All About Jazz

CAREER: 5 Advantages of Releasing an Ep

While the majority of fan eagerness involving releases is focused on 'the album' an EP can represent a more easily managed for getting new music to your listeners. Here we look at five benefits associated with the release of an EP. Guest post by Hugh McIntyre for the TuneCore Blog When it comes to recording and releasing new music, the focus seems to has traditionally been on 'the album'. Fans have always asked when 'the next album' will arrive, and articles like this one which aim to provide advice to those looking to make a living in music also adhere almost solely to the format...but it's not the only one worth talking about...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Audius Raises $5.5m for 'Soundcloud on the Blockchain'

Audius has raised a $5.5 million to use blockchain and cryptocurrency to assure that artists are paid fairly. It's a pitch made repeatedly by numerous startups in recent months, but Audius now has the capital to actually move this game-changing concept forward. Music tech startup Audius has raised a $5.5 million Series A funding round led by General Catalyst and Lightspeed, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Pantera Capital, 122West and Ascolta Ventures...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 13, 2018

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 John Coltrane Both Directions at Once- The Lost Album (I...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack Dejohnette

All About Jazz is celebrating Jack DeJohnette's birthday today! Born in Chicago in 1942, Jack De Johnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music\'s greatest drummers. Music appreciation flourished in De Johnette\'s family. He studied classical piano from age four until fourteen before beginning to play drums with his high school concert band.and taking private piano lessons at the Chicago conservatory of music. De Johnette credits his uncle, Roy l. Wood Sr.... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Heavy Dipper

In September 1957, trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded his album The Cooker with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Heavy Dipper is a Morgan original. It's a light, high-stepping tune that alternates between minor and major keys and has plenty of snap. Everyone in the quintet gets a chance to solo. This was a rare pairing of Morgan and Adams, who recorded most often with trumpeter Donald Byrd. Interestingly, Morgan, Chambers and Jones weeks earlier recorded on John Coltrane's classic Blue Train while Timmons was about to join Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How to Get into Vinyl on a Tight Budget

Collecting and listening to vinyl can be a delightful hobby for music enthusiasts from all walks of the industry, but the nature of the medium can often make getting into vinyl financially intimidating. Here we look at how to become a vinyl enthusiast on a budget. Guest post is written by Michael L. Moore of Devoted to Vinyl...

AWARD / GRANT: Making Vinyl Packaging Awards 2018 Call for Entries

If you were involved in the creation of a vinyl or CD package produced in the past year you are eligible to enter the 2018 Making Vinyl Packaging Awards, which is now accepting submissions in 14 categories that highlight why packaged media is still important in the digital age. Deadline is Aug. 15...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Iheartradio Passes 120 Million Users

iHeartMedia may be bankrupt, but radio still lives... online at least. iHeartRadio says that it has surpassed 120 million registered users, adding another 10 million listeners over the last few months...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Carter

All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Carter's birthday today! Benny Carter\'s long career was consistently characterized by high musical achievement, and he developed a unique and readily identifiable style as both an alto saxophonist and an arranger. He was able to double on trumpet and was also proficient on clarinet, piano, and trombone. His saxophone playing was pure-toned, fluid, and flawlessly phrased... Read more...

CAREER: 5 Free Ways to Promote Music Long Before It's Released

In this piece Patrick McGuire details the importance of a solid pre-release program, and how it's necessary for building hype and excitement, growing your audience, and ensuring your release makes the biggest splash possible. Guest post by Patrick McGuire from the Landr blog Promoting your new music shouldn't start on the release date...

