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PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz Bakery Presents Jeremy Pelt and Peter Bernstein on December 2nd and December 3rd

The Jazz Bakery presents a weekend of cutting edge jazz with trumpeter m: Jeremy Pelt's Make Noise Quintet on December 2nd, and guitarist m: Peter Bernstein's Mostly Monk Quartet on December 3rd. On Saturday December 2nd, Jeremy Pelt's Make Noise Quintet with pianist m: Victor Gould, bassist m: Richie Goods, m: Jonathan Barber on drums and m: Jacquelene Acevedo on percussion, will perform at the Musicians Institute Concert Center in Hollywood at 8PM. Saturated with the rhythms of two percussionists Pelt's Make Noise quintet has an undeniable energy that both excites and captivates audiences world wide...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Teddy Wilson

All About Jazz is celebrating Teddy Wilson's birthday today! His airy, effortless style, with its emphasis on lightly accompanied right-hand melody, was a key element in the transition from swing to bebop, and many modern jazz pianists took Wilson\'s approach as their starting point. His early recordings were percussive and forceful, but as he matured his technique became graceful, almost elegant. He was a gifted artist who used the full range of his instrument to his advantage... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jon Hendricks, George Avakian: Rip

We can be thankful today that Jon Hendricks and George Avakian made so many important contributions to jazz during their long lives. Both died in New York yesterday. Hendricks was 96. Avakian was 98. Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert and Annie Ross formed the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross for their album Sing A Song Of Basie album in 1958. Expanding the possibilities of a craft that had been pioneered by Eddie Jefferson and King Pleasure, Hendricks married words to jazz tunes and to intricate instrumental solos. Critics sometimes described the results as poetry. Hendricks and Lambert, a jazz vocal-group pioneer, had been collaborators since the early 1950s. Lambert, Hendricks and Ross became immensely popular. The Basie collection was the first of several top-selling and poll-winning albums by the group. Hendricks' activities and projects in vocal music took many turns. His 'Evolution of the Blues' told how black music developed in America. It ran as a stage show in San Francisco for five years. Hendricks continued performing well into the new century, frequently in duo concerts with Ms. Ross...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: "Santa Baby" Crooner Cynthia Basinet Attends L.A. Jazz Society Tribute Awards 2017

Nobel Nominated Jazzy pop crooner, actress and activist Cynthia Basinet best known for her iconic sultry version of, "Santa Baby" attended the Jazz Tribute Awards and Concert Saturday night honoring FOX's Seth MacFarland and the legendary, Johnny Mandel. Leonard Martin presented Seth MacFarland with the 2017 David L. Abell Angel Award for his focus on music, literature and philanthropy...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 27, 2017

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 Gregory Porter Nat King Cole and Me (Blue Note) 312 310 +2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Emil Viklicky

All About Jazz is celebrating Emil Viklicky's birthday today! Emil Viklicky was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), where in 1971 he graduated from Palacky University with a degree in mathematics. While a student he devoted much time to playing jazz piano. In 1974, he was awarded the prize for best soloist at the Czechoslovak Amateur Jazz Festival, and that same year he joined Karel Velebny\'s SHQ ensemble. In 1976... Read more...

TECHNOLOGY: 6 Concert and Event Startups to Watch in the Coming Year

As the event technology renaissance continues, numerous companies are reshaping the event industry whether it's through apps or AI. Here we look at six event startups to keep an eye on as we move forward into 2018. Guest post by Katie Sawyer of Eventbrite Event technology is going through a renaissance. From event apps to artificial intelligence and virtual reality, there are countless companies shaping the future of the industry...

OBITUARY: Jon Hendricks (1921-2017)

Jon Hendricks, a singer, songwriter and lyricist who pioneered vocalese -- the art of crafting words to famed jazz solos -- and was a co-founder of the vocal group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, died November 22. He was 96. Jon died on the same day as producer George Avakian. I interviewed Jon in 2009 for JazzWax. Here is my complete interview with him...

OBITUARY: George Avakian (1919-2017)

George Avakian, who as an executive and producer at Columbia Records in the 1940s and '50s created a successful formula for packaging jazz as popular music and who signed Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Johnny Mathis to the label, among others, died November 22. He was 98. [Photo above by Ian Clifford...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Roy Orbison Heirs File Lawsuit to Stop Concert Hologram Project

Heirs of Roy Orbison have filed a lawsuit to block what they say is a shakedown by a hologram company owned by Greek billionaire Alkiviades David. New technology often leads to legal battles, and with music related holograms, augmented reality and virtual reality all gaining traction, we expect a plethora of lawsuits over who controls rights that barely existed a decade ago...

