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EDUCATION: Ottawa Jazzworks Jazz Camp and Composers Symposium, August 13-19, 2018. Register Now!

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JazzWorks is a jazz camp for adults and talented youth. There's still time to register! Call us now at 613-523-0316 to find out more. Join us as we celebrate 25 years in jazz education! The JazzWorks Jazz Camp is a great way for singers and instrumentalists to learn jazz theory and technique from innovative Canadian jazz musicians and international guests, in a relaxed and supportive environment. It's an intensive, adult-focused learning experience where participants of all levels can immerse themselves in improvisation, jazz history, composition and arranging, combo rehearsals and master classes, topped off with nightly jam sessions and concerts featuring camp participants alongside our faculty's world-class jazz pros...

RECORDING: Brazilian Pianist / Composer Abelita Mateus Releases "Mixed Feelings" on August 1st

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From Sao Paulo to New York City Everybody Loves Samba! Featuring Guitarist m: Romero Lubambo, Bassist m: Peter Slavov and more! "A mixture of excitement, sadness, 'saudades', happiness, failure, regret, luck- all of the things I was feeling at the time are in my music. I lived in Brazil for the first 30 years of my life. When I decided to move to another country, I had mixed feelings about the new challenges I was about to face...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: July 30, 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 1 1 John Coltrane Both Directions at Once- The Lost Album (I...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Edward Simon

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All About Jazz is celebrating Edward Simon's birthday today! The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardon, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music. Born in 1969, Simon credits his father, Hadsy, for developing his passion for music and supporting him and his two brothers, Marlon and Michael, to become professional musicians. He attended the Philadelphia Performing Arts School... Read more...

OBITUARY: Patrick Williams is Gone

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Sorry to learn that composer, arranger and bandleader Patrick Williams died yesterday at 79. Prolific in his work for motion pictures and television, Williams was sometimes taken for granted -- but never by fellow members of the arranging fraternity or by the musicians who took part in recordings of his ingenious, often demanding, arrangements. Frank Sinatra chose Williams to do the arrangements for the singer's final studio albums. Williams' work on television series brought him several Grammy nominations. His music accompanied Colombo, Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, among others. He worked with with singers as varied as Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Tierney Sutton, Jack Jones, Andrea Bocelli, Paul Anka, Peter Cincotti, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan and Michael Feinstein...

INTERVIEW: Interview: Chubby Jackson

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Bassist Chubby Jackson is largely forgotten now, but in his prime he was one of the most dynamic band leaders in the late 1940s and '50s. For example, in 1949, his band featured Norman Faye, Al Porcino and Charlie Walp (tp); Mario Daone and Rob Swope (tb); Frank Socolow (as); Ray Turner and Al Epstein (ts); Marty Flax (bar); Teddy Charles (vib); Gene Di Novi (p); Red Kelly (b); Tiny Kahn (d,arr,vcl); Joe Harris (bgo,cga) and Chubby Jackson (cond,vcl). [Photo above of Chubby Jackson playing his five-string bass...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Drummer Warren Benbow's New Book, "A Drummers Story" Now Available

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Like many drummers I started out early, and by the time I was sixteen and a half I began playing my first professional gigs. It seemed to me that I was born a drummer. Here is a little about me: I've been fortunate to have performed and or recorded with artists like: Whitney Houston, m: Nina Simone, LL Cool J, m: Betty Carter, m: Michal Urbaniak with Ursula Dudziak, Teruo Nakamura and Super Friends, Mary J. Blige, m: Nancy Wilson, Brian McKnight, m: James 'Blood' Ulmer's 'Odyssey' Band, and many others...

RECORDING: West Side Story Reimagined for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

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An incredible new Latin jazz treatment of this timeless masterwork that premiered on September 26, 1957 redefining American musical theatre in celebration of the shows recent 60th Anniversary (2017) and Maestro Bernstein's Centennial (2018). Recorded live at e: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in NYC, this exciting new reimagining is West Side Story like you've never heard it before as performed by the amazing multi-Grammy nominated 21 piece Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. This set includes an accompanying 16 page booklet containing rare photographs and features the rhythms of various Latin American countries, and more with exciting new instrumental arrangements all done through the lens of the Latin jazz continuum...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Krantz

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Krantz's birthday today! Ex-sideman with Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Billy Cobham and others, has made six albums under his own name since 1991; three on the Enja label ("Signals", "Long to Be Loose" and "2 Drink Minimum"), one on the Alchemy label ("Separate Cages") and, most recently, the self-produced CDs "Greenwich Mean" and "Your Basic Live". Wayne\'s two recording bands during that time... Read more...

