All About Jazz

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Illinois Jacquet

All About Jazz is celebrating Illinois Jacquet's birthday today! Illinois Jacquet is considered to be one of the most influential tenor saxophonists in the history of jazz music. Born on October 31, 1922, in Broussard, Louisiana, Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, at the age of 19 on the very first recording of his career, spawned an entirely new style and sound for the tenor saxophone. His classic solo on 'Flying Home' recorded with the Lionel Hampton Band at Decca Records in New York City, on May 26... Read more...

RECORDING: Hank Marr: Live at Club 502

The Hammond organ's steady rise in popularity during the 1950s had everything to do with economics and efficiency. Early in the decade, new organ models became increasingly compact and more affordable, allowing artists to transport them and clubs to purchase one and store it in a corner. Organists were especially profitable for smaller clubs, since the keyboard could be set to sound like a wide range of instruments. Instead of hiring a combo with a horn section, a club needed only an organist and one or two other musicians to sound just as full. What's more, a good organist could handle the bass line with his or her feet working the pedals. Inadvertently, organists put a lot of musicians out of work...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Do Advances in Technology Change the "Live Experience"

With advances in the development of technology, what it means to see something "live" has changed. With the stage being brought into people's homes YouTube and Facebook Live, concerts have become something anyone with smartphone can participate in. Guest post by Sabrina Bucknole on the TuneCore Blog...

CAREER: 8 Situations when You Might Need a Record Label

While much is made of operating as an independent, do-it-yourself artist in the modern music economy having a label at your back can, in certain scenarios, be highly advantageous. Here we look at eight situations in which having the backing of a label works in your favor. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Are Irving Azoff and James Dolan Trying to Buy Rolling Stone?

Last month we learned that music magazine Rolling Stone was for sale. Now we're learning who was and apparently is still trying to buy iconic title including uber-manager Irving Azoff, whose Oak View Group recently acquired touring trades Pollstar and Venues Today. By Dave Brooks of Amplify Buried in a Page Six story today about an attempt by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to buy Rolling Stone was a revelation that Azoff MSG Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff and MSG chairman James Dolan had also made a $30-million bid for the iconic rock title...

TRENDS: Young Music Consumers Are Still Buying Music

While the common conception of young music consumers may be that they would never so much as a glance at a CD or pay for a download, some recent stats suggest that young music consumers are just as apt to buy music as any other age group. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 By now we've been conditioned to the fact that most music consumers, especially the youngest ones, have totally converted to streaming and wouldn't even think of purchasing a download or CD. If you believe that then you're wrong. A new report from the IFPI entitled Music Consumer Report 2017 outlines how people around the world consume music, and it found that young music consumers are just as likely to buy music as any other age group...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Clifford Brown

All About Jazz is celebrating Clifford Brown's birthday today! He was the most brilliant trumpet player of his generation, an original and memorable composer, a dynamic stage presence and one of the authentic legends of modern jazz. Clifford Brown was born October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware. As a young high school student Brown began playing trumpet and within a very short time was active in college and other youth bands... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Terry Gibbs: Take It from Me

Last week I posted on Freedom, a terrific album of m: Kenny Burrell tracks recorded on two different dates in 1963 and '64. To date, it was never released on CD or as a digital download. What's more, Freedom also is out of print as a 180-gram vinyl release. Well, here's another Burrell album that's very tough to find: Take It From Me, an album led by Terry Gibbs on which Burrell appears as a sideman. As far as I can tell, it was released on CD only in Japan...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Zoot Sims

All About Jazz is celebrating Zoot Sims' birthday today! John Haley "Zoot" Sims was born in Inglewood, California. Growing up in a vaudeville family, Sims learned to play both drums and clarinet at an early age. His father was a vaudeville hoofer, and Sims prided himself on remembering many of the steps his father taught him. Following in the footsteps of Lester Young, Sims developed into an innovative tenor saxophonist. Throughout his career, he played with renowned bands... Read more...

