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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: James Carter

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All About Jazz is celebrating James Carter's birthday today! Sometimes it takes an extraordinary talent to inspire an unprecedented piece of music. For Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra, the epiphany struck in the midst of a tenor saxophone solo by James Carter, who was appearing as the featured soloist with legendary soprano Kathleen Battle. Long fascinated by the horn, Sierra immediately realized he had encountered a master capable of playing anything he could imagine... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Trombone Shorty

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All About Jazz is celebrating Trombone Shorty's birthday today! Since the release of their Grammy-nominated 2010 debut album, Backatown, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue have grown creatively while winning hordes of new fans performing nonstop on five continents. Their latest album, For True, offers substantive proof of their explosive growth, further refining the signature sound Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has dubbed "Supafunkrock." "There was excitement from everywhere... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya 'Tat' Yoshinaga Performs at Saloon in Davis Square with the Anthony Crescente Quartet

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Multi-Instrumentalist and award-winning drummer Tatsuya 'Tat' Yoshinaga will be performing at Saloon in Davis Square featuring the Anthony Crescente Quartet. They will perform on December 31, 2018, from 10:00 PM-2:00 AM at the Saloon, 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA. The ensemble features Anthony Crescente on guitar, Tatsuya "Tat" Yoshinaga on drums, Alex Peabody on saxophone, and Shourin Sen on bass...

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: Shirley Horn: Bern, 1990

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Happy New Year to all of my JazzWax readers around the globe and to my Facebook friends and 10.7K Twitter followers! As a New Year's Day treat, I'm sharing a link that pianist Leslie Pintchik sent along featuring the splendor that was Shirley Horn. In the video, she sings and plays at the International Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland, in 1990, backed by bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams. Part 1 leads into the next five parts. So just sit back in your pajamas or sweats and enjoy. As you'll hear, a relaxing way to start 2019...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: December 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 December, 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...

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...

VIDEO / DVD: Chet Baker: '60s, '70s And '80s

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The last day of the year always feels exhilarating and melancholy. Exhilarating, because we're on the threshold of a new year fresh with promise and hope. Melancholy, because another year is sliding from the present to the past, becoming a memory rather than a real-time experience. It's a day of sighs...

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...

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...

CAREER: Advice All Music Writers Should Follow in 2019

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As another year turns over, the music business has become unrecognizable from how it was almost 20 years ago, where the value of music journalists and their role in the industry has been called into question. Here we look at how music writers can best navigate this rocky new landscape moving into 2019...

RECORDING: Pianist Dan Papirany Releases New Trio Album

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Pianist m: Dan Papirany new trio album entitled 2018 was recorded in BARS studio in Bundaberg, Australia. It features Papirany on piano Marsh Robinson on bass and Steve Wright on drums. The trio performs standards and Papirany's original tunes. The album was recorded over three separate sessions on the 17th of November 2018 and December 16th and 17th and is now available via digital downloads through cdbaby.com...

RECORDING: Guitarist Markus Reuter Releases First Christmas Album

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Poly-disciplinary musician and touch guitarist Markus Reuter has just released his first Christmas album&#151a free, limited-availability-period recording of five traditional christmas songs (each of which has been given markus' distinctive loop/solo/soundscape treatment). As with much of Markus' music, the pieces are accessible and enjoyable while concealing hidden depths. Beneath and behind Markus' soulful touch guitar renditions of the original melodies, billowing detailed soundscapes are built on re-examinations and explorations of the pitch series of each tune. Listeners can enjoy the simple snowfall, or choose to tunnel deeper into the ice kingdom. A parallel universe... strangely hypnotizing...

RECORDING: Jessica Jones and Tony Jones Two New Releases January 22! Jessica Jones Quartet Continuum (with Special Guest Ambrose Akinmusire) and Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness Quartet

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Jessica Jones Quartet CONTINUUM with Special Guest Ambrose Akinmusire PLUS: PITCH, RHYTHM AND CONSCIOUSNESS QUARTET Tuesday, January 8th at 7pm Reva Records 'Live' Recording featuring vocalist Candace Jones (during Jazz Congress week- join us!) ShapeShifter Lab 18 Whitwell Pl. Brooklyn, New York 11215 phone: 646-820-945...

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: Rare Docs: Goodman and Byas

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Two rare videos surfaced this week. The first is The Art of Performing, taped for television in 1967. It features Benny Goodman (cl), Clark Terry (tp,flglh), Zoot Sims (ts), Hank Jones (p), Gene Bertoncini (g), Milt Hinton (b) and Ed Shaughnessy (d). Earlier versions of this taping were bottle green and largely unwatchable...

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: Billy Eckstine: MR. B in Paris

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One of the least known albums recorded by singer Billy Eckstine is one of his best -- Mr. B in Paris. Recorded for Britain's Felsted label while Eckstine was on tour in Europe between releases for Roulette, the album features the baritone singing 12 songs in French backed by the Bobby Tucker Orchestra. Mr. B in Paris was produced by Quincy Jones and arranged by Jones, Billy Byers and Bobby Tucker. The orchestra was recorded in Paris in 1957 while Eckstine's vocal was overdubbed in London in 1958. Little is known about the musicians on the date, other than the inclusion of Don Byas (ts), Bobby Tucker (p), Pierre Michelot (b) and Kenny Clarke (d). The album was released in France on the Barclay label and in England on Felsted, a Decca subsidiary. It's unclear if the album was ever released in the States on a U.S. label...

CAREER: 10 Basic Concepts for Success in Today's Music Business

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As with so many industries, the music business has undergone a massive transformation over the past few years, meaning the rules for success have changed as well. Here we look broadly at ten basic concepts for advancing in the contemporary music business. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Much has changed in the music industry over the last few years that affect an artist's ability to be successful. Some of it is brand new and a result of the technology we use, while some of it is good common sense that's been used over and over over many decades of the business. Here are 10 basic business concepts taken from my Music 4.1 Internet Music Guidebook (in no particular order) that an artist, musician, producer or songwriter needs to grasp in order to be successful in today's music environment...

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