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CAREER: Why Blogging is Still a Powerful Tool for Musicians

As an indie musician, creating a blog may not be on the top of your priority list, writes Dave Kusek of the New Artists Model. But, a blog can actually be an incredibly powerful tool in your promotional mix! Let's take a look at just how versatile a blog can be. Above all, your blog is a publishing platform that will let you serve your audience with frequent and regular content to tell your story, showcase your music, and expand on your ideas. It also allows you to differentiate yourself and show your fans the person behind the music. It's a place where you can connect with your fans through music and your interests and even attract new fans...

AWARD / GRANT: Al Di Meola Receives Honorary Doctorate at Berklee's Campus in Valencia, Spain

Berklee Provost Larry Simpson presented an honorary doctor of music degree on July 9 to legendary jazz, fusion, and world music guitarist, composer, bandleader, and producer m: Al Di Meola during the commencement ceremony for the master's degree programs at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. Di Meola also performed as a special guest at the commencement concert at the City of Arts and Sciences, which drew thousands of attendees...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brian Blade

All About Jazz is celebrating Brian Blade's birthday today! "I remember when I first read the words hanging in a frame on my grandma Rosa\'s wall. The serenity prayer was something I couldn\'t understand until almost thirty years later, but now after experiencing some peaks and valleys of life, those words ring in my ears with clarity." Brian Blade has set those words to music for his first recording as a singer... Read more...

RADIO: Broadcast Radio Targets Millennials with New Format

Although radio as a platform for discovering new music has been on the decline for some time, with little to offer millennials, a new format known as "Right Now Music Radio" is hoping it can change this and bring radio into the modern age. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 I think most listeners will agree that broadcast radio for music has been dismal for a long time, thanks to corporate radio groups and central programming. Local radio is on the decline and the ability for a DJ to select a song outside the provided playlist is long-gone. While radio still has its boomer listers and commuters trapped in cars, millennials and especially Gen-Zers have been ignored, but a new format called 'Right Now Music Radio' hopes to change all that...

RECORDING: Saxophonist / Composer Konstantinos Papachristou Releases New Contemporary Jazz Album "The Darkness of a Fairy Tale"

The Darkness of a Fairy Tale is the debut album from Greek composer and saxophonist m: Konstantinos Papachristou, and describes the journey of a man who receives the "wake-up call" and begins his own inner search for the meaning of life. Konstantinos composed a thematic album of modern jazz music that gains a dark programmatic mood, which motivates the listener to dive deep into his senses. Orchestration preserves Jazz's classical raw sound, while instruments such as bass, piano and drums are totally tied to the sophisticated tone of the saxophone tenor and its clear influences from e: ECM Records...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jon Faddis

All About Jazz is celebrating Jon Faddis' birthday today! Born in Oakland, CA, on July 24, 1953, Jon Faddis began playing trumpet at age eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Three years later, his trumpet teacher Bill Catalano, an alumnus of the Stan Kenton band, turned the jazz- struck youngster on to Dizzy Gillespie. By his mid-teens, Jon had not only met Dizzy, he\'d even sat in with his hero\'s combo at the famed Jazz Workshop in San Francisco... Read more...

CAREER: 5 Music Biography Must-Haves

Your artist bio is your opportunity to tell the world about yourself and who you are, but sharing can feel self-indulgent, and doing yourself justice can be a challenge for many artists. In an effort to make things easier, we look at five essential which every artist should be sure to include in any bio they put together...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Eventbrite Files for IPO [report]

Eventbrite, the popular indie and D.I.Y. ticketer, has reportedly filed for an IPO for later this year. The company's lead underwriters are Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, according to the Wall Street Journal. Eventbrite has raised $330 million to date, and helps sell more than three million tickets to concerts, festivals and other events every week. It provides ticketing for millions of events in more than 180 countries, with $10 billion in cumulative sales since launch...

