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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...

TRENDS: What Music Has in Common with Bookstores and Swiss Watches [jack Kelly]

Despite their turbulent sales histories and brushes with obsolescence, print on paper books and Swiss watches have both managed to make impressive rebounds and have of late shown steady profitability. Here we look look at some important takeaways that could potentially apply to the music industry. Guest post by Jack Kelly of the Adva Mobile Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Does Apple Want Shazam?

The recent acquisition of Shazam by Apple for a relatively modest 400 million has left many wondering what the tech giant could want with the music identification service. Given that Apple has had similar infrastructure for some time, it seems the purchase was likely motivated more by interest in Shazam's historical user data...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz and Gupshup Launch Bix... the Jazz Bot

A jazz bot you say? Isn't that an oxymoron? Please explain. We will. All About Jazz and Gupshup -- the leading bot developer -- have created a nimble bot that doubles as All About Jazz's friendly concierge to help you find jazz content you value most. It also learns from your interactions with it and refines its recommendations until you are simpatico with "Bix...

RECORDING: Vocalist/Pianist/Songwriter Nicole Zuraitis's "Hive Mind" - New Release on Dot Time Records!

Nicole Zuraitis: Hive Mind An Exciting Mix of Originals, Jazz and Pop! APAP Performance January 12, 2018 10pm at 55 Bar! 55 Bar Residency 2018 Begins February 8th January 12- APAP Performance at 55 Bar- 10pm Dan Pugach Nonet featuring Nicole Zuratis Nicole Zuraitis: Voice David Smith: Trumpet Mike Fahie: Trombone Jen Hinkle: Bass Trombone Andrew Gould: Alto Saxophone/Flute Jeremy Powell: Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet Andrew Gutauskas: Baritone Saxophone/Bass Clarinet Carmen Staaf: Piano Leo Sherman: Bass Dan Pugach: Drums...

EVENT: Highlights in Jazz - 45th Anniversary Gala in New York City

Announcing a lineup update: Vocalist Allan Harris tapped for opening concert, following the passing of the great Kevin Mahogany The Highlights In Jazz 45th Anniversary Gala launches the 46th season, Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 8 P.M., featuring the Bucky Pizzarelli Trio with guitarist Russell Malone, and bassist Martin Pizzarelli...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz and Gupshup Launch Wynton... the Jazz Bot

A jazz bot you say? Isn't that an oxymoron? Please explain. We will. All About Jazz and Gupshup -- the leading bot developer -- have created a nimble bot that doubles as All About Jazz's friendly concierge to help you find jazz content you value most. It also learns from your interactions with it and refines its recommendations until you are simpatico with "Wynton...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John McLaughlin

All About Jazz is celebrating John McLaughlin's birthday today! John McLaughlin, also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitarist from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. He came to prominence with the electric group of Miles Davis in the late 1960s, and with other well- known players such as Chick Corea and Tony Williams. Before moving to the United States, McLaughlin recorded Extrapolation (with Tony Oxley and John Surman) in 1969... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Freewheeling Peggy Lee

When Peggy Lee wasn't stuffed into elaborate ball gowns with cinched waists and forced to appear on TV with a glazed, ice- queen expression, she could be downright soulful and bluesy. Personally, I never cared much for Fever or any of the other hyper-stylized slow-burn songs that turned Lee into an emotionless caricature of herself. I much more prefer the down-and-dirty Peggy Lee, the emotional earthy singer who let it all out. Here are five videos of the Peggy Lee I love best...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Unblocking Music's Blockchain: Berklee's Panos Panay on CNBC

Berklee College of Music's Panos Panay recently explained to a CNBC panel how 'blockchain,' the system behind Bitcoin, has vast revenue potential in the world of music. 'The vision behind it is to create an open protocol that dramatically simplifies the way that rights owners are identified across the supply chain of the music industry,' Panay said...

RADIO: Siriusxm to Pay a Larger Royalty in Coming Year

Good news for the pocketbooks of artists, a recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board will be boost the rates for what the satellite service SiriusXM doles out to artists by a not insignificant forty-one percent. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 In a move that will mean more money in the pockets of artists, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recently ruled to raise the rates that the SiriusXM satellite service pays to copyright holders by 41%. The move raises the rate from 11% of revenue to 15.5% beginning on January 1st, 2018. The rate stays in place through 2022...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: James Carter

All About Jazz is celebrating James Carter's birthday today! Sometimes it takes an extraordinary talent to inspire an unprecedented piece of music. For Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra, the epiphany struck in the midst of a tenor saxophone solo by James Carter, who was appearing as the featured soloist with legendary soprano Kathleen Battle. Long fascinated by the horn, Sierra immediately realized he had encountered a master capable of playing anything he could imagine... Read more...

RECORDING: Donald Byrd: Fuego

Trumpeter Donald Byrd first came to New York from Detroit in 1955, when he was 22. While studying for a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Byrd played in pianist George Wallington's quintet at the Cafe Bohemia. In the late 1950s, Byrd recorded five hard-bop albums with alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce before signing with Blue Note in 1958. The label wisely paired Byrd with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams for a series of high-energy albums, most notably Off to the Races and By rd in Hand,which featured three originals by Byrd...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 2018

Jazz fans hopefully have some relevant New Year's resolutions -- to get out and hear more live jazz, to attend more diverse jazz events in the area, to contribute to our stellar non-profit jazz organizations and venues. Artists, club owners, and curators are wasting no time getting a new year of music underway -- already the January calendar boasts such international talents as Jon Weber, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut and Roberta Gambarini, with the third annual Winter Jazz Festival welcoming headliners Regina Carter and Butch Miles. And local talents start the new year right, including gigs from Framework, Travis Anderson Trio with Connie Evingson, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson's "He Said, She Said," Steve Kenny's Group 47, a live recording session from Bryan Nichols and Brandon Wozniak, and an already-sold out performance from Fat Kid Wednesdays, among other offerings...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Joshua Redman and More

With the area still in a post-holiday deep freeze, the calendar of live jazz and creative music this week in St. Louis unsurprisingly features just one significant touring performer, but there also will be the usual contingent of local musicians and singers braving the arctic-like conditions for your listening enjoyment...

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