All About Jazz

VIDEO / DVD: Eddie Bert: Kaleidoscope

In the early 1950s, with the 10-inch LP format on the rise, New York had a crew of jazz musicians who were superb studio swingers. They were dependable, driven and could really get feet tapping. Their watering hole was Charlie's Tavern on the west side of Seventh Avenue between 51st and 52nd St., in the Roseland Building. Since Charlie's banned known junkies to limit the theft of horns and fights that often followed, producers used the tavern as a place to recruit top studio musicians for recording sessions...

VIDEO / DVD: "Bill Frisell, a Portrait" Now Available on Bluray, DVD and Vod

"Winning Portrait About A Very Nice Guitarist' -- New York Times Critics Choice Following a successful year on the festival circuit and cinema runs in jny: New York City and jny: Los Angeles, Australian filmmaker Emma Franz's intimate and insightful film portrait of renowned virtuoso guitarist and composer Bill Frisell is now avail able on BluRay, DVD and VOD , exclusively from: BillFrisellFilm.com...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wardell Gray

All About Jazz is celebrating Wardell Gray's birthday today! Wardell Gray was one of the truly great, yet by now almost obscure, bebop tenor saxophonists. With a smooth mellow and consistent tone, he created a tenor style that veered from swing to bebop, a style that was elegant, sure-footed, mature and distinctive. His premature death under mysterious circumstances in 1955, robbed the jazz world of another unique player, and cast him into distant recollection... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Harold Mabern: Pisces Calling

Pianist Harold Mabern has been known for his sideman work. In the 1960s and '70s, he was on Hank Mobley's Dippin', Lee Morgan's The Gigolo, Jackie McLean's Consequence, Blue Mitchell's Bring It Home to Me, Gene Ammons's The Black Cat and Stanley Turrentine's Don't Mess With Mr. T to name a few. Starting in 1968, Mabern also began recording leadership albums with horn players such as George Coleman, Blue Mitchell, Virgil Jones, Lee Morgan, Hubert Laws, among others...

CAREER: Musician's Guide to Facebook Live

Facebook Live has become an excellent way for artists to connect with fans via impromptu video sessions. Here Chris Robley details how artists can take their Facebook Live presence up a notch, with minimal tools tools needed. Re-post from CD Baby's DIY Musician blog, by Chris Robley Here's the thing about Facebook Live: you can go live with nothing more than your phone...

CAREER: 10 Important Question to Ask Before Hiring a Music PR Agency

While bands or artists may be inclined to jump ahead to hiring a PR company in hopes of having their career made, they are often disappointed by the results. Here we look at ten essential questions to ask yourself before making the decision to have a PR agency take you on. Guest post by Maddy Raven of music PR firm Burstimo...

CAREER: What Does Your Music Distributor Do for You?

Janette Berrios, Director of Marketing from Symphonic Distribution talks with Music Business Weekly podcast co-host Jay Gilbert, about indie distribution and artist services like playlist pitching, sync licensing, YouTube and educating indie artists...

CAREER: How to Find a Music Career Mentor

Trying to make it on your own in the music industry can often lead to isolation and burnout, neither of which is particularly beneficial to your career. Here we look at how to find a mentor who can share their wisdom and help you make the right decisions for achieving maximum success. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the ReverbNation blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Google Restricts Ticket Resellers

Responding to demands from consumer groups and primary ticketers, like Ticketmaster, Google has vowed to provide a 'better and safer' platform for users after its new global transparency regulations on ticket resellers came into force. But some believe that the tech giant is not going far enough to end ticketing fraud and deception...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brent Jensen

All About Jazz is celebrating Brent Jensen's birthday today! In 1986-87, Brent studied in New York City with jazz legend Lee Konitz on a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was a featured winner of the Woodwinds on Fire international talent search conducted by Jazziz magazine (August 1996). Brent has performed with a wide variety of jazz artists including Gene Harris, Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, Dave Peck, Joe LaBarbera, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Curtis Stigers... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Weekend Listening (and Viewing) Tip: Brent Jensen

Bassist Bren Plummer's live radio broadcast a couple of days ago (scroll down two items) prompted me to check out the KNKX-FM website. There, I found a post about another Pacific Northwest jazz luminary, alto saxophonist Brent Jensen, who was recently video-recorded in one of the station's live sessions. (Jensen and bassist Jeff Johnson are pictured left.) KNKX host Abe Beeson put together an entry that includes four pieces by Jensen and his quartet with Johnson, guitarist Jamie Findlay and drummer Steve Tate. Here they are with Desmond's composition 'Embarcadero...