RECORDING: "Yul" by the Alex Lefaivre Quartet Now Available Worldwide

Canadian bassist m: Alex Lefaivre's new album, YUL, is now available worldwide. Having just returned from a cross-country tour of Canadian Jazz Festivals with m: Parc X Trio, bassist Alex Lefaivre will celebrate his new release with a series of concerts in Montreal this August. The recording is released through Multiple Chord Music (MCM), the label which he founded in 2011 and which is quickly becoming the reference for creative jazz in Montreal, with artists such as m: Rachel Therrien, RJ Leblanc, Benjamin Deschamps and Frederic Alarie...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Lacy

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Lacy's birthday today! Steve Lacy, one of the greatest soprano saxophonists of all time and a New England Conservatory faculty member since fall 2002, died Friday [June 4th, 2004] at New England Baptist Hospital. The jazz master who once defined his profession as 'combination orator, singer, dancer, diplomat, poet, dialectician, mathematician, athlete, entertainer, educator, student, comedian, artist, seducer and general all around good fellow' was 69... Read more...

RECORDING: Stunning Originals Featured on Pianist Michika Fukumori's Piano Images - Solo Project Produced by Steve Kuhn

m: Michika Fukumori, a native of Japan, has been living in jny: New York City since 2000. A soulful pianist, she was drawn to the U.S to study jazz and become involved in the New York jazz scene. Piano Images (Summit Records, June 22, 2018) is her third CD release since coming to States. The CD is a solo project, featuring Fukumori on piano playing mostly stunning original compositions as well as several of her favorite jazz standards...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Al Di Meola

All About Jazz is celebrating Al Di Meola's birthday today! Al Di Meola\'s ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer... Read more...

RECORDING: Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced by Geoffrey Keezer

For vocalist and multi-instrumentalist m: Christine Hitt, music is a family affair. Her father was a band director and her mother was a piano teacher and professional vocalist. Hitt married a trumpet player, and two of her three sons appear on Hitt's newest CD, Magical Kite. Hitt's warm voice can express a rich tapestry of tones, and she sings ballads and swing tunes with equal facility. The selection of songs on Magical Kite, from standards to gospel to bebop, reflects Hitt's eclectic tastes and influences, but it's her innate musicality that elevates and personalizes these songs. The CD was produced by m: Geoffrey Keezer, the prolific, Grammy- nominated pianist, composer, and arranger, and features m: John Beasley on piano. Beasley is also a Grammy-nominated arranger and bandleader whose music career spans more than three decades with credits that read like a 'Who's Who' in music, film, and television...

VIDEO / DVD: Prog Ensemble 41point9 Premieres Second Video "These Four Lands" from Forthcoming Album

Prog ensemble 41POINT9 is premiering their second video titled 'These Four Lands' from their forthcoming album Mr. Astute Trousers on Sonic Perspectives! The band has two albums being released internationally on September 21, 2018. One is the brand-new sophomore release Mr. Astute Trousers and the other is a remixed and remastered version of their debut album Still Looking For Answers. The band has been busy creating a series of high quality concept videos to help get word about the album out...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Clark's birthday today! Conrad Yeatis "Sonny" Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of Pittsburgh. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California at age 20, Clark decided to stay and began working with saxophonist Wardell Gray. Clark went to San Francisco with Oscar Pettiford and after a couple months... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on No BS! Brass Band

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring the No BS! Brass Band, who are returning to St. Louis to perform on Wednesday, August 1 at the e: Old Rock House. Coming out of Richmond, Virginia, the NBBB offers their own take on the classic New Orleans brass band tradition, adapting popular contemporary tunes from a variety of genres for the format, and performing their own originals as well. They've released five albums to date, the most recent being Brass Knuckles in 2015, and they've played here in St. Louis several times, including in June 2017 at the Old Rock House...

CAREER: How to Spend Less, but Sell More Tickets

While every artist and promotor wants sold out shows, pouring endless amounts of money into every aspect of marketing isn't usually an option for the typical musician. This piece looks at how to budget your money effectively in order get the greatest return on every marketing dollar spent. Guest post by Katie Sawyer of Eventbrite...

WEBSITE: Download the All About Jazz Musician Starter Guide

Home to over 100,000 musician pages and representing the largest database of its kind on the internet, All About Jazz is also a platform that supports jazz professionals worldwide. In an effort to help our professional community (musicians, label owners, publicists, presenters, and promoters) maximize the benefits of our growing platform, we'll publish a series of how-to guides outlining our various services. Our first -- for musicians -- explains how to establish a presence at All About Jazz by claiming and updating a musician page or creating a musician page from scratch...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: July 23, 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 3 1 John Coltrane Both Directions at Once- The Lost Album (I...

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