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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lil Hardin Armstrong

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lil Hardin Armstrong's birthday today! Lil Hardin helped introduce America to jazz music. She was a dedicated jazz pianist, who established a reputation as "Hot Miss Lil," one of the few female band ensemble members of the 1920's. She played on many of the first jazz recordings ever made and she wrote many of the early songs of the jazz era. Though she might be identified in the jazz world as the wife of Louis Armstrong, she was much more than that... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: James P. Johnson and “Carolina Shout”

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Today, February 2, is the birthday of James P. Johnson (1894-1955), who developed stride piano as an art form within an art form. In his time, piano cutting contests were proving grounds -- most often in Harlem apartments -- where competing pianists showed their stuff. If James P was playing, their stuff was likely not to be good enough. Johnson's most famous composition was 'Carolina Shout,' a test of a pianist's swing, power and rhythm. He recorded it several times. Many pianists, critics and jazz historians consider this 1921 version his best...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Keyon Harrold Comes Home

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This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring trumpeter Keyon Harrold, who will be coming back home to perform next Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 8 at Jazz at the Bistro. Harrold, who grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, has been in the spotlight recently thanks to the release in September of The Mugician, his second album as a leader. Featuring guest appearances from guitarist and singer Gary Clark Jr., rapper Big K.R.I.T., R&b vocalist bilal, keyboardist robert glasper, multi-instrumentalist georgia anne muldrow, and more, the album has been well-received by fans and critics, with reviews calling it a 'vibrant and wide-reaching set of tunes' (AllMusic.com) and praising it for 'redefining the textures and sounds of traditional jazz' (Salon.com)...

CAREER: How to Market College Gigs

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When on tour, college towns can represent a great opportunity for artists looking to book shows, but attracting the college demographic carries with it its own set of challenges. Here we look at how to effectively market to a college audience. Guest post from the TuneCore Blog in collaboration with the students at Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University...

CAREER: How to Land a Record Deal

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While many emerging artists have chosen to eschew labels, there are still a number of advantages to having the backing of a traditional label. Here we delve into how artists can refine their approach when it comes to trying to land a record deal. Guest post by Simon Tam of Last Stop Booking Two of the best performing articles I've ever written were Unsolicited Music Demos: How to Get in the Door of a Record Label and Record Labels That Accept Unsolicited Demos. This has consistently been the case for nearly five years. It shows that artists are still desperate in trying to unlock the secrets of getting a record deal. The points I made in those pieces are still relevant and I would suggest reading those first...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Is Rock on Music's Endangered List?

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In the wake the recent Grammy Awards, Fred Jacobs bemoans the decline of rock music as a genre, something which has been on a steady downhill slide for years, but also carries with it the potential for a resurgence. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Maybe the Grammys first went off the rails back in 1989, the first year they decided to honor Heavy Metal. Strangely, the award that year went to the flute-infused sounds of Jethro Tull. For the Rock genre at this awards show devoted to music, it's been going downhill ever since...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: February 5, 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 5 1 Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band Chinese Butterfly (Concord...

RECORDING: Jump City Music Announces the New Album "Toot Suite" from Trumpeter Bob Wagner

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Jump City Music is thrilled to announce the release of the debut solo album from trumpeter Bob Wagner. Toot Suite will be available from bwtpt.com in January as well as on all major musical distribution platforms (iTunes, Amazon, etc) shortly thereafter. Toot Suite, written by composer/pianist Claude Bolling, combines creative improvisations, jazzy syncopations and beautiful melodies into six separate, but musically related movements. Originally recorded in 1980 by Bolling and virtuoso trumpeter Maurice Andre, Toot Suite's opening lines will be instantly recognized by many as the theme for NPR's popular long-running Diane Rehm Show...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Stan Getz

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All About Jazz is celebrating Stan Getz's birthday today! Beginnings... Stan Getz was born at St. Vincent\'s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2, 1927. He had one brother, Robert, who was born on October 30, 1932. His parents had come from the Kiev area in the Ukraine in 1903, tired and fearful of the Pogroms. The Getz family had first settled in West Philadelphia, but moved to New York City after Stan\'s fraternal uncle told them there were better jobs in New York... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Three Guitar Masters

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Since it's Friday, I thought I'd end the week by sharing with you three separate videos of true jazz guitar masters -- Louis Stewart, Joe Pass and Lenny Breau. I think you'll agree that all three are at their finest here. In each case, I found videos you wouldn't be able to stop watching even if you had to go...

