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PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Bistro Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Shirley Crabbe, with David Budway on Piano, to Appear as Part of the Overture Concert Series at Rockland Conservatory of Music

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Bistro Award winning Jazz Vocalist Shirley Crabbe, with m: David Budway on piano, to appear as part of the Overture Concert Series at Rockland Conservatory of Music on Saturday, March 2nd, Show Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm e: Rockland Conservatory of Music 45 S Main St Pearl River, NY 10965...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Defranco

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All About Jazz is celebrating Buddy DeFranco's birthday today! Buddy DeFranco has the unprecedented distinction of winning twenty Downbeat Magazine Awards, nine Metronome Magazine Awards, and sixteen Playboy All-Stars Awards as the number one jazz clarinetist in the world. Buddy is generally credited with leading the way for jazz clarinetists from the exciting era of swing to the exhilarating age of bop. Along the way he has set the example for all jazz musicians for technical brilliance... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Musical Love Takes Many Forms

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Music has been called the universal language, capable of bringing together people of many different countries, cultures and genres. West African percussionist Aiyb Dieng also considers it an expression of love uniting performers with each other- and with their listeners. Dieng, a native of Senegal, has worked with a wide range of musicians, including Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono, Bill Laswell, Bob Marley and Herbie Hancock. The list also includes Karl Berger, who founded Woodstock NY's eclectic, avant-garde-tinged Creative Music Studio in 1972 with his wife, singer Ingrid Sertso, and encouragement from Ornette Coleman...

RECORDING: Darwin Releases Debut Concept Album Origin of Species Internationally Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips

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Welcome to the near-future: the world of DarWin. An intricate musical fantasy concept that launched in November 2018 in the UK only with the ambitious single release of 'Escape The Maze,' followed by the full length album Origin Of Species. The album is now available internationally on all major digital distribution platforms, with an epic cinematic video of 'Escape the Maze' available on YouTube, Facebook and iTunes. More DarWin videos can be found on YouTube and Facebook...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Pete Christlieb

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All About Jazz is celebrating Pete Christlieb's birthday today! From the 1970s through the 1990s, the sound of Pete's tenor could be heard on television and motion picture sound tracks and recordings. The son of a famous bassoon player, Don Christlieb, Pete began his musical journey on the violin at age 7. At 12, he was introduced to the sounds of jazz through the recordings of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis and Johnny Griffin... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Anat Cohen

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This week, it's time to check out some videos featuring clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, who's coming to St. Louis to perform with her quartet starting Wednesday, February 27 through Sunday, March 3 at Jazz St. Louis. Born in Israeli and educated at Berklee, Cohen moved to New York after college and began her career by touring with the all-woman big band the Diva Orchestra and working with Brazilian groups. Over the past decade, she has become perhaps the most prominent clarinetist in jazz, building a reputation in part on her ability to play convincingly in a variety of styles, from vintage swing to modern jazz to Brazilian music...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Article 13 Finalized and It Will Change the Music Industry

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EU negotiators have agreed on the final text of the new sweeping Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market, including language on the contentious Article 13 clause. The finalization of the text was one of the last roadblocks to the approval of the directive by the European Parliament and presaged the commencement of the final stages of negotiation after EU member states voted to use a deal between France and Germany as the basis of the agreement...

RECORDING: Rising Israeli Jazz Pianist/Composer Guy Mintus Releases Multi-Faceted and Ambitious New Trio Album, Connecting the Dots

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New York-based, Israeli jazz pianist-composer m: Guy Mintus is releasing his new trio album, Connecting the Dots, on February 15, 2019 through France's Jazz Family label. Mintus is a learned, well-traveled and much-honored musician. His awards include the Prix du Public at the Montreux Jazz Festival's solo piano competition, two ASCAP Foundation/Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards and, in 2018, the ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Award. In addition, the Mintus Trio's debut album, A Home In Between, was selected as a DownBeat "editor's pick." DownBeat's Brian Zimmerman called Mintus "an artist of prodigious talent and boundless ambition." In reviewing A Home in Between, All About Jazz said it is an "outstanding piano trio disc that heralds the arrival of a significant talent and a superb band." And New York Music Daily raved, "best trio album of 2017 by a mile, so far...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: February 18, 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 1 1 Harold Mabern The Iron Man: Live at Smoke (Smoke Session...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Threadgill

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All About Jazz is celebrating Henry Threadgill's birthday today! Henry Threadgill first performed as a percussionist in his high school marching band before taking up the baritone saxophone and later a large portion of the woodwind instrument family. He soon settled primarily upon the alto saxophone and the flute... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Weekend Extra: Meet the Mrudangam

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There may be a longshot chance that you are unfamiliar with the mrudangam. It is a South Indian percussion instrument that Rajna Swaminathan has introduced into American music since she became a part of the New York City jazz community in 2011. She is a protege of the renowned mrudangam maestro, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and tours with him and other Indian musicians. She also collaborates with prominent jazz artists based in New York, including the influential pianist Vijay Iyer, himself of Indian heritage, and saxophonist Yosvany Terry, a Cuban who has been based in New York since 1999. Here they are in concert in Harvard University's Holden Chapel. Listening closely while letting this music generate its own atmosphere, the Rifftides staff found it curiously relaxing. Perhaps you will, too...

