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RECORDING: Danish Vocalist Maria Emrik Releases "My Christmas"

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New release from Danish jazz singer and songwriter m: Maria Emrik An Announcement from the desk of Danish music journalist Dave O. Smith: Maria Emrik has released a wonderful Christmas EP My Christmas. The EP contains three classic Christmas songs: "A Winter's Tale", "The Secret Of Christmas" and "Let It Snow." Maria has also composed two new, fabulous Christmas songs of her own "Christmas Time" and "Winter Song." They mix really well with the three classic and I am totally in love with her song "Christmas Time" which has a glow of "Good old" days...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 11, 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 1 1 Gregory Porter Nat King Cole and Me (Blue Note) 343 318 +2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Smith

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Smith's birthday today! Born James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. In the sixties and seventies he helped create the jazz style known as \'funk\' or \'soul jazz\'... Read more...

OBITUARY: Beverley Thorne (1924-2017)

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Beverley "David" Thorne, the last of the Case Study architects and the designer of Dave and Iola Brubeck's modernist California and Connecticut homes, died December 6 in Sonoma, Calif. He was 93. Bev's death was confirmed yesterday by architect, colleague and long-time friend Paul Wood, who said from France that Bev was admitted to the hospital in Sonoma last week with pneumonia...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Inside Music Analytics: Chris Stapleton Has More in Common with Etta James, Van Morrison, Otis Redding Than You Think

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In this piece Glenn Peoples looks at the rise of Chris Stapleton's cross genre success with is cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" and how the soulful country number has been able to capture the attention of audiences typically more focused on R&B/soul legends. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora, of Medium...

RECORDING: Jazz Dispensary Rolls out Two More Titles on Limited-Edition 'Top Shelf' Vinyl Reissue Series: The 3 Pieces" Vibes of Truth and Funk Inc.'s Self-Titled Debut Album

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Two new vinyl titles are being reissued as part of Jazz Dispensary's Top Shelf Series: The 3 Pieces' Vibes Of Truth, the lost 70's jazz-funk crossover classic off Fantasy, and Funk Inc.'s raw and funky, self-titled debut album off Prestige. This will be the first time in over 20 years these releases will be made available on vinyl...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

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All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today! Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more...

CAREER: 4 Reasons You Should Use Linkedin to Advance Your Music Career

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While most musicians take the time to actively develop their presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram, many artists may not bother with what the perceive as the more 'corporately oriented' LinkedIn. This could be causing them to miss out on a number of beneficial connections, however. Guest post by Paul Loeb from CD Baby's DIY Musician...

VIDEO / DVD: John Plonsky: Cool Man Cool

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The 1950s are a gold mine of lost trumpeters. No matter how many times I comb discographies, I come across another solid horn player whose name is likely unfamiliar to many jazz fans. On Monday I posted about Johnny Glasel and his Brasstet. Today, I'm looking at John Plonsky and his sole leadership album, Cool Man Cool (1957)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: CO-Founder Glenn Dicker Talks Seminal Indie Label Yep Roc

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In this interview Glenn Dicker, co-founder of Yep Roc records (now in its twentieth year), chats about the origins of the label, the value of genre diversity, suggests some essentials from their catalogue, and more. Guest post by Will Hodge of Noisetrade It's always an incredibly fun opportunity to chat with the industry professionals that help get the music that we love into our hands and our newest NoiseTrade One-on-One with Yep Roc Records co-founder Glenn Dicker is no exception. During our enlightening and entertaining discussion, Dicker gives us a little of Yep Roc's origin story, talks about celebrating 20 years as a label, speaks to the genre diversity of their upstarts-and-icons roster, recommends some quintessential Yep Roc releases, and much more...

TRENDS: Streaming Grew Profits for Warner Music Group in 2017

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Warner Music Group Corp. today announced its fourth-quarter, reporting growth in revenue, as well as, a net loss. 'We've now had five consecutive years of global revenue growth in constant currency, and the last two were up double digits,' said Steve Cooper, WMG CEO. 'Our momentum reflects the tremendous talent and appeal of our artists and songwriters, and the strength of our worldwide operating team," Ross continued. "Investing to maintain our growth will remain a priority into 2018 and beyond...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Greek Saxophonist and Composer Konstantinos Papachristou Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Contemporary Jazz Album Campaign

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Greek saxophonist and composer m: Konstantinos Papachristou has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund his first contemporary jazz album The Darkness of a Fairy Tale. Papachristou, from Athens, has had several recordings of his performances featured both on CD and Greek television. His latest album is firmly rooted in the ECM style...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Brubeck

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Brubeck's birthday today! Brubeck\'s mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Freddy Cole and Harry Allen, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Kirk Whalum, Chris Corsano and Darin Gray, and More

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This week's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis features lots more holiday-themed programming, with Christmas shows from two touring headliners and several local performers, plus at least a few shows that may not contain any seasonal music. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, December 6...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Pieranunzi

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All About Jazz is celebrating Enrico Pieranunzi's birthday today! Born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi has long been one of the best-known and appreciated personalities on the European jazz scene. Pianist, composer, arranger, he has recorded more than seventy CDs under his own name, ranging from solo piano to trio, and from duet to quintet. He has played in concert and in the studio with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Paul Motian, Chris Potter and Charlie Haden... Read more...

CAREER: When is the Best Time to Release an Album in 2018?

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As with every other aspect of marketing yourself in the music industry, when you choose to release your music can make all the difference. In this article we break down the best months in which to drop your new record as well as those months which will ensure a flop. Guest post by Janelle Rogers of Symphonic Blog...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: "Lights out at the Moulin Rouge" - New Book Remembers 1955 Las Vegas Performers

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A new novel about the controversial 1955 Moulin Rouge casino couldn't have come at a better time. The 15-acre Las Vegas property located at 900 West Bonanza Road was just in the news last month, and will be again in the upcoming year. It seems that the site of the former 1955 Moulin Rouge Casino and Hotel is up for grabs again. Many Las Vegas residents made their voices heard at a public meeting concerning the historic landmark. Locals made it very clear that turning the site of the city's first racially integrated casino into a government building was not an option they favored. So the county withdrew their winning bid and once again the property is on the market, or what some may consider the chopping block. One argument is that there are those who tend to forget the significance of the location and what it meant for blacks in Las Vegas. But apparently, there are also people who will never forget how significant the Moulin Rouge was to past, present, and future African Americans; especially entertainers. Author Charm Baker is the latter. Baker says her new novel: Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge is a way of keeping an important piece of ethnic and entertainment history alive. According to Baker: 'What's really sad is that most people; blacks in particular, don't even know anything about the 1955 casino or the mysterious circumstances under which the casino closed...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jim Hall's birthday today! Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary... Read more...

OBITUARY: Mundell Lowe (1922-2017)

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Mundell Lowe, an impeccable jazz guitarist, arranger and talent scout who recorded on many important East Coast jazz albums and introduced Bill Evans to Riverside producer Orrin Keepnews in the mid-1950s, died on December 2. He was 95. Few guitarists played with as many jazz greats as Mundy. The list includes Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Mary Lou Williams and Ben Webster. Mundy, as he was known among friends and insiders, had one of the smoothest sounds in jazz. He also had a breezy sense of swing and keen ear for harmony and the guitar's role in enhancing a rhythm section...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Connee Boswell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Connee Boswell's birthday today! Constance Foore "Connee" Boswell was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With her sisters, Martha and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell, she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters and became a highly influential singing group during this period via recordings and radio... Read more...

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