Jazz

TECHNOLOGY: 280 Is the New 140: Twitter to Double Character Limit

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News came late yesterday that Twitter was doubling its character limit to 280. Various sources call it a test, a beta and a slow rollout. But whatever the pace of the character expansion, it's clear that 280 is about to become the new 140 on Twitter. Can't fit your Tweet into 140 characters? We're trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up. https://t.co/C6hjsB9nbL...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bud Powell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bud Powell's birthday today! Bud Powell is generally considered to be the most important pianist in the history of jazz. Noted jazz writer and critic Gary Giddins, in Visions of Jazz, goes even further, saying that "Powell will be recognized as one of the most formidable creators of piano music in any time or idiom." His first recordings were made in 1944, when he was a 20 year old pianist in the Cootie Williams Band... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Vimeo Acquires Livestream, Launches Live Video Platform

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Video platform Vimeo has acquired live video destination Livestream and launched its own live solution Vimeo Live. Livestream powers over 10 million events a year many for 10,000 paying customers including Spotify, Quartz, Dow Jones and the Philadelphia Eagles. d-free video platform Vimeo jumped into the crowded live streaming pool with both feet today, acquiring early live video platform Livestream and launching its own product, Vimeo Live...

RECORDING: The Sax Section: Oh Gee!

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From time to time, I post on albums that showcase saxophone sections. What can I say, I'm a sucker for reeds. The last time I posted on such an album was in June, when I wrote about Jay Cameron's International Sax Band from 1955 and provided a long list of my favorite sax section albums (go here). Here's the list thus far...

CAREER: What Does All of This Action on Healthcare Mean for Musicians?

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Musicians, by the nature of their craft are often self-employed and under capitalized making them particularly vulnerable to changes in health care and insurance. But there is so much noise coming out of Washington that it's impossible to keep track. So Kevin Ericson of The Future Of Music Coalition did the research and shares an important update...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify's Ongoing War with the Music Industry

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Spotify has a long and sordid history of failing to pay proper mechanical royalties to creators and publishers, and has already been hit with two major class action lawsuits relating to such. Here we take a look at the legal details negating Spotify's claim that it doesn't need to pay these royalties...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz at Princeton University Announces Broad and Dynamic 2017-2018 Season: October 14, 2017 - May 12, 2018

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Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer m: Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents a rich and varied 2017-2018 season, October 14, 2017 - May 12, 2018. Highlights include performances by student groups joined by guest artists including celebrated pianist m: Gerald Clayton, renowned vocalist m: Theo Bleckmann, saxophone legend m: Archie Shepp with m: Amina Claudine Myers, and venerable Panamanian pianist m: Danilo Perez...

RECORDING: On the Eve of His 50th Year as a Composer/Entertainer, Indian Icon Bappi Lahiri Delivers Divine Power

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Los Angeles/Mumbai: With nearly 50 years of songwriting, composition, and performances under his belt, global icon Bappi Lahiri is set to release Divine Power, the most personal, soul-stirring album of his distinguished career. Honoring the deity Krishna with a compelling presentation of Shanti, Om, chanting and vocalizations, Divine Power is a transformational journey nonpareil and one that is setting itself up for consideration for New Age 'Album of the Year.' As a essential spiritual guide, Divine Power is a timeless testament to the power of faith and the universal ability of music to transcend all things...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary Bartz

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All About Jazz is celebrating Gary Bartz's birthday today! Gary Bartz has been known to many as a trail blazer in the music business from the moment he started playing with Art Blakey at his father's jazz club in his hometown of Baltimore, MD to his own music throughout the 57 years as a professional musician. As if his Grammy Award with McCoy Tyner in 2005 ('Illuminations') wasn't enough to carve out a place for Bartz in the jazz genre... Read more...

RECORDING: Cedar Walton: V.I.P. Trio

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It's fair to say that in the 1980s, Japan cared more about high-quality jazz recordings and live performances than the American market. Anyone who frequented record stores in the States then and into the 1990s surely recalls coming across impeccable Japanese reissues of American jazz albums on vinyl and CD. Back then, Japan was riding high, economically, and Japanese companies and individuals who loved jazz had the money to record high- end albums exclusively for the Japanese market...

