Jazz

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Frost Band Heats Things Up

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The Mike Frost Band was a pleasant surprise at the Charlotte County Jazz Society's January 14 concert in Port Charlotte, stepping boldly into more contemporary genres while also digging deep into the mainstream jazz canon.This was the Aiken, South Carolina-based group's first appearance in Port Charlotte - and in Florida, for that matter. The unit featured leader Mike Frost on 4- and 5-string electric basses; Lauren Meccia on alto and saxophones, wind synthesizer and vocals; Shannon Pinckney on piano and electric keyboard; and Ron Green on drums...

RECORDING: Cody Carpenter Releases Force of Nature on Blue Canoe Records

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m: Cody Carpenter is at it again with his sophomore release Force Of Nature on Blue Canoe Records. This stunning instrumental prog-rock, fusion effort is the follow-up to the outstanding Interdependence (2018). This prolific songwriter and keyboardist has teamed up with some old friends and new to bring the listener into the prog glory days of m: Yes and Emerson Lake and Palmer...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

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All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Krupa's birthday today! Gene Krupa was easily one of the most colorful personalities of the big band era. Despite his outrageous stage persona, Krupa was a serious and disciplined musician whose vision changed the role of drummer forever and who helped standardize the jazz drum kit. Eugene Bertram Krupa was born in Chicago in 1909... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: The Sammy Nestico Sessions

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The swingin'est arranger around today is Sammy Nestico. In fact, Sammy probably has held that title since the late 1960s, when he first arranged Count Basie's album Straight Ahead. My first encounter with Sammy's finger-snapping scores was in the early 1970s, when I was in high school. As member of the school's dance band, I recall that Mr. Lowery, the band's teacher and conductor, ordered Sammy's charts for the band. Music parts came in an envelope along with a floppy vinyl disc with all the songs so the band could hear what they were supposed to sound like. It was an ingenious enterprise Sammy had going...

CAREER: 5 Tips for Preparing to Release New Music [podcast]

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In this new episode of the Music Biz Weekly Podcast, Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss an article that Jay wrote for Soultracks.com, 5 Basic Tips: Preparing to Release New Music. "Let's assume that you've recorded great music. Pick a focus track. Ask people you trust which song it should be...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Health Alliance Saved Music Community $40m in Health Care Costs

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In a recent announcement, the Nashville, TN non-profit Music Health Alliance revealed that they have successfully saved the music community more than $40 million in healthcare costs during the course of the past six years, helping over 9,700 clients. Nashville-based non-profit Music Health Alliance revealed that over the past six years, they've helped more than 9,700 music industry clients across the U.S. receive free health care advocacy and support, resulting in healthcare cost savings totaling over $40 Million...

CAREER: Event Marketing Will Change in 2019: Here's How

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As 2019 gets underway, the public's appetite for live events shows no signs of waning. While this is great news for your next show or festival, a thriving live economy means it's more important than ever to make your event stand out. Here we look at some key strategies that will help you come out on top...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Four Others - And More

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A few years ago, Marian's Jazzroom in Switzerland asked Harry Allen to put together a four-saxophone band for its Bern Jazz Festival. He quickly thought of the classic sound of the Four Brothers sax section from Woody Herman's Second Herd in the late 1940s. That renowned unit featured tenor players Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie Steward, and baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff. With no alto players in the mix, the rich, deep sound of the unison horns stood out on the big band circuit...

EVENT: Women in Jazz: How to Jump Start Your Career

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Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland, halfway between Washington DC and jny: Baltimore, has become a leader in hosting community cultural events. One of the most talked about is the Women in Jazz Panel Discussion held annually in March. The topic for the March 31, 2019 panel is entitled 'Women in Jazz: How to Jump-Start Your Career.' Topics include education and training, branding, and booking. Panelists include three dynamic females who are trendsetters, decision makers and educators in the world of jazz, making a particularly strong impact in the Mid- Atlantic region. The event is free to women, girls, and men who wish to attend. Parents and teachers are welcome, and networking is encouraged...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

