All About Jazz

VIDEO / DVD: Two More Sax-Section Albums

I melt at the sound of a swinging reed section. But I don't keep the swooning to myself. As readers know, I routinely add to our list below of reed-centric albums that I've posted about. Today, I'm letting you know about two more -- Frank Tiberi's 4 Brothers 7 (Jazzed Media), released last year, and John Williams' Baritone Band (Spotlite), from 1997...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Power of Music Nostalgia

Here Fred Jacobs explores how his dives into music data and analytics has revealed that, while the technology surrounding music has changed dramatically, nostalgia still has an incredibly powerful on consumer's listening habits. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media I enjoy my role as 'Data Whisperer' - taking available analytics and research and identifying trends and phenomena that impact our industry and our ability to entertain. These days, there's no shortage of information, research studies, and other sources of information. And yet, we often find ourselves groping to connect those statistical dots to identify trends and changes in the music patterns that are all around us...

ADVOCACY: Democrats Set to Force Vote to Save Net Neutrality

The end of net neutrality has wide reaching implications for the musicians, music tech and the broader music industry. The Trump controlled FCC has gutted the regulation, which guaranteed equal access to the internet. Now Democrats in Congress, using the Congressional Review Act, are offering a glimmer of hope that it can be saved...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Celebrating Latin Jazz with Some Clever Twists

Pianist Joe Delaney spent most of his twenties living and working in the the U.S. Virgin Islands. During those eight years on St. Thomas back in the 1980s, he was also able to gig throughout the Caribbean and in South America, particularly Brazil. He soaked up the varied rhythms and flavors of Latin jazz...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Clarke

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Clarke's birthday today! Kenny Clarke (born Kenneth Clarke Spearman, later aka, Liaqat Ali Salaam, on January 9, 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-died January 26, 1985 in Paris, France) was a jazz drummer and an early innovator of the bebop style of drumming. As the house drummer at Minton\'s Playhouse in the early 1940\'s, he participated in the after hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn lead to modern jazz... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Pinky Winters: Lonely One

First, let me say there are no bad Pinky Winters albums -- and they span more than 50 years. Which is extraordinary, since many singers' early albums are often best and get progressively lighter as the voice ages and work slows. Second, great musicians have always been smitten with Winters's phrasing and tone, which is reedy, jazzy and deftly inventive. So it comes as no surprise that her big inspiration from the time she was 15 was Sarah Vaughan...

TRENDS: 40% Say They Would Gladly Pay More for Music

How much will consumers pay for music? A new survey conducted by MusiComms of 5,000 consumers across all demographics and regions in the United States offered some surprising, contradictory and yet hopeful trends amoun music fans. A new MusiComms surveyed asked 5000 U.S. consumers questions like: How much will consumers pay for music? Will they ever pay more? How will this type of information impact music business strategy? Highlights of a MusiComms survey of 5,000 U.S. consumers...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube Partnering with Ticketmaster to Show Tour Dates

In addition to being a site for music consumption, YouTube has also long served as a promotional platform for artists, allowing them to advertise upcoming releases or shows to fans. It appears the platform will be taking this a step further in its new partnership with renowned ticketing site Ticketmaster...

EVENT: Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Eventbrite Go to Court to Protect Net Neutrality

The more than 50 members of the Internet Association which include Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Eventbrite, Netflix, Twitter, Microsoft, Snap and others has pledged to lead legal action to stop the FCC's recent rule changes that effectively gut net neutrality. Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued this statement regarding the FCC's 'Restoring Internet Freedom Order' that will gut net neutrality protections for consumers, startups, and other stakeholders...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Scott Yanow Reviews Tony Adamo for the L.A. Jazz Scene

Scott Yanow Reviews m: Tony Adamo For The L.A Jazz Scene Published: January 01, 2018 A fine singer, m: Tony Adamo is also a master at what he calls "hipspokenword." He enjoys interacting with major jazz musicians while telling stories having to do with the music and life in general. His lyrics and narratives are intelligent, his approach and language are connected to the hipsters of the 1950s, and he fits into both the beatnik tradition and the pioneers of "word jazz" while displaying his own hip personality...

