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RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 1, 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 4 1 Yellowjackets Raising Our Voice (Mack Avenue) 272 228 +4...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Kirkland

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Kirkland's birthday today! Beginning his career as a teacher of classical music, Kenny Kirkland next became a jazz musician. Later he emerged from his jazz chrysalis as a practitioner of exotic pop/rock music and finally shed his wings to follow the mundane but financially more stable profession of studio musician. Kirkland was an associate of Wynton Marsalis... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Doc: British Trad Jazz

After World War II, Britain was a mess. The country had been bombed during the war, the country lost roughly a half-million people and Britain had to borrow significantly to pay its war bills. On the home front, the post-war economy was in miserable shape and the government instituted austerity measures such as rationing. The mood was bleak and lasted for about 15 years. During this period, many people kept their spirits up by gravitating toward traditional New Orleans-style jazz. Known euphemistically as "trad jazz," the music's pre-rock popularity included a large number of bands and club patrons throughout the country dancing...

RADIO: Siriusxm Will Buy Live Nation, Says Analyst

Analyst Brandon Ross joined other analysts in recent months in suggesting that this week's SiriusXM purchase of Pandora is part of a bigger plan, with Live Nation the next company on the list. 'This transaction is likely the first of multiple deals involving SiriusXM, particularly as the all-stock nature of the Pandora acquisition did nothing to address Sirius' growing access to cash,' BTIG analyst Brandon Ross wrote, according to MarketWatch. 'We continue to believe Sirius' controlling shareholder, Liberty Media Corporation, wishes to eventually control a combined SiriusXM, Pandora and Live Nation, and that this will become reality with a Sirius acquisition of Live Nation and a clean-up of Sirius' share structure...

RECORDING: "Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto" to be Released by Laurie Pepper's Widow's Taste Label November 2

In 1977, m: Art Pepper's jazz comeback had been moving along pretty quietly, and he was still playing bar mitzvahs and weddings, when producer John Snyder helped engineer the alto saxophonist's first tour outside California. With soul ablaze, with his defiant wit, and with the musical mastery he'd honed throughout his reckless life, Pepper took his first step onto the world stage at Toronto's Bourbon Street nightclub on June 16, 1977...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bud Powell

All About Jazz is celebrating Bud Powell's birthday today! Bud Powell is generally considered to be the most important pianist in the history of jazz. Noted jazz writer and critic Gary Giddins, in Visions of Jazz, goes even further, saying that "Powell will be recognized as one of the most formidable creators of piano music in any time or idiom." His first recordings were made in 1944, when he was a 20 year old pianist in the Cootie Williams Band... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Hot Track: I Talk to the Trees

In an effort to capitalize on Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe's Broadway winning streak in the 1950s, Orrin Keepnews of Riverside Records produced an album in July 1959 of Chet Baker playing their songs. Aptly titled Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Lowe, the album featured the lyrical trumpeter accompanied by some of the prettiest jazz players in New York...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: South Bend Jazz Festival Returns for Its 7th Year for Two Dates. Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th

Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th @ Century Center: 5:00 - 11:00 pm We start off with a Festival Night at Merriman's Playhouse, October 4th @ 8:00 pm Festival Tickets are $15.00 available @ instantseats.com and $18 @ Door. You can purchase a ticket for both nights for $25. Party to World Class Jazz, from funky to classic to world and everything in between. Our performers are coming from England, Holland and across the USA. Savor craft brew and great eats...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary Bartz

All About Jazz is celebrating Gary Bartz's birthday today! Gary Bartz has been known to many as a trail blazer in the music business from the moment he started playing with Art Blakey at his father's jazz club in his hometown of Baltimore, MD to his own music throughout the 57 years as a professional musician. As if his Grammy Award with McCoy Tyner in 2005 ('Illuminations') wasn't enough to carve out a place for Bartz in the jazz genre... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Bud Powell at Birland, 1953

