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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Concord Music Acquires Savoy Label Group, 429 Records

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Indie music powerhouse Concord Music continues its buying streak with this acquisition of the Savoy Label Group. Details of the deal were not disclosed. In June, Concord acquired music publisher Imagem at a record breaking price reported to be between $500 million and $600 million. The combined companies create the world's sixth largest music publishing company...

OBITUARY: Pete Turner (1934-2017)

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Pete Turner, a commercial photographer who befriended jazz producer Creed Taylor early in his career in the late 1950s and whose richly saturated color images were used on album covers by Creed when he was at ABC-Paramount, Impulse, Verve, A&M and, most notably, CTI, died Sept. 18. Turner was 83. Pete's iconic images were featured on hundreds of album covers, including Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Wes Montgomery's A Day in the Life, Antonio Carlos Jobim's Wave and virtually all of the albums on the CTI label, including Eumir Deodato's Prelude, Stanley Turrentine's Sugar, Jim Hall's Concierto and Milt Jackson's Sunflower. What helped these images stand out was Pete's rich use of color and cover lamination that Creed was willing to invest in to position CTI albums as coffee-table conversation pieces for young-adult jazz listeners. In addition, images almost always featured wild animals and exotic nature scenes rather than the artists themselves...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chico Hamilton

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chico Hamilton's birthday today! Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Foreststorn 'Chico' Hamilton, born September 21st, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim and Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnett, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr.... Read more...

TECHNOLOGY: Chatbots: Reality or Hype?

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Chatbots, also known simply as bots or interactive agents, are programs designed to mimic human conversation via text or audio. The implication of these programs for the music industry could be huge assuming that it isn't all just hype. Guest post by Moses Namara of The Message A chatbot is a computer program that is made to mimic a human in order to conduct a conversation either via audio or textual mediums. Chatbots known as bots or interactive agents can use natural language processing systems or be structured to scan for keywords in user input and respond with a matching keyword, text that is usually stored in a database with or without call to action buttons. NLP systems are largely concerned with making interactions between computers and human natural languages as seamless as possible through use of artificial intelligence...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 23 Top Music Organizations Sign Letter on Nafta Talks Demanding Protections for All Creators

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President Trump has forced the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico; and included in that negotiation are important copyright and intellectual property provisions. Recently, major tech groups lobbied U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer as the 'new faces of the American content industry.' Not so fast, say 23 top music organizations including the RIAA, A2IM, NMPA, ASCAP, BMI and SoundExchange. Creators, they argue, deserve protection...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Patreon Just Raised $60m, Now Youtube is Gunning for It with Fan 'Sponsorships

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Patreon announced yesterday that it had raised an additional $60 Million to expand its fan-to-creator patronage site. Now Google's YouTube is gunning for the startup, which has become a popular revenue tool for many of its creators, with it's own Patraon-like fan "sponsorship" tools. Based on old-school patronage, Patreon enables fans and sponsors to support musicians and other creators. Patrons pledge to support creators on a recurring basis for each work created in exchange for early or exclusive access...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Coleman

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All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Coleman's birthday today! Steve began playing music just days before his 14th birthday as a freshman at South Shore High School on the south side of Chicago. His first instrument was violin but later that year he switched to the alto saxophone. For three years Steve studied the basics of music and saxophone technique, then he decided that he wanted to learn how to improvise... Read more...

FESTIVAL: Jazz This Week: Yellowjackets, Pangea, Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival, and More

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This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features the return of a jazz-fusion favorite; a weekend of Latin jazz and salsa at a free outdoor festival, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, September 20 Jazz-fusion band Yellowjackets opens a four-night engagement continuing through Saturday at Jazz at the Bistro...

RECORDING: Pete Brady: Exciting New Voice

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Frank Sinatra's Capitol Records comeback in the 1950s had a profound effect on a generation of male songbook singers. Many of them identified with Sinatra's solitary cool, his ring-a-ding swing and his middle-age male push-back against Elvis Presley and the rise of rock 'n' roll. The launch of the 12-inch pop album mid-decade also offered many of these vocalists recording opportunities and hope that they'd become the next singing sensation. When Sinatra started Reprise Records in 1960, these male singers saw an opening. Capitol began shopping around for Sinatra's successor or at least his rival...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify is Beating Apple Music and Here is Why

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Of the two major front-runners in the steaming war, Spotify and Apple Music, the former appears to be beating out its competition on several fronts. Here we look at some of main reasons for Spotify's growing success over Apple, including its 'bundling' with Hulu. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Muhal Richard Abrams

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All About Jazz is celebrating Muhal Richard Abrams' birthday today! Muhal Richard Abrams..... World renowned pianist and composer has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for well over forty years. Muhal is a co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), founder of The AACM School of Music and President of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York City Chapter... Read more...

RECORDING: Woody Shaw: The Tour Vol. 2

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In July 2016, I posted about a previously unreleased live album by the Louis Hayes-Junior Cook Quintet featuring Woody Shaw. It was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 22, 1976. The excellent album was entitled The Tour: Volume One, which teased the release of subsequent installments. Well, That day has arrived. The Tour: Volume Two, was recently released and it's even better than the first, if that's possible. It was recorded in March 1976 at a series of European concert venues, including Graz, Austria; Bremen, Munich and Wackerhalle, Germany; and Heist op den Berg in Belgium...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Indie Rock is Thriving on Pandora

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The state of indie rock? Always up for debate. The state of indie rock at Pandora? Never been better, says the music streamer's Glenn Peoples, who took a deep dive into the data. By Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora Lord Huron, a folky four-piece that weaves rural tradition into the skinny-jeaned sounds of urban America, makes for an excellent example of the state of indie rock at Pandora. The Los Angeles-based band is part of the burgeoning indie folk scene and has quietly surpassed 100 million spins . Indie folk, accented by Appalachian and other rural traditions, and typically released on rock-focused labels, has a Pandora station -- the aptly named Indie Folk Revival -- with over one million followers. It's one of a few dozen sub-genres filed under the growing indie rock genus, giving myriad less-than-household names impressively outsized numbers of spins...

CAREER: How to Book Yourself a Gig... and Get Asked Back

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Cultivating and growing a fanbase is by no means an easy task, and doing requires an ample amount of blood, sweat, and tears. Here we look at how to successfully book your first gig, and better yet get invited back to play again. Guest post by Rich Nardo of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the Director of Public Relations and Creative at NGAGE...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Nils Petter Molvaer

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All About Jazz is celebrating Nils Petter Molvaer's birthday today! Nils Petter Molvaer (NPM), Norwegian trumpet player, composer and producer, connects multiple music styles -- jazz, ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip hop, rock and pop music -- and effortlessly melts them into convincing soundscapes of deep intensity. Born in 1960 on the little island Sula (Norway), NPM was introduced to jazz from an early age by his musician father... Read more...

RECORDING: Sweet Smell of Success

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As the years progressed in the 1950s, a growing number of movies began to feature jazz-flavored scores. Film music's shift to a more contemporary feel was being expressed in virtually all areas of art and design. Starting roughly mid-decade, sleek modernism took hold in architecture, car design, home furnishings and even office furniture as prefabrication, glass, non- hierarchical geometry and futurism replaced stone, claustrophobic interiors and pre-war stuffiness. In film, this trend was reflected with brassy jazz rather than heavy European-style classical orchestration that had dominated Hollywood since the 1930s...

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