as a major star on the instrument sparked its widespread use in jazz and pop music in the early 1960s... Read more...

OBITUARY: Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018)

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Cecil "Big Jay" NcNeely, the father of the R&b tenor saxophone whose stamina and extravagant stage act starting in the late 1940s included playing on his back, setting the tone for rock 'n' roll and soul artists who followed, died on sept. 16. he was 91. big jay had several significant r&b hits in the late 1940s and '50s, including the deacon's hop (#1), wild wig and there's something on your mind. but his output included so many jump-blues singles that wound-up live audiences and jukebox listeners. these records included nervous, man, nervous; Big Jay Shuffle; Blow Blow Blow; Big Jay's Hop; Mule Milk; The Goof and The Deacon Rides Again...

RECORDING: Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker" out September 28th

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When a 24-year-old m: Blue Lu Barker stepped up to the microphone at Decca Records studio in Manhattan in 1938 to record Don't You Feel My Leg, she had no way of knowing that that initial recording would turn out to be such an enduring piece of blues artistry. An immediate hit, the song instantly established Barker as a leading female blues vocalist, fueling a recording career that continued unabated throughout dozens of blues and jazz releases on Decca, Apollo, and Capitol Records. m: Billie Holiday once told an interviewer that 'Blue Lu Barker was my biggest influence...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Byrd

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All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Byrd's birthday today! Charlie Byrd jammed with Django Reinhardt, recorded with Woody Herman, studied with the great Segovia, and with Stan Getz introduced the Brazilian bossa nova to international audiences. He then proceeded to form a super guitar trio with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis... Read more...

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