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INTERVIEW: Interview: Chuck Israels

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Bassist Chuck Israels is probably best known for his work in the Bill Evans Trio between 1961 and 1966 -- a golden, delicate period for Evans. But Chuck also played with Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Hampton, Hawes, Dave Pike, Gerry Mulligan and many other jazz greats. Chuck also has had a vast playing and recording career as a leader of his own groups...

CAREER: Thriving After 15 Years: 6 Keys to Independent Music Success

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Success as a DIY artist has never been easy to find, and for most artists, their rags to riches story typically comes down a little heavier on the rags. Still, as independent artist Yael Meyer here illustrates in these six best practices, independent music success is achievable. By Yael Meyer from CD Baby's DIY Musician blog...

CAREER: Most Artists Don't Understand Their Record Deal, Do You?

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Musicians need to understand the contracts they sign and their implications, but most don't. Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert are joined on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast by manager and educator Mark Tavern to explore why that is and what to do about. Signing a record deal is a major accomplishment. As an artist, having company support can make your career. But 'getting signed' is not as simple as it sounds, and leaves out a lot of details about how the business actually works. Without a solid understanding of this, artists can get themselves into trouble...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joanna Pascale

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All About Jazz is celebrating Joanna Pascale's birthday today! Since emerging onto Philadelphia\'s jazz scene, vocalist Joanna Pascale has established herself as a compelling and skilled vocalist. At just 24 years old Joanna already has a working repertoire of over 400 songs. She brings a strong emotional element as well as a solid sense of swing to her uncommonly large catalogue of jazz standards. Joanna has regular gigs as a leader at some of Philadelphia\'s premiere jazz venues... Read more...

OBITUARY: Ira Gitler (1928-2019)

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Ira Gitler, a jazz author, journalist and producer who was a wealth of eyewitness knowledge and whose liner notes starting in the early 1950s appeared on more albums than many of the musicians he wrote about recorded, died on February 23. He was 90. Ira is perhaps best known for writing Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz volumes starting in the 1950s. Each musician entry was concise and, at one point, included the addresses of the artists, presumably so that musicians, record labels and clubs could find them for work. But Ira's finest books were Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s, Jazz Masters of the Forties and The Masters of Bebop: A Listener's Guide...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David "Fathead" Newman

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All About Jazz is celebrating David "Fathead" Newman's birthday today! David "Fathead" Newman was born in Corsicana, Texas on February 24, 1933. His family soon moved to Dallas, where they settled and David stayed through graduating Lincoln High School. After school, David found gigs in local bands. He received a scholarship to Jarvis Christian College where he studied theology and music. After two years of college, David decided to go on the road full time with Buster Smith (Charlie Parker\'s mentor)... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Time Flies when You're Having Fun

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Drummer Al Hixon has been hosting weekly jam sessions in or near Sarasota for about 30 years that draw an interesting blend of consummate jazz pros, amateurs and devoted listeners. The latest incarceration takes place Monday nights from October through May at 15 South Ristorante Entoteca on St. Armand's Circle...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Escoffery

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Escoffery's birthday today! Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world's most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen. He began his professional NY career touring and recording with The Eric Reed Septet. In 2001 he became a steady member of the Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/Dynasty, The Lonnie Plaxico Group, and Abdulah Ibrahim's Akaya. Then in 2004 Grammy award winning producer... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amlc Makes Case for a More Independent Mechanical Licensing Collective

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The Music Modernization Act calls for the creation of a Mechanical Licensing Collective to oversee the blanket mechanical licenses that the new law established. So far, two groups ave applied to the Copyright Royalty Board, who will chose the new collective in July. One group has been spearheaded by the National Music Publishers Association is made up of industry heavyweights...

RECORDING: Jeremy Pelt the Artist

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For nearly two decades, Pelt has made it clear via his trumpet playing, and occasionally in interviews, that he is attuned to what other artists achieve in their work. That sensitivity extends well beyond jazz -- indeed, beyond music. For this album, his primary inspiration came from the 19th century French sculptor Auguste Rodin. In notes for Pelt's first album, Profile (2001) I observed, 'Pelt's own studiousness is audible, as are his confidence, his senses of proportion and humor, and the depth of his musicianship.' There is no humor in the subjects of the Rodin sculptures on which Pelt bases the elements of his five-part suite...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: From Brazil to Broadway with Eliane Elias

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This week, let's take a look at some videos from pianist and singer Eliane Elias, who's coming to St. Louis to perform next Saturday, March 2 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Elias was something of a child prodigy as a pianist, teaching music and performing professionally while still a teenager. She first came to the US in 1981 to study at Juilliard, and began to attract wider attention upon joining the jazz-fusion group Steps Ahead the following year...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 2019 Must-Attend Music Conferences

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Music conferences can a be a life changing experience, and the perfect place to educate yourself about the industry, connect with your contemporaries, and make contact with the powers that be. They can also be a huge waste of time however, so we've here provided a short list of must-attend conferences...

RADIO: 129 Members of Us Congress Renew Assault on Musicians with the 'Local Radio Freedom Act'

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Broadcast radio lobbyists and a bipartisan coalition of 124 members House members and 5 senators are backing the latest edition of the Local Radio Freedom Act, which would continue to limit the royalties that radio stations pay on recordings. To put this in context, the United States is one of a handful of countries including North Korea and Iran, who do not require radio stations to pay any performance royalties to the artists who made the music that makes up the bulk for their programming...

TRENDS: Major Labels Earn $800,000 a Hour from Streaming

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The three major label groups, Universal, Sony and Warner, earned a combined $800,000 per hour or $19 million per day from streaming services in 2018. That's up $1.6 billion from the $5.3 billion that they earned from streaming in 2017. The analysis and this graphic come via Music Business Worldwide...

RECORDING: Ed Roth Releases New Album Jazzland out February 22 on Funzalo Records

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His playing cuts across styles and genres as he masterfully executes jazz, rock, and pop sensibilities with a contemporary flavor. Ed Roth is truly a monster player, and his talent shines brightly on Jazzland, his debut album release for Funzalo Records out on February 22. On Jazzland you will find Roth's excellent take on Jazz classics like m: Charles Mingus' 'Nostalgia in Times Square,' m: John Coltrane's 'Big Nick,' m: Chick Corea's 'Crystal Silence,' and m: Miles Davis' 'Milestones,' Freddie the Freeloader' and 'Blue in Green' among others...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: February 25, 2019

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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 2 1 Greg Murphy Bright Idea (Whaling City Sound) 276 231 +45...

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