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RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 22, 2018

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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 Stefon Harris and Blackout Sonic Creed (Motema) 288 250 +3...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tim Garland

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tim Garland's birthday today! Tim Garland is widely known as one of the UKs most successful musical exports working in jazz. Much of his output reflects interests beyond conventional jazz boundaries and he is increasingly acknowledged for large ensemble writing including many orchestral pieces, works for chamber ensembles, choirs, and of course many commissions from jazz ensembles of all kinds. He first made international waves playing saxophone... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: Quartette Oblique

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Michael Stephans, David Liebman, Marc Copland, Drew Gress: Quartette Oblique (Sunnyside) Opening the album, Liebman launches the familiar opening phrases of 'Nardis' from his tenor saxophone, toying with them, letting each note fall away. The rhythm section soon joins him. Within seconds the toying is over and the album's muscles are rippling in a show of strength that for more than an hour does not recede, regardless of tempo. The energy is in great part due to Liebman's intensity on tenor and soprano saxophones, but drummer Stephans, pianist Copland and bassist Gress are in league with him through every track. The quartet's responses to one another are instantaneous. Their empathy is deep, almost palpable. The audience at the Deer Head Inn in Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains is so attentive that the quality of their listening becomes a part of the room's atmosphere...

VIDEO / DVD: June Christy: Eight Audio Clips

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No singer better captures the sound of the Los Angeles area than June Christy. Back in the early 1980s, over a summer, I recall driving down to Newport Beach. The air was muggy, the neon signs were blurry in the haze, and a breeze was coming in off the Pacific. I was in a convertible at dusk heading off to meet a friend for sushi. As I drove, I had a mix of Christy on cassette. There was something about that hip orange-juice voice, the air and the neon that was pure magic. I remember thinking I'd never hear her in a better setting, and to this day that thought holds true...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sonic Branding: What is It?

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'Sonic Logos' may most commonly be associated with text notifications, and the turning on of computers, but the reality that this kind of audio branding is prevalent throughout almost every commercial industry. Here we scrutinize what exactly sonic branding is, and how it's been used successfully in the past...

CAREER: The S.T.A.G.E.S. of Email Marketing [part 2]

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In this second part of a two-part series on the break down of the ins and outs of email marketing, Cheryl B. Engelhardt looks at the four elements of strategy and how they can be implemented in your approach to email marketing. Guest post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt from the TuneCore Blog This is the second volume in a multi-part series by Cheryl B. Engelhardt, singer/songwriter, composer, and the owner of the music career consultation site In The Key of Success. Cheryl will be breaking down the key S.T.A.G.E.S. of email marketing for independent artists - we invite you to follow along over the next few weeks, as we're sure you'll be walking away with some hugely helpful tips for your email marketing strategy! Click here to check out Part 1...

RECORDING: Jazz on a Summer's Day 60th Anniversary Edition - 1958 Newport Jazz Festival

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Jazz on a Summer's Day is one of the greatest concert movies ever made, a timeless record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, with some of the most stunning images of live music ever brought to the cinema screen. Conceived by stills photographer Bert Stern (Vogue magazine, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn) and brilliantly filmed over three days in August 1958, Jazz on a Summer's Day provided the template for future concert documentaries such as Monterey and Woodstock...

RADIO: Attention Jazz Lovers... Tune in to Kkfi 90.1 FM on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 1PM-3PM CST

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Tune in to e: KKFI 90.1 FM Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 1pm-3pm CST. Host KC will be joined by jazz impresario m: Paul Collins along with JMood Records International recording artist and jazz pianist m: Roberto Magris as they play music from Magris' latest release World Gardens. This session will prove to be a lot of fun, entertaining and engaging while covering a range of jazz topics, jazz music, jazz artists, and jazz stories...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Anita O'Day

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All About Jazz is celebrating Anita O'Day's birthday today! Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919, O'Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O'Day and in the late 1930's began singing in a jazz club called the Off-Beat, a popular hangout for musicians like band leader and drummer Gene Krupa. In 1941 she joined Krupa's band, and a few weeks later Krupa hired trumpeter Roy Eldridge... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Hot Track: A Fifth for Frank

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Bassist Curtis Counce recorded his first leadership album in October 1956. Counce was a major West Coast jazz talent who had assembled a muscular quintet for his premier Contemporary Records session. The album, The Curtis Counce Group, consisted of Jack Sheldon (tp), Harold Land (ts) Carl Perkins (p) Curtis Counce (b) and Frank Butler (d). All of the tracks are killer, but A Fifth for Frank stands out because of the extended drum solo by Butler...

