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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Songkick Adds Free Concert Analytics, Users Pass 150m

Concert discovery app Songkick has announced the addition of free artist specific fan and gig analytics, alongside some impressive new user, concert listing and SEO stats of their own. Songkick distributes concert information to Google, Spotify, Facebook, Pandora, Shazam and other music and web services...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Bandsintown Adds Int'l Partners, 35% Users Now Outside of North America

Concert discovery and marketing app Bandsintown has announced key partnerships in Japan and France to further expand its international reach. 35% of Bandsintown's 130 million monthly active users are currently from outside of North America. Globally, Bandsintown serves 42 million registered users and 450,000 touring artists...

EVENT: Great Tastes Meet Good Taste at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City Jazz Brunch Every Sunday

Promoting both individual and communal expression, Jazz is a particularly American art form. e: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, in association with Jazz producer Joe Donofrio, have prepared a full-spectrum Jazz brunch experience; where contemporary and classic Jazz will mingle with the sounds of culinary satisfaction at the hotel's brand new Hard Rock Cafe for the Jazz brunch series serving from 11:00AM until 3:00PM every Sunday. The Hard Rock jazz brunch will combine delectable dining with world-class musicianship, delivering a marriage of fine food and stellar Jazz in the backdrop of an upscale and relaxed setting, specifically designed for the enjoyment of live music...

WEBSITE: Jazz Near You Platform Improvements / Expansion 2018

The Jazz Near You platform continually improves resulting in an evergrowing list of concerts and venues while boosting event attendance and ticket sales worldwide. Recently, we launched a personal calendar feature (read announcement) which allows members to track and set up alerts for shows they plan to attend. Jazz Near You also archives attended events and will soon allow members to document those events in the form of photos, words and a star rating. We encourage our members to try the personal calendar feature and let us know what you think...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tierney Sutton

All About Jazz is celebrating Tierney Sutton's birthday today! In a world of overnight sensations, jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton's success has come from the road less traveled. A decision in the mid '90s to move to Southern California from her New England home resulted in a decade-long collaboration with her current band mates. A Wisconsin- born choir girl, unexposed to jazz until college, Tierney eventually found the best of the best&#151collaborators with their own impressive jazz pedigrees... Read more...

RECORDING: Dale Head and the Mindwinder Orchestra "Swing on the Rocks" Release Date July 13!

Hard Rockin' Big Band! Release Date: July 13, 2018 Dale Head releases his latest album, Swing on the Rocks (MindWinder Records) on July 13, 2018, and expands the Great American Songbook with 14 classic rock songs re-imagined in an innovative big band format. Swing on the Rocks explores "soundscapes" in a nod back to the progressive rock of the 1970s. Headphone icons on the album notes indicate where these features enhance the listener's experience...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope

All About Jazz is celebrating Elmo Hope's birthday today! This profile was inspired by an exceptional article here on All About Jazz by Derek Taylor called 'St. Elmo's Fire' where he focuses and expands on Elmo Hope's music and recordings. St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was born in New York on June 27, 1923, began piano studies by age seven and went on to win prizes for his piano recitals. He was a childhood friend of Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk and they would play piano for each other... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Herbie Mann with Oliver Nelson

Herbie Mann was a fascinating jazz figure. The flutist and saxophonist was a dominant player in the 1950s, recording prolifically as a leader and sideman, and always bringing tremendous swing and lyricism to his work. Both of Mann's parents were dancers, so his keen sense of time makes perfect sense. Tall and lean, he became the prototype for beat-generation beboppers, coffee-house bongo players, the folk-jazz hipsters and Greenwich Village VW-driving daddy-o's...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Has the Time for Classic Rock's Eulogy Arrived?

In this piece Fred Jacobs takes a long hard look at the legacy of classic rock, and whether the genre will be able to endure and gain more popularity as we move forward into the future and more legacy artists age out, or whether its time as a genre has finally come. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Could Article 13 Mean the End of Music on Youtube?

Even as YouTube launched it's much anticipated music service, its core user-generated video business was being threatened. The EU Parliament is seriously considering overturning basic provisions of the safe harbor framework under which YouTube operates; and the idea is gaining traction in the US. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry Blog...

