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CAREER: Music Minds Matter: Mental Health Support for Musicians

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In this article, the good people at 6/8 Music highlight Music Minds Matter, a UK based initiative which works to provide musicians with comprehensive mental health support, including advice, signposting, and professional therapeutic services. Guest post from the 6/8 Music Blog At 6/8 Music, we try to be more than just a record label. We are loud and proud in our pursuits to empower women, amplify marginalized voices, and break mental health stigmas. Inspired doesn't even begin to cover our feelings toward organizations working toward the same vision of equality and understanding in our society. For all of our admiration, we have created a monthly feature series on organizations that inspire us to work harder and smarter toward the goal of a better present, and a better future...

CAREER: 11 Ways to Get Hired for (or Fired from) a Gig as a Freelance Musician

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In the way of large-scale, logistically complex freelance performance, musical entrepreneur Ari Herstand breaks down eleven key components regarding how artists who are hired for a freelance gig should conduct themselves, particularly if they don't want it to be their last. Guest post by indie musician and author Ari Herstand of Ari's Take...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kevin Mahogany

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All About Jazz is celebrating Kevin Mahogany's birthday today! With over ten recordings as a leader, vocalist, businessman and educator Kevin Mahogany has been the standard setter for jazz vocalists for three decades. His broad baritone was forged in his hometown: the legendary jazz metropolis known as Kansas City; where he learned to swing like Charlie Parker, shout the blues like Big Joe Turner, and cry a ballad like Lester Young; while, extending... Read more...

FESTIVAL: Ystad 2018

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On southern Sweden's Baltic coast, the venerable town of Ystad is about to launch the 2018 edition of the festival that has made the medieval village, now a town of 29,00, a prime summer music destination in Europe. Officially named the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival, it has been notable for a cross-section of top Scandinavian groups alternating with well-known musicians from the US and elsewhere. This year's visiting American attractions will include pianist Monty Alexander and his trio; The Manhattan Transfer, a vocal group successful for nearly half a century; and Cecile McLorin Salvant, a Grammy-winning singer often rated by critics as a successor to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. The New York-based Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen will be a soloist with the formidable Bohuslan Big Band, a frequent audience favorite at Ystad...

VIDEO / DVD: Jimmy Smith: Portuguese Soul

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One of organist Jimmy Smith's most interesting albums is Portuguese Soul. Recorded for Verve in February 1973, the album remains unknown by many, largely because it was out of print for years. The album wasn't helped by the cover, which has a horror film poster thing going on in the design. Those who do know the album are often surprised to learn that it was arranged by Thad Jones, who conducted a large orchestra that sadly remains uncredited...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Christian

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All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Christian's birthday today! As the man who popularized the guitar in a jazz setting, his legacy lives on. Charlie Christian was born on July 29, 1916 in Bonham, Texas but was raised in Oklahoma City from the time he was two years old. Charlie\'s immediate family were all musically talented- his mother played the piano; his father sang and played the trumpet and guitar; his brother, Clarence, played the violin and the mandolin; and his oldest brother, Edward... Read more...

TECHNOLOGY: How Tech is Changing Live Music

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While much of the music industry's future remains in doubt, particularly where tech is involved, how advancements in technology will affect venues is a little more predictable. Here we look at four ways in which we can expect the live music experience to change as a result of technological reform. Guest post by Bill Leigh of Eventbrite...

EVENT: Come and Join the Fun at San Francisco's Rum&Sugar Bar's Free Jazz Nights

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San Francisco's e: Rum&Sugar Bar seeks to spread the word around the neighborhood about its free jazz nights. Rum&Sugar opened in December 2016, but 823 Geary has been a bar for over 70 years. It went through different hands and different stages from historical if slightly shady Castle Club bar, to a beautiful hidden pearl of Tenderloin, and a craft cocktail lounge with a full bar and a particular focus on rum and crafted cocktails...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Delfeayo Marsalis

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All About Jazz is celebrating Delfeayo Marsalis' birthday today! Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his 'technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor...' (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is '...one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.' (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Nels Cline 4 Offers Guitar Times Two

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This week, let's take a look at some videos of the Nels Cline 4, who are coming to St. Louis to perform on Friday, August 10 at Delmar Hall. They're on the road for a series of dates in August in support of their album Currents, Constellations, which was released in April on the Blue Note label. Cline probably is best known these days as a member of alt-rock band Wilco, but he started out playing jazz-fusion as a teenager in the late 1970s, recording and performing in bands with his twin brother, drummer Alex Cline. He subsequently has gone on to work with musicians such as Charlie Haden, Gregg Bendian, Wadada Leo Smith, Tim Berne, Vinny Golia, and Julius Hemphill, as well as leading a number of different bands...