CAREER: 5 Lessons from a Music Business Supermensch

\Here talent manager and producer Shep Gordon shares five important lessons from his autobiography They Call Me Supermensch, which details his series of misadventures as an artist manager beginning in the 1970s. Guest post by Stephanie Grimes of William Patterson University from Musicbiz 101 Shep Gordon's story begins as a boy growing up in Oceanside, Long Island who spent most of his time sitting in his room to avoid the unhinged family dog. After his childhood of isolation, he escaped to upstate New York to attend the University of Buffalo where he spent more time dealing drugs and pulling pranks than attending actual class. Although it may not have been the most traditional method to hone his skills as a manager, Gordon's deviancy led him on a path to become a calculating, out-of-the-box thinker...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amy London's "Bridges" Released on November 17

Vocalist Revisits the First Decade of her Career with 15 Song Retrospective m: Fred Hersch, m: Darmon Meader, m: Harvie S, m: Victor Lewis, m: Bob Mintzer and m: Dr. Lonnie Smith are among the stellar cast of collaborators. Sometimes you must look back in order to move forward. With the November 17 release of Bridges, vocalist m: Amy London is doing just that, allowing 15 tracks of previously recorded music to finally see the light of day. While most recently recognized for her work with critically acclaimed group The Royal Bopsters, Amy's career began in the early 1980s after she first arrived in New York City. Within a short time, the Cincinnati native found herself working with the likes of Fred Hersch, Bob Mintzer, m: Cyro Baptista, and two Gold Record winning trumpeter m: Tom Browne, with whom she toured in 1982...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gunther Schuller

All About Jazz is celebrating Gunther Schuller's birthday today! The composer Gunther Schuller is, famously, a man of many musical pursuits. He began his professional life as a horn player in both the jazz and classical worlds, working as readily with Miles Davis and Gil Evans as with Toscanini; he was principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony from age sixteen and later of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra until 1959. In the 1950s he began a conducting career focusing largely on contemporary music... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Jeremy Davenport Comes Home, Althea Rene and Elan Trotman'S "Holiday Winds," and More

If you'd like some jazz and creative music to go with this year's Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings, here's what's happening on local stages over the next few days... Wednesday, November 22 The weekly "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" will feature guitarists Jake Weisman and Eric Slaughter at Squatters Cafe/The Stage at KDHX, along with the weekly jam session led by bassist Bob Deboo at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor and band at The Dark Room...

VIDEO / DVD: Bobby Darin: In a Broadway Bag

We tend to think of Bobby Darin as the last old-school pop singer before the American songbook was submerged by the rock-and-soul surge of the 1960s. And in many respects he was. But just as Darin was rising as the heir to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett, he became meaningless almost overnight. One day he was a finger-snapping swinger and the next he was caught leaning in the wrong generation...

CAREER: How to Craft a Perfect Email Pitch

When it comes to running a PR campaign, perfect email etiquette is essential, and composing an email which is both professional and personable can be difficult. Here we look at some dos and don'ts for making the perfect email pitch. Guest Post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the ReverbNation Blog When you're running a DIY PR campaign, there are a few crucial components that you have to get right: relationship building, strong content, timing, and impeccable email etiquette. It's that last one that tends to trip people up right as they feel like they start to get their footing. After all, we're a culture of abbreviations, misspellings, social media, and honestly most of us have no clue how to craft an email that's professional enough to get the attention of editors and gain respect, while still being casual enough that it feels like a human being wrote it...

TRENDS: People Are Spending 15 Hours a Week on the Internet Outside of Work

People are spending a lot of time online, according to the latest Limelight Networks' 'State of User Experience' report. 54% of US consumers are now spending more than 15 hours outside of work on the internet each week. Here are the main online activities and behaviors: US consumers spend each week...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Launches New Website of Curated and Sponsored Content

All About Jazz, the web's premier jazz music destination, has launched Jazz Stream, a snazzy page featuring website articles, website news, and sponsored content. In addition to providing access to our very best article content, All About Jazz has developed a new way for advertisers to engage readers through a photo rich, responsive, and infinite loading page. Those looking to promote an article published at another website or blog can post their article information to the stream by securing their space here...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Coleman Hawkins

All About Jazz is celebrating Coleman Hawkins' birthday today! Coleman Hawkins single-handedly brought the saxophone to the prominence in jazz that the instrument enjoys. Before he hit the scene, jazz groups had little use for the instrument. One player (forgot who) said, "with all due respect to Adolph Sax, Coleman Hawkins invented the saxophone." Hawkins, or "Bean", as he was known as, started playing cello at a young age before switching to the saxophone... Read more...

OBITUARY: Della Reese (1931-2017)

Della Reese, best known as the boss of a band of divine messengers on the 1990s TV series Touched By an Angel but started her career decades earlier as an earthy pop singer, died on Nov. 19. She was 86. Reese's deep and often rousing gospel-fueled voice was powerful and rested somewhere between Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey and Eartha Kitt on the pop spectrum, depending on the song. Yet her talk-sing approach was an acquired taste. Only two of her albums charted high up in the rankings while most of her singles reached only double and triple digits -- except for Don't You Know? in 1959, which reached #2 on the Billboard pop chart. Much of her failure to catch on was a result of the lackluster material served up by her producers, her tendency to roar while signing and the failure of her labels to craft an image for her...

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