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CAREER: How to Organize Your Music Industry Team

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As a entrepreneur in the music industry, it can be easy to fall into the trap of trying to do everything yourself, a guaranteed recipe for burnout. Here we look at how to identify your various band member's strengths and let go of enough control to successfully delegate. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the ReverbNation Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Net Neutrality Repeal Challenged by 24 States

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The FCC's 284-page net neutrality repeal ruling was published in the Federal Register Thursday, prompting objections from 24 state attorney generals. A consortium of tech companies has also promised legal action. The ruling goes into effect April 23. The Federal Communications Commission published its official order repealing net neutrality rules in the Federal Register Thursday, prompting New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to immediately challenge the repeal along with 23 other attorneys general...

EVENT: Dr. Lonnie, Monaco and Gibbs: Hope College's Jazz Organ Summit

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By c: C. Andrew Hovan The old saying goes that everything old is new again. The same can also be said for the current resurgence in the use of the Hammond organ. Although the instrument never really went out of style with jazz practitioners, a new crop of players are dedicating themselves to advancing the vernacular established by their elders. m: Jared Gold, m: Pat Bianchi, and m: Cory Henry, are just a few of the names that come to mind when considering those youngsters looking to assure that the instrument maintains its role as a viable jazz instrument...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Escoffery

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Escoffery's birthday today! Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world's most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He began his professional NY career touring and recording with The Eric Reed Septet. In 2001 he became a steady member of the Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/Dynasty, The Lonnie Plaxico Group, and Abdulah Ibrahim's Akaya. Then in 2004 Grammy award winning producer... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora Just Shared User Stat No Streamer Ever Has

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As part of its quarterly report to investors yesterday, Pandora, shared a stat that no other music streamer has ever dared to share: the number of new paid subscribers not including current free trials. Competitors Spotify and Apple Music have a history of discounts and special promotions prior to announcing their user stats...

CAREER: How Good is Your Artist Website?

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While having and keeping up with a band or artist website may seem easy enough, many music industry entrepreneurs struggle to do so. Having a solid website has become a must for artists however, and is essential for keeping your fans engaged and up-to-date. Guest post by Jesse Brede of the Symphonic Distribution Blog...

RECORDING: Dot Time Records Announce "Interplay," an Exciting New Album from the Francois Moutin/Kavita Shah Duo

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Interplay is a meeting of minds and spirits, one that embraces virtuosity, spontaneity, and lyricism through a repertoire of standards and original music adapted to the unique instrumentation of acoustic bass and voice. It features 11 tracks recorded at Sear Sound Studios in New York and Studio le Meudon in jny: Paris. m: Kavita Shah and m: Francois Moutin are also joined by their octogenarian mentors-NEA Jazz Master m: Sheila Jordan on vocals, considered by many as the pioneer of bass-and-voice duets, and legendary pianist m: Martial Solal-on two tracks each. The result is an improvisational journey across lyric-driven and wordless pieces alike...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Wilder

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All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Wilder's birthday today! Joe Wilder turned eighty on February 22, 2002, an occasion marked by celebrations at the Arbors Records "March of Jazz" party in Clearwater, Florida, at the "Jazz in July" series at New York\'s 92nd Street Y, and at two tribute concerts: at the Smithsonian in March and at Lincoln Center in August. Best of all... Read more...

TRENDS: Playlist Culture and Our Shrinking Attention Spans

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Besides getting the industry back on its feet as a whole, playlist have been a huge asset in bringing unknown groups and artists out of obscurity. While this all seems like a good thing, playlist culture has it's own potential downsides. Guest post by Patrick McGuire on the ReverbNation Blog In addition to delivering big profits to labels and publishers, playlists are helping new and unknown artists succeed in some profound ways. From popular independent playlists curated in dorm rooms to Spotify's insanely successful Discover Weekly feature, playlists are becoming a major way for listeners to learn about new music. The music industry has a lot to gain from this new trend, but is there a downside to our ever-increasing penchant for playlists...

