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CAREER: Step by Step Guide to Influencer Marketing for Music Businesses

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Influencer marketing plays a huge role in the music business, and while capturing the attention of an influencer may seem like sheer luck, there's a science to it, just like anything else. Here we look at a step by step guide. Guest post by Anand Srinivasan Influencers play a major role in defining your success in the music industry. Take Justin Bieber, for example. Ten years ago, he was one of thousands of kids making videos on YouTube. That was until people with a following much larger than his liked and shared his videos till he was spotted by a talent manager...

CAREER: 8 Tips to Promote Music That Actually Work

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For artists seeking to find ways to promote their music, we here list eight tested and true techniques for marketing your music which have proven to effectively capture and maintain the attention of music consumers. Guest post by Naima Karp of The Cab Portal If you are an artist who is constantly looking for effective ways to promote your music, then you have come to the right place because below we have a list of eight tried and true tips to help you get the full attention of music consumers...

RECORDING: Quincy Jones Guitar Protege Andreas Varady "The Quest" on Resonance out April 6

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The Quest is the long-awaited third album from Andreas Varady, a protege of the legendary Quincy Jones! Featuring Varady's father, bassist Bandi and brother, drummer Adrian, plus pianist Benito Gonzalez and saxophonist Radovan Tariska CD and Digital Editions Available on April 6, 2018 e: Resonance Records is proud to announce the release of The Quest, the third recording from twenty-year old guitar virtuoso, Andreas Varady. With the release of Questions (2010) and his eponymous CD in 2014, the native of Slovakia, and resident of Ireland, emerged from thin air and put the guitar playing world on notice that there was a new force on the instrument to be reckoned with. On The Quest, Varady's artistry has reached new heights, and it's staggering to behold. His unadulterated command of the guitar, his highly-developed skills as a composer, his rhythmic facility (which speaks volumes about his roots in Gypsy music), and his ability to craft an astonishing flow of single-note lines while traversing chord changes, all by ear, has attracted the attention of many legends of this music, not the least of which is Varady's mentor, manager, producer and friend, the esteemed Quincy Jones. The Quest, available on April 6, 2018, features Varady in the company of his father Bandi on bass, younger brother Adrian on drums, fellow Slovak Radovan Tariska on alto saxophone, and Venezuelan native (and current jny: New York City resident) m: Benito Gonzalez on piano...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: KPM is Proud to Present Award Winning Jazz Singer, Spider Saloff in a Brand New Show, "The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee" in It's New York Debut!

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Spider returns to New York in a rare appearance with a brand new show. In it's New York Debut, Saloffs' "The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee" concert includes Lee's classic jazz hits as well her pop music classics. Saloff presents all of this with her unique comic wit and a contemporary twist that will appeal to audiences of all ages...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: March 19, 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) 301 274...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Flanagan

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tommy Flanagan's birthday today! Rarely has such unanimously unstinting praise been bestowed on a less self-congratulatory recipient. As genial and matter-of-fact off the stand as he is fiercely individual at the keys, Tommy Flanagan handles his world class ranking with an equanimity, a modesty, an easy friendliness not always associated with the psychic burden of being Number One... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Bill Frisell and Brad Mehldau: Alone

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Their recording histories encompass dozens of collaborations, but in their new albums two of the most prolific recording artists in modern music go it alone. m: Bill Frisell, Music Is (Okeh) Guitarist Bill Frisell reaches into his storehouse of compositions to revisit several that he has recorded before, and to play others for the first time. Frisell is alone, yes, but with the help of producer Lee Townsend and engineer Tucker Martine he overdubs guitar layers and uses looping, applying the electronic wizardry that is a major component of his distinctiveness. The opening track, 'Pretty Stars,' is a stunning example of Frisell's use of looping as a means of creating subtle abstractions within uncomplicated music. Later in the album he revisits the 'Stars' theme as 'Made To Shine' on acoustic guitar without enhancement. In the blues 'Winslow Homer,' in less than three-and-a-half minutes Frisell uses looping that builds toward what amounts to a conversation with himself -- that is, between his acoustic guitar and its electronically enhanced counterpart. Another blues, 'Go Happy Lucky,' all on acoustical guitar, is even shorter, and expressive in a different way that can't be explained merely by the fact that it's in a different key. It's a different way of interpreting, of feeling, the blues. 'Monica Jane,' named for Frisell's daughter and first recorded with pianist Paul Bley three decades ago, loops in electronic counterpoint interjections that seem be heading for a conclusion in extraterrestrial regions. But the piece ends on a conventional C-major triad. Surprise! Frisell is full of surprises, and of satisfactions. The longest track in Music Is barely exceeds five minutes. Close listening to this album kept my ears occupied for a couple of days...

VIDEO / DVD: Five Videos: John Coltrane

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Listening to John Coltrane, it's hard not to become transfixed by his saxophone. His music is muscular, intellectual, earthy and heroic, with each musician in Coltrane's groups bringing the highest level of thinking and expression to each performance. Here are five live clips of Coltrane in action: Here's Coltrane (ts), Eric Dolphy (as), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b) and Elvin Jones (d) playing Coltrane's Impressions...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora Partners w/ Linkfire to Improve Artist Marketing

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Pandora has partnered with smart link aggregator Linkfire to improve music discovery and amplify marketing efforts. Pandora becomes the first music streamer to feed Linkfire advanced attribution data that helps artists, labels and marketers understand how content is performing and create data driven promotional campaigns...

