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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Vivendi's Universal Music Group Valued at $40 Billion, Says Ceo, as IPO Speculation Mounts

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Universal Music Group (UMG) is valued at $40 billion or more, Arnaud de Puyfontaine the CEO of parent corporation Vivendi said on Friday, sending shares in the French media group higher. after a mixed Q3 report that highlighted growth at the music group. Asked about the value of its Universal Music Group division at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecoms conference in Barcelona, Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine said that he had seen an estimate this week that valued UMG at $40 billion...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Bud Leeds Goes Bob-Bob-Bobbying Along

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Clarinetist Bud Leeds was in fine company&#151and good spirits&#151for the South County Jazz Club's first concert of the 2017-2018 season on Monday, November 20. His quartet included multi-instrumentalist Bob MacInnis, Bob Leary on banjo, rhythm guitar and occasional vocals, and piano marvel Bobby van Deusen. (Leeds could have named the band Three Bobs and a Bud.)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: June Christy

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All About Jazz is celebrating June Christy's birthday today! June was born as Shirley Luster on November 20, 1925 at the Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois and was raised from the age of three in Decatur, Illinois; and from the beginning always wanted to sing. She was singing with local bands when she was just 13, and later with society bands around Chicago, the big city 150 miles from Springfield, using the name Sharon Leslie. None of her family knew anything about music... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Sal Nistico at Carmelo'S, 1981

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For much of the latter part of the 19th century and into the post-war years, Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley was a center of Italian immigration. Prior to residential development in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Valley was a draw for those who arrived in the States from Italy to work as stone masons and farmers. Northern Italians arrived in L.A. first in the late 1800s, followed by Southern Italians in the early 20th century. In the 1940s, many Italian-Americans who had served in World War II, relocated from Eastern cities to L.A. as land and homes in the Valley became cheaper thanks to the G.I. Bill...

RECORDING: Portland Songwriter Releases Jazz-Pop Holiday Single

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Portland based Jazz Singer Songwriter, Marti Mendenhall, releases her new Holiday Single, 'Here I Am Home.' Recently featured in Oregon Music News, this will be Marti's third CD and her first Holiday release. Marti's live shows and recordings are rich with originals that capture the essence of Jazz and the wide-appeal of Pop. 'Here I Am Home' features a timeless, feel-good melody, with lyrics that speak of global togetherness, and the feeling that everywhere is home for the Holidays. Featuring Skip vonKuske's creative, cross-genre touch on cello and a fabulous seventeen voice Christmas choir, Marti wraps Jazz and Pop together to set the sparkling tone of this new Holiday selection...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Iconic Label Ecm Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership with Universal Music Group in Global Digital Distribution

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Esteemed independent label ECM Records today announced they are expanding their partnership with long-standing distribution partner, Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music based entertainment to bring the entire ECM catalogue to major streaming platforms on Friday November 17, 2017. Renowned for contemporary, jazz and classical music, ECM's catalogue is critically-acclaimed as the finest of its kind. Curated by its visionary founder Manfred Eicher, ECM has maintained a consistently high standard of artistry and production. The music and its accompanying artwork have been the subjects of books, films and exhibitions around the world. Music from the likes of m: Keith Jarrett, m: Jan Garbarek, m: Paul Bley, Arvo Part, Andras Schiff, Kim Kashkashian, m: Anouar Brahem, m: Jack DeJohnette, m: Tomasz Stanko, m: Avishai Cohen- Trumpet, m: Nik Bartsch, m: Vijay Iyer, Gidon Kremer, m: Meredith Monk a.o. will now be available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Dorsey

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tommy Dorsey's birthday today! Trombonist Thomas "Tommy" Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the younger brother of famed jazz clarinetist, Jimmy Dorsey. In early years he was equally well-known as both trumpet and trombone player, recording several hot jazz solos on trumpet in 1920s, including "The Spell of the Blues" with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra for OKeh on 1/26/29. His career closely followed that of brother Jimmy... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Unitedmasters on Closing the Music Data Chasm: The Inspiration Driving This $70 Million Startup

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UnitedMasters launched it artist services platform this week with $70 million in funding from Google and Andreessen Horowitz; and a promise to "free musicians from dependencies on the old model while increasing their income tenfold". Using data to understand and monetize fan behavior is at the core of their plan to make this bold promise a reality. UnitedMasters Chief Product Officer Jack Krawczyk, the former VP of Product Management at Pandora, shares a look inside the theory and the potential that drives this promising startup...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Legendary Drummer Lenny White Launches New Venture: Iyouwe

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With projects featuring: Joel Levine and Pete Levin IYOUWE is a musical collective created by Lenny White to promote real music in an ever-changing cultural terrain. The collective includes musicians, singers, poets, and rappers. Although many styles of music are embraced by this group, artists at IYOUWE are responding to the urgent need for a culture that has values and values freedom...