VIDEO / DVD: Gene Ammons: Brother Jug!

The jazz-rock fusion movement of the late 1960s and '70s elevated electronic instruments, particularly the guitar and keyboards. But while the rock guitar, Fender Rhodes electric piano and synthesizers were front and center in many fusion bands, the saxophone experienced a rebirth in the parallel soul-jazz movement. Sidelined as a solo rock instrument since the rise of the electric guitar in the mid-'50s, the saxophone was once again featured prominently raised its visibility by covering hit songs of soul vocalists. The move was an effort by labels to win slots on FM radio playlists in urban markets. Reed players from Grover Washington Jr. and Hank Crawford to Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine had hit records in the soul-jazz era...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jaleel Shaw

All About Jazz is celebrating Jaleel Shaw's birthday today! Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophonist, is currently a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, Charles Mingus Big Band, and performs in various clubs in New York City and abroad with various groups, including the Jaleel Shaw Quintet. Jaleel grew up in Philadelphia, PA, where he studied with saxophonist Rayburn Wright, Robert Landham, and jazz instructor Lovette Hines, whose students have included Christian McBride and Joey Defrancesco... Read more...

OBITUARY: Wesla Whitfield, Rip

Wesla Whitfield, a singer of uncommon talent, taste, musicianship and courage, died yesterday in St. Helena, California. Her husband and accompanist of more than three decades, the pianist Mike Greensill, announced her passing. She had been under treatment for bladder cancer and was recently in hospice care but died at home. She was 70. I once wrote, "Whitfield is often billed as a cabaret singer...but with her time sense, phrasing and inflection, the fuzzy border between cabaret and jazz disappears...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Antonio Adolfo

All About Jazz is celebrating Antonio Adolfo's birthday today! Antonio Adolfo is an important composer, having written songs recorded by many Brazilian and International artists. He also had a noted role in the process of making important music available through independent production, through the creation of the pioneer independent label Artezanal. As an arranger, he worked for several musicians and singers. The son of Yolanda Maurity... Read more...

CAREER: Tech, Data, Music and Unintended Consequences

In this piece, Bim Ditson looks at the collision of the life a musician with the harsh realities of capitalism, the consolidation of power online, and the dangers of life on the road. Guest post by Bim Ditson from CASH Music I was asked to write about the consolidation of power online. After a number of months researching and learning about the complex forces and systems at work. I wrote a technical paper about Google, Facebook, and Amazon. The paper outlined how their scale, and ability to make unilateral decisions, have reshaped our world. I felt there was something missing from my technical approach. So, instead of submitting that paper, I sent this one...

OBITUARY: Remembering John Perry Barlow - Grateful Dead Lyricist, Tech Futurist

It's inadequate to call John Perry Barlow a product of the 1960's since he did so much to help shape it and the decades that followed. If being a lyricist for the Grateful Dead weren't enough, his "Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace", published 22 years ago this week, and his work as a founding member of both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation, cemented his status as an influential thinker...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Evans (Saxophone)

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Evans (saxophone)'s birthday today! Throughout his 20-year career as a solo artist, multi Grammy nominated saxophonist Bill Evans has explored a variety of musical settings that go well beyond the confines of traditional jazz, including hip-hop, fusion, reggae, Brazilian and slamming funk. Evans steps into more adventurous territory on Soulgrass, blending jazz, funk and roots music into a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of quintessentially American styles... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Bill Evans: Very Early '70s

Bill Evans changed in early 1972. The pianist who had looked like a gaunt accountant in the 1960s sported a mustache by 1971. A year later, his hair was college-campus long. He also sounded different. Instead of playing with poetic patience and lots of space, Evans sounded more agitated in his keyboard attack. This visual and artistic transformation has been attributed to a wide range of factors, from fusion's atmospheric influence to his growing frustration with the pianos he had to play while touring more extensively and his increased use of cocaine. Whatever the reasons, a marked intensity and crankiness had crept into his music...

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