Jazz

VIDEO / DVD: Michel Sardaby: Gail

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One of France's best kept secrets is pianist Michel Sardaby. Born in Martinique in 1935, Sardaby moved to Paris in the early 1960s and has recorded there as well as in New York and Tokyo with a range of leading American and French jazz artists. A bluesy, soulful player, Sardaby gently coaxes all of the feeling out of a song, especially his originals...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Are Catalog Releases Making the Music Charts Inaccurate?

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When it comes to measuring album success, it has long been a practice to focus only on the 'frontline' releases, with music being relegated to a label's 'catalog' after eighteen month. Thanks to the age of streaming, however, music often sees increased increased spins in the years following its release, leading some to question if the charts are still accurate...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: "Massive Victory" for Songwriters, Publishers as Court Allows Fractional Licensing - Bmi, Ascap React

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In a major victory for songwriters and publishers, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice which had sought to end the practice of fractional music licensing. The U.S. Second Circuit agreed with Judge Louis L. Stanton's September 16, 2016 decision that the BMI consent decree allows for the practice of fractional licensing...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Leonardo Pavkovic's Moonjune Records Keeps Progressive Jazz and Fusion Alive

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As legendary composer/musician Frank Zappa once said, 'Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.' That statement could still describe much of the 'jazz' music being released today. However, it definitely does not apply to MoonJune Records! Brutally independent MoonJune Records, operated by no more and no less than one person only- multilingual globetrotter and renaissance man Leonardo Pavkovic (whose main activity consists in USA and international booking of artists not on MoonJune Records, in the genres of jazz, fusion, progressive and classic rock)- has landed at the 4th place in the DownBeat's 82nd Annual Poll (2017). DownBeat is the most prestigious Jazz magazine in the world. In 2016 MoonJune reached the 7th place in the same poll. It's an achievement for someone whose main activity is something else, while running label as a labor of love...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

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All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Willis' birthday today! Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean's landmark 1965 album 'Right Now!,' the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman with such jazz titans as Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and Woody Shaw. Larry was born in 1942 in Manhattan's Harlem... Read more...

WEBSITE: Member Page vs Musician Page: What's the Difference?

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If it has been a while since you last updated your musician page, you may find the All About Jazz member page and musician page relationship confusing. We're here to help. To clarify, everyone signs up at All About Jazz and creates a member account. Musicians take an extra step and create their professional (musician) page. We email you the how-to instructions when you sign up at the website...

RECORDING: "Moving Day," 2nd CD by Bassist/Composer Mark Wade and His Trio, Set for February 2nd Release

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On their 2015 debut, Event Horizon, bassist/composer m: Mark Wade and his trio displayed an uncanny empathy and earned a warm reception from press, radio, and fans. Moving Day, his sophomore recording which will be released February 2 by his label Mark Wade Music, showcases the evolution of the trio's tight, seemingly telepathic interplay...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Brookmeyer

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Brookmeyer's birthday today! Bob Brookmeyer has an unusually varied and extensive background in all forms of improvised and composed music. He was born December 19, 1929, attended Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he won the Carl Busch Prize for Choral Composition. He arrived in New York playing piano with Mel Lewis and Tex Benecke, staying there to perform the music of Eddie Sauter with Ray McKinley, free lancing with musicians such as Coleman Hawkins... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Pandora's Genome Can Tell Us About the Sounds of 2017

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Here we look at breakdown of popular music on Pandora from a genre-based angle and how streaming, in addition to bringing in a majority of the revenue in music, is also reshaping the music itself, and allowing a more diverse group of artists and musical influences to reach listeners. Guest post by Emily Blake of Next Big Sound...

CAREER: Digital Marketing Tools, Resources for Independent Artists [part 1]

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In part one of this two piece article, we break down some of the tools available to independent artists to employ as they balance their role of both musician and marketer, and what resources they can utilize to put themselves ahead of competitors when it comes to digital marketing. Guest Post by Raj Shah of the TuneCore Blog...

AWARD / GRANT: Doris Day Christmas Album

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Each December for the past 10 years, I've carefully chosen a different album for inclusion in my annual JazzWax Vintage Holiday Album Hall of Fame. I established this yule repository in 2008 to steer you to great old-fashioned favorites that may be unknown to you or have been forgotten. I'm a shameless fan of holiday music, provided it meets my criteria: smart song choices and arrangements...

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

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A Drummer's Story by Warren Benbow is now available. Jazz is one of the major forms of musical expression. In the 1970s, jazz was moving away from strict acoustic instruments and was adding electric instruments -- turning its style toward rock music. Warren Benbow, who has been playing drums since he was young, details the changes jazz music underwent in his artistic memoir, A Drummer's Story...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wadada Leo Smith

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wadada Leo Smith's birthday today! ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet-player, multi- instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in the creative contemporary world music for over thirty years. His theory of Jazz and World music was significant in his music development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith\'s early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen... Read more...

OBITUARY: Keely Smith (1929-2017)

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Keely Smith, a vocalist best known in the 1950s at nightclubs and on TV as the stone-faced half of a husband-and-wife comic duo in which she impatiently waited out and mocked the rubbery crooning style of mate Louis Prima before delivering a sincere pop rendition of her own, died on December 16. She was 89...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: James Booker

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All About Jazz is celebrating James Booker's birthday today! The Piano Prince. As a pianist from New Orleans, he has no peers,though there is legion of those who have tried to imitate, duplicate and emulate his phenomenal approach on the keys. James Carroll Booker III was born in New Orleans on December 17, 1939, son of a minister, who played piano. It was his sister's music teacher who taught him piano scales and to read music. He was known for his musical gifts at an early age... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Abercrombie

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Abercrombie's birthday today! Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds (he played electronic mandolin on McCoy Tyner\'s 1993 album 4x4) and nontraditional ensembles (recent quartet recordings have included violinist Mark Feldman), Abercrombie is a restless experimenter... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/Spring 2018 Jazz Preview, Part 1

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With 2017 winding down, it's time for StLJN's winter/spring preview, offering a look via video at the jazz and creative musicians who will be coming to perform in St. Louis in the first part of the new year. Going, as usual, in chronological order, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman will be the first well-known jazz visitor to St. Louis in 2018, checking in with his quartet for four nights of performances from Wednesday, January 3 through Saturday January 6 at Jazz at the Bistro...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sound Diplomacy: Improving Music Cities Worldwide

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For a music community to develop and thrive, it needs a city to grow in. So what is about iconic cities like London, Chicago, and Nashville that allow a local music culture to thrive, and how is this culture affected by governments and business? Sound Diplomacy seeks to answer these questions. Guest post by Leticia Trandafir of Landr...

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