CAREER: Why Blogging is Still a Powerful Tool for Musicians

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As an indie musician, creating a blog may not be on the top of your priority list, writes Dave Kusek of the New Artists Model. But, a blog can actually be an incredibly powerful tool in your promotional mix! Let's take a look at just how versatile a blog can be. Above all, your blog is a publishing platform that will let you serve your audience with frequent and regular content to tell your story, showcase your music, and expand on your ideas. It also allows you to differentiate yourself and show your fans the person behind the music. It's a place where you can connect with your fans through music and your interests and even attract new fans...

AWARD / GRANT: Al Di Meola Receives Honorary Doctorate at Berklee's Campus in Valencia, Spain

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Berklee Provost Larry Simpson presented an honorary doctor of music degree on July 9 to legendary jazz, fusion, and world music guitarist, composer, bandleader, and producer m: Al Di Meola during the commencement ceremony for the master's degree programs at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. Di Meola also performed as a special guest at the commencement concert at the City of Arts and Sciences, which drew thousands of attendees...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brian Blade

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All About Jazz is celebrating Brian Blade's birthday today! "I remember when I first read the words hanging in a frame on my grandma Rosa\'s wall. The serenity prayer was something I couldn\'t understand until almost thirty years later, but now after experiencing some peaks and valleys of life, those words ring in my ears with clarity." Brian Blade has set those words to music for his first recording as a singer... Read more...

RADIO: Broadcast Radio Targets Millennials with New Format

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Although radio as a platform for discovering new music has been on the decline for some time, with little to offer millennials, a new format known as "Right Now Music Radio" is hoping it can change this and bring radio into the modern age. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 I think most listeners will agree that broadcast radio for music has been dismal for a long time, thanks to corporate radio groups and central programming. Local radio is on the decline and the ability for a DJ to select a song outside the provided playlist is long-gone. While radio still has its boomer listers and commuters trapped in cars, millennials and especially Gen-Zers have been ignored, but a new format called 'Right Now Music Radio' hopes to change all that...

RECORDING: Saxophonist / Composer Konstantinos Papachristou Releases New Contemporary Jazz Album "The Darkness of a Fairy Tale"

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The Darkness of a Fairy Tale is the debut album from Greek composer and saxophonist m: Konstantinos Papachristou, and describes the journey of a man who receives the "wake-up call" and begins his own inner search for the meaning of life. Konstantinos composed a thematic album of modern jazz music that gains a dark programmatic mood, which motivates the listener to dive deep into his senses. Orchestration preserves Jazz's classical raw sound, while instruments such as bass, piano and drums are totally tied to the sophisticated tone of the saxophone tenor and its clear influences from e: ECM Records...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jon Faddis

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jon Faddis' birthday today! Born in Oakland, CA, on July 24, 1953, Jon Faddis began playing trumpet at age eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Three years later, his trumpet teacher Bill Catalano, an alumnus of the Stan Kenton band, turned the jazz- struck youngster on to Dizzy Gillespie. By his mid-teens, Jon had not only met Dizzy, he\'d even sat in with his hero\'s combo at the famed Jazz Workshop in San Francisco... Read more...

CAREER: 5 Music Biography Must-Haves

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Your artist bio is your opportunity to tell the world about yourself and who you are, but sharing can feel self-indulgent, and doing yourself justice can be a challenge for many artists. In an effort to make things easier, we look at five essential which every artist should be sure to include in any bio they put together...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Eventbrite Files for IPO [report]

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Eventbrite, the popular indie and D.I.Y. ticketer, has reportedly filed for an IPO for later this year. The company's lead underwriters are Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, according to the Wall Street Journal. Eventbrite has raised $330 million to date, and helps sell more than three million tickets to concerts, festivals and other events every week. It provides ticketing for millions of events in more than 180 countries, with $10 billion in cumulative sales since launch...

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