CAREER: How to Write a Grant Proposal for Your Music Project

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Regardless of what music-related enterprise you're embarking on, funding is almost always an essential component for moving forward. Here we look at how to craft and prepare grant proposal and increasing your odds of success. Guest post by Lori Wade When it comes to your music project, you might be having the idea, but the only thing that might be holding you back is inadequate funds. Getting funds from various arts organizations or other funders is a very competitive process. You aren't guaranteed to access the funds. On the other hand, depending on loans and grants only from arts groups won't get you far. Also, not everyone can access this kind of music industry funding...

RECORDING: "The Poetry of Jazz," a Collaboration Between Saxophonist/Composer Benjamin Boone and the Late Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Philip Levine, Due March 16 from Origin Records

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Musicians and poets have been inspiring each other for millennia, with collaborations in San Francisco and New York between beat poets and beboppers during the 1950s a particularly memorable recent chapter. On the forthcoming The Poetry of Jazz, which Origin Records will release on March 16, saxophonist-composer m: Benjamin Boone and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine make an invaluable contribution to the jazz-and-poetry canon and set a standard for the genre that will be hard to surpass in the future...

RECORDING: Mark Cherrie Quartet: Joining the Dots

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'"A great musician in his own right and a great steel pannist." -Jazz FM From the artist himself: 'My earliest memories of the steel pan were watching my father playing with the Russ Henderson Trio. Russ and my father (Ralph Cherrie) had arrived in the UK from Trinidad in the mid 1950's and quickly found that they could make a good living playing the steel pan over here. They were both accomplished musicians; Russ was a well knownpiano player in Trinidad and my father not only played the piano too but also the double bass and the electric bass. Together with Sterling Betancourt ondrums, they played many of the society engagements of the day, flitting between playing conventional instruments, as well as their steel pans. And of course, taking to the streets of Notting Hill in 1964, with pans around their necks, they effectively forged the beginning of the Notting Hill carnival...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joshua Redman

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All About Jazz is celebrating Joshua Redman's birthday today! Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. Born in Berkeley, California, he is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. He was exposed at an early age to a variety of musics (jazz, classical, rock, soul, Indian, Indonesian, Middle-Eastern, African) and instruments (recorder, piano, guitar, gatham, gamelan)... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Bobby Hackett Plays Tony

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To the best of my knowledge, cornetist Bobby Hackett played on just two Tony Bennett albums in the 1960s. He can be heard blowing mellow obbligatos around Tony's vocal on two tracks on A Time for Love, a compilation of unreleased material between 1960 and '66. Hackett also plays ukulele on Sweet Lorraine on Tony's If I Ruled The World : Songs For The Jet Set...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora Cuts 5% of Staff in $45 Million Restructuring

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Pandora announced an organizational restructuring today that includes layoffs in some departments as part of a $45 million in cost cutting "designed to prioritize its strategic growth initiatives and optimize overall business performance." 5% of Pandora's workforce is being cut today as the unprofitable music streamer pledges to cut $45 million in expenses. An SEC filing estimated the severance and benefits cost of the layoffs at between $6.5 and $8.5 million...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Yonder: On the Rise Music Streamer You've Never Heard

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From the ashes of the Beyond Oblivion, the flashy yet unlaunched $174 million music tech startup, comes Yonder, a free music service that's gaining traction, in large part because it is building in markets that are off streaming's beaten track, writes MIDiA's Mark Mulligan. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry Blog...

TECHNOLOGY: Emergence of Blockchain Technology for Music

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In this piece, Mo Jalloh of Zimmi breaks down what blockchain tech can be defined as, and how the emergence of blockchain tech will affect artists and music industry in the near future. Guest post by Mo Jalloh of Zimrii The emergence of BlockChain Technology has been described as the greatest technology invention since the dawn of the internet, but for a good many people the concept is still quite alien...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: January 2018

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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 January, 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...

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