RECORDING: West Coast Jazz Recording Artist George Kahn Releases New Album "Straight Ahead" Featuring Alex Acuna and Lyman Medieros

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West Coast Jazz pianist m: George Kahn's ninth album is a groove party from start to finish. The twelve tracks (all featuring George on piano, m: Alex Acuna on drums, and m: Lyman Medeiros on bass) were recorded live in studio over three days. The songs build on Kahn's love affair with West Coast Jazz, presenting seven new originals dedicated to jazz greats like m: Dave Brubeck, m: Wynton Kelly and m: Joe Sample. Five cover tunes (Adele, The Weekend, Ed Sheeran and more) round out the set bringing contemporary pop tunes into the Jazz lexicon...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Lloyd

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All About Jazz is celebrating Charles Lloyd's birthday today! The critical consensus is that Charles Lloyd has never sounded better. As he enters his 76th year, the depth of his expression reflects a lifetime of experience. Lloyd has a legendary history in the music world, and could certainly be in a position to slow down and rest on his laurels. But looking back has never been of great interest to this tender warrior; this seeker of beauty and truth. 'Go forward,' is his motto... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Justin Hinds: Jamaican Groove

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Though Jamaican pop was recorded in English, most Americans know very little about the history of the country's music, its artists or hits. Interestingly, Jamaican rhythms are hardly foreign to American ears. For example, the following U.S. hits were powered by Jamaican rhythms: Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop, Johnny Nash's Hold Me Tight, the Beatles' Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Eric Clapton's cover of I Shot the Sheriff, Blondie's cover of The Tide Is High, the Clash's Guns of Brixton and the Police's Roxanne, to name just a handful. In other words, we're more familiar with Jamaican music than we realize...

TRENDS: Nme and the Accelerating Decline of Print Publications

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Venerable music industry magazine NME announced the end of its print edition last week, following in the fated footsteps of many similar publications. It's demise was inevitable, says analyst Zach Fuller of MiDIA, in large part because the print advertising apocalypse is gathering speed. Guest post by Zach Fuller of MiDIA...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Album is Dead, but Not Everyone Believes It

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While creating an album has for many bands and artists been a cornerstone of artistic accomplishment over the years, our shift to a predominantly playlist based culture means that we're shifting away from the album format and living in a world of singles- just not everyone's accepted it yet. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Murphy

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All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Murphy's birthday today! Mark Murphy is one of the world\'s greatest -- and hippest -- jazz vocalists performing today. His coterie of fans includes tap dancer Gregory Hines, who spontaneously jumped up on stage at Mark\'s Las Vegas engagement in 1995 to join him for an impromptu duet. Legendary composer Alec Wilder said of Mark, \'I was quite literally amazed. Mark\'s musicianship, range, intonation, diction... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Jazz This Week: Melissa Aldana Quartet, Ben Wendel'S "The Seasons," Galactic, and More

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This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features performances from two stellar saxophonists, one of New Orleans' favorite funk bands, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, March 14 Saxophonist Melissa Aldana returns with her quartet for the first of four nights of performances at Jazz at the Bistro...

VIDEO / DVD: Terry Pollard: Detroit Legend

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Somewhere out there in the Detroit region there are unreleased tapes of Terry Pollard. The accomplished female pianist and vibraphonist recorded only one solo album, for Bethlehem in Los Angeles in January 1955. She began her recording career in the early 1950s in Billy Mitchell's Detroit quintet. Then thanks to the keen eyes and ears of vibraphonist and bandleader Terry Gibbs, she joined his band and recorded seven albums with Gibbs from 1953 to 1956. She also appeared on TV with him that year. In 1958, Pollard retired from her music career to raise a family but in the years ahead she led a trio at Detroit's Hobby Bar, performing with touring artists...

TECHNOLOGY: Why Music Fan Data Matters

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While it's been established that most online sites are collecting as much of our data as possible, artists and bands would do well to adopt a similar strategy, as carefully utilized fan data can benefit both the fan and the musicians. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Every site and social network online is collecting our data, and while that might seem sinister at first glance, in most cases there's a good reason - to more precisely send us either content or advertising that's most personally relevant to us. Why get hit with 99 things that we don't care about just to get to that one thing that we do? That's why artists and bands should take great care in obtaining and maintaining their fan data. It's the key to keeping the relationship going with the fan, and keeping you one step ahead of the competition. This excerpt from the 2nd edition of my Social Media Promotion For Musicians handbook outlines a distinct example where that fan data can come in handy...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: London Mayor Takes On Social Media at SXSW

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In the late 1990s, consumers across the globe began using a resource in the comfort of their own homes that was destined to revolutionize information consumption - the internet. Twenty years later, computer advancement and faster connections have altered virtually every aspect of daily life and have, for better or worse, begun to enter the realm of politics...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Honoring Buddy, Rosie and Many More

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Buddy Rich and Rosemary Clooney were top of mind when trumpeter-singer David Pruyn brought his Jazz Legacy Big Band back to Port Charlotte on Monday, March 12. Both received multi-song tributes in this artful program. The evening also highlighted the music of other big-band leaders, composers and arrangers- some well known, some deserving of far more recognition...

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