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CAREER: Rules for Success for Blockchain Music Entrepreneurs [george Howard]

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While blockchain has long been thought of as God-send and natural fit for the music industry, the budding technology has yet to live up to the hype surrounding it. In his "Howard Test," George Howard outlines what it will take for the technology to reach its potential. Part 1 Guest post by George Howard. This article originally appeared on Forbes...

CAREER: Things to Consider when Building Your Band Website

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The potential of your band's website is huge, and it can be so much more than just a place to dump content. We look at some key things to consider from the beginning to make sure your website becomes the best it can be. Guest post by the Soundfly Team of Soundfly's Flypaper We've got an awesome new free course, made in partnership with our friends over at Bandzoogle, called How to Create a Killer Musician Website. Your website is so much more than just a place to put information about your band and leave it there forever -- it can be an interactive hub where all of the news, media, and energy behind your music-making venture collide for fans and industry folks alike...

EDUCATION: Global Association for Interconnective Arts Will Explore, Define, and Implement New Ways of Educating Music Students

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Five prestigious music programs have formed a new international organization to prepare young musicians to become jazz ambassadors in and beyond their communities. The Global Association for Interconnective Arts (GAIA) -- comprising the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and Siena Jazz Academy -- will explore, define, and implement new ways of educating music students...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Barney Kessel

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All About Jazz is celebrating Barney Kessel's birthday today! Legendary musician, guitarist, influential jazz artist, composer, arranger, session player, record producer, one of the leading figures in West Coast jazz, later delving into hard bop, Barney Kessel is now generally considered by fans, critics and fellow musicians around the world to be arguably one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Barney Kessel was truly everywhere as a musician. People, who had never heard of him... Read more...

RECORDING: John Scofield: Combo 66

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John Scofield is a gentle, soulful guy. When we talk by email, he's as kind and as thoughtful as a fence-fixer in the middle of rural Vermont or Wyoming eager to provide driving directions. That's quite a contrast from the monster guitarist you hear on his recordings. But that's the beauty of John. When John and I write each other, he reminds me of guitarist Jim Hall, who also played with enormous edge and had a neighborly, relaxed demeanor when off-duty...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 8 Ways to Build a Musician's Marketing Strategy

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The music industry is a massive and competitive field, and while it may be chock full of talented composers and performers, somewhat more rare is the talent who is also a gifted marketer. Like many such things, however, such skills can be learned, so here we look at eight key ways in which artists can build a good marketing strategy...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Hargrove

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All About Jazz is celebrating Roy Hargrove's birthday today! Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of this generation\'s premier players in jazz and beyond. Hargrove was born in Waco, TX on October 16, 1969. Inspired by the gospel music he heard in church on Sundays and the R&B and funk music that played on the radio, Roy began learning the trumpet in the fourth grade. By junior high school, he was playing at an advanced level of proficiency. At 16... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Donald Byrd: Byrd's Word

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Blue Note's art direction in the early 1950s was so compelling and future forward that we often forget that Savoy also recorded a significant number of knockout albums during this period. Donald Byrd's By rd's Word is a prime example. Recorded for Savoy in September 1955 and produced by Ozzie Cadena, the album featured a killer quintet -- Donald Byrd (tp), Frank Foster (ts), Hank Jones (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Kenny Clarke (d)...

CAREER: 8 Reasons People Hate Your Website

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Having a website is a hugely important aspect of establishing your brand and web presence as an artist, but that doesn't mean your website can still suck. Here we look at some of the top complaints consumers have had when using artist websites in the past. Guest post Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Wow, you just had a new website built and you're really proud of it. Congratulate yourself that you've gone the extra mile to actually have a website presence (many feel they can get by only with social media these days, which is a gigantic strategy flaw), but remember that even though it might look cool you still might be incorporating some elements that visitors actually hate. Here's an excerpt from the 2nd edition of my Social Media Promotion For Musicians book that can help you get a handle on what visitors don't like...