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All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Wheeler's birthday today! Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and William Russo. His earliest influences included Buck Clayton and Roy Eldrige but, by the time he left for London, he was looking towards bebop... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Alice Darr and Kevin Gavin

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Guitarist Mundell Lowe was a wonderful arranger with impeccable taste and intimate elegance. This was true of his big-band writing and those for small groups. Recently I posted on his Columbia albums for Joe Mooney (1963), his TV Action Jazz albums (1959), the score for Satan in High Heels (1961), Jerri Winters Again (1962) and J.J. Johnson's Broadway Express (1965). Two more beautiful examples of Mundy's touch were albums for singers in 1962 -- Alice Darr's I Only Know How to Cry and Kevin Gavin's Hey! This Is Kevin Gavin. It's interesting to note that Mundy never took on arranging projects if the artist was lousy. In both cases, Darr and Gavin were superb...

EDUCATION: Keith Jarrett's Famed Composition 'Last Solo Final Impromptu' Launches the Frost School of Music's New Teaching Video Series Frost Music Masters

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The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is proud to announce the launch of a new video series Frost Music Masters. This exciting project explores intricate musical conundrums, featuring members of our award-winning Frost School of Music faculty, giving tips and showing techniques for those wanting to take on challenging works...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Pass

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All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Pass' birthday today! Joe Pass almost didn\'t make it as a musician due to his early battle with drug addiction. But following a successful rehab at Synanon and a recording session with fellow recovered musicians entitled Sounds of Synanon, the guitarist was signed by Dick Bock to the Pacific Jazz label. Pass made several albums as a leader and sideman for Bock, though work started drying up in the late 1960s as rock dominated the music marketplace... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Swinging Style and Bebopping Finesse

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Stephanie Nakasian has had many facets to her career. She was a banker in Chicago and Manhattan. Then she caught the jazz bug. She heard bebop pianist Hod O'Brien, started working with him a bit in 1980 and a year later quit her day job to become a full-time singer. She built her chops as a two-year member of the vocal group, Jon Hendricks and Company. She married O'Brien, and figured out how to balance motherhood, performing (often with her husband) and a long career as a music educator at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. These days, she's known to some as rising star jazz vocalist Veronica Swift's mother...

RECORDING: Avant-Jazz Group the Oddyssey Quartet to Release Sophomore Album We Are All Branches of the Same Tree

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Following up their debut of composed music 'Suite for the End of the Earth,' 'We Are All Branches of the Same Tree' is the second release from avant-jazz group the Oddyssey Quartet, featuring twelve improvised pieces from four musicians who have only played together a handful of times but who share the common ancient language of music, bringing them together in a cohesion of intuitive conversation, and demonstrating in real time that we all really are branches of the same tree. Featuring former Albert Ayler Quintet bassist Bill Folwell, and former Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra saxophonist David Pate, with Jose Cochez on drums, and Rex Shepherd on guitar and prepared guitar...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jay McShann's birthday today! 'The Last of the Blue Devils' Jay 'Hootie' McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s, and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie, established what came to be known as the Kansas City sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over a powerful but relaxed rhythmic pulse. James Columbus McShann was born in Muskogee, Okla., on Jan. 12, 1916... Read more...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: January 14, 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: Lee Ritenour

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Ritenour's birthday today! b. Lee Mack Ritenour, 11 January 1952, Los Angeles, CA, USA. The prolific Ritenour has established himself as one of the world\'s leading jazz guitarists with a series of accessible albums over three decades. Starting at the age of 16, Ritenour played his first session with The Mama\'s and the Papa\'s. Two years later he was backing Tony Bennett and Lena Horne at L.A.\'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Know as "Captain Fingers... Read more...

TECHNOLOGY: Amazon Adds 1 Million Reasons Not to Use Your Car Radio

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Amazon is bringing Alexa voice control to the car. Announced in September, the Echo Auto is finally shipping to the more than one million drivers that pre-ordered it. To boost sales farther, the Echo Auto is on sale for $24.99, a 50% savings. Add free Spotify and TuneIn accounts and any advantage held by broadcast radio and SiriusXM virtually disappears...

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