RADIO: Review | Cynthia Basinet | "The Standard" | USA | Setting a New Standard...

Cynthia Basinet is a shared Nobel Peace Prize nominated and critically acclaimed singer, actress, activist and innovator. Musically she is best known for her iconic rendition of 'Santa Baby' -- often mis-credited to Marilyn Monroe -- originally recorded by Eartha Kitt in 1953. The second track "The Christmas Song" is another Christmas classic originally recorded by the Nat King Cole trio in 1946...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Weckl

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Weckl's birthday today! For more than 20 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time." But these honors, in addition to many more bestowed by the music community... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Lenny Breau and Ron Halldorson

Few guitarists are as admired by fans and musicians alike as Lenny Breau. He played a 12-string electric guitar with a natural swing and elegance. treating the instrument like a piano. He'd play single-note melody lines while accompanying himself with chords, much the way a jazz pianist performs on the keyboard. Except with Breau, what you heard sounded like two guitarists playing a duet...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry "Red" Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry "Red" Allen's birthday today! Trumpet player, Henry "Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father\'s band, with George Lewis, the Excelsior Band and with the Sam Morgan Band... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Upcoming Appearances from Pianist Ryan Slatko to Feature Music from His Debut Album "First Impressions"

Following his performance and musical direction in the world premiere of LIGHTS OUT: Nat King Cole! that debuted in Pennsylvania late last year, pianist m: Ryan Slatko is beginning the New Year with a series of shows in support of his latest release, First Impressions. Slatko, who is a native of Florida and recent graduate of New York University, released the album last fall. It is a culmination of the young musicians' experiences thus far, and showcases an impressive line-up including m: Daniel Dickinson (alto/soprano saxophone); m: Linda May Han Oh (acoustic bass); m: Ulysses Owens, Jr. (drums); m: Joel Ross (vibraphone); and m: Samir Zarif (tenor saxophone); it was produced by Ulysses Owens, Jr. and recorded at Sear Sound Studio in New York...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Maurice Brown

All About Jazz is celebrating Maurice Brown's birthday today! Maurice 'Mobetta' Brown's talent orbits him simultaneously through three worlds: contemporary jazz, blues-rock and cutting edge hip hop. He's a mastermind as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer. When Maurice picks up his horn, his soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries be-bop to hip-hop and rock, producing his own distinctive sound... Read more...

RECORDING: Bay Area Guitarist/Composer George Cotsirilos to Release "Mostly in Blue," His 6th Album, Jan. 19 on Oa2 Records

Jazz guitarist/composer m: George Cotsirilos had previously recorded mostly in a trio setting with longtime associates Robb Fisher on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums. For his forthcoming sixth CD, Mostly in Blue, he expanded to a quartet, with pianist Keith Saunders, to shake up his approach a bit but also in the interests of being true to the music he was hearing in his head. OA2 Records will release the new CD on January 19...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Wertico

All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Wertico's birthday today! Hailed in the press as 'One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today', Paul Wertico was born on January 5, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. At age 12, he learned how to read music and play drums and percussion instruments in grade school. At age 14, he got his first drum set and taught himself how to play it. By age 15, he was already playing professionally with various rock and jazz bands. By the early \'70s... Read more...

TRENDS: Buzzangle Year End Music Report 2017: It's All About Streaming

Music data firm BuzzAngle Music has some good news for the recorded music industry, unless one loves old-fashioned purchasing habits. Album and song sales dwindled in 2017, dropping 14.6% and 23.2% respectively, with physical sales declining only 7% percent, according to BuzzAngle. Audio stream consumption leaped 50.3 percent to 377 billion streams, up from 127 billion streams in 2016. Subscription streams are now 80 percent of total audio streams, up from 76 percent the year before...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Sonny Rollins, 1968

Authorship of the jazz standard Four has always been in question. Miles Davis was the first to record the song in 1954 and has the sole writing credit. But it has long been argued by jazz writers that Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson wrote the song, along with Tune Up, and loaned them to Davis to record. Somehow Davis wound up with the composer credit, which Vinson didn't complain about until many years later. In almost all of these narratives, Davis is cast as a thief...

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