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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

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All About Jazz is celebrating Harry Connick, Jr.'s birthday today! Harry Connick, Jr.\'s career has been studded with awards and recognition, including several multi-platinum and gold albums, Grammy and Emmy awards, a starring role in a Tony-winning Broadway musical and much more. A true American icon, there are few artists of Harry\'s stature, and fewer still with such a comprehensive span of the entire realm of entertainment. Harry grew up in New Orleans... Read more...

RECORDING: Jessica Molaskey: Joni Mitchell

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If you're a jazz singer who's going to take on a Joni Mitchell tribute album, you had better know what you're doing. To pull it off, you need a keen understanding of Joni's outlook on life and what makes her sophisticated music tick. As a singer, you must sound enough like her to stir the juices of her fans, but you can't simply mimic her recordings. You have to take Joni's music to another place without losing her fingerprints. Walking this fine line requires quite a voice, and Jessica Molaskey pulls it off perfectly on her new album, Portraits of Joni (Ghostlight). Molaskey delivers all of Joni's black-coffee vocal flavor supported by smart jazz arrangements. This is one of the smartest jazz vocal albums of the year...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lorraine Feather

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lorraine Feather's birthday today! Lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather's work has been heard on numerous records, in films and on television. Her songs have been covered extensively by adult contemporary and jazz artists, including Phyllis Hyman, Kenny Rankin, Patti Austin, Diane Schuur and Cleo Laine. As a jazz singer, Lorraine has recorded eleven albums, three with her vocal trio Full Swing and eight as a soloist... Read more...

RECORDING: Multiple Grammy-Nominated Latin Jazz Group Negroni's Trio Set to Release Ninth Album, "New Era," September 8th Via Sony Music Latin

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Genre-bending CD Explores A Multitude of Music which Group Founder Jose Negroni Grew Up With and Loves. New Era, the stunning new CD from multiple Grammy-nominated Jazz group NEGRONI's TRiO sets a new pace for the band in its exploration of multiple musical styles and sounds which have influenced Trio founder Jose Negroni throughout his life. Produced by Jose, New Era is a departure from their previous eight recordings stylistically and is set for release September 8th via Sony Music Latin. Both domestic and international tour dates will accompany the release...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Help Defray Boston Jazz Hero Arni Cheatham's Medical Costs

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Arni Cheatham, one of the most respected and beloved professional musicians and educators in the Boston jazz community, is in need of immediate financial assistance to help pay for medical bills. For almost two years, Arni has been living with debilitating back pain. Recently, his disability has progressed alarmingly, despite ongoing and wide- ranging efforts with an extensive network of top medical professionals. On August 8, unable to walk, Arni was rushed to the emergency room. An MRI revealed three acutely herniated discs. With an intensive regimen of pain management and physical therapy, he has begun to regain mobility. He hopes to avoid surgery, which would be complex and very risky...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Elvin Jones

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All About Jazz is celebrating Elvin Jones' birthday today! Elvin Ray Jones was a jazz drummer. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, the youngest child in a family of ten. His father worked for General Motors. Two of Jones\' brothers were also jazz musicians: Hank (piano), and Thad (trumpet/flugelhorn). Elvin began playing professionally in the 1940s, working with the Army Special Services program, Operation Happiness, and in 1949 had a short-lived gig in Detroit\'s Grand River Street club... Read more...

CAREER: 3 Pillars of a Successful Artist Brand

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While some artists may be uncomfortable with the notion, an artist is a brand whether they like it or not. Outlined here are the three main pillars which can make or break the success of any given artist's brand. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 One of the problems with the process of developing an artist brand is that by being such an obvious goal, it can feel like a sell- out. That very well may be true in some cases were the branding is created more to manipulate an artist to fit into a trend rather than as a promotional strategy to build the artist's audience...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How College Students Discover and Consume Music

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College is where we form lifelong listening habits, so the battle for collegiate ears is an important one. Yesterday, Spotify announced a premium bundle with Hulu for students at just $4.99 to drive sign-ups. Allison Ullrich, Manager, College & Lifestyle Marketing at The Orchard shares key insights into the listening habits of this key demographic...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Quincy Jones Celebrates All Things Jazz with Qwest TV -- Pre-Launch Kickstarter Campaign Has Begun!