The modern jazz piano starts with Bud Powell. It's almost impossible to listen to any post-World War II jazz pianist without first studying the recordings of Powell. If you're new to Powell, the best entry point is The Complete Bud Powell on Verve, a five-CD set that covers Powell in a trio studio setting from 1949 to 1956 on the Clef, Norgran and Verve labels. If you're already familiar with Powell, a terrific live set you might be unaware of is Bud Powell: Birdland, 1953, a three-CD set on the ESP-Disk label. The live recordings at New York's Birdland has enormous energy and zest, with Powell's speed on display along with his lush chord voicings on ballads...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Beware: Greg Maffei is Now Music's Most Powerful Executive

Move over Daniel Ek and Lucian Grainge, Greg Maffei is now the most powerful executive in the music industry. Maffei is the president and CEO of Liberty Media, Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and Chairman of SiriusXM, which yesterday acquired Pandora. If that's not enough to make Maffei music's new king, Liberty Media also controls 71% of SiriusXM and 34% of Live Nation stock...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music's Urgency of Inclusion

While gender diversity is a pervasive problem across almost all industries, a new study has highlighted just how bad of problem this is in the music industry in particular. Here a close examination of music business stats and recent Grammy wins reveals the troubling reality of gender inequality in the music world...

EVENT: In Touch Entertainment Announces Its Fall/Winter Jazz Series Lineup at Zinc and Vitello's

In Touch Entertainment has announced the Fall/Winter lineup of its highly successful jazz series held in a legendary New York music venue, Zinc. The programs consist of Piano Jazz, Guitar Masters, Trumpet Masters, Percussion Masters, Boss Tenors, Dangerous Rhythms, and Vocal Mania. The latter is also running concurrently on the West Coast, with performances held at Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club in Studio City, CA...

RECORDING: Vinyl Alert! Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius Offer Pre-Order Special for Guilty of Innocence LP

Melodic Revolution Records is pleased to announce that m: Joe Deninzon and Stratospheerius will release the LP of their highly acclaimed fifth album Guilty of Innocence a year after the official CD release via Melodic Revolution Records. The 10-track vinyl LP will include a download card of the album. Also for sale are the already-released CD and Digital album...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sam Rivers

All About Jazz is celebrating Sam Rivers' birthday today! Samuel Carthorne Rivers (born September 25, 1923, El Reno, Oklahoma) is a jazz musician and composer. He performs on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, and piano. Rivers was previously thought to have been born in 1930. Rivers\'s father was a gospel musician who had sung with the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Silverstone Quartet, exposing Rivers to music from an early age. Rivers moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1947... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Songs by Jackie Paris

The high-point of singer Jackie Paris's recording career came in November 1955. Over the course of three days, Paris recorded Jackie Paris for the Wing label, a Mercury subsidiary (the album also is known as Songs by Paris). Paris's voice was at its romantic club-cool peak, but even more impressive was the arranger -- Manny Albam -- and the players on the three sessions. They were some of New York's finest...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Shazam Removes Ads as Apple Completes Acquisition

Apple announced that it has completed its acquisition of music recognition app Shazam which is used by hundreds of millions globally. Along with the acquisition, Apple will make the app ad free. Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times and users identify songs using the Shazam app over 20 million times daily...

RADIO: 10 Most Influential College Radio Stations in the US

Many a legend tells of the big breakout that came as the result of an early pickup by a college radio station, and while radio may not have the grip it once did, college radio stations remain an extremely desirable place for emerging artists, and are much more likely to take on chance on an artist than their massive commercial counterparts...

RADIO: Siriusxm Acquires Pandora for $3.5b and Why It Matters

SiriusXM will acquire Pandora in an all stock transaction valued at $3.5 billion. The combined companies create what they are calling "the world's largest audio entertainment company" with $7 billion in expected 2018 revenue. SiriusXM has been interested in Pandora for more than a year. Last summer, the satellite broadcaster invested $480 million in cash in Pandora in exchange for a 19% stake...

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