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CAREER: How Free Music Giveaways Make Money over Time

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Given everything that the music industry's been through, it's understandable that the word "free" can often evoke a negative reaction when dropped in music business circles. That said, however, judiciously applied giveaways can yield decidedly positive results in the long run. Guest post by Ben from Subreel...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Trump's FCC Pats Itself on Back for Historically Stupid Year

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As anyone vaguely aware of industry news over the past year has no doubt noticed, Trump's FCC, led by Ajit Pai, hasn't been particularly beneficial to either the internet or the average consumers. I has, however, helped to sooth frightened media monopolies. Guest post by Karl Bode from Techdirt If you've been playing along at home, Trump's FCC hasn't been particularly kind to consumers, competition, or the health of the internet. It has, however, been a massive boon to major ISPs terrified of disruption and competition, especially those looking to forge new media monopolies where they dominate both the conduit&#151 and the content&#151 coming to the home...

FESTIVAL: Boz Scaggs, Jill Scott, and Lake Street Dive Are Final Three Headliners Announced for Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

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e: Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) June 22 to June 30, 2018. Guitarist and singer, m: Boz Scaggs, will perform on Saturday, June 23. Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter, m: Jill Scott, will perform on Friday, June 29. Soul pop band, m: Lake Street Dive, will perform on Thursday, June 28. All shows will take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at 8 p.m...

RECORDING: Chicago VI Decades Live Available April 6

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Chicago's Current U.S. Tour Includes Its First Las Vegas Residency At The Venetian, As Well As Shows Featuring A Performance of Chicago II In Its Entirety Chicago has been a concert force for more than 50 years, thrilling its legion of fans with performances that never disappoint. This spring, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will celebrate their live legacy with a 4CD/1DVD collection of previously unreleased concert recordings, which includes several deep cuts that have never appeared on any of the band's live albums...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Rob McConnell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Rob McConnell's birthday today! Robert Murray Gordon (Rob) McConnell was a Canadian jazz valve trombonist, composer, arranger, music educator and recording artist. Rob McConnell took up the valve trombone in high school, and began his performing career in the early 1950s, performing and studying with Don Thompson, Bobby Gimby, and later, with fellow Canadian Maynard Ferguson. In 1968 he formed The Boss Brass... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Eddie Bert: Kaleidoscope

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In the early 1950s, with the 10-inch LP format on the rise, New York had a crew of jazz musicians who were superb studio swingers. They were dependable, driven and could really get feet tapping. Their watering hole was Charlie's Tavern on the west side of Seventh Avenue between 51st and 52nd St., in the Roseland Building. Since Charlie's banned known junkies to limit the theft of horns and fights that often followed, producers used the tavern as a place to recruit top studio musicians for recording sessions...

VIDEO / DVD: "Bill Frisell, a Portrait" Now Available on Bluray, DVD and Vod

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"Winning Portrait About A Very Nice Guitarist' -- New York Times Critics Choice Following a successful year on the festival circuit and cinema runs in jny: New York City and jny: Los Angeles, Australian filmmaker Emma Franz's intimate and insightful film portrait of renowned virtuoso guitarist and composer Bill Frisell is now avail able on BluRay, DVD and VOD , exclusively from: BillFrisellFilm.com...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wardell Gray

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wardell Gray's birthday today! Wardell Gray was one of the truly great, yet by now almost obscure, bebop tenor saxophonists. With a smooth mellow and consistent tone, he created a tenor style that veered from swing to bebop, a style that was elegant, sure-footed, mature and distinctive. His premature death under mysterious circumstances in 1955, robbed the jazz world of another unique player, and cast him into distant recollection... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Harold Mabern: Pisces Calling

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Pianist Harold Mabern has been known for his sideman work. In the 1960s and '70s, he was on Hank Mobley's Dippin', Lee Morgan's The Gigolo, Jackie McLean's Consequence, Blue Mitchell's Bring It Home to Me, Gene Ammons's The Black Cat and Stanley Turrentine's Don't Mess With Mr. T to name a few. Starting in 1968, Mabern also began recording leadership albums with horn players such as George Coleman, Blue Mitchell, Virgil Jones, Lee Morgan, Hubert Laws, among others...

