Jazz

OBITUARY: George Avakian (1919-2017)

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George Avakian, who as an executive and producer at Columbia Records in the 1940s and '50s created a successful formula for packaging jazz as popular music and who signed Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Johnny Mathis to the label, among others, died November 22. He was 98. [Photo above by Ian Clifford...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Roy Orbison Heirs File Lawsuit to Stop Concert Hologram Project

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Heirs of Roy Orbison have filed a lawsuit to block what they say is a shakedown by a hologram company owned by Greek billionaire Alkiviades David. New technology often leads to legal battles, and with music related holograms, augmented reality and virtual reality all gaining traction, we expect a plethora of lawsuits over who controls rights that barely existed a decade ago...

CAREER: 5 Lessons from a Music Business Supermensch

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\Here talent manager and producer Shep Gordon shares five important lessons from his autobiography They Call Me Supermensch, which details his series of misadventures as an artist manager beginning in the 1970s. Guest post by Stephanie Grimes of William Patterson University from Musicbiz 101 Shep Gordon's story begins as a boy growing up in Oceanside, Long Island who spent most of his time sitting in his room to avoid the unhinged family dog. After his childhood of isolation, he escaped to upstate New York to attend the University of Buffalo where he spent more time dealing drugs and pulling pranks than attending actual class. Although it may not have been the most traditional method to hone his skills as a manager, Gordon's deviancy led him on a path to become a calculating, out-of-the-box thinker...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amy London's "Bridges" Released on November 17

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Vocalist Revisits the First Decade of her Career with 15 Song Retrospective m: Fred Hersch, m: Darmon Meader, m: Harvie S, m: Victor Lewis, m: Bob Mintzer and m: Dr. Lonnie Smith are among the stellar cast of collaborators. Sometimes you must look back in order to move forward. With the November 17 release of Bridges, vocalist m: Amy London is doing just that, allowing 15 tracks of previously recorded music to finally see the light of day. While most recently recognized for her work with critically acclaimed group The Royal Bopsters, Amy's career began in the early 1980s after she first arrived in New York City. Within a short time, the Cincinnati native found herself working with the likes of Fred Hersch, Bob Mintzer, m: Cyro Baptista, and two Gold Record winning trumpeter m: Tom Browne, with whom she toured in 1982...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gunther Schuller

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All About Jazz is celebrating Gunther Schuller's birthday today! The composer Gunther Schuller is, famously, a man of many musical pursuits. He began his professional life as a horn player in both the jazz and classical worlds, working as readily with Miles Davis and Gil Evans as with Toscanini; he was principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony from age sixteen and later of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra until 1959. In the 1950s he began a conducting career focusing largely on contemporary music... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Jeremy Davenport Comes Home, Althea Rene and Elan Trotman'S "Holiday Winds," and More

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If you'd like some jazz and creative music to go with this year's Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings, here's what's happening on local stages over the next few days... Wednesday, November 22 The weekly "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" will feature guitarists Jake Weisman and Eric Slaughter at Squatters Cafe/The Stage at KDHX, along with the weekly jam session led by bassist Bob Deboo at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor and band at The Dark Room...

VIDEO / DVD: Bobby Darin: In a Broadway Bag

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We tend to think of Bobby Darin as the last old-school pop singer before the American songbook was submerged by the rock-and-soul surge of the 1960s. And in many respects he was. But just as Darin was rising as the heir to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett, he became meaningless almost overnight. One day he was a finger-snapping swinger and the next he was caught leaning in the wrong generation...

CAREER: How to Craft a Perfect Email Pitch

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When it comes to running a PR campaign, perfect email etiquette is essential, and composing an email which is both professional and personable can be difficult. Here we look at some dos and don'ts for making the perfect email pitch. Guest Post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the ReverbNation Blog When you're running a DIY PR campaign, there are a few crucial components that you have to get right: relationship building, strong content, timing, and impeccable email etiquette. It's that last one that tends to trip people up right as they feel like they start to get their footing. After all, we're a culture of abbreviations, misspellings, social media, and honestly most of us have no clue how to craft an email that's professional enough to get the attention of editors and gain respect, while still being casual enough that it feels like a human being wrote it...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Launches New Website of Curated and Sponsored Content

