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OBITUARY: Pat Arana, Trombonist of the St. Louis Stompers, Dies at Age 72

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Trombonist Joseph Patrick "Pat" Arana of the St. Louis Stompers died of cancer last Wednesday, August 22 in St. Charles, MO. Arana was 72 years old and was retired from teaching music in the Ritenour School District. He performed locally and at festivals all over the country with the Stompers, worked with many other jazz and popular music groups in St. Louis, and was an original member of Jean Kittrell and Red Lehr's Old St. Louis Levee Band...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Irish Jazz Guitar

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The dean of the jazz guitar in Ireland was the late Louis Stewart. Ireland has a special place in its heart for the jazz guitar that probably has a lot to do with the music's poetry and the intimate relationship artists seem to have with the instrument, especially on ballads. Here are a handful of Irish jazz guitarists I found on YouTube...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Netflix Can Teach Us About Font Psychology [infographic]

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Whether you're in the music business or some other realm of the entertainment industry, the power of fonts cannot be overstated when it comes to marketing. Here we look some valuable lessons in font psychology learned from video streaming giant Netflix. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Fonts are a big part of our lives. Every piece of marketing that you'll ever release probably has or will have at least a couple of fonts, so instead of just picking them at random because they look nice, it's best to at least have an idea of the power they have. Each one has its own characteristics and makes a huge difference in how our message is perceived. Right now, no company does that better than Netflix with its original shows...

RECORDING: Tony Adamo Releases Was out Jazz Zone Mad on Ropeadope Records. Available September 14, 2018

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Born in San Francisco, California, Tony Adamo has strong ties to his Italian American family in the Bronx and Brooklyn. After his stint in the Navy, he attended the Actor's Studio and discovered a whole new world referred to as 'method acting.' He discovered that he was terrible at remembering lines, and soon headed back to music as his true calling, with a very improvisational intent...

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...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Clip: Cute Tomato

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In March 1955, producer Ozzie Cadena was given the green light by Herman Lubinsky, the owner of Savoy Records, to record a session with drummer Kenny Clarke and arranger-saxophonist Ernie Wilkins. Cadena had a bit of an agenda. Three of the songs he wanted waxed were his. When he met with Clarke and Wilkins, they went over all of the songs they planned to record. In addition to Cadena's three, Wilkins brought in three gems and the seventh was Now's the Time, a blues taht gave Clarke an opportunity to take an extended solo. Wilkins did the arranging...

CAREER: 5 Tips for Crafting a Captivating Newsletter

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Capturing (let alone keeping) the attention of your followers on social media has become and increasingly difficult task, particularly if you're unable to shell out the necessary cash in order to boost your posts. Luckily, the newsletter remains as reliable standby. Here we look at five ways to create the most engaging newsletter possible...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Parker

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All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Parker's birthday today! The only child of Charles and Addie Parker, Charlie Parker was one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940's. When Parker was still a child, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where jazz, blues and gospel music were flourishing. His first contact with music came from school, where he played baritone horn with the school's band. When he was 15... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jimmy Wilkins (1921-2018)

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Jimmy Wilkins, the trombone-playing brother of arranger-saxophonist Ernie Wilkins and the last surviving member of Count Basie's original New Testament Band launched in 1951, died August 24. He was 97. In recent years, Jimmy led a big band in Las Vegas using arrangements by his brother Ernie and Frank Foster. Jimmy and I spoke every six months or so. Our last conversation was in July. I'll miss him and his Count Basie stories. Here's my entire JazzWax interview with Jimmy...

TRENDS: Teen Social Media Cord Cutting - Should It Worry the Music Industry?

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Adults have been anxious about the smartphone usage of youths for some time, and it appears teens themselves are jumping on the concern train, with more than half of teenagers feeling they spend too much time on their phones. This raises the question, however, will efforts to combat this tech addiction help or hurt the music business...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: No Old Wine in New Bottles: Remastering Does Mean New Sound Recording Copyright, Says 9th Circuit

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The remastering of tracks has long created controversy in the music industry over whether these revampings necessitate the creation of a fresh copyright- a problematic notion to say the least. The 9th Circuit Court, however has decided a new coat of paint doesn't change things all that much. Guest post by Stephen Carlisle of NOVA Southeastern University...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz Legend Benny Golson to Appear at Baltimore's Jazzway 6004

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Internationally-acclaimed bebop/hard bop saxophonist, composer, and educator m: Benny Golson, who will turn 90 years old in January 2019, will appear at Baltimore's e: Jazzway 6004 on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The NEA Jazz Master and newly-inducted member of the DownBeat Hall of Fame will perform his famous tunes such as 'Killer Joe,' 'Whisper Not,' 'I Remember Clifford,' and 'Stablemates' in an intimate setting for one night only...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Goldings

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All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Goldings' birthday today! With his signature Hammond organ style and versatility on many keyboards, Boston native Larry Goldings has traversed not only the wide spectrum of jazz where he is perhaps best known, but also the worlds of funk, pop, and electronic/alternative music. High in demand as a sideman, Goldings\' sound can be heard on scores of albums by artists in virtually every musical genre... Read more...

RECORDING: Monday Recommendation: Luciana Souza

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Luciana Souza, The Book Of Longing (Sunnyside) Returning to recording, Luciana Souza is inspired by poetry. The Book Of Longing finds her drawing inspiration from poets of two centuries and singing three new songs of her own. Bassist Scott Colley and Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro accompany her, enhancing the album's moods, using counterpoint as commentary. Both solo with distinction. Colley is notably effective in Ms. Souza's 'These Things,' which has a nifty reference to Robert Frost. Pinheiro finds a rhythmic groove in Dickinson's 'We Grow Accustomed To The Dark' (1864). Ms. Souza's sources range from the 18th century to the 21st and include not only her work, but also Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson and the late singer-poet-novelist Leonard Cohen. Christina Rosetti's 'Remember' (1861) ends the album. It is a lyrical instruction for thinking -- or not thinking -- about her after she dies...

CAREER: Email is More Important Than Social Channels

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While it can be tempting to throw in your all with every shiny new social media platform that comes along, the stability and longevity of these platforms is notoriously unreliable, making a solid email marketing strategy with a good website to back it up the better way to go. Guest post by Jeremy Young of Soundfly's Flypaper...

TECHNOLOGY: Just Because the Internet Didn't Implode Immediately, Doesn't Mean Killing Net Neutrality Was a Good Idea

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Many may recall when the FCC ignored the pleas of just about everyone besides the telecom giants and opted to axe net neutrality, a decision which only went into effect as recently as June 11, and while Ajit Pai and friends are claiming the internet's continued functionality is proof dissenters fears were overhyped, the reality may be something quite different...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lester Young

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lester Young's birthday today! Lester "Prez" Young was one of the giants of the tenor saxophone. He was the greatest improviser between Coleman Hawkins and Louis Armstrong of the 1920s and Charlie Parker in the 1940s. From the beginning, he set out to be different: He had his own lingo; In the Forties, he grew his hair out. The other tenor players held their saxophones upright in front of them, so Young held his out to the side... Read more...

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