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CAREER: Press Release and Beyond: Mastering Event PR

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While artists are likely to invest copious amounts of time and energy into building and maintaining their relationships with fans and sponsors, press often falls by the wayside. Media coverage is important however, and can often be your mealticket to a packed concert hall. Here we explore how to foster a positive and productive relationship with the press...

RADIO: Alexa, Do You Help or Hurt Radio?

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Since Amazon's Echo device dropped two years ago, the debate has been raging over whether or not these these voice command devices will help or hurt broadcast radio. Here we try to answer this question by taking a close look at the numbers. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Since the Amazon Echo hit the scene a couple short years back, there's been all sorts of speculation about whether the advent of these voice command devices will be a plus - or a minus - for broadcast radio...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 6, 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 John Coltrane Both Directions at Once- The Lost Album (I...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Bennett

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Bennett's birthday today! No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. In the last ten years alone he has sold ten million records. The essence of his longevity and high artistic achievement was imbued in him in his loving childhood home in the Astoria section of Queens where he was born on August 3, 1926. His father died when Tony was 10 and his mother, Anna... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Binney

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All About Jazz is celebrating David Binney's birthday today! Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, saxophonist Dave Binney is one of the most prolific young jazz musicians on the scene today. Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, Dave was recently singled out by Jazz Times as one of a handful of "young players who have created an alternative jazz scene...all of whom are playing adventurous, original music... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Miss Fine

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Let's stick with Oliver Nelson today. In addition to being a high-impact modernist jazz arranger, Nelson was a sensational composer. Miss Fine is from Full Nelson, Nelson's second album as the leader of a big band. The album was recorded for Verve in 1962 and '63, and produced by Creed Taylor. The song, which has a Shiny Stockings feel, was named after and dedicated to Nelson's younger sister, Leontine LaCoste, who in 1963, when this album was released, was playing piano and singing at the Vanity Fair Night Club in St. Louis...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Jerry Garcia Music Arts Launches Indie Record Label, Celebrates His Birthday

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Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, a new mission-based music and arts entertainment services company, is commemorating the August 1st birthday of the late great Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia. To celebrate, the company is releasing a remastered live recording of 'Ripple' from the acclaimed guitarist's 1982 solo acoustic performance at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey. The free single will be made available to fans via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Napster, MediaNet, VerveLife, Tidal, Gracenote, Shazam, and 7Digital...

RECORDING: Saxophonist/Composer Dave Anderson to Release New CD by His World-Jazz Band Melting Pot on September 14

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Melting Pot, the new CD by saxophonist m: Dave Anderson's like-named world-jazz ensemble, provides a joyous musical antidote to the wave of xenophobia washing over the West today. Formed in 2017, the multicultural band reflects the vitality and diversity of jny: New York City's international creative music community. Melting Pot will be released on September 14 by LABEL 1 Records...

EVENT: First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference Scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

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A coalition of Philadelphia jazz organizations including representatives from e: WRTI 90.1 FM, e: Temple Performing Arts Center, e: Philadelphia Jazz Project, e: Jazz Lives Philadelphia, e: SOUTH Jazz Kitchen and All About Jazz and Jazz Near You are hosting the first annual Jazz Industry Day at Temple Performing Arts Center on Thursday, September 13th from 10:00am to 6:30pm with an after party scheduled at SOUTH Jazz Kitchen following the conference...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Josh Nelson

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All About Jazz is celebrating Josh Nelson's birthday today! 'Josh is that rare young musician who has not only a wealth of study and experience under his belt (all but assuring him a prominent place in jazz music), but he also possesses those rarest of musical attributes: a touch, a tone, and a 'sound' that are all identifiably his own.' -- Peter Erskine, legendary drummer Born and raised in Southern California... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Steven Allen and Oliver Nelson

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Let's downshift slightly today during this week of little-known jazz albums with big-name arrangers conducting supersized orchestras. On Monday, I told you about Jimmy Smith's Portuguese Eyes (with Thad Jones) and yesterday I showcased Billy Taylor's Right Here, Right Now! (with Oliver Nelson). Today, let's look at two albums that Oliver Nelson recorded with TV host, composer and pianist Steve Allen. Admittedly, these albums are breezier by comparison and lean into the pop realm. But they were still arranged by Nelson conducting superb bands. They are fascinating for the songs chosen -- pop-rock hits and Allen originals -- and for Nelson's treatments...

CAREER: Buying, Selling Music Merch: The Basics

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Revenue from merch can be a fantastic way to supplement your income as a performing musician, with the additional bonus of providing free advertising. Here we look at the basics of getting into the merch game, from design to sale. Guest post by Matt Holland of Gigsalad As a performer, you're always seeking out new ways to gain more potential clients. Buying and selling merch is a great way to advertise while providing you additional income. If you've never considered creating your own merchandise or always thought it would be too complicated, it's time to reconsider! Here are the basics to buying and selling merch...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: July 2018

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All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in July, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

RECORDING: Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi and the Organisation Release "Point Blank" on the Last Music Company Label on August 31

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'I don't think I set out to create a retro concept, but it's mostly what I hear in my head. Because I grew up in the 1970s, the music of that era which I love is deeply rooted within my musical ear,' says saxophonist m: Tony Kofi of this latest collection, which features the classic organ sound of The Organisation throughout...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Hank Jones

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All About Jazz is celebrating Hank Jones' birthday today! The oldest of the three Jones brothers (Hank, Thad and Elvin), Henry "Hank" Jones was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and grew up in Pontiac, Michigan, where he studied piano at an early age and came under the influence of Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum. By the age of 13 Jones was performing locally in Michigan and Ohio. While playing with territory bands in Grand Rapids and Lansing he met Lucky Thompson... Read more...

CAREER: How to Connect with Millennial Music Fans: 4 Ways

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One of the largest and most engaged market segments, millennial music fans are ripe to be marketed to. In this piece we look at four essential rules for making sure your next show or festival is packed to the gills with millennials. Guest post by Bill Leigh from Eventbrite Growth in the music industry is being driven by live music -- and growth in live music is driven by millennials. They're the largest generation by population, and some of the biggest live music fans as well. Are you selling enough tickets to millennial music fans...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pop Music Eats Itself: A&R is Facing a Data Driven Crisis

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It is no secret that data now drives who gets signed, with record labels chasing stats in search of the next streaming friendly hit. But analyst Mark Mulligan and some label execs are wondering how music can evolve when A&r is a reflection of current trends rather than as a tastemaker; and how an out of the box music can find a place with an increasingly closed loop of statistics...

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