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RECORDING: Guitarist Bobby Broom Introduces His New Group the Organi-Sation with Their Debut Recording "Soul Fingers," Due October 12

Virtuoso Chicago-based guitarist m: Bobby Broom has always embraced the rhythm and blues core of jazz music. On Soul Fingers, his 12th album as a leader and first with his new trio Organi-Sation, Broom mines the rich repository of '60s and '70s pop music, offering inspired versions of hits by the Beatles, Procol Harum, Steely Dan, and Seals and Crofts, among others. Set for October 12 release by MRI Entertainment, the recording was produced by legendary drummer Steve Jordan...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Coleman

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Coleman's birthday today! Steve began playing music just days before his 14th birthday as a freshman at South Shore High School on the south side of Chicago. His first instrument was violin but later that year he switched to the alto saxophone. For three years Steve studied the basics of music and saxophone technique, then he decided that he wanted to learn how to improvise... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying: Eurupeans Only

In July 1953, drummer Louie Bellson recorded an album in Los Angeles for Norman Granz's Norgran label called Skin Deep. For the big band tracks, he assembled quite a stellar showcase of talent. The band featured Harry "Sweets" Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo and Ray Linn (tp); Hoyt Bohannon, Herbie Harper and Tommy Pederson (tb); Benny Carter and Willie Smith (as); Wardell Gray and Bumps Myers (ts); Bob Lawson (bar); Jimmy Rowles (p); Barney Kessel (g); John Simmons (b) and Louie Bellson (d)...

TRENDS: How Teens Influence Music Industry Trends in 2018

While the constant connectedness of today's youth has been well established, just what impact that has on the music industry is somewhat less well documented. One thing which is certain however is the popularity of music videos among the younger demographic, leading to what some are calling the ressurection of the MTV generation...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Muhal Richard Abrams

All About Jazz is celebrating Muhal Richard Abrams' birthday today! Muhal Richard Abrams..... World renowned pianist and composer has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for well over forty years. Muhal is a co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), founder of The AACM School of Music and President of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York City Chapter... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Helen Merrill with Strings

Between 1954 and 1957, singer Helen Merrill recorded five albums for Mercury's EmArcy division. Yesterday, while writing, I spent the day listening to all of them as well as a bunch of assorted tracks she recorded for the label. Perhaps the best known album of the bunch is Helen Merrill, which she made in December 1954 accompanied by the Clifford Brown Sextet. The second most popular EmArcy album is probably Dream of You, arranged by Gil Evans and recorded between July 1956 and February 1957. I last posted about this one in 2010 (go here)...

CAREER: 5 Ways to Get Music Discovered in the New Digital Age

While the ways in which people discover music have changed dramatically in many ways, some avenues remain the same. Here we offer advice to artists on how to get their music discovered in the digital age by consulting with industry experts on where they go to find new music. Guest post by Jeremy Young of Soundfly's Flypaper...

TRENDS: Listening to Music at Work Boosts Productivity

71% of professionals said that they are at least somewhat more productive when music is playing at work. Pop, rock and country songs were the leading boost producing genres, according to the survey of 1000 workers by Accountemps...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Nils Petter Molvaer

All About Jazz is celebrating Nils Petter Molvaer's birthday today! Nils Petter Molvaer (NPM), Norwegian trumpet player, composer and producer, connects multiple music styles -- jazz, ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip hop, rock and pop music -- and effortlessly melts them into convincing soundscapes of deep intensity. Born in 1960 on the little island Sula (Norway), NPM was introduced to jazz from an early age by his musician father... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Red Mitchell and Tony Fruscella

After my post last week on trumpeter Tony Fruscella, reader Don Frese wrote and asked if knew of bassist Red Mitchell's vocalese rendition of Fruscella's recording of I'll Be Seeing You. That song appears on Fruscella's Tony Fruscella, recorded by Atlantic in April 1955. I wasn't aware of Mitchell's vocal so I tracked it down and gave a listen. I was astonished. Before I share with you how this recording came to be, let's listen to the two tracks...

CAREER: 5 Small Business Tips for Music Industry Pros

Small businesses make the music industry go round, and whether you're a record label, marketing agency, or management company, we here offer five essential tips for achieving success as a small music business in 2018. Guest post by Jeanette Keats of Symphonic Distribution and the Symphonic Blog Small businesses keep the music industry running. If you own a management company, record label, event company, or anything else, you are important! We want to help you make 2018 your best year ever, so we put together a list of five tips to keep in mind as you grow your business, and create a larger impact...

