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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Cunliffe

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Cunliffe's birthday today! Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name... Read more...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Promotes House Concerts Through Jazz Near You

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A new website that connects house concert presenters, musicians, and fans Alternative jazz venues come in all shapes and sizes and with a growing trend in house concerts, Jazz Near You has created houseconcerts.jazznearyou.com to help existing home concert presenters generate greater turnouts, help musicians find more work (through house concert presentations), and offer guidance to anyone with an interest in hosting a home concert: from preparation to finding and booking a band...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Smith

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All About Jazz is celebrating Johnny Smith's birthday today! Guitarist Johnny Smith\'s career spans the decades of the 1940\'s through the 1990\'s. From the very beginning of his musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists. In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson, Benedetto, and the Heritage all have their signature Johnny Smith high end models as a tribute to this master. John Henry Smith, Jr... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jeff Beck

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jeff Beck's birthday today! Jeff Beck isn\'t your typical guitar legend. His goal, in fact, is to make you forget that he plays guitar. "I don\'t understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound," says Beck."Finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before is truly what gets me off... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Harrison

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All About Jazz is celebrating Donald Harrison's birthday today! Donald Harrison is being called one of the most important musicians of the new millennium by CBS Sunday Morning. A list of his accomplishments shows that he has developed into a musical category unto himself. In the classic jazz genre, he is the originator of the Nouveau Swing style which merges acoustic swing with modern R&B, second-line, hip-hop, Mardi Gras Indian music (New Orleans African American roots culture), and reggae rhythms... Read more...

RECORDING: When Grant Green Got Funky

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Two previously unissued Grant Green albums are giving the guitarist's music something of a comeback. Green, who died in 1979 when he was 47, recorded extensively for the Blue Note and Prestige labels in the 1960s and '70s with m: Stanley Turrentine, m: Kenny Dorham, m: Hank Mobley, m: Lee Morgan and other leaders. Later, Blue Note recordings under his own name included such distinguished sidemen as Hank Mobley, m: Sonny Clark, m: Elvin Jones, m: Houston Person and m: Larry Young...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Grant Green Story

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This week, we take a brief respite from previewing upcoming performances for a look at the recent documentary film The Grant Green Story. Born in St. Louis in 1931, Green was a popular jazz guitarist in the 1960s and '70s, recording for Blue Note and other labels and playing most of the major venues of the era. He was just 43 years old when he died of a heart attack in 1979, leaving behind six children and a discography that included more than 100 sessions for Blue Note alone plus numerous other recordings...

CAREER: Charity Gigs: Should I Do Them?

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As a performing musician, you will at some point undoubtably be asked to perform for free at a charity or non-profit, and while these gigs can be an excellent opportunity to do good, there are still times when they should be passed up on. Guest post by Brian Jenkins of Gig Salad Almost every artist or talent will be approached to do a gig for charity or nonprofit. It may seem like an easy choice to spread some good around and do the right thing, but there are often unintended consequences that can come from working for a discounted or free rate. If you're wondering about doing a gig for charity, take a look at some suggestions and boundaries from the GigSalad community...

RECORDING: New Bob Mintzer Big Band - New York Voices Album, "Meeting of Minds," out Now from MCG Jazz

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'Meeting of Minds focuses on the integration of voices with the big band. The combination of the dynamic writing styles of Bob Mintzer and m: Darmon Meader, from m: New York Voices, produces a very dense yet very fresh sonic palette. There are subtle harmonic and rhythmic nuances in the arrangements that blend together to deliver an engaging musical journey. The repertoire draws on the Great American Songbook from the 1930s and 1940s. Each arrangement transforms a classic song into a modern-day hit revealing the lasting power of a great song. In addition to the wonderful arrangements, the album showcases over a dozen powerful improvised solos from some of the top musicians in the world. The collaboration is truly a musically rich Meeting of Minds...

