All About Jazz

RECORDING: Jemal Ramirez: African Skies

One of the hottest Latin-jazz and salsa markets in the country is San Francisco. This may come as a surprise but it isn't. The city's Latin Quarter (now North Beach) has been a music center since the 1930s. The district's Latino history dates back to the 1910s, when, according to The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco by Cary Cordova, Mexicans settled there after fleeing their country's revolution. During World War II, the Spanish-speaking neighborhood became a magnet for a more diverse Latino population. As a major Naval port, San Francisco had many war plants that operated around the clock. All of them needed workers. Over the years, the district's vibrant club life gave rise to successive generations of Latino, black and white salsa and jazz players...

RECORDING: Multi-Instrumentalist Willie Oteri and Dark Matter Horns Release "Evolution"

One never knows what the multifaceted original Willie Oteri is going to do next, like switching his focus from guitar to saxophone and flute for a series of upcoming releases. Oteri has produced several well received guitar-based albums featuring some of the world's finest musicians including, m: Scott Amendola, Giko Pavan, m: Tony Levin, J.A. Deane and others, starting with the 1999 live in studio improvisation Jazz Gunn Concepts of MateMaToot which featured A-Team Austin jazz players m: Brannen Temple, Michael Malone, Chris Maresh, and second guitarist Chris Tondre. After Concepts of MateMaToot, Oteri was driven to record more improvised releases like the uniquely original 2003 release Spiral Out produced by Ronan Chris Murphy which featured prog rockers Tony Levin, m: Pat Mastelotto and m: Mike Keneally in a free improvised jazz setting with trumpet master Ephraim Owens, two critically acclaimed Avant-Garde based WD-41 albums followed with electric trumpet player Dave Laczko, the second incorporating the talents of Dino J.A. Deane and drummer Scott Amendola followed by Shrunken Head Shop a series of live recordings from a tour with Laczko and top German and Italian jazz musicians...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Nina Simone

All About Jazz is celebrating Nina Simone's birthday today! The High Priestess- Eunice Waymon was born in Tryon, North Carolina as the sixth of seven children in a poor family. The child prodigy played piano at the age of four. With the help of her music teacher, who set up the "Eunice Waymon Fund", she could continue her general and musical education. She studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York. To support her family financially, she started working as an accompanist... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Benny Green Trio, "Superheroes of Blackness," Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and More

This week's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes a visit from a stellar straight-ahead jazz pianist, some adventurous electronic sounds, shows mixing music with poetry and video animations, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, February 21 Pianist Benny Green eturns with his trio for the first of four nights at Jazz at the Bistro...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amazon Hires WX-WBR Prez Dan McCarroll, Signals Move into Original Music Programming

Dan McCarroll, the former President and head of A&r at warner bros. records, has been named amazon music's global head of originals and artist relations. He will work as a liaison to artists, managers and labels to "elevate" releases through original programming on the platform. "As we continue to work closely with labels and artists to deliver music in new ways, Dan is bringing decades of experience both as a former musician, and a respected industry executive to our team," said Alex Luke, Amazon Music's Global Head of Programming and Content Strategy. "Amazon Music will continue to experiment and change the way customers interact with music through voice, and there's no one more qualified than Dan to build upon our existing global offerings...

CAREER: Video Game Music: An Art and Business in Its Own Right

While musicians have been cozy with the video game industry for some time as another supplementary source of revenue, but some indicators suggest that game music could be growing into an entire business all its own. Guest post by Cherie Hu of Forbes Musicians have been drawing inspiration from video games for decades -- whether as a simple hobby, as a multimedia creative tool or as an adjacent revenue stream to traditional record sales. But to what extent can musicians today build an entire career off of writing music for games alone...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Mediacreek Acquires Live365, Empirestreaming, Adds Execs

Net broadcasting platform Live365, and EmpireStreaming, an audio-centric CDN and services company, announced today that both are now part of Media Creek, Inc., a newly-formed Delaware holding company of audio-centric companies. As part of the acquisitions, Media Creek recently added to its leadership team. Digital Audio industry vets Rockie Thomas and Sean Lozensky, both formerly with AdsWizz join Jon Stephenson as Media Creek partners and co-founders. Thomas will lead business and revenue efforts as Chief Revenue Officer, Lozensky will lead technology and development efforts as Chief Technology Officer, and Stephenson remains Media Creek's Chief Executive Officer...

