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RECORDING: Jazz Dispensary Rolls out Two More Titles on Limited-Edition 'Top Shelf' Vinyl Reissue Series: The 3 Pieces" Vibes of Truth and Funk Inc.'s Self-Titled Debut Album

Two new vinyl titles are being reissued as part of Jazz Dispensary's Top Shelf Series: The 3 Pieces' Vibes Of Truth, the lost 70's jazz-funk crossover classic off Fantasy, and Funk Inc.'s raw and funky, self-titled debut album off Prestige. This will be the first time in over 20 years these releases will be made available on vinyl...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today! Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more...

CAREER: 4 Reasons You Should Use Linkedin to Advance Your Music Career

While most musicians take the time to actively develop their presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram, many artists may not bother with what the perceive as the more 'corporately oriented' LinkedIn. This could be causing them to miss out on a number of beneficial connections, however. Guest post by Paul Loeb from CD Baby's DIY Musician...

VIDEO / DVD: John Plonsky: Cool Man Cool

The 1950s are a gold mine of lost trumpeters. No matter how many times I comb discographies, I come across another solid horn player whose name is likely unfamiliar to many jazz fans. On Monday I posted about Johnny Glasel and his Brasstet. Today, I'm looking at John Plonsky and his sole leadership album, Cool Man Cool (1957)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: CO-Founder Glenn Dicker Talks Seminal Indie Label Yep Roc

In this interview Glenn Dicker, co-founder of Yep Roc records (now in its twentieth year), chats about the origins of the label, the value of genre diversity, suggests some essentials from their catalogue, and more. Guest post by Will Hodge of Noisetrade It's always an incredibly fun opportunity to chat with the industry professionals that help get the music that we love into our hands and our newest NoiseTrade One-on-One with Yep Roc Records co-founder Glenn Dicker is no exception. During our enlightening and entertaining discussion, Dicker gives us a little of Yep Roc's origin story, talks about celebrating 20 years as a label, speaks to the genre diversity of their upstarts-and-icons roster, recommends some quintessential Yep Roc releases, and much more...

TRENDS: Streaming Grew Profits for Warner Music Group in 2017

Warner Music Group Corp. today announced its fourth-quarter, reporting growth in revenue, as well as, a net loss. 'We've now had five consecutive years of global revenue growth in constant currency, and the last two were up double digits,' said Steve Cooper, WMG CEO. 'Our momentum reflects the tremendous talent and appeal of our artists and songwriters, and the strength of our worldwide operating team," Ross continued. "Investing to maintain our growth will remain a priority into 2018 and beyond...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Greek Saxophonist and Composer Konstantinos Papachristou Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Contemporary Jazz Album Campaign

Greek saxophonist and composer m: Konstantinos Papachristou has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund his first contemporary jazz album The Darkness of a Fairy Tale. Papachristou, from Athens, has had several recordings of his performances featured both on CD and Greek television. His latest album is firmly rooted in the ECM style...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Brubeck

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Brubeck's birthday today! Brubeck\'s mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Pieranunzi

All About Jazz is celebrating Enrico Pieranunzi's birthday today! Born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi has long been one of the best-known and appreciated personalities on the European jazz scene. Pianist, composer, arranger, he has recorded more than seventy CDs under his own name, ranging from solo piano to trio, and from duet to quintet. He has played in concert and in the studio with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Paul Motian, Chris Potter and Charlie Haden... Read more...

CAREER: When is the Best Time to Release an Album in 2018?

As with every other aspect of marketing yourself in the music industry, when you choose to release your music can make all the difference. In this article we break down the best months in which to drop your new record as well as those months which will ensure a flop. Guest post by Janelle Rogers of Symphonic Blog...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: "Lights out at the Moulin Rouge" - New Book Remembers 1955 Las Vegas Performers