CAREER: How to Build a Perfect Musicians One Sheet

The one-sheet, a simple single page overview of you and your music, is a tool used by the many music industry gatekeepers (think radio stations and booking agents) to determine how sellable you are as a band or artist. Here we look at a checklist designed to help you write the most effective one-sheet possible...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Keystone Jazz Collective, CO-Founded by Pittsburgh Trombonist Reggie Watkins and Philadelphia Bassist Nimrod Speaks, Announces New Organization and July Concerts

The Keystone Jazz Collective is a tale of two Pennsylvania cities. jny: Pittsburgh and jny: Philadelphia, not to mention the surrounding regions, have brought far more than their share of jazz to the world. Whether it's m: Billy Strayhorn and m: Art Blakey from Pittsburgh, m: Henry Mancini from the nearby town of Alquippa, or m: Benny Golson, m: John Coltrane, and m: McCoy Tyner from Philadelphia, the list rapidly expands to include dozens of the greatest musicians of all time periods. Now the newly formed Keystone Jazz Collective promises to bring musicians from these cities and towns together to honor both the traditions and the new music in the most exciting creative music, ensembles, formats, and venues in the state and internationally...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Cunliffe

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Cunliffe's birthday today! Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name... Read more...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Promotes House Concerts Through Jazz Near You

A new website that connects house concert presenters, musicians, and fans Alternative jazz venues come in all shapes and sizes and with a growing trend in house concerts, Jazz Near You has created houseconcerts.jazznearyou.com to help existing home concert presenters generate greater turnouts, help musicians find more work (through house concert presentations), and offer guidance to anyone with an interest in hosting a home concert: from preparation to finding and booking a band...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Johnny Smith's birthday today! Guitarist Johnny Smith\'s career spans the decades of the 1940\'s through the 1990\'s. From the very beginning of his musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists. In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson, Benedetto, and the Heritage all have their signature Johnny Smith high end models as a tribute to this master. John Henry Smith, Jr... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jeff Beck

All About Jazz is celebrating Jeff Beck's birthday today! Jeff Beck isn\'t your typical guitar legend. His goal, in fact, is to make you forget that he plays guitar. "I don\'t understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound," says Beck."Finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before is truly what gets me off... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Harrison

All About Jazz is celebrating Donald Harrison's birthday today! Donald Harrison is being called one of the most important musicians of the new millennium by CBS Sunday Morning. A list of his accomplishments shows that he has developed into a musical category unto himself. In the classic jazz genre, he is the originator of the Nouveau Swing style which merges acoustic swing with modern R&B, second-line, hip-hop, Mardi Gras Indian music (New Orleans African American roots culture), and reggae rhythms... Read more...

RECORDING: When Grant Green Got Funky

Two previously unissued Grant Green albums are giving the guitarist's music something of a comeback. Green, who died in 1979 when he was 47, recorded extensively for the Blue Note and Prestige labels in the 1960s and '70s with m: Stanley Turrentine, m: Kenny Dorham, m: Hank Mobley, m: Lee Morgan and other leaders. Later, Blue Note recordings under his own name included such distinguished sidemen as Hank Mobley, m: Sonny Clark, m: Elvin Jones, m: Houston Person and m: Larry Young...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The Grant Green Story

This week, we take a brief respite from previewing upcoming performances for a look at the recent documentary film The Grant Green Story. Born in St. Louis in 1931, Green was a popular jazz guitarist in the 1960s and '70s, recording for Blue Note and other labels and playing most of the major venues of the era. He was just 43 years old when he died of a heart attack in 1979, leaving behind six children and a discography that included more than 100 sessions for Blue Note alone plus numerous other recordings...

CAREER: Charity Gigs: Should I Do Them?

As a performing musician, you will at some point undoubtably be asked to perform for free at a charity or non-profit, and while these gigs can be an excellent opportunity to do good, there are still times when they should be passed up on. Guest post by Brian Jenkins of Gig Salad Almost every artist or talent will be approached to do a gig for charity or nonprofit. It may seem like an easy choice to spread some good around and do the right thing, but there are often unintended consequences that can come from working for a discounted or free rate. If you're wondering about doing a gig for charity, take a look at some suggestions and boundaries from the GigSalad community...

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