CAREER: Musician's Guide to Facebook Live

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Facebook Live has become an excellent way for artists to connect with fans via impromptu video sessions. Here Chris Robley details how artists can take their Facebook Live presence up a notch, with minimal tools tools needed. Re-post from CD Baby's DIY Musician blog, by Chris Robley Here's the thing about Facebook Live: you can go live with nothing more than your phone...

CAREER: 10 Important Question to Ask Before Hiring a Music PR Agency

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While bands or artists may be inclined to jump ahead to hiring a PR company in hopes of having their career made, they are often disappointed by the results. Here we look at ten essential questions to ask yourself before making the decision to have a PR agency take you on. Guest post by Maddy Raven of music PR firm Burstimo...

CAREER: What Does Your Music Distributor Do for You?

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Janette Berrios, Director of Marketing from Symphonic Distribution talks with Music Business Weekly podcast co-host Jay Gilbert, about indie distribution and artist services like playlist pitching, sync licensing, YouTube and educating indie artists...

CAREER: How to Find a Music Career Mentor

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Trying to make it on your own in the music industry can often lead to isolation and burnout, neither of which is particularly beneficial to your career. Here we look at how to find a mentor who can share their wisdom and help you make the right decisions for achieving maximum success. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the ReverbNation blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Google Restricts Ticket Resellers

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Responding to demands from consumer groups and primary ticketers, like Ticketmaster, Google has vowed to provide a 'better and safer' platform for users after its new global transparency regulations on ticket resellers came into force. But some believe that the tech giant is not going far enough to end ticketing fraud and deception...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brent Jensen

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All About Jazz is celebrating Brent Jensen's birthday today! In 1986-87, Brent studied in New York City with jazz legend Lee Konitz on a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was a featured winner of the Woodwinds on Fire international talent search conducted by Jazziz magazine (August 1996). Brent has performed with a wide variety of jazz artists including Gene Harris, Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, Dave Peck, Joe LaBarbera, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Curtis Stigers... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Weekend Listening (and Viewing) Tip: Brent Jensen

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Bassist Bren Plummer's live radio broadcast a couple of days ago (scroll down two items) prompted me to check out the KNKX-FM website. There, I found a post about another Pacific Northwest jazz luminary, alto saxophonist Brent Jensen, who was recently video-recorded in one of the station's live sessions. (Jensen and bassist Jeff Johnson are pictured left.) KNKX host Abe Beeson put together an entry that includes four pieces by Jensen and his quartet with Johnson, guitarist Jamie Findlay and drummer Steve Tate. Here they are with Desmond's composition 'Embarcadero...

VIDEO / DVD: Gene Ammons: Brother Jug!

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The jazz-rock fusion movement of the late 1960s and '70s elevated electronic instruments, particularly the guitar and keyboards. But while the rock guitar, Fender Rhodes electric piano and synthesizers were front and center in many fusion bands, the saxophone experienced a rebirth in the parallel soul-jazz movement. Sidelined as a solo rock instrument since the rise of the electric guitar in the mid-'50s, the saxophone was once again featured prominently raised its visibility by covering hit songs of soul vocalists. The move was an effort by labels to win slots on FM radio playlists in urban markets. Reed players from Grover Washington Jr. and Hank Crawford to Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine had hit records in the soul-jazz era...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jaleel Shaw

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jaleel Shaw's birthday today! Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophonist, is currently a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, Charles Mingus Big Band, and performs in various clubs in New York City and abroad with various groups, including the Jaleel Shaw Quintet. Jaleel grew up in Philadelphia, PA, where he studied with saxophonist Rayburn Wright, Robert Landham, and jazz instructor Lovette Hines, whose students have included Christian McBride and Joey Defrancesco... Read more...

OBITUARY: Wesla Whitfield, Rip

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Wesla Whitfield, a singer of uncommon talent, taste, musicianship and courage, died yesterday in St. Helena, California. Her husband and accompanist of more than three decades, the pianist Mike Greensill, announced her passing. She had been under treatment for bladder cancer and was recently in hospice care but died at home. She was 70. I once wrote, "Whitfield is often billed as a cabaret singer...but with her time sense, phrasing and inflection, the fuzzy border between cabaret and jazz disappears...

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