EVENT: James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor Launch 2018 Season in Beacon, NY

'm: James Brandon Lewis, a jazz saxophonist in his 30s, raw-toned but measured, doesn't sound steeped in current jazz-academy values and isn't really coming from a free-improvising perspective. There's an independence about him.' -- The New York Times 'With an insatiable appetite for music on the fringe, drummer m: Chad Taylor has been an active participant in the creative music environments of both Chicago and New York. Not confined to any particular style, Taylor threads an array of astounding patterns and cadences.' -- All About Jazz...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Nancy Wilson

All About Jazz is celebrating Nancy Wilson's birthday today! Nancy Wilson's musical style is so diverse that it is hard to classify. Over the years her repertoire has included pop style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes and well known standards. Critics have described her as 'a jazz singer,' 'a blues singer,' 'a pop singer,' and 'a cabaret singer.' Still others have referred to her as 'a storyteller,' 'a professor emeritus of body language,' 'a consummate actress... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Barbara Moore: Swinging Pop

The British rock invasion of the mid-1960s had a profound effect on American music and the culture at large. For the first time in history, adolescents held sway over the record industry. By decade's end, the generation's influence extended to virtually all corners of the marketplace, and everything became more youthful. Kids no longer wanted to look grown up, and neither did adults. Fashion, car design, home furnishings, dancing, TV, hairstyles became much more sporty. Men who reached their mid-life crisis years eyed younger women as a way to revitalize their self-image. The sexual revolution was underway. Skirts shortened as sideburns and men's hair grew longer...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: FCC Chief Boss Investigated Agency for Being Cozy with Industry He Regulates

Controversial FCC chief Ajit Pai has drawn fire from the music and tech industry for leading the charge to dismantle net neutrality. Now Pai is facing the biggest threat to his short rein yet with news that the FCC has launched an internal investigation into his "too close" relationship with the media and other companies he's supposed to be regulating...

CAREER: Add a Booking Section on Your Music Website

When it comes to landing gigs for you band, it's essential to have a booking section on your website that provides any potentially interested promoter with answers to all their booking inquiries, from basic info to average crowd size. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 One of the things that's vital to getting your band gigs is a booking section on your website that provides all the information that a promoter needs to answer both pre and post booking questions. This excerpt from the 2nd edition of my Social Media Promotion For Musicians handbook outlines the details that are particularly helpful...

RECORDING: Trumpeter Joe Mazzaferro Releases Debut CD "In Terms Of..." with Jeff Clayton, Donald Brown and Carl Allen

On February, 9th 2018 Sacramento CA native, trumpeter, composer, educator and arranger Joe Mazzaferro released his debut CD In Terms Of... on his own Joe Mazz Music label with special guest m: Jeff Clayton and featuring m: Donald Brown and m: Carl Allen! Joe Mazzaferro was raised in a musical household. As Joe states "both of my parents were musicians and me and my 3 sisters all played. My father is a retired high school band director (who still teaches) as well as an active musician. I would often tag along with him to performances and recording sessions! Being around music all the time was just a normal thing so I naturally was drawn to it and wanted to find my own voice...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Murray

All About Jazz is celebrating David Murray's birthday today! David Murray (tenor saxophone and bass clarinet) is a Jazz artist who has recorded over 130 albums, including 2 recorded in 2006 (Gwotet and Pushkin) and a forthcoming album to be released in Summer 2007. He was born in Oakland, California in 1955 and grew up in Berkeley, where he studied with his mother Catherine Murray (organist), Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Four Videos: Happy Prez Day

Today is President's Day in the U.S. On this day at JazzWax, we celebrate Lester Young. Billie Holiday called him the President, which was shortened to Pres or Prez. She meant president of the tenor saxophone. If you know nothing about Young but would love to know why he's such a big deal, here it is in a nutshell...

RECORDING: Pianist Roberta Piket Revisits Jazz Trio Format with the April 6 Release of "West Coast Trio," Featuring Joe la Barbera and Darek Oleszkiewicz

m: Roberta Piket, one of the most virtuosic and versatile pianists on the current international jazz scene, revisits the iconic jazz piano trio format with the April 6 release of West Coast Trio on her label Thirteenth Note Records. Joining Piket is the consummate rhythm section of drummer Joe La Barbera and bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz -- part of the vibrant West Coast jazz scene centered in metro-Los Angeles and whose presence inspired the album's title. Guitarist Larry Koonse guests on two tracks...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lajos Dudas

All About Jazz is celebrating Lajos Dudas' birthday today! Lajos Dudas was born in Budapest/Hungary and studied there at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (1958-1963), laying the foundations for his successful career not only as jazz and pop/rock musician but also on the classical side (Strawinsky: Three Solopieces, Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Glazunow: Concerto for Altosax). He is thus brilliant at interweaving bop nuances, folk music... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Defranco

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...

TRENDS: Google is Sending You More Traffic Than Facebook

In the first week of February, Google sent publishers 40% more or 466 million more pageviews than it did in January 2017. That same week, Facebook sent 200 million fewer, or 20% less. This shift is happening as Facebook adjust its algorithm to prioritize posts from friends and family over business, bands and publishers...

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