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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Edward Simon

All About Jazz is celebrating Edward Simon's birthday today! The process by which Simon became an internationally regarded jazz musician began in the small coastal town of Cardon, Venezuela, where he grew up surrounded by the sounds of Latin and Caribbean music. Born in 1969, Simon credits his father, Hadsy, for developing his passion for music and supporting him and his two brothers, Marlon and Michael, to become professional musicians. He attended the Philadelphia Performing Arts School... Read more...

INTERVIEW: Donald Fagen and the Nightflyers

Donald Fagen loves jazz. Since 1972, his songs co-written with Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker have been laced with jazz references and chord voicings. The same goes for Donald's four solo albums. Jazz greats such as Wayne Shorter, Phil Woods and Pete Christlieb, to name just a few, have been featured on Steely Dan and Donald's recordings. And when he's at home with down time, Donald tells me he's often at the piano doing Red Garland imitations. "Have you heard Red's Soul Junction?" he asked me recently "It's like Coltrane was let out of a cage." Oh yeah...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: New Analysis Calculates, Compares Per Stream Payouts from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Youtube and More

Data crunchers Information Is Beautiful caused a stir last year when they waded through data from indie artists to determine the indeterminable -- what streaming services actually pay per stream. Now, they're back with an updated and eye- opening analysis. By Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Trying to figure out exactly how much a streaming service pays per stream is a moving target, since there are so many variables involved. That said, an interesting chart from Information Is Beautiful tries to average it all out to come out up with the current royalty payouts from each. Keep in mind that this is only sound recording portion of the royalty and doesn't include publishing (which is about 10x smaller)...

CAREER: 5 Tips for Helping Your Band Sell More Merch

While sales of physical music may be in a slump, other types of physical merchandise continue to provide a reliable source of revenue for both established artists and up-and-comers. Here we look at five techniques for selling even more. Guest post by Patrick McGuire from the TuneCore Blog. Patrick is a writer, composer, and experienced touring musician based in Philadelphia...

FESTIVAL: Count Basie Theatre Announces First-Ever Basie Summer Jazz Fest

DAVE KOZ + LARRY GRAHAM, HERBIE HANCOCK, SNARKY PUPPY, CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND with BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES SPONSORED BY PATRIZIA'S OF RED BANK, MONMOUTH COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS AND THE ASBURY PARK PRESS The historic e: Count Basie Theatre, the state's top-selling performing arts center and the namesake of jazz great William 'Count' Basie, Jr., has announced the first-ever Basie Summer Jazz Fest, set over four mid-summer nights and starring m: Dave Koz and Larry Graham (July 26), m: Snarky Puppy (Friday, Aug. 4), m: Herbie Hancock (Aug. 6) and a twin bill of the m: Chick Corea Elektric Band and m: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (Aug. 8)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Krantz

All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Krantz's birthday today! Ex-sideman with Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Billy Cobham and others, has made six albums under his own name since 1991; three on the Enja label ("Signals", "Long to Be Loose" and "2 Drink Minimum"), one on the Alchemy label ("Separate Cages") and, most recently, the self-produced CDs "Greenwich Mean" and "Your Basic Live". Wayne\'s two recording bands during that time... Read more...

RECORDING: Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker

It's unclear why Bobby Hutcherson's The Kicker wasn't released by Blue Note until 1999, despite being recorded in 1963. The album is flawless as far as I can tell. It swings, it's engaging, the musicians on the session were spectacular and there don't appear to be any instrumental errors or microphone snafus...

INTERVIEW: What Music Publishers Look For in an Artist [interview]

In this interview, CEO and co-owner of the indie publishing/artist development company Big Yellow Dog Music, discusses how she got involved with music publishing and how the industry has changed, as well as offering some advice on sync writing and become a career songwriter. Guest post by Rick Goetz of MusicConsultant...

CAREER: How Artist Affinity Targeting Works on Amp, Pandora's Free Music Marketing Platform

Here we explore a new feature from Pandora which allows artists to connect with fans via Artist Affinity Targeting. This article explores how the new feature benefits both artist and listener, how it was tested and perfected. Guest post by Katrina Glaeser data scientist at Pandora The Creator Services team was finally ready to pilot our Artist Audio Messaging feature, where artists could connect to fans in their own voice. Back in 2014 this was something completely new for any digital streaming service, we needed to be sure the impact to our listeners was positive and personal...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Congress Can Right Wrong for Music Released Pre-1972

While the vast majority of streams for pre-1972 recording do currently receive some form of royalty payout from Pandora, a new bill recently introduced and known as the CLASSICS Act would ensure a greater degree of equality for all recordings. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora of Medium...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brian Blade

All About Jazz is celebrating Brian Blade's birthday today! "I remember when I first read the words hanging in a frame on my grandma Rosa\'s wall. The serenity prayer was something I couldn\'t understand until almost thirty years later, but now after experiencing some peaks and valleys of life, those words ring in my ears with clarity." Brian Blade has set those words to music for his first recording as a singer... Read more...

RECORDING: Ethel Ennis Sings for Losers

When the 10-inch pop vinyl album expanded to 12 inches in the mid-1950s, the glory days of the vocalist began and lasted until roughly 1965. There were the A-list recording artists such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Margaret Whiting, Sarah Vaughan, Kay Starr, Dinah Washington, June Christy and many others who had started their careers during the big band era. But there also were dozens of other lesser known singers who had come up through nightclubs and suddenly found themselves with recording opportunities as labels scrambled to fill annual album quotas...

TRENDS: Vinyl Sales Are Flattening, but Why?

The income boost that many artists and labels get from vinyl record sales is in danger of shrinking. This year vinyl sales grew just 2% compared to 12% in 2016, according to new data from Nielsen Music. Why are vinyl record sales flat? Have we just reached a saturation point or are there other factors that the industry could overcome...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jon Faddis

All About Jazz is celebrating Jon Faddis' birthday today! Born in Oakland, CA, on July 24, 1953, Jon Faddis began playing trumpet at age eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Three years later, his trumpet teacher Bill Catalano, an alumnus of the Stan Kenton band, turned the jazz- struck youngster on to Dizzy Gillespie. By his mid-teens, Jon had not only met Dizzy, he\'d even sat in with his hero\'s combo at the famed Jazz Workshop in San Francisco... Read more...

RECORDING: Arch Martin: New Jazz from K.C.

In 1959, trombonist Arch Martin recorded a superb album for Zephyr Records, a Hollywood label that specialized in jazz and was distributed by GNP. The album was New Jazz From Kansas City and featured Arch Martin (tb), Dick Busey (ts), Jay Shore (p), Dave Rizer (b) and John "Terry" Tirabasso (d). Thought the album was recorded in Kansas City, the music's sound is halfway to the West Coast in style...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Lacy

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Lacy's birthday today! Steve Lacy, one of the greatest soprano saxophonists of all time and a New England Conservatory faculty member since fall 2002, died Friday [June 4th, 2004] at New England Baptist Hospital. The jazz master who once defined his profession as 'combination orator, singer, dancer, diplomat, poet, dialectician, mathematician, athlete, entertainer, educator, student, comedian, artist, seducer and general all around good fellow' was 69... Read more...

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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Al Di Meola

All About Jazz is celebrating Al Di Meola's birthday today! Al Di Meola\'s ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Is Sofar Sounds the Uber of House Concerts?

Sofar Sounds, a startup underwritten by millions in venture capital, has been putting on a number of house shows, and although the company has a loyal user base, it has been facing some significant criticism for not paying artists enough, with some saying the type of gigs they put on could exist without corporate interference...

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