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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amazon Abandons North American Ticketing Plans (for Now)

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While it earned a lot of attention over this past summer after its plan to disrupt ticketing in the U.S. was revealed over the summer, Amazon appears to be all giving up on the ticketing platform, at least for the time being. Guest post by Dave Brooks of Amplify Amazon garnered big headlines this summer when stories began to crop up on the company's plan to disrupt ticketing in the U.S., even leading to a small dip in Live Nation's share price...

AWARD / GRANT: 60th Grammy Awards: Jazz List

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31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo (For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.) "Can't Remember Why" by m: Sara Caswell Track from: Whispers On The Wind (Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: FCC Released Its Net Neutrality Killing Order, Hoping You Were Too Busy Cooking Turkey to Read It

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"The FCC is trying to use the Thanksgiving holiday to distract the press and public from its blatant handout to one of the least liked and least competitive industries in America," writes Karl Bode of Techdirt, "Trying to bury such an epic middle finger to consumers behind the cranberry sauce is an obvious underestimation of just how unpopular this plan is, and the policy, political, and cultural backlash it's going to generate for years...

AWARD / GRANT: "The Arrangement" by Sylvia Brooks Named Jazz Vocal CD of the Month by Jazz Station / Arnaldo Desouteiro

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From Jazz Noir to Technicolor, jazz vocalist Sylvia Brooks reveals a vivid array of new emotional hues on her third album, The Arrangement, a beautifully intimate collaboration with the talents of brilliant Los Angeles arrangers. Besides beautiful originals ("Maybe I'm A Fool," "Sweet Surrender," "What Was I Thinking," three inspired songs to which she contributed as lyricist), Brooks offers surprising renditions of "Body And Soul" (with a beautiful flugel solo by Ron Stout) and "Cold Cold Heart", along with haunting versions of such glorious ballads as "Never Me Let Me Go" and "Angel Eyes," two of my favourite songs...

RECORDING: Pianist, Composer, Arranger Earl Macdonald Release New Recording 'Open Borders'

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Pianist Earl MacDonald, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut, is set to release his fifth album as a bandleader -- Open Borders. For this project, the two-time JUNO-award nominee assembled a lean and mean 10-piece band, capable of capturing the intimate subtleties of a jazz combo, or packing the walloping punch of a full big band. The album successfully blends 'smart, economical writing with fabulous blowing.' (Marc Myers, JazzWax)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gigi Gryce

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All About Jazz is celebrating Gigi Gryce's birthday today! Gigi Gryce was born George General Grice(sic) on 28th November, 1925 (not 1927) in Pensacola, Florida- although he was brought up in Hartford, Connecticut. He spent a short period in the Navy where he met musicians such as Clark Terry, Jimmy Nottingham and Willie Smith, who were to turn his thoughts from pursuing medicine to the possibility of making music for a living... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Jones & Lewis in Concert

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It occurred to me around mid-afternoon that it would have been a good idea to use the band's music as a supplement to the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis-Vanguard Orchestra Monday Recommendation. But, from the treasury of Thad and Mel performances on record and video, what to choose? The staff agreed unanimously; the band's 1969 performance of Thad's 'Central Park North' at a 1969 concert in Denmark. As the featured soloists play, their names on the screen identify them. Everyone in the band is listed below the video...

VIDEO / DVD: Tubby Hayes: Back in Town

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While performing in New York in June 1962, British tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes had an opportunity to record for Smash, Mercury's newly formed jazz subsidiary. Smash was run by Shelby Singleton, a Mercury executive with pop sensibilities. What was remarkable about the resulting album, Tubby's Back in Town, are the musicians selected for the recording session...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment from Ballast Point Ventures

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Tampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities. After 10 years as a bootstrapped company, Symphonic Distribution found a venture capital firm that it wanted to partner with. The digital music distributor has secured a $4 million minority investment from Tampa based Ballast Point Ventures (BPV)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Q&A with Downtown Records Noah Jackson

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In this interview Noah Jackson, content and social media strategist at Downtown Records, discusses the importance of artists keeping up with marketing tech, as well as the value of messenger bots and strategies for getting them to work effectively. Guest post Veselina Gerova of The Message Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube's Lyor Cohen to Keynote Music Biz Convention in Nashville

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Often controversial music industry veteran Lyor Cohen, the Global Head of Music at YouTube and Founder of music content company 300, will keynote the Music Business Association's Music Biz 2018 conference at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Cohen will discuss his career journey, his current role at YouTube and Google and his thoughts on the future of the music business...

