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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brad Mehldau

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All About Jazz is celebrating Brad Mehldau's birthday today! Pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau's most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio. Mehldau also has a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle, and a record called Places that includes both solo piano and trio songs... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Candoli, Rosolino + Scott

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In May 1973, trumpeter Conte Candoli, trombonist Frank Rosolino and Tony Scott on baritone saxophone were on tour in Rome backed by a local big band. The orchestra included Conte Candoli, Oscar Valdambrini, Cicci Santicci, Alvise Verzella, Beppe Cuccaro, Al Corden (tp); Frank Rosolino, Dino Piana, Ennio Gabbi, Mario Midana, Ernesto Pumpo, Gennaro Marullo (tb); Tony Scott (cl,bar); Attilio Donadio (as); Giancarlo Barigozzi, Salvatore Genovese (ts); Santino Tedone, Gianni Basso (saxophones); Carlo Zoffoli (vib); Antonello Vannucchi (p); Enzo Grillini (g); Giorgio Azzolini, Giorgio Rosciglione (b) and Vincenzo "Enzo" Restuccia (d)...

TECHNOLOGY: Google Overtakes Amazon in Smart Speakers

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Fresh research has revealed that Google has pulled ahead of Amazon in the smart speaker department, the latest move by the tech giant in its quest to be the best in the biz at tracking users and building speech recognition tools. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy According to the Canalys research outfit, Google has taken the lead over Amazon for the first time in the acquisition of biometric identifying data-aka 'smart speakers'. It should come as no surprise that Google is vastly more interested in acquiring 'phonemes' by which to identify users and track them through a variety of means...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Malachi Favors

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All About Jazz is celebrating Malachi Favors' birthday today! Malachi Favors- acoustic bass Malachi Favors was the mainstay bassist in a remarkable group that combined traditional elements of jazz and blues, West African music, chanting, ritual, abstract sound and silence. The Art Ensemble of Chicago was one of the landmark groups of experimental jazz. But with all its theatricality the rudiments were not slighted. Favors, a concise, direct and eloquent player... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jack Costanzo, 1920-2018

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The percussionist Jack Costanzo was so closely identified with his instrument that early in his career he became known as 'Mr. Bongo.' Costanzo died over the weekend at his home near San Diego, California. He was 98. During his long career he worked with Stan Kenton, Nat Cole, Charlie Parker and dozens of other musical stars. He was frequently featured in motion pictures and television programs in duets with celebrities including dancer Ann Miller, singer Judy Garland and actor Marlon Brando -- a fellow bongo player who studied with Costanzo...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Count Basie at Birdland

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If you were lucky enough to see Count Basie live in New York in the 1950s, you probably saw him at Birdland, where his band was in residence for several months of each year. I can't even imagine how the Basie band must have sounded in that tight room, especially playing April in Paris. Fortunately for us Steve Allen did a segment on Basie and the band and took his show's TV cameras down there for the music...

CAREER: Why Every Indie Needs a Developer Ninja

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In this latest piece from indie.ninja, two industry experts with experience in both software development and the music business outline some important rules for successfully implementing effective project development into your work. Guest post by Constantinos Mavromoustakos and Ray Canapini of Indie.ninja...

CAREER: What Makes for a Great Musician Website?

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For any band or artist, having a strong web presence is key to your success, particularly when it comes to your website. In this piece we look what components make for a good website, and how you can work to improve yours. Guest post by John Hull of Soundfly's Flypaper We've got a brand new free course, made in partnership with our friends over at Bandzoogle, called How to Create a Killer Musician Website. And in the process of making it, we spent a ton of time looking at artist websites, and we're pleased to share some quick information about what we think makes a big impact on potential fans. But first, here's course instructor Delaney Gibson's take...

EVENT: International Jazz Composers' Symposium Set for May 16-18, 2019 at the University of Northern Colorado -- Featured Artist Lineup Announced!

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The fourth International Jazz Composers' Symposium, co-sponsored by the University of Northern Colorado and the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC), will be held in the new School of Music facilities at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO from May 16-18, 2019. The Symposium is designed as a forum to bring jazz composers of all ages and nationalities together for an informal exchange of ideas, information, and inspiration...