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All About Jazz, the web's premier jazz music destination, has launched Jazz Stream, a snazzy page featuring website articles, website news, and sponsored content. In addition to providing access to our very best article content, All About Jazz has developed a new way for advertisers to engage readers through a photo rich, responsive, and infinite loading page. Those looking to promote an article published at another website or blog can post their article information to the stream by securing their space here...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Coleman Hawkins

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All About Jazz is celebrating Coleman Hawkins' birthday today! Coleman Hawkins single-handedly brought the saxophone to the prominence in jazz that the instrument enjoys. Before he hit the scene, jazz groups had little use for the instrument. One player (forgot who) said, "with all due respect to Adolph Sax, Coleman Hawkins invented the saxophone." Hawkins, or "Bean", as he was known as, started playing cello at a young age before switching to the saxophone... Read more...

OBITUARY: Della Reese (1931-2017)

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Della Reese, best known as the boss of a band of divine messengers on the 1990s TV series Touched By an Angel but started her career decades earlier as an earthy pop singer, died on Nov. 19. She was 86. Reese's deep and often rousing gospel-fueled voice was powerful and rested somewhere between Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey and Eartha Kitt on the pop spectrum, depending on the song. Yet her talk-sing approach was an acquired taste. Only two of her albums charted high up in the rankings while most of her singles reached only double and triple digits -- except for Don't You Know? in 1959, which reached #2 on the Billboard pop chart. Much of her failure to catch on was a result of the lackluster material served up by her producers, her tendency to roar while signing and the failure of her labels to craft an image for her...

CAREER: 1000 True Fans Theory Explained

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As the music industry landscape shifts, the ability to make a living has become the new benchmark for success in the music business. A theory exists that in order for this to happen, an artist must have at least 1000 "true" fans. Here we look at the details behind this theory. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Streaming: The Music Industry's match.com

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In the case of artist Bob Seger, retail and plays on AM/FM radio are not sufficient for fans, and streaming provides a better way to match fans with the music they might enjoy. Here we look at some of Seger's numbers to see how streaming has allowed him to access a broader scope of listeners. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora, on Medium...

AWARD / GRANT: Latin Grammy Awards 2017 - Complete List of Winners

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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee took top honors last week at the 2017 Latin Grammys, winning four awards for their smash hit "Despacito." The track won Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Music Video and Best Urban Fusion/Performance for Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. Newcomer Vicente Garcia also had a big night, winning three Latin Grammys, including for Best New Artist, Best Tropical Song and Best Singer-Songwriter Album for "A La Mar." The awards were held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and televised live on Univision...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Vivendi's Universal Music Group Valued at $40 Billion, Says Ceo, as IPO Speculation Mounts

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Universal Music Group (UMG) is valued at $40 billion or more, Arnaud de Puyfontaine the CEO of parent corporation Vivendi said on Friday, sending shares in the French media group higher. after a mixed Q3 report that highlighted growth at the music group. Asked about the value of its Universal Music Group division at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecoms conference in Barcelona, Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine said that he had seen an estimate this week that valued UMG at $40 billion...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Bud Leeds Goes Bob-Bob-Bobbying Along

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Clarinetist Bud Leeds was in fine company&#151and good spirits&#151for the South County Jazz Club's first concert of the 2017-2018 season on Monday, November 20. His quartet included multi-instrumentalist Bob MacInnis, Bob Leary on banjo, rhythm guitar and occasional vocals, and piano marvel Bobby van Deusen. (Leeds could have named the band Three Bobs and a Bud.)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: June Christy

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All About Jazz is celebrating June Christy's birthday today! June was born as Shirley Luster on November 20, 1925 at the Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois and was raised from the age of three in Decatur, Illinois; and from the beginning always wanted to sing. She was singing with local bands when she was just 13, and later with society bands around Chicago, the big city 150 miles from Springfield, using the name Sharon Leslie. None of her family knew anything about music... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Sal Nistico at Carmelo'S, 1981

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For much of the latter part of the 19th century and into the post-war years, Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley was a center of Italian immigration. Prior to residential development in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Valley was a draw for those who arrived in the States from Italy to work as stone masons and farmers. Northern Italians arrived in L.A. first in the late 1800s, followed by Southern Italians in the early 20th century. In the 1940s, many Italian-Americans who had served in World War II, relocated from Eastern cities to L.A. as land and homes in the Valley became cheaper thanks to the G.I. Bill...

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