Jazz

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Goodman

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All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Goodman's birthday today! Benjamin David Goodman was born on May 30, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the eighth child of immigrants David Goodman and Dora Grisinsky Goodman, who left Russia to escape anti-Semitism. Benny\'s mother never learned to speak English. His father worked for a tailor to support his large family, which eventually grew to include a total of 12 children, and had trouble making ends meet. When Benny was 10 years old... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Tranein' In

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From time to time, I intend to focus on a single track that I find electrifying and represents a definitive work by a significant jazz artist. The purpose of such a narrow focus is to separate one song from an artist's body of work, put it in context with the time in which it was released, and offer a gateway into an artist's discography for those who may be less familiar with him or her...

VIDEO / DVD: Grant Green: Funk in France

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Blue Note Records probably owes Grant Green's family an apology. The guitarist was the finest jazz guitarist of the 1960s, topped only by Wes Montgomery. Today, virtually Green's entire discography has made it into the digital age. But it may surprise many that a good number of his albums for Blue Note weren't released during his lifetime, including his first. By my count, nine as a leader were shelved for reasons that escape me. These albums include First Session, Remembering, Gooden's Corner, Nigeria, Oleo, Born to Be Blue, Blues for Lou, Matador and Solid...

CAREER: An Expert's Tips on Music Business Networking

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While networking's value as a tool for getting ahead in the music industry has long been established, how to do it effectively, and what is exactly it is are somewhat harder to define. In this piece we hear some tips from a pro on what exactly makes for good networking. Guest post by Jason Blume of BMI...

TRENDS: Google Home Smart Speaker Sales Soar, Great News for Youtube Music

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Two analysis of the smart speaker market paint a somewhat different picture. But both point to two trends: smart speaker sales are soaring and Google Home smart speakers are gaining ground on Amazon. That's good news for all music streamers, particularly YouTube Music. A new Strategy Analytics survey concluded that Amazon shipped 4 million Echo speakers for a 43.6% market share globally in Q1 2018 and Google shipped 2.4 million Google Home speakers to capture a 26.5% market share. But analyst Canalys believes that Google shipped 3.2 million smart speakers in Q1 2018 to grab a 36.2% market share with Amazon shipping just 2.5 million smart speakers for a 27.7% market share...

RADIO: Reigniting Our Love of AM Radio

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Once an integral part of the nighttime listening experience, AM radio has since fallen out of favor somewhat, as with many traditional forms of media consumption. The medium is far from dead however, and in this piece, Fred Jacobs explores a plan to rekindle our love of AM Radio. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media...

CAREER: Jazz Fusion Drummer Bob Holz to be Featured on Jazziz Magazine's Summer CD and Recording with Guitar Legend Mike Stern

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Roy Holland Productions announced today that renowned jazz fusion drummer and composer, Bob Holz has a busy Summer 2018 schedule with a featured song on Jazziz Magazine's Summer CD, a concert in jny: Detroit, a recording session in jny: New York City with jazz great m: Mike Stern and a series of record dates in jny: Los Angeles...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wycliffe Gordon

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wycliffe Gordon's birthday today! Wycliffe Gordon enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. His trombone playing, hailed as "mixing powerful, intricate runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Claudio Roditi

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All About Jazz is celebrating Claudio Roditi's birthday today! This Brazilian composer/arranger and trumpet artist has fourteen critically acclaimed albums, a Grammy nomination, and a busy international touring schedule that includes the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. Claudio Roditi was born May 28th, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his musical studies when he was just five years old... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Memorial Day 2018

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It is Memorial Day in the United States, a time for parades, picnics and family gatherings across the land. This is the perfect occasion on which to honor the US armed services by acknowledging and displaying the accomplishments of their bands dedicated to the music that is the primary stock in trade of Rifftides. We begin with the Airmen of Note, the jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. The arrangement of 'Cherokee' is by Alan Baylock...

RECORDING: "Hourglass" - New Release by Toronto-Based Singer/Songwriter Howard Gladstone with Special Guest Laura Fernandez!

