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RECORDING: New Bob Mintzer Big Band - New York Voices Album, "Meeting of Minds," out Now from MCG Jazz

'Meeting of Minds focuses on the integration of voices with the big band. The combination of the dynamic writing styles of Bob Mintzer and m: Darmon Meader, from m: New York Voices, produces a very dense yet very fresh sonic palette. There are subtle harmonic and rhythmic nuances in the arrangements that blend together to deliver an engaging musical journey. The repertoire draws on the Great American Songbook from the 1930s and 1940s. Each arrangement transforms a classic song into a modern-day hit revealing the lasting power of a great song. In addition to the wonderful arrangements, the album showcases over a dozen powerful improvised solos from some of the top musicians in the world. The collaboration is truly a musically rich Meeting of Minds...

RECORDING: "My Shining Hour," New CD by San Francisco Bay Area Vocalist Jennifer Lee, Set for Release by Sbe Records on August 10

With her first two albums, Oakland-based vocalist m: Jennifer Lee established herself as a gifted interpreter of the American and Brazilian Songbooks, producing a critically hailed body of work. On her new CD, My Shining Hour, Lee emerges as a composer who, in the nine years since her last release, has developed a striking repertoire exploring the human condition with humor, compassion, and imagination...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: June 25, 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 Joey Alexander Eclipse (Motema) 302 285 +17 2 49 1 7 2 2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Hermeto Pascoal

All About Jazz is celebrating Hermeto Pascoal's birthday today! Hermeto Pascoal is a prolific musician and composer who transcends category. Hermeto often uses unconventional instruments such as teapots, children\'s toys, found objects, and -- sometimes, without harming them -- live animals. He uses nature as a basis for his compositions, as in his Musica da Lagoa, where the musicians burble water and play flutes while immersed in a lagoon... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Fans Don't Access Live Music Experiences, They Own Them

Touring has now shifted to become the primary source of income for many artists, with preferring to amass live experiences over recordings. These new consumption habits raise the question of whether these types of experiences could be documented and commodified to the benefit of both fan and artist...

RECORDING: John Coltrane: Both Directions

On March 6, 1963, saxophonist John Coltrane was at Rudy Van Gelder's recording studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. Between 1 and 6 p.m., Coltrane's "classic quartet" recorded 14 songs, including two untitled Coltrane originals that were recorded just once. As I write in my Wall Street Journal review of the album this week (go here), the newly discovered music is astonishing and hugely important...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Reed

All About Jazz is celebrating Eric Reed's birthday today! When you think of hard-driving swing, daring expression, sophistication and elegance in artistry, formidable technique and a thunderous sound, there are only a very small handful of contemporary pianists you think of and one of them is most assuredly ERIC REED. But don't think of him as a just a pianist; Eric is one of his generation's most advanced thinkers in music. Born in the musically rich city of Philadelphia, PA... Read more...

CAREER: 5 Reasons to Release Your Music on Vinyl

While it would have been hard to believe a decade ago, vinyl is back on the charts as a medium of music consumption. In this piece we look at the pros and cons of putting your music on vinyl, and why a format that may seem cumbersome and expensive just might be worth the investment Guest post by Sylvia of Vinyl Price Comparison Search from Music Marketing Guy...

CAREER: Video Marketing in 2018: Artist's Guide

The stats on video clearly demonstrate that it's one of the best ways for artists to both engage with their audience and spread their message. Here we look at what artists need to consider in terms of originality and content in order to make their video stand out. By Andrew Jones of Checkered Owl Media from Indie On The Move...

RECORDING: Hammond B3 Player Jocelyn Michelle Releases "Live at Viva Cantina" on Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup Label

Organist m: Jocelyn Michelle's newest CD, Live At Viva Cantina (Chicken Coup Records, June 8, 2018), is a toe tapping, festive project of serious music that doesn't take itself too seriously. Although she's lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for several years, she decided to record this CD back in Los Angeles, her old stomping ground, where she and her husband, guitarist m: John Rack, lived and worked for many years. Viva Cantina is a Mexican restaurant and music performance venue with two stages in Burbank. It has the kind of party atmosphere that Jocelyn thought would be a good fit for a live performance with her band...