A new novel about the controversial 1955 Moulin Rouge casino couldn't have come at a better time. The 15-acre Las Vegas property located at 900 West Bonanza Road was just in the news last month, and will be again in the upcoming year. It seems that the site of the former 1955 Moulin Rouge Casino and Hotel is up for grabs again. Many Las Vegas residents made their voices heard at a public meeting concerning the historic landmark. Locals made it very clear that turning the site of the city's first racially integrated casino into a government building was not an option they favored. So the county withdrew their winning bid and once again the property is on the market, or what some may consider the chopping block. One argument is that there are those who tend to forget the significance of the location and what it meant for blacks in Las Vegas. But apparently, there are also people who will never forget how significant the Moulin Rouge was to past, present, and future African Americans; especially entertainers. Author Charm Baker is the latter. Baker says her new novel: Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge is a way of keeping an important piece of ethnic and entertainment history alive. According to Baker: 'What's really sad is that most people; blacks in particular, don't even know anything about the 1955 casino or the mysterious circumstances under which the casino closed...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

All About Jazz is celebrating Jim Hall's birthday today! Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary... Read more...

OBITUARY: Mundell Lowe (1922-2017)

Mundell Lowe, an impeccable jazz guitarist, arranger and talent scout who recorded on many important East Coast jazz albums and introduced Bill Evans to Riverside producer Orrin Keepnews in the mid-1950s, died on December 2. He was 95. Few guitarists played with as many jazz greats as Mundy. The list includes Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Mary Lou Williams and Ben Webster. Mundy, as he was known among friends and insiders, had one of the smoothest sounds in jazz. He also had a breezy sense of swing and keen ear for harmony and the guitar's role in enhancing a rhythm section...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Connee Boswell

All About Jazz is celebrating Connee Boswell's birthday today! Constance Foore "Connee" Boswell was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With her sisters, Martha and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell, she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters and became a highly influential singing group during this period via recordings and radio... Read more...

OBITUARY: Mundell Lowe, 1922-2017

Guitarist Mundell Lowe died today. He was 95. Lowe's career began at 13 when he frequently went from his home in Laurel, Mississippi, to work at clubs in New Orleans' French Quarter. After service in World War Two, he honed his bebop skills and became one of New York's busiest guitarists. He worked with a cross-section of major musicians including the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, pianist Billy Taylor, and his own quintet at The Embers and other clubs. He was in demand not only as a player, but after he moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s also as a composer for films and television series. For five years in the 1980s, he was music director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Lowe remained active as a player well into his nineties...

RECORDING: Bill Nelson's Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from Echo Observatory 3-Disc Boxed Set Available December 1, 2017

Esoteric Recordings' imprint Cocteau Discs, dedicated to the work of Bill Nelson, are proud to announce the release of a deluxe 3 disc clamshell boxed set limited edition collection titled Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory. The set features three albums, all recorded at Bill Nelson's Yorkshire home studio, the Echo Observatory, in 1981 and 1982 -- Sounding the Ritual Echo (originally issued as a limited edition bonus LP with Bill's 1981 album Quit Dreaming and Get On the Beam), Das Kabinett (a soundtrack to a production of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari by The Yorkshire Actors Company issued as an LP on Bill's Cocteau label in 1981) and La Belle et La Bete (a soundtrack to a stage production of Jean Cocteau's classic 1946 film Beauty and the Beast, first issued as a limited edition bonus LP with Bill's 1982 album The Love That Whirls)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wynton Kelly

All About Jazz is celebrating Wynton Kelly's birthday today! His family moved from the island of Jamaica to Brooklyn, New York City when Kelly was four, and he started his professional career as a teenager, initially as a member of R&B groups. After working in the big band and small groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, he was a member of Miles Davis\' Quintet from 1959 to 1963. Wynton Kelly was one of the most prolific sideman pianists of his era, performing on scores of jazz albums... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Meet the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, an NYC-based ensemble that will bring their show "Salsa Navidad" to St. Louis next Friday, December 8 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Bandleader Oscar Hernandez is well known in New York City Latin music circles, with a long list of credits including performing with salsa greats such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz during the 1970s, serving as pianist and arranger for singer Ruben Blades in the 1980s, and being the musical director for Paul Simon's Broadway show "The Capeman...

CAREER: Distribution and Label Service Company Ditto Music Expands

One of many music aggregators out there, Ditto is growing to become one of the bigger players in distribution and label services, and has been rapidly expanding to become one of the major player in digital distribution along with companies like TuneCore and CD Baby. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

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