Jazz

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Green

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All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Green's birthday today! Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned into Jazz: "I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I\'d been hearing from my father\'s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird... it was a gradual process of teaching myself"... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Ken Page, Miller, Mulkerhar and Lefkowitz-Brown, C. Spencer Yeh and Andrew Lampert, Mark Lettieri, Anat Cohen and More

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It's a busy week for live jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with performances in styles ranging from cabaret to vintage jazz to fusion to experimental intermedia and beyond. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, April 4 Singer, actor and St. Louis native Ken Page, now living back in his hometown after a distinguished career on Broadway and in film, will perform his cabaret show for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify Ends Solid First Trading Day at $26.7b Valuation

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Spotify stock ended its first day as a public company with a valuation of $26.7 billion. The stock closed at $149.95 as more than 3o million shares traded hands at between $148.26 to and $169. The closing price was 14% of the $132 reference price set by the New York Stock Exchange prior to the start of trading. But while it was a solid start for Spotify, particularly at a time when the markets are volatile, there were some signs of choppy waters ahead...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Analysts Are Saying About Spotify

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[UPDATE 2, Spotify is madeits stock available to the public for the first time today in an unusual direct offering. While still an unprofitable company, Spotify has bested tech giants Apple, Amazon and Google to become the dominant player in music's dominate format- streaming. But will that be enough to make its stock soar at a time when the markets, and in particular tech stocks, are reeling from trade wars and Presidential tweets...

TRENDS: What Smart Speakers Mean for Music, the Music Industry [stuart Dredge]

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Stuart Dredge explores how the new hardware category of the smart speakers is transforming the music landscape and what the technology's rise could mean for the future of music and the music industry. Guest post by Stuart Dredge of Music Ally, originally appearing on Medium. Join Stuart and Music Ally at their Sandbox Summit NYC music-marketing conference in New York on 25 April...

CAREER: How to Achieve Longevity in the Music Industry

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Maintaining popularity in the music industry is no easy task, with a song or artist that's at one moment topping the charts suddenly becoming passe the next day. Here we look at how artists can achieve longevity in the turbulent music business. Guest post by Emily O'Connell of BandBasher Longevity is something that artists cannot take for granted. But in this day and age, the music industry can be so temperamental. Something that was popular last year - or even last week - can suddenly go out of fashion in the blink of an eye. However, some artists have held onto their fanbase and continued to push out new music that has hit the Billboard charts time and time again. They have been rewarded with longevity but even that within itself is a finicky thing...

RECORDING: Just Released: "Clockworks" (Songlines Recordings) Featuring Patrick Zimmerli Quartet with Ethan Iverson, Chris Tordini, John Hollenbeck

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Completing a 25-year compositional arc, saxophonist-composer m: Patrick Zimmerli releases his new jazz suite Clockworks (Songlines) following the release in 2016 of his first quartet's 1992 recording Shores Against Silence (with m: Kevin Hays, m: Larry Grenadier and m: Tom Rainey). Both records feature rhythmically and melodically advanced composition largely inspired by Zimmerli's love of serial composers such as Babbitt, Carter, Stockhausen and Boulez, though still grounded in a jazz ethos. Both explore a different third stream direction in jazz that Zimmerli made his own right from the start, and that for all its complexities compels attention first and foremost as music to be listened to...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Scott Lafaro

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All About Jazz is celebrating Scott LaFaro's birthday today! Rocco Scott LaFaro (1936-1961) was a musician of the first order, who found his \'voice\' in jazz in the mid-1950s. His played the double bass violin, better known today as the acoustic bass to differentiate this instrument from the electric (or electronic) bass. His life was cut short in an automobile accident in the summer of 1961 near Geneva, New York, his home town. Although he performed for only six years (1955-1961)... Read more...

TRENDS: Amazon Music Subscriptions Doubled in Last 6 Months

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Amazon Music has "tens of millions" of paying users and Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions having more than doubled in the last six months, according to Steve Boom, VP Of Music. Amazon Music is included in all Amazon Prime subscriptions, but Music Unlimited is an add-on service. As is generally Amazon policy, the executive did not share exact numbers, but its music services are believed to trail only Spotify and Apple in U.S. users...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Coryell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Coryell's birthday today! Musician magazine named him to its list of 100 greatest guitarists alive today, and after releasing more than 60 albums as a leader and playing on dozens more as a sideman in the last 40 years, Larry Coryell\'s definitely earned that honor. Exploring the sound of the six- string in an extraordinary number of settings, he\'s done straight-ahead jazz, classical-influenced solo guitar, funk- rock fusion... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: A Sultry Celebration of Jobim, Mostly

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The Bossa Nova All Stars put their stamp on the sultry sound of Brazil's most popular musical export on Saturday, March 31 in Venice FL, where they focused almost entirely on the extensive songbook of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim was one of the pioneers of bossa nova, a late 1950s fusion of the Brazilian samba and jazz. His contributions to the art form were mighty and are best known. The focus wasn't really surprising, considering that the singer featured in this program, Brazilian native Maucha Adnet, worked with Jobim for the final decade of his career. The band assembled by guitarist Nate Najar also included tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, vibes player Chuck Redd, bassist Tommy Cecil, and British drummer Matt Home...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Duke Jordan

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All About Jazz is celebrating Duke Jordan's birthday today! Duke Jordan was a pianist whose work with the saxophonist Charlie Parker endures in the jazz pantheon. Jordan was regarded as one of the great early bebop pianists, the sound that he helped to create in the postwar era was something new, and it remains a cornerstone of jazz. Irving Sydney Jordan was born in New York in 1922, and began his formal piano studies at the age of eight.He continued to study piano until he was 16... Read more...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: March 2018

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All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in March, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

FESTIVAL: Iconic Composer and Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith Presents 2nd Annual Create Festival April 7-8 in New Haven, CT

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'A trumpeter and composer of penetrating insight.' -- Nate Chinen, The New York Times Legendary composer and trumpeter m: Wadada Leo Smith presents the Second Annual e: CREATE Festival in New Haven, CT, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music that will feature world or US premiere performances of four new suites. Taking place Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018 at e: Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, CT, the festival will include performances by five separate ensembles over two evenings and include an exhibit of Smith's Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Scores. Performances take place at 7 p.m. each evening; exhibition walk-through on Sunday at 3 p.m. A full schedule of events is below. Tickets are $30 for each of the concerts; $55 for both. There is no charge for the exhibit. For information, please call 203-785-0468 or go here...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Christian Scott

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All About Jazz is celebrating Christian Scott's birthday today! Christian Scott, also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (born March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a two-time Edison Award winning (2010 and 2012) and Grammy Award nominated trumpeter, composer, producer and music executive. Christian's Grammy nominated international recording debut, Rewind That was called 'arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade' by Billboard Magazine... Read more...

CAREER: When to Consider Signing with a Label

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While many artists struggling to make it in the music industry may be under the impression that signing with a label is their holy grail, the reality is that signing is only beneficial some of the time, and that having the backing of a label can sometimes do more harm than good. Here we look at how to identify if the time is right...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: April 2, 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 Jeff Hamilton Trio Live From San Pedro (Capri) 243 277...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Stryker

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Stryker's birthday today! Whether you've heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 25 CD's as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him 'one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.' He was recently voted once again one of the Top Guitarists in the 2014 Downbeat Critics and Readers polls for the 7th time... Read more...

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