CAREER: How to Find the Right Video Agency

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As a musician, a video agency can do wonders for your career, whether it's a music video or live show, having well produced footage of your band out there can do wonders for boosting your public profile. Provided, that this, that you choose the right agency. Guest post by Jeanette Kats from the Symphonic Blog...

EDUCATION: Ottawa Jazzworks Jazz Camp and Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register Now!

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JazzWorks is a jazz camp for adults and talented youth. There's still time to register! Call us now at 613-523-0316 to find out more. Join us as we celebrate 25 years in jazz education! The JazzWorks Jazz Camp is a great way for singers and instrumentalists to learn jazz theory and technique from innovative Canadian jazz musicians and international guests, in a relaxed and supportive environment. It's an intensive, adult-focused learning experience where participants of all levels can immerse themselves in improvisation, jazz history, composition and arranging, combo rehearsals and master classes, topped off with nightly jam sessions and concerts featuring camp participants alongside our faculty's world-class jazz pros...

RECORDING: Brazilian Pianist / Composer Abelita Mateus Releases "Mixed Feelings" on August 1st

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From Sao Paulo to New York City Everybody Loves Samba! Featuring Guitarist m: Romero Lubambo, Bassist m: Peter Slavov and more! "A mixture of excitement, sadness, 'saudades', happiness, failure, regret, luck- all of the things I was feeling at the time are in my music. I lived in Brazil for the first 30 years of my life. When I decided to move to another country, I had mixed feelings about the new challenges I was about to face...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: July 30, 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: Edward Simon

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All About Jazz is celebrating Edward Simon's birthday today! The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardon, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music. Born in 1969, Simon credits his father, Hadsy, for developing his passion for music and supporting him and his two brothers, Marlon and Michael, to become professional musicians. He attended the Philadelphia Performing Arts School... Read more...

OBITUARY: Patrick Williams is Gone

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Sorry to learn that composer, arranger and bandleader Patrick Williams died yesterday at 79. Prolific in his work for motion pictures and television, Williams was sometimes taken for granted -- but never by fellow members of the arranging fraternity or by the musicians who took part in recordings of his ingenious, often demanding, arrangements. Frank Sinatra chose Williams to do the arrangements for the singer's final studio albums. Williams' work on television series brought him several Grammy nominations. His music accompanied Colombo, Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, among others. He worked with with singers as varied as Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Tierney Sutton, Jack Jones, Andrea Bocelli, Paul Anka, Peter Cincotti, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan and Michael Feinstein...

INTERVIEW: Interview: Chubby Jackson

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Bassist Chubby Jackson is largely forgotten now, but in his prime he was one of the most dynamic band leaders in the late 1940s and '50s. For example, in 1949, his band featured Norman Faye, Al Porcino and Charlie Walp (tp); Mario Daone and Rob Swope (tb); Frank Socolow (as); Ray Turner and Al Epstein (ts); Marty Flax (bar); Teddy Charles (vib); Gene Di Novi (p); Red Kelly (b); Tiny Kahn (d,arr,vcl); Joe Harris (bgo,cga) and Chubby Jackson (cond,vcl). [Photo above of Chubby Jackson playing his five-string bass...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Drummer Warren Benbow's New Book, "A Drummers Story" Now Available

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Like many drummers I started out early, and by the time I was sixteen and a half I began playing my first professional gigs. It seemed to me that I was born a drummer. Here is a little about me: I've been fortunate to have performed and or recorded with artists like: Whitney Houston, m: Nina Simone, LL Cool J, m: Betty Carter, m: Michal Urbaniak with Ursula Dudziak, Teruo Nakamura and Super Friends, Mary J. Blige, m: Nancy Wilson, Brian McKnight, m: James 'Blood' Ulmer's 'Odyssey' Band, and many others...

RECORDING: West Side Story Reimagined for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

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An incredible new Latin jazz treatment of this timeless masterwork that premiered on September 26, 1957 redefining American musical theatre in celebration of the shows recent 60th Anniversary (2017) and Maestro Bernstein's Centennial (2018). Recorded live at e: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in NYC, this exciting new reimagining is West Side Story like you've never heard it before as performed by the amazing multi-Grammy nominated 21 piece Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. This set includes an accompanying 16 page booklet containing rare photographs and features the rhythms of various Latin American countries, and more with exciting new instrumental arrangements all done through the lens of the Latin jazz continuum...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Krantz

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Krantz's birthday today! Ex-sideman with Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Billy Cobham and others, has made six albums under his own name since 1991; three on the Enja label ("Signals", "Long to Be Loose" and "2 Drink Minimum"), one on the Alchemy label ("Separate Cages") and, most recently, the self-produced CDs "Greenwich Mean" and "Your Basic Live". Wayne\'s two recording bands during that time... Read more...

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