CAREER: Top 3 Sites for Independent Artists Who Want to Sell Merch

While artists may typically think of music sales as being their primary stream of revenue, merch sales can also be a fantastic way for independent artists to put food on the table. Here we look at the top sites for getting merch out to fans. Guest post by Raquel Dixit of Symphonic Distribution When you think of being a profitable musician, the main thing that comes to mind, are the sales from your music! However, fans can provide you with revenue through artist merch sales...

TECHNOLOGY: Warner Music Responds to Songkick Concert Listing Concerns: 'We're Still Here for You"

After Songkick announced that it was shutting down its concert ticket sales division, many musicians and music marketers became concerned that Songkick's popular concert app and artist focused Tourbox service was on the way out, as well. "We're not going anywhere!," the Songkick concert listing team wrote yesterday in response to concerns over an announcement that its sister ticketing site had joined the startup deadpool...

OBITUARY: R.I.P. Fats Domino: His Musical Traits, Most Popular Songs Explored

Renowned musical icon Fats Domino passed away on Tuesday, but the artist's legacy endures. Here we use Pandora's Music Genome project to take a look at some of the traits which permeated Fats' music, and helped to make him so popular. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora on Medium...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Rosenwinkel

All About Jazz is celebrating Kurt Rosenwinkel's birthday today! Following a string of three acclaimed recordings for Verve Records that firmly established him as one of the most strikingly original new voices in jazz as both guitarist and composer (2000's The Enemies of Energy, 2001's The Next Step and 2003's Heartcore), Kurt Rosenwinkel returns with an all-star outing that is perhaps his most luminous and accessible to date... Read more...

CAREER: Making the Most of Your Press Interviews

While landing a solid interview with music press is challenging enough, what you do with the coverage once you get it is also incredibly important. Here we examine how an artist can make the most of press interviews. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the ReverbNation Blog We've done plenty of articles on how to craft the perfect pitch, DIY your PR campaign, and land a feature. But what about when you finally do land that interview -- how do you give answers that are going to spark new interest in your band, and engage readers so that they actually want to check out your music...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Hazeltine

All About Jazz is celebrating David Hazeltine's birthday today! DAVID HAZELTINE is one of a handful of young pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the accumulated greatness and weight of a modern piano tradition. David\'s influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to such great living masters as Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris and Cedar Walton. David made his professional debut at age thirteen in Milwaukee... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Wild Bill Davis + Duke

Earlier this week, I posted on the tasty genius of organ pioneer Wild Bill Davis. Here are two videos featuring Davis, both with Duke Ellington. On one, he joins the band on Satin Doll. On the other, you get to hear what April in Paris might have sounded like had he made it to the 1955 Count Basie recording session for Verve...

CAREER: Budget-Friendly Ways for Indie Artists to Enhance Their Photography

Photography is one of the best and most powerful in which artists and bands communicate with and market to their fans. So how can you make the most of your photos without breaking the bank? Guest post by Michelle Aguilar of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This blog article was written by Michelle Aguilar...

FESTIVAL: Xerox Rochester Intl Jazz Fest 3 and 9-Day Club Passes on Sale Fri Oct 27 at 10am -- Early Bird Prices -- New Shareable Passes

The e: Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival's (XRIJF) 17th edition three and nine-day Club Passes go on sale this Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m. at rochesterjazz.com. The 2018 festival returns to Rochester's East End Entertainment and Cultural District June 22 to June 30. The Club Pass is the festival's popular value pass to discovery, giving music fans a significant savings over individual show tickets and the opportunity to access up to 225 Club Pass shows at 12 different venues during the nine-day festival...

EVENT: You're Invited to the Philadelphia Jazz Professionals Meetup on December 12th (4-7PM) at South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor

Dear Fellow Jazz Professional or Arts Patron, You're invited to the Philadelphia Jazz Professionals Meetup (#phillyjazzmeetup) at SOUTH Restaurant on 600 N Broad St in Philadelphia on Tuesday, December 12th between 4-7pm. It's an exciting time for Philadelphia jazz and it's my hope to continue to bring us together biannually to network, discuss new ideas and potential collaborations with the goal of developing a deeper level of cohesiveness in our community. We all share similar goals so let's reconnect and recognize the important work we do...

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