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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Woody Shaw

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All About Jazz is celebrating Woody Shaw's birthday today! Woody Shaw, Jr. was born in Laurinburg, N.C. on December 24th, 1944 to Rosalie Pegues Shaw and Woody Shaw, Sr. He grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and began playing trumpet at the age of 11. Shaw attended Arts High School in Newark where he studied trumpet and music theory with Jerome Ziering. Newark has a rich Jazz history and many notable Jazz artists are originally from there, including Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gladden... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chet Baker

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chet Baker's birthday today! Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker Jr. was raised in a musical household in Oklahoma (his father was a guitarist), and coming of age in Southern California during the bebop era of jazz, Baker found success as a trumpet player in 1951 when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements. In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which was an instant phenomenon... Read more...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 25, 2017

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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 2 1 Pat Martino Formidable (HighNote) 269 277 -8 2 54 1 7 2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Patitucci

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Patitucci's birthday today! Born in 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, John Patitucci began playing the electric bass at age ten. John began composing and performing at age 12. At age 15, he began to play the acoustic bass and at age 16 began the piano. He quickly moved from playing soul and rock to blues, jazz and classical music. His eclectic tastes caused him to explore all types of music as a player and a composer... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: 12 Videos of Christmas

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Television has always done a blissful job of capturing the warm, kind spirit of the holiday season. Over the decades, twinkly TV specials with popular singers and sugary sets have showered viewers with music and post-card imagery. No matter your background or religion, these shows had a way of reminding everyone that goodness was a universal virtue...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Universal Music Group Signs "Unprecedented" Global Licensing Deal with Facebook, Instagram, Oculus

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Universal Music Group has signed a global licensing deal that will allow users of Facebook, Instagram and Oculus to use UMG music in uploaded videos and other user generated content. UMG becomes the first major music group to sign a deal with the social networking giant. According to the press release: 'The partnership will facilitate deeper engagement between artists and fans, empowering users to express themselves through music, share the songs they love and build communities around music-fueled culture. Enabling a variety of features across Facebook's platforms, the agreement is intended to serve as a foundation for a strategic partnership roadmap that will deliver new music-based experiences online...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Hank Crawford

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All About Jazz is celebrating Hank Crawford's birthday today! Hank Crawford was an alto sax sensation since he stepped out of the Ray Charles band back in 1963. A signature piercing, full bodied, blues, soul, and gospel drenched tone, sets him apart from the alto pack. He has an instantly recognizable voice, and his excellent choice of material suits his style perfectly. He is a bluesman turned preacher on the sax, and the sermon is always on time. Bennie Ross Crawford Jr. was born in Memphis... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Mixcloud Partners with Nielsen's Gracenote to ID Music in Tracks, Mixes

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Music streamer Mixcloud has partnered with Nielsen's Gracenote for advanced music recognition using Gracenote MusicID to more accurately identify copyrighted audio content and ensure proper royalty payments to rights holders. As the Mixcloud community of more than 1.2 million creators upload music mixes, radio shows and podcasts, Gracenote will automatically fingerprint each piece of content to identify copyrighted work and enable compliance. Once Gracenote MusicID identifies a song, Mixcloud maps it to its proprietary database of artist, label and publisher rights holders to facilitate proper and timely royalty payments...

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...

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