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PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Joshua Redman and More

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With the area still in a post-holiday deep freeze, the calendar of live jazz and creative music this week in St. Louis unsurprisingly features just one significant touring performer, but there also will be the usual contingent of local musicians and singers braving the arctic-like conditions for your listening enjoyment...

VIDEO / DVD: Sonny Rollins: Koenig'S Leaders

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Yesterday afternoon I spoke at length with Sonny Rollins. We talk fairly regularly by phone, and this time we spoke about a wide range of career topics, from his time in India to his visits to the West Coast, where he recorded two remarkable albums for Contemporary Records in 1957 and '58. On his first trip to Los Angeles, Sonny was a member of the Max Roach Quintet, featuring Kenny Dorham (tp), Sonny Rollins (ts), Ray Bryant (p), George Morrow (b) and Max Roach (d)...

WEBSITE: 2017 All About Jazz / Jazz Near You Website Achievements

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2017 was an exciting year for both All About Jazz and Jazz Near You as our vision for the future came into greater focus and was reflected in our various achievements. We continued to explore new technologies, establish partnerships with industry leaders, and improve what has become the most advanced technical platform in jazz. Most of our accomplishments were a direct result of the support we received from our members through our ongoing fund drive. Your generous contributions made it possible for us to rapidly develop projects spanning areas that have come to represent what All About Jazz does best: publish compelling content daily, promote music discovery, network jazz people, aggregate and distribute event data, and offer web-based promotional services for jazz professionals...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chris Potter

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chris Potter's birthday today! A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him "One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet" while Jazz Times identified him as "a figure of international renown." Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply, "one of the best musicians around... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Teddy Wilson: Jan. 1, 1955

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Sixty-three years ago, on New Year's Day in 1955, pianist Teddy Wilson, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Jo Jones went into a studio for Norgran Records and recorded The Creative Teddy Wilson, a 7-inch 45-rpm set. The tracks were soon reissued on Verve as a 12-inch LP called Teddy Wilson: For Quiet Lovers. You'll find it at Spotify or at Amazon. Here's are a handful of songs from the album:  ...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: December 2017

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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 December, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total downloads. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Award Winning Musician and Bandleader Tatsuya 'Tat' Yoshinaga Performs at les Zygomates in Boston with the Xty Jazz Trio

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Multi-Instrumentalist, bandleader, and award-winning drummer Tatsuya 'Tat' Yoshinaga, will be performing at Les Zygomates in Boston featuring the XTY Jazz Trio. They will perform on January 3, 2018, from 8:00-11:00 PM at the Les Zygomates, 129 South St., Boston, MA. The XTY Jazz group is an exciting new collaboration between some of Boston's finest jazz musicians. Their classic jazz and blues sound has fresh energy and familiar authenticity that is capturing the attention of listeners, jazz critics and others who are new to the genre as well as long-time aficionados. The ensemble features Tatsuya 'Tat' Yoshinaga (drums and bandleader), Soohee Moon (piano), Doug Harrison (bass)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jonah Jones

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jonah Jones' birthday today! A talented and flashy trumpeter, Jonah Jones hit upon a formula in 1955 that made him a major attraction for a decade; playing concise versions of melodic swing standards and show tunes muted with a quartet. But although the non-jazz audience discovered Jones during the late \'50s, he had already been a very vital trumpeter for two decades. Jones started out playing on a Mississippi riverboat in the 1920s... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening and Viewing: Ernie Watts

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Ernie Watts, Wheel Of Time (Flying Dolphin) From his years with Buddy Rich in the 1960s through his long membership in the late bassist Charlie Haden's Quartet West and for years since, the tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts has had a noteworthy career. One of his longest associations has been with his European quartet and its rhythm section of pianist Christof Saenger, bassist Rudi Engel and drummer Heinrich Koebberling. Their Wheel Of Time has compositions by each of the quartet members plus Joe Henderson's jazz standard 'Inner Urge' and Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia's calypsoish 'Goose Dance...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lewis Nash

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lewis Nash's birthday today! Rhythm Is My Business" is the title of his debut recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists- from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today- and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 10... Read more...

CAREER: Developing a Gig Reminder Email Strategy

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For anyone involved with putting on a show- be it artist, promoter, or label- notifying a fanbase that the show is actually happening is essential, and one email usually isn't sufficient. Here we look at how to develop comprehensive, effective strategy for emailing gig reminders. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

CAREER: How Musicians Earn Money from Youtube

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While there's plenty of controversy regarding YouTube's role in the music industry, as one of the most popular sites in the world, it still represents a huge opportunity for artists to make money through their work. Here we look at how. Guest post by Jorge Brea of the Symphonic Blog YouTube is one of the most popular websites in the world. Millions of videos are uploaded each and every day covering a million different topics. There are pros, cons, and controversies associated with YouTube (as with many websites), but there is also a hell of an opportunity for many individuals that have a YouTube account with original material to make revenue...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Danilo Perez

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All About Jazz is celebrating Danilo Perez's birthday today! Grammy award winner Danilo Perez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time. In just over a decade, his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz (covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music) has attracted critical acclaim and loyal audiences. Danilo's abundant talents and joyous enthusiasm make his concerts both memorable and inspiring... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Earl Hines

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All About Jazz is celebrating Earl Hines' birthday today! A brilliant keyboard virtuoso, Earl 'Fatha' Hines was one of the first great piano soloists in jazz, and one of the very few musicians who could hold his own with Louis Armstrong. His so-called \'trumpet\' style used doubled octaves in the right hand to produce a clear melodic line that stood out over the sound of a whole band, but he also had a magnificent technical command of the entire range of the keyboard... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Cannonball in 1958

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On May 7, 1958, alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley appeared on an NBC-TV broadcast called The Subject Is Bop. He was part of the Billy Taylor All-Stars. The show was hosted by Gilbert Seldes, a music writer and critic who each week showcased a different jazz style illustrated by different guests...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Walter Norris

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All About Jazz is celebrating Walter Norris' birthday today! Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 27, 1931, Norris first studied piano at home with his mother, then with John Summers, a local church organist. His first professional performances were with the Howard Williams Band in and around Little Rock during his junior high and high school years. After graduating from high school, Norris played briefly with Mose Allison, then did a two-year tour in the US Air Force... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Oscar and Ella, 1961

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In 1961, Ella Fitzgerald was on tour in the U.K. with the Oscar Peterson Trio (pianist Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen). One of their stops was in Manchester, England, where they performed before a live audience at the studios of Granada TV. Here's Ella and Oscar...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Scofield

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Scofield's birthday today! When I first got into jazz -- around 1969, I came from playing R&B and Soul in High School. Jazz Rock was in its infancy stage and I was lucky enough to be around to experience the Golden Age of both Rock and Soul and see Jazz embrace that movement while I was trying to learn how to play straight-ahead Jazz. A lot of my early chances to actually gig were in various Jazz/Rock idioms... Read more...

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