RECORDING: Dot Time Legends Releases Louis Armstong: "The Night Clubs"

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Dot Time Records (DTR) is honored to announce that it has released Louis Armstrong: The Night Clubs, the second in a series of previously unreleased recordings, under its 'Legends' series. This recording contains selections from five different nightclub engagements -- Bop City in New York in 1950, Club Hangover in San Francisco in 1952, Storyville in Boston in 1953, Basin Street in New York in 1955 and the Brant Inn in Ontario in 1958 -- featuring five different iterations of Armstrong's All Stars, featuring top sidemen such as Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard, Earl 'Fatha' Hines, Arvell Shaw, Cozy Cole, Marty Napoleon, Milt Hinton, Barrett Deems, Edmond Hall and more. The exciting nightclub performances on this collection are not only being released for the first time, but every track is taken from the Research Collections of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, with the majority emanating from Armstrong's personal reel-to-reel tape collection. This important new release once again demonstrates with finality that Pops was always tops...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Don Cherry

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All About Jazz is celebrating Don Cherry's birthday today! Don Cherry was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1936 and raised in Los Angeles, where he first began to play the trumpet and later piano. According to Cherry, his upbringing had everything to do with his interest in music: "Yeah, well I was fortunate to have such great parents...because they\'ve always been around music. My Father was a bartender, and he was very much into the music of the swing period... Read more...

OBITUARY: Sol Schlinger: 1926-2017

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Sol Schlinger, a baritone saxophonist who played in several major big bands in the 1940s and was part of the East Coast sax section that handled a sizable amount of studio recording in the 1950s and beyond, died last week. He was 91. Among producers, contractors, arrangers and musicians, Sol was considered a rock-solid anchor in reed sections that recorded jazz and pop in New York in the 12-inch LP era, starting in 1955. Back then, many orchestral record dates began with the arranger, who knew the musicians who could handle their music flawlessly and fast. Other baritone saxophonists who recorded in New York on jazz recordings of the 1950s included Danny Bank, Al Epstein and Charlie O'Kane...

CAREER: How to Promote Your Band on Shoestring Budget

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Band promotion can be a challenge even with a well funded label at your back, but for just getting started, financial restrictions often make effective marketing next to impossible. Here we look at five stealth tactics for promoting your band with minimal expense. Guest post by Ged Richardson, founder of Zing Instruments, on the ReverbNation Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube's Feed Evolution and Why It Matters

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Having been welcomed into the world way back in 2005, YouTube has naturally undergone some changes over time, but of all these changes, the evolution of its feed is perhaps the most important, particularly when it comes to being a artist looking to reach fans via the platform. Guest post by Jenna Wasserman, Rights Management Coordinator at The Orchard from The Daily Rind...

CAREER: 5 Questions Musicians Should Ask when Picking a Venue

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Venues come in all shapes and sizes, and choosing the wrong venue in the wrong place can be a sure setup for a disastrous live experience. Here we look at five questions musicians should ask themselves when deciding on a venue. Guest post by Adam Young of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This article was written by Adam Young. Adam is the founder and CEO of Event Tickets Center. He loves taking in live music at venues ranging from underground clubs to massive arenas...

TECHNOLOGY: Spotify Acquires Online Recording Studio Soundtrap to Help 'Democratize the Music Ecosystem'

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Spotify has acquired fellow Stockholm based startup Soundtrap, a popular web based recording studio. In a post announcing the deal, Spotify said that "Soundtrap's rapidly growing business is highly aligned with Spotify's vision of democratizing the music ecosystem." Spotify has acquired online recording studio startup Soundtrap. Few details of the acquisition were shared, but Soundtrap, founded in 2012, has raised $8.5 million, including a $6 million Series A last year...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Battle Trance

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Today, let's take a look at some videos featuring performances from Battle Trance, who will be coming to St. Louis to play a concert presented by New Music Circle on Saturday, December 2 at The Luminary. One could think of them as a saxophone quartet, but with a twist, as all four members- founder and leader Travis Laplante, Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson and Jeremy Viner- play tenor sax, with no doubles on any other instruments...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 20, 2017

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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 Gregory Porter Nat King Cole and Me (Blue Note) 310 217 +9...

CONTEST: 7 Virtual Jazz Club's Global Online Jazz Contest 2017 Edition Extends Deadline to December 10th

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The 7 Virtual Jazz Club announces that the new deadline for entering the contest will be December 10th. Prizes Include € 4,000 to the winner € 2,000 to the best new talent € 1,000 to the most voted musician by the web community To enter the contest, soloists and groups pay a small registration fee and submit a video of their performance. Entries will be judged by a panel of international jazz experts (meet the experts) comprised of some of the most respected journalists, musicians and educators in the field...

RECORDING: Jazz Singer/Songwriter Karen Souza to Release Highly Anticipated New Album "Velvet Vault" on December 1, 2017

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Jazz singer/songwriter Karen Souza will be releasing her highly anticipated new album Velvet Vault on December 1, 2017! Featuring several jazz standards, 'Velvet Vault' is a more mature and more subtle than Karen's previous efforts, and she truly feels is her best album to date. Saya Karen, 'Velvet Vault is really three albums that coexist as one. On the one hand I wanted to record several of the jazz standards that the public love when I sing them live. Then, there were those well known jazzy versions of classics of the 80's and 90's, and finally I have my own material as an artist that I wanted to include. So we can say that this is a record that should shine as a great success of those three concepts...

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