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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Pepper

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All About Jazz is celebrating Art Pepper's birthday today! Alto Saxophonist Art Pepper, a native of Gardena California, played in the overtly emotional manner that came to define the West Coast style. His solo approach was always passionate, from early recordings made with Stan Kenton\'s orchestra during his years with the band (1943 and 1946-52) and in jam sessions on LA's Central Avenue... Read more...

OBITUARY: Larry Elgart (1922-2017)

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Larry Elgart, an alto saxophonist and enterprising and tireless big-band leader whose major success began at the very moment when nearly all other swing orchestras were arthritic relics and the word "band" typically referred to four guys with long hair playing electric instruments and a drum set, died on August 29. He was 95...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why You Can't Put the Music Industry on a Blockchain

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In this excerpt from "Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum and Smart Contracts," author David Gerard offers a critical examination of the Bitcoin and blockchain phenomenon, and what it means for music and the music industry. Guest post by David Gerard from his book Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum and Smart Contracts...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Is Music Streaming Really Worth $28 Billion? [mark Mulligan]

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A new Goldman Sachs report claims that Universal Music is worth $23.5 billion and that the paid streaming market will be worth $28 billion in 2030. That's almost double the size of the entire recorded music business in 2016. Analyst Mark Mulligan dives into the numbers. Guest post by music industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: If 'Everyone Just Wants Free Stuff' Mentality Responsible for Piracy, Why Isn't Nintendo Able to Keep Classic Consoles in Stock?

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Recent buying trends among consumers of Nintendo's classic consoles have recently provided further rebuffment of the 'people just want free stuff' myth often proclaimed by content industries. Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt For a long time, we've been trying to debunk the "But people just want stuff for free" myth that purports to explain why the only proper strategy for infringement is heavy enforcement. Everyone should have instantly recognized that this was a dumb meme put forth by the content industries, so simple was the offered explanation for what is a vastly complex issue. Still, the meme persists, even in the face of contrary evidence...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: August 2017

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All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in August, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total downloads. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

ADVOCACY: Dig a Little Deeper - Help Save Our Blues, Roots and Jazz Musicians Deep in the Heart of Texas

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The Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians Emergency Fund stepped up big time to help jny: New Orleans musicians after Hurricane Katrina and its catastrophic flooding aftermath. And it is preparing to reach out to Texas jazz, blues and roots musicians affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Jazz Foundation will help them rebuild, repairing homes, replacing belongings and treasured instruments and even replacing work...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tineke Postma

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tineke Postma's birthday today! Tineke Postma is an internationally acknowleged active jazzsaxophonist. During her college years at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, she received two scolarships to study at the Manhattan School for Music in New York, where she was taught by Dick Oatts, David Liebman and Chris Potter. In 2003, Tineke gratuaded with Honors at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she has been teaching since 2005. Tineke plays energetic... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What's in a Name: Cuneiform

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Curious about the name of a small, imaginative jazz record company called Cuneiform, I asked Joyce Feigenbaum, the company's publicist, who is married to the owner, how the label's name came about. This is her reply: I'm actually an art historian by academic training (B.A. and M.A.), not an archeologist, a modernist. BUT I'm not the one who came up with the name-Steve Feigenbaum, Cuneiform's owner and founder, did. Here's how it happened. Steve wanted a different, a distinctive, name -- not something typical. Cuneiform is certainly not typical. (In retrospect, maybe an 'easier' one-syllable name would have been better. We both admired ancient Middle Eastern art. Cuneiform is one of the earliest systems of writing, or of recording information. It was developed by the Sumerians in Ancient Mesopotamia around 3500 BC, and was a radical innovation in the ancient world. Unlike pictorial languages, it was phonetic and semantic and thus capable of expressing abstract concepts. Music is recorded information. And we wanted our label to record radically innovative music. So, naming the label after Cuneiform seemed fitting...

