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RECORDING: Brad Mehldau Trio's New Album, "Seymour Reads the Constitution!," out Now

Brad Mehldau Trio's new album, Seymour Reads the Constitution!, is out now on Nonesuch Records. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes drummer m: Jeff Ballard and bassist m: Larry Grenadier, perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's "Almost Like Being in Love"). To purchase a copy of Seymour Reads the Constitution!, head to your local record store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. The album also can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music...

RECORDING: Brazilian Pianist Ricardo Bacelar Releases "Sebastiana"

Brazilian jazz pianist Ricardo Bacelar presents the smoldering romance of Jobim in a collaborative pan intercultural arts video For Brazilians, Antonio Carlos Jobim's catalogue is as iconic, influential and impactful as George Gershwin's contributions to the Great American Songbook, making the inclusion of a classic from the legend's repertoire a must for pianist Ricardo Bacelar's Sebastiana, the newly-released album heralding the works of Brazilian composers along with celebrating the Latin music diaspora. Bacelar selected 'Somewhere In The Hills' and, in keeping with the multicultural nature of the project, invited Venezuelan torch singer Elena Rose to croon the wistful lyrics of moonlit romance. For the accompanying cross-cultural video that was just released, dancer Isabelle Dubois adds fire with her impassioned movement and balletic choreography. The video was lensed in Brazil and Miami, the latter being where Sebastiana was recorded and where Rose is based. Bringing a retro 1950s feel to her interpretation of the song sung most notably by m: Ella Fitzgerald, Rose's sultry voice intertwines with Bacelar's elegant piano embellishments. Adorned in a tribal mask of Brazilian Carnaval makeup, Dubois gyrates, twirls and pirouettes with a gossamer silk, splashing through water and amidst crashing waves on the Brazilian shoreline and in front of a sparsely-constructed hangar...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Florence's birthday today! For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958\'s "Name Band 59", it seems that he has reached an absolute pinnacle in the possibilities of contemporary big band writing. But he has continued to surprise us, year after year... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Fortune

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Fortune's birthday today! When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy- but well deserved- for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Lucky for us, Sonny is still here and blowing hard. Born in Philadelphia on May 19, 1939... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Cooper-Moore, Joshua Abrams and Hamid Drake

This week, let's check out some videos featuring multi-instrumentalists Cooper-Moore, Joshua Abrams, and Hamid Drake, who will be teaming up for a show presented by New Music Circle next Saturday, May 26 at Off Broadway. All three are veterans of the international creative music scene who have performed in St. Louis previously in different ensembles...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify, Apple Music and the Future of Ad Supported Streaming [zach Fuller, Midia]

Musicians and labels have long been skeptical of Spotify's free ad-supported tier, primarily because returns a lower per stream rate than Spotify's, Apple Music's or other paid subscription tiers. But according to MIDiA's Zach Fuller, a recent makeover and the latest revenue stats show that Spotify is, at least somewhat successful, repositioning free streaming is not a replacement for retail but a replacement for radio...

CAREER: Want to Write Music for TV? 4 Tips for Producers

Writing music for TV can be a great way to make steady money in the music industry, all the while exercising your creativity and getting your music heard. Here we look at four important things to know for starting out that will make the process smoother and more likely to be successful. By Jin Wooh of The Pro Audio Files for the TuneCore Blog...

RECORDING: Esbjorn Svensson Trio "Live in London" Worldwide Release on Act Music

The release of this album marks a poignant moment: the tenth anniversary of the tragic and premature death of Esbjorn Svensson on 14 June 2008. During the last ten years after the end of e.s.t. there have been constant reminders of the indelible mark which the band has left on the international jazz scene. Indeed it is hard to imagine a whole generation of currently highly successful young bands all over the world, often attracting an audience of same age, without the deep and lasting influence of the sound and the aesthetic of e.s.t. It might sound like a cliche but it is evident that through his music, Esbjorn Svensson will stay with us forever...

RECORDING: Alan Hall's Ratatet Addresses Current Turmoil in American Society with "Heroes, Saints and Clowns," Set for Release June 22 on Ridgeway Records

jny: San Francisco Bay Area drummer, composer, and bandleader m: Alan Hall turned to music when he found himself in the midst of what he describes as 'some of the greatest turmoil our country has ever experienced.' In order to cope, he penned the sonic vignettes heard on his new CD Heroes, Saints and Clowns, set for June 22 release on Ridgeway Records. Performed by his genre-bending sextet Ratatet, which was formed in 2014 and made its recording debut in 2016 with the critically acclaimed album Arctic, the seven musical portraits reflect people who inspired, empowered, or infuriated him during today's unsettling times...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 21, 2018

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 6 1 Joey Alexander Eclipse (Motema) 267 223 +44 6 53 1 2 2 1...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kai Winding