RECORDING: 'That's Right!,' the Recording Debut of Trumpeter Brad Goode's Quintet Featuring Tenor Titan Ernie Watts, Set for October 19 Release by Origin Records

That's Right!, the recording debut of trumpeter Brad Goode's quintet featuring tenor titan m: Ernie Watts, documents the virtuosity and versatility of one of the tightest working bands on the contemporary jazz scene. Set for October 19 release by e: Origin Records, the album is a powerful showcase for Goode's ideal quintet as well as the soloing chops and writing skills of each of its members...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack McDuff

All About Jazz is celebrating Jack McDuff's birthday today! Brother Jack McDuff, was one of the handful of leading exponents of the soul jazz style created on Hammond organ by Jimmy Smith in the late 1950s. The instrument at the heart of the soul jazz style was the Hammond B-3 organ, usually in the company of electric guitar, drums, and often tenor saxophone. The emergence of Jimmy Smith as a major star on the instrument sparked its widespread use in jazz and pop music in the early 1960s... Read more...

OBITUARY: Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018)

Cecil "Big Jay" NcNeely, the father of the R&b tenor saxophone whose stamina and extravagant stage act starting in the late 1940s included playing on his back, setting the tone for rock 'n' roll and soul artists who followed, died on sept. 16. he was 91. big jay had several significant r&b hits in the late 1940s and '50s, including the deacon's hop (#1), wild wig and there's something on your mind. but his output included so many jump-blues singles that wound-up live audiences and jukebox listeners. these records included nervous, man, nervous; Big Jay Shuffle; Blow Blow Blow; Big Jay's Hop; Mule Milk; The Goof and The Deacon Rides Again...

RECORDING: Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker" out September 28th

When a 24-year-old m: Blue Lu Barker stepped up to the microphone at Decca Records studio in Manhattan in 1938 to record Don't You Feel My Leg, she had no way of knowing that that initial recording would turn out to be such an enduring piece of blues artistry. An immediate hit, the song instantly established Barker as a leading female blues vocalist, fueling a recording career that continued unabated throughout dozens of blues and jazz releases on Decca, Apollo, and Capitol Records. m: Billie Holiday once told an interviewer that 'Blue Lu Barker was my biggest influence...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Byrd

All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Byrd's birthday today! Charlie Byrd jammed with Django Reinhardt, recorded with Woody Herman, studied with the great Segovia, and with Stan Getz introduced the Brazilian bossa nova to international audiences. He then proceeded to form a super guitar trio with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis... Read more...

EDUCATION: King Crimson Guitar Legend Trey Gunn Presents Intro to Modes 8-Week Music Course - October 15 to December 8, 2018

Work directly with Trey Gunn on a weekly basis in this group course. For all instrumentalists and singers. In this course we will break down one of the basic building blocks of music- the modes- into digestible parts, both sonically and theoretically, so they can be used with ease. This course will: Help you to immediately find your ground in a piece of music Give you flexibility when improvising Give you greater color choices when developing your own compositions Help you grasp command of the core material of music Give you a long-term pathway to hear deeper into the relationships of the notes This course is designed to work for all players: Beginning players- We'll start with the basics. Intermediate players- Hone the fundamentals in your hearing for improved playing and writing Advanced players- Find the gaps in your melodic hearing. Apply practices to close the gaps and take your playing further Learn to play confidently while capturing the unique quality of each mode in your improvisations and compositions. This ease only comes from the deep exploration based on how you hear, in your own particular way. This course breaks down that exploration into its core essence, step-by-step...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

All About Jazz is celebrating Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's birthday today! Both as the leader of his own bands as well as an alto and soprano saxophone stylist, Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was one of the progenitors of the swinging, rhythmically robust style of music that became known as hard-bop. Born September 15, 1928, into a musical family in Florida, Adderley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He became leader of the 36th Army Dance Band, led his own band while studying music at the U.S... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify, Nielsen Deal May Mean More Money for Artists

One of the most valuable types of data for artists and labels is demographic information on exactly who is listening to their music. This is why a new deal being struck between Spotify and Nielsen Research could have implications for not just advertisers, but also artists. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

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