RECORDING: Joe Turner: Smashing Thirds

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Big Joe Turner was a blues shouter from Kansas City, Mo., who stood at 6-foot 2, weighed 300 pounds and was fundamental to the development of rock 'n' roll. He was the first to record Shake, Rattle and Roll in 1954. The other famous musical Joe Turner was a stride pianist who was born in 1907 in Baltimore. Taught to play piano by his mother, Turner took six months of lessons with an undesirable teacher who tended to watch the clock. So Turner turned to his Aunt Katie, who, he said, played "like a man," with a powerful left hand. She taught him to develop his left hand...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: To Survive, Spotify Must Follow Apple's Example

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In the final lap of its race to go public, Spotify plans to hit the NYSE by year's end, but a number of uncertainties about the company's future remain, with some suggesting the company will need to take a leaf out of Apple's book if they hope to survive Guest post by Bobby Owsinski from Music 3.0...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Battling Ticketmaster Lawsuit, Songkick Struggles with Skeleton Staff

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Things are looking grim for Songkick. The ticketing company was forced to drop the majority of its staff, and has its fingers crossed to win a fast-approaching lawsuit against Ticketmaster in hopes of being able to complete its existing contracts. Guest post by Dave Brooks of Amplify Ticketing company Songkick has let go most of its staff and is hoping against long odds to win its upcoming lawsuit against Ticketmaster so that investors can recoup some portion of the $90 million they've invested in the fan club ticketing service and music discovery app...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Deezer Expands High Fidelity Streaming as Spotify, Napster Prep Competitors

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HiFi, Hi Rez, FLAC or whatever it's called, higher fidelity music is coming to streaming, and Deezer wants to lead the way. Today, the French based global streamer announced an expansion and rebranding of its U.S. hi fi music option. Deezer is expanding its higher quality streaming music service to Google Google Home and all speakers using Google Chromecast technology. Previously exclusive to Sonos, Deezer's hi fi streaming will also be available on Bang & Olufsen, Yamaha, Onkyo, Pioneer and Harman Wi-Fi speakers in the coming months...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Dorham

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All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Dorham's birthday today! Overshadowed for most of his career by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, and Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham\'s abilities as a composer and unique voice as an advanced bop trumpet player are underrated to this day. McKinley Howard Dorham was born on August 30, 1924 on a ranch called Post Oak, near Fairfield, Texas. He attended Anderson High School in Austin... Read more...

RECORDING: Jazz Goes Mod, 1961

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Many Americans born in the 1950s like to think of London in 1961 as a set from My Fair Lady. Lots of rosy- cheeked Julie Andrews types, coal fireplaces, and men rushing about in forest-green tweed. Also in these same imaginations, teenage guys look like the brooding Beatles during their Hamburg, Germany, period while teenage girls are bubbly and confident, and look like Helen Shapiro or Shirley Bassey...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Neighboring Rights: An Updated Look

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Here we dive back in to look further at 'neighboring rights', a form of rights holding which entitles allows monies to be distributed to artists and sound recording holders when one of their works is either broadcast publicly or streamed. Guest post by Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. on the TuneCore Blog...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, September 2017

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September promises to be one of the hottest jazz months of the year in the Twin Cities, with visits from Eliane Elias, Mike Stern, John Raymond, the Yellow Jackets, Curtis Stiegers, Jay Clayton, Evan Christopher, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Bad Plus with Bill Frisell and more, as well as performances from local and regional artists including Red Planet with Bill Carrothers, cellist Tomeka Reid, Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson reprising the Crosby-Clooney Story, the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network's Cabaret Fest, the return of Snowblind, Bottomless Pit... and bottomless talents at a growing list of venues presenting jazz...

RECORDING: Jazz Weekly and Scott Yanow Review Tony Adamo's Rain Man "Make It Rain Love My Way"

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I usually don't review singles, but m: Tony Adamo is just so good to the bones that nothing he does can be ignored. Here, he teams up with Tower of Power keyboardist Roger Smith and with a team that is so loose that you have to get regular treatments from a chiropractor to dance to it. Adamo delivers his street wise lyrics about life and love, while the bass is slapped around like Cagney's girlfriends and the drums snap like Pavarotti's tights. This hip mix of blues and soul puts the fun back in funky. &#151George W. Harris, JAZZWEEKLY...

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