INTERVIEW: Industry Giant Brian Eno Talks Music, Global Politics

Few creative forces in the music industry are held in as high esteem as Brian Eno, noted for not only his musical contributions but also his work as a producer, writer, and thinker in the music business. Here he sat down to discuss his innovative musical work, as well as his involvement in global political affairs...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Soundbetter Passes $10 Million Paid to Musicians, Producers

SoundBetter, a marketplace for music production talent, announced that it has delivered over $10 million to artists and producers on the platform. "Most of that in the past 18 months," according to Shachar Gilad, SoundBetter Founder and CEO. SoundBetter helps artists create "release-ready" songs by connecting them with music producers, singers, songwriters sound engineers, while helping freelance music professionals make their services accessible to artists globally...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: WMG Sells All Spotify Stock, Pays Artists, Labels $126m

Warner Music Group has sold its entire holdings in Spotify stock for $504 million and will begin payments to artists and labels this month, the company announced on an earnings call Tuesday. "In February 2016, we were the first major to announce a policy to share proceeds from equity in streaming services with artists,' said WMG CEO Steve Cooper...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Jazz-Fusion Meets 360 Virtual Reality

Originally conceived back in 2016, the ViO 360 Sessions are the brainchild of Hungarian-born, Holland-based saxophonist m: Viktor Haraszti and are based on the idea of extending original music through the use of virtual reality. Musically speaking, the project is a mixture of jazz, fusion and groove originals -- influenced by the likes of m: Michael Brecker and m: Joshua Redman -- and features Remco van der Sluis (drums), Taco Nieuwenhuisen Segaar (bass) and Edgar van Asselt (keyboards) alongside Viktor...

FESTIVAL: Free Showcase to Feature Berkshires Musicians, August 25, 1-6PM in Pittsfield, MA

Berkshires Jazz, Inc. presents five of the most popular regional bands in the first annual Berkshire Jazz Showcase, on the Pittsfield Common, August 25 from 1-6pm. The wide-ranging lineup for the jazz extravaganza will include: Gruppo Mondo; m: Andy Kelly Gypsy Jazz; the m: Benny Kohn Quartet; the m: Jason Ennis Quintet with vocalist m: Natalia Bernal; and The m: Lucky 5...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Rahsaan Roland Kirk

All About Jazz is celebrating Rahsaan Roland Kirk's birthday today! Kirk was born Ronald Theodore Kirk in Columbus, Ohio, but felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first name to make Roland. In 1970, Kirk added "Rahsaan" to his name. Preferring to lead his own groups, Kirk rarely performed as a sideman, though he did record with arranger Quincy Jones, Roy Haynes and had especially notable stints with Charles Mingus. He played the lead flute and solo on Jones\' Soul Bossa Nova... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Freddie Slack in The '40s

Pianist Freddie Slack led smart bands between 1942 and 1949. Many of them featured crafty arrangements that delivered a spectacular snap. They also had marvelous sidemen. Players at different points in time included guitarist T. Bone Walker, trumpeters Mannie Klein and Ray Linn, reed players Barney Bigard and Les Baxter, bassist Howard Rumsey and Harry Babison, arranger Paul Weston, guitarists Remo Palmieri and George Van Eps, bassist Clyde Lombardi, and drummers Irv Kluger, Nick Fatool and Ray McKinley. Singers were Johnny Mercer and Ella Mae Morse. ...

CAREER: Adrev Payments to Artists, Publishers Passes $100m

AdRev, the music rights administration service and platform, announced today that they have paid out over $100 million to their growing roster of artists, publishers and TV and film production libraries. The company represents music rights found in over 320 million videos on YouTube. 'Music rights holders handing over YouTube claiming rights to their distributors hoping for the best, generally are missing a large part of their online video income,' says AdRev President Noah Becker...

INTERVIEW: 6 Major Takeaways from Spotify Ceo Daniel Ek's Fast Company Profile

Fast Company has published the first in depth interview with Daniel Ek in three years and the first behind the scenes look at the world's biggest streaming service since it went public. While there are no big reveals, it offers a well sourced portrait of a company deeply committed to and quite capable of truly transforming the music business...

CAREER: 10 Rules of Music Business Networking

No matter how talented you are, you won't be able to advance your career unless someone else knows. Here we look at the challenge of networking, and how to implement the ten best practices for personal networking. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Regardless of how much talent you may have, unless someone hears about what you're doing you'll end up creating in your bedroom your whole life. One of the keys to getting ahead for many of us is by networking. While this comes easy and natural for some, others find it unbelievably difficult, but you might not find it so challenging after reading following list from my upcoming book The Music Business Advice Book. It provides an outline for effective social networking...

Pages