WEBSITE: Jazz Near You Platform Improvements: Summer 2018

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The Jazz Near You platform continually improves resulting in an ever-growing list of concerts and venues while boosting event attendance and ticket sales worldwide. Some recent improvements include: Jazz Festival Directory Sorted by Date Festival? Add your 2018 or 2019 dates to your Jazz Near You festival page. When you do, your festival information will appear on our new International Jazz Festival Listing page. Festivals are sorted by event date and you must own your festival page to add your date(s). If you don't own your festival page, claim it...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Count Basie

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All About Jazz is celebrating Count Basie's birthday today! Bill Basie studied music with his mother as a child and played piano in early childhood. He picked up the basics of early ragtime from some of the great Harlem pianists and studied organ informally with Fats Waller. He made his professional debut as an accompanist for vaudeville acts and replaced Waller in an act called Katie Crippen and her Kids... Read more...

CAREER: Think About It: Alt Music Formats to Consider for Your Next Release

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While streaming has certainly risen to become the dominant form of music consumption, physical formats aren't in the grave yet. Here we look at four different physical formats to consider next time you plan to drop an album or single. Guest post by Hugh McIntyre from the TuneCore Blog For the most part, people stream the music they love these days, but that doesn't mean physical formats are dead! In fact, they still make up a sizable chunk of revenue when it comes to the music industry, and sales of CDs - either at shows or otherwise - are still important to many independent artists who might not be able to rack up millions of streams every week...

RECORDING: It's a Bird, It's a Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD on BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

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m: Randy Waldman's career spans more than 40 years, and he's performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&b worlds. his work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. randy has been m: barbra streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on many of her albums, movies, and live performances. he won a grammy for co-arranging "somewhere" on streisand's the broadway album, and he received a grammy nomination for best vocal arrangement for m: the manhattan transfer's track, "code of ethics" from their album bodies and souls. he also toured with m: george benson for seven years as his pianist, conductor and arranger. waldman has worked with the brightest stars in the music firmament, from m: michael jackson and m: paul mccartney to m: michael buble and m: Quincy Jones...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Rava

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All About Jazz is celebrating Enrico Rava's birthday today! Enrico Rava, born in Trieste in 1939, is undoubtedly the most internationally acknowledged Italian jazzman. In forty years of his career as trumpet player, and composer, he has produced more than ninety recordings, tweny-five of which as a leader. Being a great admirer of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, his career started at an early age, when he played in clubs in Turin. In 1962, he meets Gato Barbieri with whom... Read more...

RECORDING: Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne Team up Again in Eastern Standard Time

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Vocalists m: Mark Winkler and m: Cheryl Bentyne go together like champagne and caviar. Bentyne is a long-time mainstay of the iconic group The Manhattan Transfer. She is also a solo performer with over a dozen CDs under her own name. Winkler is a 2018 Downbeat Rising Male Vocalist and a popular lyricist. He has recorded 16 CDs, and his songs have been covered over 250 times by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jane Monheit and Bob Dorough. Winkler and Bentyne have teamed up to record Eastern Standard Time, a sophisticated project of songs culled from known standards and several less familiar pages of the Great American Songbook, as well as a couple of originals by Winkler...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tim Hagans

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tim Hagans' birthday today! Tim Hagans (born August 19, 1954) is a hard bop trumpeter and composer. He grew up in Dayton, Ohio playing in school bands. His early inspirations included Miles Davis, Herb Alpert, Sly Stone, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. In his late teens, Hagans joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Hagans enrolled at Bowling Green State University, where he majored in music education. After the summer of 1974, however... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: A Lyrical Legacy Endures

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Johnny Mercer's imprint is all over The Great American Songbook. He's best known for writing the lyrics to more than a thousand songs- for Broadway, for Tin Pan Alley, for film, and for pop singers. Johnny Mercer's imprint also is all over Savannah, GA., the verdant and historic city where he was born. Any place live music is performed, Mercer's material seeps out at listeners...

RECORDING: Vocalist and Composer Johnaye Kendrick Releases Flying on Johnygirl Records

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Attending the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in the late 2000s, vocalist and composer m: Johnaye Kendrick had the opportunity to learn from and work with legendary jazz masters m: Terence Blanchard, m: Wayne Shorter, m: Herbie Hancock, m: Danilo Perez, m: Kurt Rosenwinkel and m: Brian Blade. While studying with Blanchard, her class was often encouraged to write original music for their assignments. 'I was relatively shy about performing my music while in the program, because it was so personal,' says the San Diego born and bred, Seattle based artist. 'It felt like performing journal entries, as the pieces were always so honest and literally based on my experiences. I suppose one day I just decided it was time to let people hear my voice...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Escreet

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Escreet's birthday today! Over the course of his career, John Escreet has earned a reputation as one of the most active and diverse pianist/composers working in jazz and improvised music. His prolific output is reflected over the course of 6 diverse and critically acclaimed albums- the most recent being Sound... Read more...

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