RECORDING: Keyboardist/Arranger/Composer Pete Levin Releases New CD: "MO?bius" (Lenny White Label) on September 25

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CD release performance set for November 8 at The Cutting Room in NYC Featuring m: Lenny White, m: Tony Levin, m: Alex Foster and more! With A Nod To m: Gil Evans. Keyboardist-arranger-composer Pete Levin's ninth solo release, Mo?bius, was recorded live in the studio in two days, capturing the "no boundaries" spirit of Gil Evans. The music explores textural grooves ranging from straight-ahead bop to funk, world-beat, and the experimental...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sam Rivers

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All About Jazz is celebrating Sam Rivers' birthday today! Samuel Carthorne Rivers (born September 25, 1923, El Reno, Oklahoma) is a jazz musician and composer. He performs on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, and piano. Rivers was previously thought to have been born in 1930. Rivers\'s father was a gospel musician who had sung with the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Silverstone Quartet, exposing Rivers to music from an early age. Rivers moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1947... Read more...

RECORDING: Introducing Guitarist/Composer Pawel Ignatowicz - CD "Here and Now" - Release Date: Dec. 1st

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A Fresh and Eclectic New Sound Mixed By Multi-Grammy Winning Dave Darlington! Darlington contributed to work by m: Wayne Shorter, m: Herbie Hancock, m: Brian Lynch and m: Eddie Palmieri. Here and Now (Mother of Invention Records) expresses Pawel's influence from acoustic, electric, drum and bass, Latin, Indian and minimal music. This exciting new CD features Pawel Ignatowicz on both electric guitar and acoustic guitar, guitar synth and electric sitar. The band includes m: Ferenc Nemeth on drums, m: Julian Shore on acoustic piano and keyboards, m: Edward Perez on bass and Jonathan Singer on tabla. The release embodies a fresh and contemporary approach that weaves a variety of acoustic sound through the album's very melodic concept, but still very much remains in the tradition and roots of jazz...

RECORDING: Audio Fidelity to Release Esquivel's "Other Worlds Others Sounds" on 180g Vinyl LP

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Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity is releasing Esquivel's Other Worlds, Others Sounds album on 180g Vinyl LP. Esquivel was a Mexican band leader, pianist, and composer for television and films and widely considered the king of a style of late 1950s-early 1960s quirky instrumental pop known today as lounge music. RCA contracted with Esquivel in late 1957 and brought him to record in Hollywood in early 1958. He was given five hours of studio time to record the album Other Worlds, Others Sounds...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Navarro

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All About Jazz is celebrating Fats Navarro's birthday today! 'Fats was a spectacular musician because, in a time when cats arrived on the scene with nothing, he came on with everything: he could read, he could play high and hold anybody\'s first trumpet chair, he could play those singing, melodic solos with a big beautiful sound nobody could believe at the time, and he could fly in fast tempos with staccato, biting notes and execute whatever he wanted with apparently no strain, everything clear... Read more...

RECORDING: Singer Songwriter Phillip Brandon Debuts with a Genre-Defying Musical Gift for the Planet: "The Story Begins"

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Proud Morehouse Graduate Steps Out Making a Profound Musical Difference Springing forth following eight years of tours as 'Narrator' with platinum selling rock band Trans Siberian Orchestra to a feature role in the life story of Gospel legend BeBe Winans, 'Born For This: The Musical,' singer-songwriter m: Phillip Brandon is making good on the promise of his purposed and abundant gifts to share songs of love and optimism all his own via his powerful debut album, The Story Begins- a warm wraparound throwback of soul- stirring Contemporary Jazz, R&B and Pop (release date- October 20th)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Coltrane

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Coltrane's birthday today! John William Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. At the age of three his family moved to High Point, NC, where young Coltrane spent his early years. His father, John Robert Coltrane, died in 1939, leaving twelve year- old John and his mother on their own. His mother, Alice Blair Coltrane, moved to New Jersey to work as a domestic while John completed high school. John played first the clarinet... Read more...

RADIO: Siriusxm Completes $480m Investment in Pandora, 3 Join Board

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Pandora and SiriusXM announced Friday that the later has purchased $307.5 million of Series A preferred stock in Pandora, completing the $480 million strategic investment announced on June 9, 2017. Under the terms of the agreement, a subsidiary of SiriusXM purchased $172.5 million of Series A preferred stock upon execution of the agreement on June 9, 2017 and today purchased an additional $307.5 million of the Series A preferred stock...

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