CAREER: Rules for Success for Blockchain Music Entrepreneurs [george Howard]

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While blockchain has long been thought of as God-send and natural fit for the music industry, the budding technology has yet to live up to the hype surrounding it. In his "Howard Test," George Howard outlines what it will take for the technology to reach its potential. Part 1 Guest post by George Howard. This article originally appeared on Forbes...

CAREER: Things to Consider when Building Your Band Website

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The potential of your band's website is huge, and it can be so much more than just a place to dump content. We look at some key things to consider from the beginning to make sure your website becomes the best it can be. Guest post by the Soundfly Team of Soundfly's Flypaper We've got an awesome new free course, made in partnership with our friends over at Bandzoogle, called How to Create a Killer Musician Website. Your website is so much more than just a place to put information about your band and leave it there forever -- it can be an interactive hub where all of the news, media, and energy behind your music-making venture collide for fans and industry folks alike...

EDUCATION: Global Association for Interconnective Arts Will Explore, Define, and Implement New Ways of Educating Music Students

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Five prestigious music programs have formed a new international organization to prepare young musicians to become jazz ambassadors in and beyond their communities. The Global Association for Interconnective Arts (GAIA) -- comprising the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and Siena Jazz Academy -- will explore, define, and implement new ways of educating music students...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Barney Kessel

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All About Jazz is celebrating Barney Kessel's birthday today! Legendary musician, guitarist, influential jazz artist, composer, arranger, session player, record producer, one of the leading figures in West Coast jazz, later delving into hard bop, Barney Kessel is now generally considered by fans, critics and fellow musicians around the world to be arguably one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Barney Kessel was truly everywhere as a musician. People, who had never heard of him... Read more...

RECORDING: John Scofield: Combo 66

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John Scofield is a gentle, soulful guy. When we talk by email, he's as kind and as thoughtful as a fence-fixer in the middle of rural Vermont or Wyoming eager to provide driving directions. That's quite a contrast from the monster guitarist you hear on his recordings. But that's the beauty of John. When John and I write each other, he reminds me of guitarist Jim Hall, who also played with enormous edge and had a neighborly, relaxed demeanor when off-duty...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 8 Ways to Build a Musician's Marketing Strategy

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The music industry is a massive and competitive field, and while it may be chock full of talented composers and performers, somewhat more rare is the talent who is also a gifted marketer. Like many such things, however, such skills can be learned, so here we look at eight key ways in which artists can build a good marketing strategy...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Hargrove

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All About Jazz is celebrating Roy Hargrove's birthday today! Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of this generation\'s premier players in jazz and beyond. Hargrove was born in Waco, TX on October 16, 1969. Inspired by the gospel music he heard in church on Sundays and the R&B and funk music that played on the radio, Roy began learning the trumpet in the fourth grade. By junior high school, he was playing at an advanced level of proficiency. At 16... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Donald Byrd: Byrd's Word

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Blue Note's art direction in the early 1950s was so compelling and future forward that we often forget that Savoy also recorded a significant number of knockout albums during this period. Donald Byrd's By rd's Word is a prime example. Recorded for Savoy in September 1955 and produced by Ozzie Cadena, the album featured a killer quintet -- Donald Byrd (tp), Frank Foster (ts), Hank Jones (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Kenny Clarke (d)...

CAREER: 8 Reasons People Hate Your Website

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Having a website is a hugely important aspect of establishing your brand and web presence as an artist, but that doesn't mean your website can still suck. Here we look at some of the top complaints consumers have had when using artist websites in the past. Guest post Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Wow, you just had a new website built and you're really proud of it. Congratulate yourself that you've gone the extra mile to actually have a website presence (many feel they can get by only with social media these days, which is a gigantic strategy flaw), but remember that even though it might look cool you still might be incorporating some elements that visitors actually hate. Here's an excerpt from the 2nd edition of my Social Media Promotion For Musicians book that can help you get a handle on what visitors don't like...

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