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ADVOCACY: Philadelphia Jazz Project Presents... the Remedy Project: The Arts of Healing

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The Philadelphia Jazz Project is a special initiative started by the Wyncote Foundation and fiscally hosted by Culture Trust / Greater Philadelphia. Its role is to grow the audience for Jazz in Philadelphia and to expand the possibilities for our artists on the local, regional and global scene.? One aspect of the work we do is to make music in service to the community. Since late 2016, PJP has quietly been working to develop a collaboration between area medical professionals who have a creative interest in music production and local Jazz musicians, some who have experienced healthcare emergencies and have been serviced by medical professionals. We sought out singers, poets, rappers and musicians who work within the HealthCare Industry to take part in this project. We wanted to engage Delaware Valley Healthcare Workers and Medical Professionals irrespective of job title, or affiliation...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Illinois Jacquet

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All About Jazz is celebrating Illinois Jacquet's birthday today! Illinois Jacquet is considered to be one of the most influential tenor saxophonists in the history of jazz music. Born on October 31, 1922, in Broussard, Louisiana, Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, at the age of 19 on the very first recording of his career, spawned an entirely new style and sound for the tenor saxophone. His classic solo on 'Flying Home' recorded with the Lionel Hampton Band at Decca Records in New York City, on May 26... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: 10 Jazz Clips with Scary Titles

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Today in the U.S., it's Halloween, an evening holiday where kids dress up in scary costumers and beg for candy at the doors of strangers by squealing, "Trick or treat." Since two companies now own all the candy brands here, kids arrive home with their bags only to dump out a mountain of four different types -- M&Ms, Milky Way, Three Musketeers and Snickers...

CAREER: Your Music Publishing Questions Answered

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At SoundExchange, they are often asked by recording artists and rights owners alike about who is responsible for whose royalties, how they get distributed, and which royalties SoundExchange doesn't administer. Here they share the answers to some of the most frequent questions. Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange...

RECORDING: Trombonist and Big Band Composer/Arranger Mariel Austin Releases Debut Ep Runner in the Rain

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NEW VOICE IN BIG BAND WRITING EMERGES IN AWARD-WINNING RISING JAZZ STAR Every so often, an article appears in print or social media that ponders whether jazz is dead or just on its last legs. While it's true that jazz is just a tiny part of the overall music market and the larger venues for jazz performance have become fewer over the last several years, the jazz culture has been kept alive by a growing cadre of hard core fans. And judging by the number of high schools and universities that offer specialized jazz education, the interest in the music among younger people is still very strong...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Clifford Brown

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All About Jazz is celebrating Clifford Brown's birthday today! He was the most brilliant trumpet player of his generation, an original and memorable composer, a dynamic stage presence and one of the authentic legends of modern jazz. Clifford Brown was born October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware. As a young high school student Brown began playing trumpet and within a very short time was active in college and other youth bands... Read more...

CAREER: 7 Tips on Networking in the Music Industry

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While amassing fans is certainly a key part of music industry success, cultivating and sustaining relationships with your industry peers is also essential to getting ahead in a tough field. Here we look at seven ultimate tips on how to network in the music industry. Guest post by Serena Dorf Whilst looking for that big break in the music industry, you have to focus on more than fans. Even though listeners are the supreme judge of quality and popularity, it is networking that makes an unknown artist known and a good one great...

CAREER: The S.T.A.G.E.S. of Email Marketing [part 3]

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In this third part of a multi-part series on the break down of the ins and outs of email marketing, Cheryl B. Engelhardt looks at how to design and launch a successful email marketing strategy and how to conduct ongoing management and maintenance of said strategy. Guest post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt of the TuneCore Blog...

VIDEO / DVD: Dexter Gordon and Karin Krog

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Dexter Gordon accompanied more vocalists than you might imagine. There was Helen Humes in 1950, Gladys Bentley in 1952, Kitty White in 1965, Pony Poindexter in 1966, Vi Redd in 1970, Miriam Klein in 1973, Eddie Jefferson in 1978 and Tony Bennett in 1990. In the mid-1940s, while in Lionel Hampton's band, Gordon accompanied Rubel Blakey; in Louis Armstrong's band in 1944, Gordon and the band accompanied Velma Middleton, Jimmy Ross and Pops himself; and with Benny Carter in 1946 he accompanied Maxine Sullivan, Lucy Elliott, Candy Ross and Kay Starr. And there were plenty of others...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Iceland's Tight-Knit Music Community Can Teach Us

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Recently the magical fairytale land that is Iceland has been making a quite a name for itself on the international scene, but it's been producing some incredibly successful musicians for years. Here we look at what Iceland's culture and unique, tight-knit music community can teach us about fostering a successful creative microcosm...

