All About Jazz

EVENT: Matt Mitchell Kicks Off Elysium Furnace Works' 2019 Season in Beacon, NY

The 2019 season for the Hudson Valley music series Elysium Furnace Works promises to be its most exciting yet. EFW is proud to launch this year's slate of concerts with one of the most remarkable and cutting-edge pianists and composers, m: Matt Mitchell. Hailed as 'a pianist of burrowing focus and an indispensable fixture of the contemporary vanguard' by The New York Times, 'smart and dazzling' by Philadelphia Magazine and 'compelling, even startling two-handed abandon' by the Detroit Free Press, Matt Mitchell kicks off EFW's 2019 season with a rare solo performance on Saturday, March 16 at 8 PM...

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...

VIDEO / DVD: Perfect: Glad to be Unhappy

In September 1959, guitarist Jim Hall and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond teamed up to record the first in a series of six albums together. The first was called First Place Again (Warner Bros.). The duo was backed by bassist Percy Heath and drummer Connie Kay -- two-thirds of the Modern Jazz Quartet. When Desmond and Hall shifted to RCA, they released Desmond Blue (1962), Two of a Mind (1962) with Gerry Mulligan, Take Ten (1963), Bossa Antigua (1964) and Easy Living (1966). All are superb recordings, but the album in the series that was perfect in every way was Glad to Be Unhappy (1965), with Gene Cherico on bass and Kay on drums. For me, it's a very close call between this one and Bossa Antigua, but Glad has a special surging movement that gives it the edge...

TECHNOLOGY: Amazon, Google and the Morality of Driving Fans to Big Tech

While many artists have some serious moral quandaries about driving their fans to YouTube given Google's suspect data practices, Chris Castle here looks at why Amazon is in fact a far guiltier culprit. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy When Hearst Artist Frederic Remington, cabled from Cuba in 1897 that 'there will be no war...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: When Do We Become Uninterested in Discovering New Music?

While music discovery has, in many ways, become easier than ever, a new study suggests that there's a limited period of time in the average consumer's life when they're actually finding new music, and at a certain age 'musical paralysis' sets in and the discovery ceases. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Strategies...

AWARD / GRANT: Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

e: BFM JAZZ is a boutique record label based in Los Angeles that garnered six Grammy nominations and turned them into five wins this past Sunday. In the company's brief, nine-year existence, they've put out 27 projects that have accumulated 17 nominations collectively. In 2018, BFM Jazz released just three projects. All three received nominations and all three brought home Grammy statuettes...

RECORDING: Tenor Saxophonist Mike Lee New Release February 18th Song for All of Us Featuring Lenny White, George Colligan, Dave Stryker and More!

With his new release, Song For All of Us (IYOUWE Records), veteran saxophonist Mike Lee shows the breadth of his musical pallet. Lee works with his wide-ranging musical associations and weaves them together with innovative compositions as well as standard repertoire. There are several different band configurations within this offering. From the core trio of tenor saxophone, bass, and drums, to several different quartet and quintet settings each grouping contributes to the unified sound. Drummer m: Lenny White, bassist m: Ed Howard and pianist m: George Colligan appear throughout adding their masterful propulsion to this set. Lee's rotating front-line partners include guitarist m: Dave Stryker, saxophonist m: Bruce Williams, and Mike's son, saxophonist Julian Lee. Song For All of Us was produced by Mike Lee and Lenny White...

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: Bill Evans Videos: Nice, 1978

On July 16, 1978, pianist Bill Evans performed at La Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice France. He was backed by Marc Johnson on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The trio played four songs before being joined by baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams for two more. The performance was captured by Republique Francaise TV. The group played outdoors and yet, as you'll hear, the microphones were placed so strategically that the music sounds as if it were recorded in a studio...

CAREER: If You Perform Live, You're Probably Not Getting Paid Royalties That You Deserve

For many artists, touring is one of the primary ways in which they maintain a living as a musician, making it that much more troubling to learn that many artists who do live shows aren't walking away with all the performance royalties to which they are entitled. Here Ari Herstand explains what artists must do claim this additional revenue...

CAREER: What Musicians Should Ask Themselves Before Hiring a Publicist

Sure every wants to be successful, but the route to success tends to vary wildly across the industry, and while the help of a publicist can do wonders for advancing the career of some artists, hiring one before you're ready, or when it's simply not right fit, can be a huge setback. Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix...

RECORDING: Singer Carolyn Fitzhugh Demonstrates Vocal and Compositional Chops on 'Living in Peace,' Set for March 15 Release by Iyouwe Records

m: Carolyn Fitzhugh's soul-infused jazz vocals attain new heights with her March 15 release of Living in Peace, for m: Lenny White's IYOUWE Records. Fitzhugh's second album also finds the Chicago native in esteemed company. Produced by Grammy nominee Mark Ruffin and given lush arrangements by state-of-the-art pianist and composer m: Amina Figarova, the recording features Figarova's working band -- a murderer's row of major jazz musicians that includes tenor saxophonist m: Wayne Escoffery, guitarist m: Rez Abbasi, and drummer m: Rudy Royston -- and, on one track, the legendary m: Freddy Cole...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Murray

All About Jazz is celebrating David Murray's birthday today! Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. During the past 35 years, from the moment he first visited New York as a 20 year-old student, playing in a walkup loft, in 1975, David has careened forward in a cool, collected, rocket-fueled streak. He has released over 150 albums under his own name... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: J.J. and Kai: Stonebone

In 1967, Creed Taylor launched CTI Records as a subsidiary of the A&M label. Creed had just left Verve, where he headed the jazz label and pioneered new concepts in young-adult jazz, including covers with abstract color photography and jazz interpretations of pop-rock and pop-soul radio hits. In New York, Creed had complete autonomy over CTI. Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were busy in Los Angeles, and they envisioned CTI as a hip, easy-jazz imprint. In 1969, Creed struck a deal with A&M to leave the label and take CTI with him. At the time, A&M was pushing into rock and expanding its pop catalog. They had no problem letting Creed and CTI go, since they had bigger fish to fry, including the Carpenters...

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...

VIDEO / DVD: Prez Day: Lester Young Clips

Here in the U.S. today, the country is celebrating President's Day, a national holiday set up in the 1880s to cover both George Washington (22nd) and Abraham Lincoln's (12th) February birthdays. At JazzWax, we celebrate Lester Young, whom Billie Holiday nicknamed the President or Prez of the tenor saxophone. Whether or not you're familiar with Prez and his music, below are eight of my favorite clips that splendidly illustrate his art over time...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Bistro Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Shirley Crabbe, with David Budway on Piano, to Appear as Part of the Overture Concert Series at Rockland Conservatory of Music

Bistro Award winning Jazz Vocalist Shirley Crabbe, with m: David Budway on piano, to appear as part of the Overture Concert Series at Rockland Conservatory of Music on Saturday, March 2nd, Show Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm e: Rockland Conservatory of Music 45 S Main St Pearl River, NY 10965...

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