All About Jazz is celebrating Kai Winding's birthday today! Trombonist Kai Christen Winding (pronounced ki-win-ding) was one of the founding fathers of be-bop music and truly one of the finest-ever jazz trombonists. As a sideman to bop's reigning kings " Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Tadd Dameron " he was more a bridesmaid than a bride. Winding recorded too infrequently as a leader during this period and none of his compositions ever really caught on. Indeed... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Four New Videos: Sarah Vaughan

It's not the anniversary of Sarah Vaughan's birth or death. I just felt like listening to Sassy yesterday and figured you would, too. She's perfect for Friday. Here are four recent additions to YouTube of the Divine One performing: Here's an hour of Vaughan performing at Berliner Jazztage, a German jazz festival, in 1969...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Art of Being Heard: Are Big Data and Analytics the Future of Music Marketing?

As the use of big data as a marketing tool gains speed in music industry, Natasha Lane here explores in depth the definition of big data, and how it applies to music itself, and the marketing strategy implemented for said music. Guest post by Natasha Lane We live in an age of information overload. Every time you go on the internet, your devices produce huge amounts of data that contain your actions, locations, preferences, etc. It is said that users create around 2.5 quintillion (that's 1 followed by 18 zeros) bytes of data in total on a daily basis. This constitutes what people refer to as big data. Analyzing this type of data can help companies create more effective ads and make better campaigns. This marketing concept is slowly entering the world of music, as well, and many successful companies and artists actually rely on big data and analytics. In case you want to get in on it, we're going to show you just how it works and what are the benefits...

FESTIVAL: 39th Festival International de Jazz de Montreal: Indoor Program

As the 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal approaches, the entire city gets ready to plunge back into summer... And not just any old summer: a season of music in the street, major festive, friendly gatherings in the heart of downtown Montreal, wonderful discoveries and essential rendezvous! In other words, Summer the way only Montreal can do it! The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is once again delighted this year to fill our vibrant downtown core with 150 concerts, where living legends share space with the finest young rising talents, where musicians from all over the world cross paths and talents, where the soul of jazz breaks free at the crossroads of genres and influences, proving now more than ever that the music is vividly alive at the heart of a scene bursting with creativity. The eternal watchword here? Quality! From June 28 to July 7, 2018, the only problem for fans from here, there and everywhere, thirsty for music and new discoveries, is choosing from a crazy range of possibilities. Tickets for these concerts go on sale Friday, April 27 at noon (exclusive presale for newsletter subscribers from Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, April 26 at 10 p.m.)...

RECORDING: Mark Egan- Arjun Bruggeman- Shane Theriot -Dreaming Spirits

On this duo project Dreaming Spirits, bassist-composer m: Mark Egan joins forces with tabla-percussionist m: Arjun Bruggeman along with guest guitarist m: Shane Theriot for a set of music that is at once meditative and invigorating, incorporating drone tones and ambient textures into a compelling world music mix while also leaving room for dynamic improvisation and in-the-moment dialoguing between the players. 'I feel like I've always heard this music and I've always wanted to record this type of project' says the acclaimed bassist whose distinctive sound on his Pedulla fretless electric basses has made him a world renowned musician with a mastery of many styles of music. 'This music is an entrance into more ambient sonic spaces and I'm pleased that we have created some calming music to offset this hectic world that we live in...

EVENT: Vocalist Sachal Vasandani to Perform Upcoming Shows in New York and Boston Featuring Music from His Upcoming Album "Shadow Train"

On May 29 and May 30, 2018, m: Sachal Vasandani will return to New York's Jazz Standard for a series of shows in support of his latest release on GSI records entitled Shadow Train; he will perform at the Regatta Bar in Cambridge, MA on June 8th for one show. Vasandani's new album is a showcase of phenomenal musicianship and presents listeners with a repertoire of storied classics that have been masterfully reimagined. The recording will be released later this spring and features m: Taylor Eigsti (piano); m: Eric Harland (drums); m: Reuben Rogers (bass); m: Nir Felder (guitar); and m: Dayna Stephens (saxophone)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jackie McLean

All About Jazz is celebrating Jackie McLean's birthday today! John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean was an alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in New York City. His father, John Sr., who died in 1939, played guitar in Tiny Bradshaw\'s orchestra. After his father\'s death, his musical education was continued by his godfather, by his stepfather, who owned a record store, and by several noted teachers. He also received informal tutoring from neighbours Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell... Read more...

CAREER: 3 Sites to Help You Determine Your Brand

While most musicians would rather focus their artistry on what they do best (music) there are a number of visual components when it comes to building the branding necessary to achieve industry success. Here we look at three sites that can make this process much easier. Guest post by Susan Paulinksi for the TuneCore Blog...

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