TRENDS: How Are Listeners Finding New Independent Music?

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While methods of music discovery vary drastically from person to person, we here look at few avenues which avid music consumers commonly turn to in their search for fresh tunes, depending on the demographic in question. Guest post by Rich Nardo of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This article was written by Rich Nardo...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Universal Music is Raking in $18 Million a Day

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The music industry is generally regarded to be in much better shape than it was even a year ago, and Universal Music showing further evidence to suggest a business on the mend with a reported income stream of close to $18 million daily in 2017, an 11% increase from the previous year. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

RECORDING: Jemal Ramirez: African Skies

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One of the hottest Latin-jazz and salsa markets in the country is San Francisco. This may come as a surprise but it isn't. The city's Latin Quarter (now North Beach) has been a music center since the 1930s. The district's Latino history dates back to the 1910s, when, according to The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco by Cary Cordova, Mexicans settled there after fleeing their country's revolution. During World War II, the Spanish-speaking neighborhood became a magnet for a more diverse Latino population. As a major Naval port, San Francisco had many war plants that operated around the clock. All of them needed workers. Over the years, the district's vibrant club life gave rise to successive generations of Latino, black and white salsa and jazz players...

RECORDING: Multi-Instrumentalist Willie Oteri and Dark Matter Horns Release "Evolution"

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One never knows what the multifaceted original Willie Oteri is going to do next, like switching his focus from guitar to saxophone and flute for a series of upcoming releases. Oteri has produced several well received guitar-based albums featuring some of the world's finest musicians including, m: Scott Amendola, Giko Pavan, m: Tony Levin, J.A. Deane and others, starting with the 1999 live in studio improvisation Jazz Gunn Concepts of MateMaToot which featured A-Team Austin jazz players m: Brannen Temple, Michael Malone, Chris Maresh, and second guitarist Chris Tondre. After Concepts of MateMaToot, Oteri was driven to record more improvised releases like the uniquely original 2003 release Spiral Out produced by Ronan Chris Murphy which featured prog rockers Tony Levin, m: Pat Mastelotto and m: Mike Keneally in a free improvised jazz setting with trumpet master Ephraim Owens, two critically acclaimed Avant-Garde based WD-41 albums followed with electric trumpet player Dave Laczko, the second incorporating the talents of Dino J.A. Deane and drummer Scott Amendola followed by Shrunken Head Shop a series of live recordings from a tour with Laczko and top German and Italian jazz musicians...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Nina Simone

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All About Jazz is celebrating Nina Simone's birthday today! The High Priestess- Eunice Waymon was born in Tryon, North Carolina as the sixth of seven children in a poor family. The child prodigy played piano at the age of four. With the help of her music teacher, who set up the "Eunice Waymon Fund", she could continue her general and musical education. She studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York. To support her family financially, she started working as an accompanist... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Benny Green Trio, "Superheroes of Blackness," Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and More

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This week's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes a visit from a stellar straight-ahead jazz pianist, some adventurous electronic sounds, shows mixing music with poetry and video animations, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, February 21 Pianist Benny Green eturns with his trio for the first of four nights at Jazz at the Bistro...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amazon Hires WX-WBR Prez Dan McCarroll, Signals Move into Original Music Programming

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Dan McCarroll, the former President and head of A&r at warner bros. records, has been named amazon music's global head of originals and artist relations. He will work as a liaison to artists, managers and labels to "elevate" releases through original programming on the platform. "As we continue to work closely with labels and artists to deliver music in new ways, Dan is bringing decades of experience both as a former musician, and a respected industry executive to our team," said Alex Luke, Amazon Music's Global Head of Programming and Content Strategy. "Amazon Music will continue to experiment and change the way customers interact with music through voice, and there's no one more qualified than Dan to build upon our existing global offerings...

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