RECORDING: Drummer Jerry Granelli Reunites with Guitar Greats Bill Frisell and Robben Ford After 25 Years for Blues-Soaked Repertoire on "Dance Hall"

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Back in 1992, veteran drummer-composer Jerry Granelli went to studios in Seattle and San Francisco with an all-star cast, including trombonist m: Julian Priester, alto sax great m: Kenny Garrett, bassist m: Anthony Cox and guitarists m: Bill Frisell and m: Robben Ford, to record a set of blues-based tunes that resonated with his youth. The resulting album, A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing, inspired by Michael Ondaatje's haunting novel "Coming Through Slaughter" about the life of the legendary New Orleans cornetist m: Buddy Bolden, includes blues-tinged nuggets as m: Johnny Hodges' "Wanderlust," m: Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce," m: Ornette Coleman's "Blues Connotation" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

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All About Jazz is celebrating Maria Schneider's birthday today! Maria Schneider's music has been hailed by critics as 'evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.' She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Chris Connor: Atlantic Singles

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Scrambling to avoid being caught short when the pop album format expanded in 1955 from 10 to 12 inches, Atlantic rapidly began adding singers to its artists rostet. In '56, the label signed Chris Connor after she left Bethlehem Records. She would go on to record 15 superb albums for Atlantic, including the remarkable Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Song...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Contrary to Predictions, Blockchain May Not Be the Future of the Music Industry [bobby Owsinski]

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Over the past couple of years, a number of articles have surfaced in the music business world touting blockchain tech as the saviour of the music industry which will finally allow artists to get paid. This may be wishful thinking however, argues Bobby Owsinski, who offers several reasons why blockchain isn't the answer to musicians' prayers...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz Bakery Presents Jeremy Pelt and Peter Bernstein on December 2nd and December 3rd

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The Jazz Bakery presents a weekend of cutting edge jazz with trumpeter m: Jeremy Pelt's Make Noise Quintet on December 2nd, and guitarist m: Peter Bernstein's Mostly Monk Quartet on December 3rd. On Saturday December 2nd, Jeremy Pelt's Make Noise Quintet with pianist m: Victor Gould, bassist m: Richie Goods, m: Jonathan Barber on drums and m: Jacquelene Acevedo on percussion, will perform at the Musicians Institute Concert Center in Hollywood at 8PM. Saturated with the rhythms of two percussionists Pelt's Make Noise quintet has an undeniable energy that both excites and captivates audiences world wide...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Teddy Wilson

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All About Jazz is celebrating Teddy Wilson's birthday today! His airy, effortless style, with its emphasis on lightly accompanied right-hand melody, was a key element in the transition from swing to bebop, and many modern jazz pianists took Wilson\'s approach as their starting point. His early recordings were percussive and forceful, but as he matured his technique became graceful, almost elegant. He was a gifted artist who used the full range of his instrument to his advantage... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jon Hendricks, George Avakian: Rip

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We can be thankful today that Jon Hendricks and George Avakian made so many important contributions to jazz during their long lives. Both died in New York yesterday. Hendricks was 96. Avakian was 98. Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert and Annie Ross formed the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross for their album Sing A Song Of Basie album in 1958. Expanding the possibilities of a craft that had been pioneered by Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure, Hendricks married words to jazz tunes and to intricate instrumental solos. Critics sometimes described the results as poetry. Hendricks and Lambert, a jazz vocal-group pioneer, had been collaborators since the early 1950s. Lambert, Hendricks and Ross became immensely popular. The Basie collection was the first of several top-selling and poll-winning albums by the group. Hendricks' activities and projects in vocal music took many turns. His 'Evolution of the Blues' told how black music developed in America. It ran as a stage show in San Francisco for five years. Hendricks continued performing well into the new century, frequently in duo concerts with Ms. Ross...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: "Santa Baby" Crooner Cynthia Basinet Attends L.A. Jazz Society Tribute Awards 2017

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Nobel Nominated Jazzy pop crooner, actress and activist Cynthia Basinet best known for her iconic sultry version of, "Santa Baby" attended the Jazz Tribute Awards and Concert Saturday night honoring FOX's Seth MacFarland and the legendary, Johnny Mandel. Leonard Martin presented Seth MacFarland with the 2017 David L. Abell Angel Award for his focus on music, literature and philanthropy...

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