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Toronto singer-songwriter Howard Gladstone released Hourglass -- his fifth album of original contemporary folk/roots music in the U.S.A. on June 15, 2018. Three years after spinal surgery Howard Gladstone has returned to music with a higher level of commitment and inspiration, and deeper understanding of its' healing power. Gladstone has written songs that reflect a quiet despair, but answered by a message of hope, perseverance and optimism. The songs on Hourglass have resonated well with early reviewers, audiences and international radio airplay. The album sparkles with an occasional Latin accent from accomplished vocalist, pianist, songwriter Laura Fernandez and guitar licks from the virtuoso fret-burning Tony Quarrington. Acoustic bass master George Koller shines throughout...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Ramsey Lewis

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All About Jazz is celebrating Ramsey Lewis' birthday today! Composer and pianist Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as 'the great performer", a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training along with his love of jazz and other musical forms. A native Chicagoan (born May 27, 1935), Mr. Lewis represents the great diversity of music for which Chicago is noted... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jean Luc Ponty to Tour the US Summer 2018

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Legendary French violinist Jean Luc Ponty and his band will be continuing their 'Atlantic Years' tour in the US beginning August 2018! Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of the violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Miles Davis

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All About Jazz is celebrating Miles Davis' birthday today! Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was dazzlingly protean. To examine his career is to examine the history of jazz from the mid-\'40s to the early \'90s... Read more...

TV / FILM: Jeff Sultanof on an Important Film Reborn

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Composer, arranger, educator and jazz authority Jeff Sultanof occasionally honors Rifftides with his insights. This is one of those happy occasions. Jeff has seen a restoration of King Of Jazz, a pioneering film from the days when motion picture studios had decided that sound was here to stay. King Of Jazz: A Guest Review By Jeff Sultanoff...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Record Labels Screwed up the Music Industry, and How Spotify, Apple Saved Them

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ALTERNATIVE TAKE: Mike Masnick explores the sordid history of how the record labels' behavior in the early days of the internet literally brought the music industry to its knees, and how these same labels have been saved by the tech industry led by Apple and Spotify. By Mike Masnick from Techdirt If you've been following how much the record labels stumbled around the internet for the past couple of decades, then you know the basics here. But time has a way of erasing some of the nuances of history, and I find it incredible to watch the RIAA and the record labels these days walking around proudly acting as if they were the ones who "saved" the music industry by embracing streaming services that now make up the bulk of the recording industry's revenues. Indeed, as we've pointed out for years, the recording industry has a very long history of overvaluing the music and undervaluing the services that people want. They've spent so long insisting that the music is the sole source of the value of what they produce, that they always downplay (or entirely erase) the rest of the equation: getting the music to fans in a manner that is convenient, reasonable, and non-burdensome. Instead, they always focus on killing the golden goose -- insisting that any successful music tech service pay them more and more until they're squeezed dry...

CAREER: Why Twitter Still Matters for Musicians

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Although some self-promoting musicians may choose to eschew the platfrom, Chris Robley here details why the controversial social network still holds significant value for artists as promotional tool, particularly in comparison to some of the other social media platforms out there. Guest post by Chris Robley of DIY Musician...

CAREER: 5 Web Tools for Musicians to Try

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In this piece Fiona Z shares five recently discovered valuable tools artists can use to improve their online experience, streamline social media usage, edit video, sign online paperwork and more! Guest post from Fiona Z Lately, I've been diving into summits, podcasts and I've also signed up to go to CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference (let me know if you'll be there). I am trying to take the rest of the month for research, education and learning what is new out there, what works and what doesn't. I'm not going to lie, it's overload, but it's also exciting to get a spark back in how I can help my clients...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Reason Record Labels Hate Free Streaming Tiers

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While streaming services may often be touted as the saviors of the music industry, label execs are no fans of the 'free tiers' offered by most of these platforms, arguing that the widen the music business's value gap. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 If you were to poll record label execs off-the-record on which music streaming service they like the most in a strictly business-sense, chances are that Apple Music would end up as the clear winner. Why? Apple has steadfastly refused to institute a free ad-driven tier...

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