VIDEO / DVD: 7 More French Vocal Groups

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Back on February 1, I posted seven videos of French vocalese groups from the 1950s and early '60s. As readers know by now, I love French vocal harmony groups. For me, they're like catnip. Fortunately, Remi Caremel in Paris hosts In the Shadow of Studios, a terrific site devoted to these groups and French pop singers. His posts are in French (no translation button, sadly)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Shazam's Hidden Tool

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Most people are familiar with Shazam as the go-to music identification app, but in addition to it's powers of clarification, Shazam also has the ability to show the user top tracks being Shazam'd the world over. Guest post by Jake Udell of Art of Manager You're already familiar with Shazam. The reason I'm writing about them today is because they have a tool I enjoy that is a bit hidden in their app so I am bringing it to the forefront here in case it can be valuable to you...

RECORDING: Consider the Source to Release You Are Literally a Metaphor, Their First Album in Four Years, on March 1

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After releasing several groundbreaking albums and a maintain a multi-country touring schedule, NYC instrumental trio Consider the Source have perfected their global sci-fi fusion sound. This relentless drive has earned them an eclectic audience, ranging from jam-band hippies to prog nerds and metalheads. Their new album, You Are Literally A Metaphor, is the apotheosis of their career thus far. Blending fiery prog-rock maximalism with hooky, anthemic songwriting and traditional music from across Eastern Europe and Asia, Bassist John Ferrara, drummer Jeff Mann and guitarist Gabriel Marin have wrought an astounding album from seemingly disparate elements. Metaphor is focused yet frenetic, confident yet vulnerable and stylistically broad while still singular in its vision. The album will thrill longtime fans, while serving as the perfect entry point for new listeners. As they enter their second decade of existence, Consider the Source have wrought their finest work to date, and cannot wait to share it with their ever-growing legion of devotees...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Rob McConnell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Rob McConnell's birthday today! Robert Murray Gordon (Rob) McConnell was a Canadian jazz valve trombonist, composer, arranger, music educator and recording artist. Rob McConnell took up the valve trombone in high school, and began his performing career in the early 1950s, performing and studying with Don Thompson, Bobby Gimby, and later, with fellow Canadian Maynard Ferguson. In 1968 he formed The Boss Brass... Read more...

RECORDING: Perfect Album: Horace-Scope

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Two of the most dominant and successful hard bop groups of the 1950s were Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet. One wasn't better than the other. Their differences were a matter of flavors and hues. Blakey's group tended to be mightier and bluesier. Silver was funkier and more lyrical, largely because he composed and arranged many of the songs with his jaunty bop feel...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube's Contentid System Being Repurposed by Blackmailers Thanks to Its Failings

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YouTube's content ID system has long been maligned by the music industry for its multifaceted failings. The minimal staffing YouTube provides regarding copyright claims has left the system vulnerable to misuse and, most recently, outright extortion. Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt By now, we should all be aware that YouTube's ContentID system is not great. What was supposed to be an efficient way for content owners to report when their content is being used without permission instead represents essentially the worst from all worlds. It's bad from a operating technology perspective, since the system manages to flag non-infringing content as infringing content on the regular. And it's bad from a operating human standpoint, since YouTube puts so little emphasis on staffing around copyright claims that the appeals and review processes are a joke. The result of all this is a system that is wide open for both mistaken collateral damage and outright abuse. That abuse typically takes the form of people who either don't understand how copyright works, or who are interested in merely trolling others...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Umg Acquires Independent Music Distributor Ingrooves

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Universal Music Group is acquiring independent music distributor Ingrooves Music Group. Ingrooves will continue to operate as a standalone company led by CEO Bob Roback. UMG has been a minority investor in Ingrooves since 2006. The acquisition of Ingrooves is expected to close before the end of the current quarter and complements UMG's existing distribution and marketing relationships with the global independent music community...

TECHNOLOGY: Amuse to Utilize Machine Learning to Calculate Royalty Advances

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Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish AI platform Amuse with soon begin calculating these payments using machine learning...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Imports Gigpress Events for Jazz Musicians

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All About Jazz, the web's leading jazz event aggregator, now imports events uploaded by musicians and presenters through Gigpress (a WordPress calendar plugin). Musicians such as trumpeter m: Dave Douglas and vibraphonist m: Joe Locke, both GigPress users, now see their dates posted to Jazz Near You and All About Jazz within 24 hours of uploading them to their website...

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