RECORDING: Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" on Cafe Pacific Records

For vocalist m: Gary Brumburgh, the lyrics of a song are like dialogue from a play, and when he sings, he approaches the material much like an actor prepares for a role. The lyrics, along with the music, suggest to him a scene and a persona with distinct emotions and motivation. This technique allows him to pour himself into a song, creating a highly personalized interpretation of the lyrics. Thinking like an actor comes naturally to Brumburgh, who has a long stage and screen acting resume that dates back to the 1970s...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Dolphy

All About Jazz is celebrating Eric Dolphy's birthday today! Eric Allan Dolphy was a jazz musician who played alto saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists; he is arguably the greatest jazz improviser on either instrument. On early recordings... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: The Eely One

In January 1959, tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb was teamed with fellow tenor player Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, organist Wild Bill Davis, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Arthur Edgehill on a Prestige album called Blow, Arnett, Blow. On The Eely One, a walking blues by Cobb, the tough tenors open the clutch all the way and snake through their solos. Cobb takes the first, with smokey, slippery lines. Jaws takes the second with a brash slinky delivery. Both blues masters were backed by Wild Bill Davis's organ, its drawbars seemingly set to full skating rink. Hard to keep the knees still on this groove maker...

RADIO: Thought Streaming Royalties Were Bad? Radio Airplay Royalties Even Worse

Almost since its inception, streaming has often been maligned in the industry for the pittance which it pays out to artists, and while this criticism is often merited, things are actually much worse in the world of old-school radio play. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Artists and songwriters have a tendency to rip on streaming for its low payouts, sometimes without understanding the scale and metrics of how it really works. While it's true that streaming royalties can seem absurdly low sometimes, it turns out that U.S. radio airplay is way worse...

AWARD / GRANT: Bill Bruford's Definitive Boxed Set Nominated for Progressive Music Awards Reissue of the Year

Drum legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Bruford's recently released definitive boxed set Bruford 1977-1980: Seems Like A Lifetime Ago has been nominated for 'Reissue of the Year' by Progressive Music Awards. Containing the collected works of the band on one extraordinary 6cd/2dvd-a box set, Seems Like A Lifetime Ago is a magnificent testament to one of the UK's most inventive and important Progressive Fusion bands...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Hollenbeck

All About Jazz is celebrating John Hollenbeck's birthday today! John Hollenbeck\'s versatility as a percussionist and composer is revealed in a body of work that challenges countless boundaries. Performances with Fred Hersh, Kenny Wheeler and Bob Brookmeyer have showcased Hollenbeck\'s melodic and sensitive small-group jazz drumming. His unique approach to big band work is evident as a member of Bob Brookmeyer\'s New Art Orchestra, the BMI Orchestra... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Monday Surprise: Seeing Bix

For many aficionados of Bix Beiderbecke the surprise is not that there is so little film of the great cornetist, but that there is any. To the left, we see a frame of film shot in 1928 for Fox Movietone News of the Whiteman orchestra recording or rehearsing a piece called 'My Ohio Home.' When Beiderbecke died in 1931 at the age of 28, he had earned the admiration of his contemporary and friend Louis Armstrong and become an inspiration for generations of cornetists and trumpet players. The official cause of his death was pneumonia, his lifestyle strongly suggests that advanced alcoholism was a contributing factor. Beiderbecke was a primary model for Rex Stewart, Jimmy McPartland, Benny Carter and Bobby Hackett, among dozens of others. The influence of his tone, lyricism and phrasing continued well into the new century in players including Warren Vache, Ed Polcer and Richard Sudhalter. Sudhalter was also Beiderbecke's biographer...

VIDEO / DVD: Tito Puente'S Cha-Cha-Cha

Yesterday, the temperature hit the mid-90s in New York. As the mercury climbed, thoughts turned to Tito Puente, the Les Brown of Latin dance music. In the 1950s, Puente was one of the so called "Big Three" mambo dance kings -- Puente, Machito and Tito Rodriguez. While Machito veered toward Latin jazz and Rodriguez, a vocalist, was a bit more commercial, Puente's orchestra was primarily a dance band. But oh, what a dance band. The musicianship was extraordinary, as were the arrangements. He also became a master of the cha-cha-cha...

CAREER: How to Submit Music to Radio Made Simple

When submitting music for radio, musicians will, at some point in the process, hit a brick wall. Here we look at straight forward breakdown of how to submit your music in a way that increases your chances of it getting picked up. Guest post by D. Grant Smith of the Symphonic Blog Music submissions for radio can be simple or they can seem impossible. What's your experience been...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Are Tech Companies the New Record Labels?

[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression. Guest post by Michel Lambot. This article originally appeared on the [PIAS] blog...

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