RECORDING: "My Shining Hour," New CD by San Francisco Bay Area Vocalist Jennifer Lee, Set for Release by Sbe Records on August 10

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With her first two albums, Oakland-based vocalist m: Jennifer Lee established herself as a gifted interpreter of the American and Brazilian Songbooks, producing a critically hailed body of work. On her new CD, My Shining Hour, Lee emerges as a composer who, in the nine years since her last release, has developed a striking repertoire exploring the human condition with humor, compassion, and imagination...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: June 25, 2018

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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 Joey Alexander Eclipse (Motema) 302 285 +17 2 49 1 7 2 2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Hermeto Pascoal

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All About Jazz is celebrating Hermeto Pascoal's birthday today! Hermeto Pascoal is a prolific musician and composer who transcends category. Hermeto often uses unconventional instruments such as teapots, children\'s toys, found objects, and -- sometimes, without harming them -- live animals. He uses nature as a basis for his compositions, as in his Musica da Lagoa, where the musicians burble water and play flutes while immersed in a lagoon... Read more...

RECORDING: John Coltrane: Both Directions

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On March 6, 1963, saxophonist John Coltrane was at Rudy Van Gelder's recording studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. Between 1 and 6 p.m., Coltrane's "classic quartet" recorded 14 songs, including two untitled Coltrane originals that were recorded just once. As I write in my Wall Street Journal review of the album this week (go here), the newly discovered music is astonishing and hugely important...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Reed

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All About Jazz is celebrating Eric Reed's birthday today! When you think of hard-driving swing, daring expression, sophistication and elegance in artistry, formidable technique and a thunderous sound, there are only a very small handful of contemporary pianists you think of and one of them is most assuredly ERIC REED. But don't think of him as a just a pianist; Eric is one of his generation's most advanced thinkers in music. Born in the musically rich city of Philadelphia, PA... Read more...

CAREER: 5 Reasons to Release Your Music on Vinyl

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While it would have been hard to believe a decade ago, vinyl is back on the charts as a medium of music consumption. In this piece we look at the pros and cons of putting your music on vinyl, and why a format that may seem cumbersome and expensive just might be worth the investment Guest post by Sylvia of Vinyl Price Comparison Search from Music Marketing Guy...

CAREER: Video Marketing in 2018: Artist's Guide

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The stats on video clearly demonstrate that it's one of the best ways for artists to both engage with their audience and spread their message. Here we look at what artists need to consider in terms of originality and content in order to make their video stand out. By Andrew Jones of Checkered Owl Media from Indie On The Move...

RECORDING: Hammond B3 Player Jocelyn Michelle Releases "Live at Viva Cantina" on Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup Label

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Organist m: Jocelyn Michelle's newest CD, Live At Viva Cantina (Chicken Coup Records, June 8, 2018), is a toe tapping, festive project of serious music that doesn't take itself too seriously. Although she's lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for several years, she decided to record this CD back in Los Angeles, her old stomping ground, where she and her husband, guitarist m: John Rack, lived and worked for many years. Viva Cantina is a Mexican restaurant and music performance venue with two stages in Burbank. It has the kind of party atmosphere that Jocelyn thought would be a good fit for a live performance with her band...

RECORDING: Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" on Cafe Pacific Records

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For vocalist m: Gary Brumburgh, the lyrics of a song are like dialogue from a play, and when he sings, he approaches the material much like an actor prepares for a role. The lyrics, along with the music, suggest to him a scene and a persona with distinct emotions and motivation. This technique allows him to pour himself into a song, creating a highly personalized interpretation of the lyrics. Thinking like an actor comes naturally to Brumburgh, who has a long stage and screen acting resume that dates back to the 1970s...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Dolphy

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All About Jazz is celebrating Eric Dolphy's birthday today! Eric Allan Dolphy was a jazz musician who played alto saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists; he is arguably the greatest jazz improviser on either instrument. On early recordings... Read more...

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