CAREER: 3 Digital Marketing Trends You Need to Know

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The world of digital music marketing is complex and ever shifting, making success in such an area a challenge. That said, there are some things we can do to try and keep up. Here we look at three current marketing trends every entrepreneuring artist ought to be aware of. Guest post by Aaron Bogucki from AWAL...

CAREER: Improving Your Band's 'Bookability'

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One the great headaches of operating as a DIY musician results from the challenge of booking a lineup of shows, whether it's a a single festival slot of populating a an entire tour, it can all be made easier by increasing your band's "bookability". Guest post by Patrick McGuire of Soundfly's Flypaper...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Mixcloud Inks Universal Music Group Direct Licensing Deal

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Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. Under the deal, UMG artists will be compensated for use of their music on Mixcloud's ad-supported and yet-to-launch subscription crowdsourced radio platform. The global agreement, excluding China and Japan, includes payment for previous use of UMG music. WMG signed with the streamer late in 2017...

RECORDING: Tony Adamo: Was out Jazz Zone Mad Reviewed by Jazz Weekly

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One of the great things about m: Tony Adamo is that you just can't peg him down. He's part vocalist, poet, street preacher, hip uncle, but above all, a jazzer with a grooving heart. On this album, he lays down the jazz laws of life's observations with the highly funkified team that includes legendary drummer m: Mike Clark along with m: Jack Wilkins, m: Mike LeDonne, m: Donald Harrison, m: Tim Ouimette and various other cats who sit in for some snapping beats...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today! Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to "Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," "Whoop-up," "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV\'s Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Pepper Adams Plays Mingus

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Berry Gordy hedged his bets in 1962.Though the founder of Motown had his first #1 pop and R&b hit with the marvelettes' please mr. postman in late 1961, the following year was dry. so gordy formed other labels -- Gordy, Mel-o-dy, Divinity and Workshop -- to diversify and reach different radio stations. Workshop was a jazz label that tapped into local musicians. Gordy knew the Detroit jazz market well, having run a jazz record store in the 1950s that went belly up and motivated him to start Motown in 1959...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Garrison Fewell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Garrison Fewell's birthday today! "The guitarist formerly known as one of Boston\'s most eloquent inside players has become one of its leading experimenters," writes Boston Phoenix\'s Jon Garelick, who included Fewell\'s ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, on his best of 2009 list. Fewell, a professor at Berklee College since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 35 years as one of the jazz world\'s premier performer/educators... Read more...

RECORDING: Francois Houle's, Alexander Hawkins' and Harris Eisenstadt's Collective Trio Will Release You Have Options on November 9 on Songlines

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This collective trio was born when the late (and greatly missed) Ken Pickering, co-founder and artistic director of Vancouver's jazz festival, recommended m: Alexander Hawkins for the piano chair in a new Houle project for the 2014 festival. Houle already had Brooklyn-based fellow Canadian m: Harris Eisenstadt in mind -- Harris had recently toured and recorded in his 5+1 project (Genera, Songlines 2012). And Eisenstadt and Hawkins had played together for years in the collective Convergence Quartet. The Oxford-based Hawkins however was unknown to Francois, but the latter agreed on the spot, such was his trust in Ken's judgement...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Konitz

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Konitz's birthday today! Konitz is sometimes regarded as the preeminent cool jazz saxophonist, because he performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill, Lennie Tristano (both often cited as important cool jazz proponents of the mid 1940s), and with Miles Davis on his epochal Birth of the Cool, which gave the form its name... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: S.T.A.G.E.S. of Email Marketing

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Musician and manager of a career consultation sight Cheryl B. Engelhardt breaks down the steps to successful email marketing, and outlines how to effectively gather and engage with fans. Part 1 Guest post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This is the first in a multi-part series by Cheryl B. Engelhardt, singer/songwriter, composer, and the owner of the music career consultation site In The Key of Success. Cheryl will be breaking down the key S.T.A.G.E.S. of email marketing for independent artists - we invite you to follow along over the next few weeks, as we're sure you'll be walking away with some hugely helpful tips for your email marketing strategy...

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