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While the Hollywood Bowl in jny: Los Angeles pays tribute to Quincy Jones' 'A&m' years, Qwest TV opens its doors to subscribers by way of a Kickstarter campaign. From today to October 10th, you can join Quincy Jones and the rest of the Qwest TV community by becoming a 'co-founding subscriber' or otherwise participating in the pre-launch campaign, an unprecedented opportunity to help co-create Qwest TV alongside team members...

RECORDING: In Honor of the Buddy Rich Centennial Celebration Two Digital Albums, a Vinyl Album, and Two Digital Concert Films to be Released

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Lightyear Entertainment and Lobitos Creek Ranch, in association with Scabeba Entertainment and the Buddy Rich Estate, have announced the release of two new live albums featuring Buddy Rich and his Big Band, both recorded in 1985 on two nights at the King Street Studios in jny: San Francisco. The digital albums are being released on September 15, 2017, as part of the Buddy Rich Centennial Celebration. Buddy was born on September 30, 1917...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 11, 2017

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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 Cyrus Chestnut There's A Sweet, Sweet Spirit (HighNote)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Butch Warren

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All About Jazz is celebrating Butch Warren's birthday today! Butch Warren (born in 1939) was an American jazz double bassist who plays in the hard bop genre. He was especially active in the late-50s and the 1960s. Contents Warren began playing professionally at age 14 in a local Washington, D. C. band led by his father, Edward Warren. He later worked with other local groups, including Stuff Smith\'s... Read more...

FESTIVAL: 5th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival

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The 5th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival, a three day, FREE, mega-musical event will take place Friday, September 15, 6PM to 10PM in Flemington, Saturday, September 16, 1PM to 6PM in New Brunswick and Sunday, September 17, 1PM to 6PM in Somerville. All events are BYO seating and will take place rain or shine...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Launches New Ad Space Geared for Print Advertisers

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All About Jazz, an unparalleled model of technical innovation for jazz, has developed a new full screen advertisement option that appears in the stream of a photo slideshow. Presented at 1920x1080 pixels, the clickable "Slideshow" ad appears after every fourth photo in a slideshow. All About Jazz tracks how many times the ad is viewed and how many times it is clicked...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Rollins

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All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Rollins' birthday today! It's no state secret that Sonny Rollins has never been fond of the recording studio. Never mind that he's recorded his full share of gems there -- not only early, celebrated albums such as Saxophone Colossus and Way Out West, but also digital-era efforts such as Old Flames and This Is What I Do. The man often embraced as the greatest living improviser requires too much creative freedom to start playing, as he puts it... Read more...

FESTIVAL: Jazz This Week: Alton Jazz and Wine Festival, Koplant No, a Horace Silver Tribute, and More

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This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features the return of a rising jazz star with local roots, a tribute to an iconic pianist and composer, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, September 6 The "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" presents guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Jacobs at KDHX's Magnolia Cafe; a jam session with bassist Bob Deboo and friends at the Kranzberg Arts Center; and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor and band at The Dark Room...

RECORDING: Spike Robinson and Harry Warren

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It should be noted from the outset that there are no bad Spike Robinson recordings. The tenor saxophonist had a bold swinging style, much like Al Cohn, but Robinson tended to pop up into instrument's higher register and linger there longer, likely a result of his early years on alto saxophone and clarinet. In this regard, he shares much in common with Stan Getz, both in tone and the lyricism of his playing and solo work...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Desktop Still Beats Phones for Youtube Viewing [new Survey]

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Social media is moving to mobile, but the desktop is still the most popular device to watch YouTube videos for consumers across generations. In its Q3 report, 'The Generational Debate,' Strike Social examined a year of YouTube campaigns across 25 verticals in the U.S. and found that desktop computers had the highest view rate across devices at 30.9% vs. 27.9% for phone and 27.8% for tablet...

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