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CAREER: 3 Tips for Gathering a Music Audience

When it comes to promoting new music, you don't need to have a label at your back, but you do need to plan carefully and work hard. In fact, a scrappy DIY approach has, in some instances, been more effective. Here we look at three essential tips for bringing an audience in to your music. Guest post by Jason Mayoral of the Symphonic Blog...

TRENDS: Artist Visits to Spotify, Apple Music Illustrate Why Radio Feels Old

While radio was instrumental for artists working to break a new record, the recent tendency of artists like Pink to eschew terrestrial radio in favor of the offices of Spotify and Apple music shows a new trend in how musicians are choosing to promote their work. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: NYC Finally Repeals 100 Year Old Law Prohibiting Dancing in Bars

New York City has repealed a century-old restriction barring dancing in bars if they do not have a cabaret license. According to the New York Times, the City Council on Tuesday voted 41-1 to repeal the Cabaret Law and the bill is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has indicated his support for the proposal. After DeBlasio signs, the repeal will go into effect within 30 days...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 2017

November is not starting out in a gentle fashion, but perhaps that merely means there will be plenty of musical heat. A number of guest artists will add fuel to the fires&#151 lizz wright, phil markowitz and zach brock, ann hampton callway, catherine russell, pat mallinger and more; ongoing local talent showcases at the Black Dog, Jazz Central, Dunsmore Room, Boom Island, and Vieux Carre' among others; and a November kickoff featuring talented Minneapolis Schools jazz students celebrating the annual KBEM-MPS Jazz Around Minneapolis day of workshops and evening concert, this year at South High...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Elling

All About Jazz is celebrating Kurt Elling's birthday today! GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named 'Male Singer of the Year' by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY nominated a dozen times. Elling\'s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Buddy Collette: Bossa Nova

I love "jazz samba" -- bossa nova albums recorded by American jazz artists in the 1960s. The bossa nova, of course, dates back to Brazil in the late 1950s. Back then, young musicians in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo cooled off the rousing samba with a drier, more laid back and sophisticated approach. Songs had infectious melodies and romantic lyrics delivered in a gentle, hushed singing style. The bossa nova leaped to the U.S. after the U.S. State Department sponsored a diplomatic tour of Brazil in 1961. The junket included the Charlie Byrd Trio. When Byrd returned to the States, he carried with him an armful of bossa nova albums. Yet he was reluctant to record the music, fearing it was too light for the U.S. market...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Meta-Metadata: Turning Three Text Fields into Millions of Dollars

As the number of data records music companies continues to grow, the value of efficiency has continued to increase, particularly given that each record contains only a few points of data. To a keen observer, there are deep, financially beneficial possibilities in this track-related information. Guest post by Jesse Buddington, Director of Licensing Operations at Loudr...

VIDEO / DVD: Bandcamp Launches App for Artists and Labels, Shares New Stats [video]

Bandcamp has added a free app that makes it possible for artist and label users to manage their sales on the platform, view analytics and message their fans. They join Pandora, Spotify and BandsInTown with artist and industry apps that offer similar access. Bandcamp has launched a free app for artists and labels using the platform. The app offers real-time view of all play and sales stats, enables management and fulfill of merch, and lets users directly message fans with targeting by fan location and level of support. It is available for both Android or iOS...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Southwest Airlines Hopes to Become a Music Tastemaker

A company with a history of trying to inject fun into travel, Southwest airlines has recently been attempting to build on its brand through the power of music. This has taken the form of pop-up concerts which, while certainly fun in theory, have not been met with universal appreciation Guest post by David Deal of Superhypeblog...

CAREER: Content Marketing for Musicians [dave Kusek]

Marketing and promoting your music is a task every musician has to face throughout their career. But it's also the one thing many musicians wish they never had to do again. With all the noise out there it can really feel like no one's even listening to you. By Dave Kusek of New Artist Model and CreateBiz...

RECORDING: Charles Rumback Releases His Fourth Album as a Leader - "Tag Book"

Summer in jny: Chicago began in 3/4 time. m: Charles Rumback, alongside comrades m: Jim Baker and m: John Tate, waltzed in June with Threes -- an effortless debut culled from three nights on the burner at the artist-run venue on the forefront of new music, Constellation. The Chicago Reader took note of the trio's improvisatory rapport stating "the cross talk is sublime and the refined melodic impulses gently gorgeous.' The rich fecundity of these three nights led to so much new growth that the trio realized there was another album inside these live recordings...

RECORDING: Lisa Hilton Sets Forth on a Journey Promoting Peace, Tranquility and Positive Energy with "Escapism" - Available December 1 on Ruby Slippers Productions

Lisa Hilton often settles in at her piano and riffs on everyone from m: Miles Davis and m: Horace Silver to The Black Keys and Green Day, until she can find peace within the notes, letting them fill the room and fall where they languish in this glow of calm with a touch of brooding blues. Then this past year, the world changed a bit and finding that calm seemed a little more elusive...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 30, 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 Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It (Mack Avenue) 271...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Antonio Sanchez

All About Jazz is celebrating Antonio Sanchez's birthday today! Antonio Sanchez was born in Mexico City November 1st, 1971. At age five, he discoreved an irresistible attraction towards the drum set. After a few years of private study he started performing in a wide variety of musical situations ranging from rock to jazz and latin to fusion with several bands in Mexico City\'s music scene... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Paul Horn: Story of Jazz Musician

In 1962, TV producer David Wolper launched his Story Of series, an early biographical documentary program that examined on a single subject. In a 1963 episode, Wolper profiled Los Angeles flutist Paul Horn. Wolper, of course, would go on to produce Roots, The Thorn Birds, the film Wattstax and many others. Here's The Story of a Jazz Musician...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: October 2017

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in October, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total downloads. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

EVENT: Join Us on the Inaugural Bandwagon Excursions Philly Jazz Jawnt for Larry McKenna and the Barry Harris Quartet

Ride with us to see m: Larry McKenna and The m: Barry Harris Quartet at the Shea Center for the Performing Arts at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4 pm Bus leaves 1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown, PA (in front of Whole foods Market) at 12:45 pm on Sunday, November 12 Bus arrives back in Jenkintown around 8pm Price: $75 per person (Price includes ticket to show, bus ride, boxed supper and special gift) BYOB GET TICKETS...

INTERVIEW: Alisa Gurova Implements Belly Dancing Techniques in Jazz Performance

As a performer of tribal dance, Ms. Alisa Gurova has showcased her work internationally from festivals in Italy (the Umrah Festival and Tribal Trip); the Czech Republic (Let's Dance Festival); her native Ukraine (several festivals in cities across the country); and Russia (Gala Show). She has been a unique marvel in the dance world as she engages not only typical belly dance movements and isolations (chest circles, undulations, snake arms, shimmy, etc.), but also movements of legs, feet, pirouettes, jumps (ballet), floor work (contemporary) and theatrical acting in her performance. This has led her to winning 'The Challenge' in the Ukrainian International Competition for Contemporary Jazz in 2015 and 2016, along with Miss Belly Dance Ukraine in 2010...

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