TECHNOLOGY: How Keywords Impact Your Site Ranking

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) was once critical to effectively growing one's presence on the internet, and while it is no longer the be all and end all thanks to the domination of social media, correct keyword choice still makes huge difference for artists and musicians when it comes to Google's algorithm and guiding traffic to their sites...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Zoot Sims

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All About Jazz is celebrating Zoot Sims' birthday today! John Haley "Zoot" Sims was born in Inglewood, California. Growing up in a vaudeville family, Sims learned to play both drums and clarinet at an early age. His father was a vaudeville hoofer, and Sims prided himself on remembering many of the steps his father taught him. Following in the footsteps of Lester Young, Sims developed into an innovative tenor saxophonist. Throughout his career, he played with renowned bands... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: John Stubblefield + Nat Adderley

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Chances are you are unfamiliar with John Stubblefield. The obscure saxophonist was versatile and could play soul-jazz, funk-jazz and avant-garde jazz in the 1970s and beyond. Which probably is why he recorded with so many different types of artists and groups over the course of his career. Stubblefield brought enormous heat and polish to his solos, often sounding different with each artist. He recorded with Anthony Braxton in May 1972, toured with Charles Mingus in early 1973 and recorded with Miles Davis on Get Up With It in September '73. Dollar Brand, Roy Brooks, Mtume, McCoy Tuner, Gill Evans, Lester Bowie, Stanley Cowell and Reggie Lucas followed between 1973 and mid-1976...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Rosenwinkel

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All About Jazz is celebrating Kurt Rosenwinkel's birthday today! Following a string of three acclaimed recordings for Verve Records that firmly established him as one of the most strikingly original new voices in jazz as both guitarist and composer (2000's The Enemies of Energy, 2001's The Next Step and 2003's Heartcore), Kurt Rosenwinkel returns with an all-star outing that is perhaps his most luminous and accessible to date... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Stefon Harris and Blackout'S "Sonic Creed"

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This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who's coming to St. Louis to perform starting next Wednesday, October 31 and continuing through Sunday, November 4 at Jazz St. Louis. Considered one of the top mallet percussionists in jazz, Harris has played here several times in the last few years, most recently as the guest artist with Jazz St. Louis' JazzU student ensemble in June, 2016 at the Bistro...

CAREER: Think Small: The Key to Building Genuine Music Community

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While the recorded industry may still be struggling, live music has seen an impressive 16% increase since 2016, with the market for live music now larger than ever before. One of the key takeaways from this lies in the value which consumers place on being able to intimately connect with these performers, suggesting that going small is essential to building a genuine music community...

OBITUARY: Is Japan Finally Ready for the Streaming Revolution?

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A new report by indie music rights agency Merlin highlights the slow but now steady shift towards music streaming in Japan, one of the world's last bastions of physical product. As the second largest music market in the world, Japan has been historically slow to take up streaming music despite the presence of advanced broadband capabilities in much of the country...

CAREER: An Essential Guide to Remarketing for Musicians

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In an effort to take some of the guessing out of music marketing, here Chris Robley explores the concept of remarketing, wherein artists use the past behavior of fans in order to predict how they'll behave and where they'll spend their money in the future. By Chris Robley of CB Baby from their DIY Musician blog...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Esperanza Spalding and William Parker Perform at Mind-Builders 40th Anniversary Gala on November 3 at Lehman College

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Mind-Builders 40th Anniversary Gala with Esperanza Spalding on November 3 at Lehman College Lehman Stages/Lovinger Theatre 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West Bronx, NY 10468 "Magic...pure imagination and also incredibly tactile." -- NPR Music Mind-Builders 40th Anniversary Gala at Lehman College celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center at Lovinger Theater at our first ever Gala event...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Hazeltine

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All About Jazz is celebrating David Hazeltine's birthday today! DAVID HAZELTINE is one of a handful of young pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the accumulated greatness and weight of a modern piano tradition. David\'s influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to such great living masters as Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris and Cedar Walton. David made his professional debut at age thirteen in Milwaukee... Read more...

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