All About Jazz

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Vijay Iyer

All About Jazz is celebrating Vijay Iyer's birthday today! "a boundless and deeply important young star" -- LA Weekly "By now, there can be no doubt that pianist-composer Iyer stands among the most daringly original jazz artists of the under-40 generation," writes Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune. The American-born son of Indian immigrants, Vijay Iyer (pronounced "VID-jay EYE-yer") is a self-taught creative musician grounded in American jazz and popular forms... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Jim Hall, '64 And '05

Yesterday, I spent the day listening to Jim Hall. You'll find my three-part interview with the late guitar great starting here. And here are three videos of Jim that went up recently at YouTube: Here's Jim playing I'm Getting Sentimental Over You in 1964...   Here's Jim with Art Farmer (tp), Steve Swallow (b) and Pete LaRocca (d) in London in 1964 playing Sometime Ago...

EVENT: Music Biz Conference Announces Nashville Dates thru 2020

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) conference will stay in Nashville through 2020. The already announced 2018 edition will be May 14-17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. But the following year, the action moves across the street to the new JW Marriott hotel. The next Music Biz conferences are set from May 5-8, 2019 and May 11-14, 2020, at the new JW Marriott Nashville, which is currently under construction and slated to open in July 2018. The annual event first came to Nashville in 2015, and has shown strong year-over-year attendance growth each year...

CAREER: Best Vinyl Services for Increasing an Artist's Revenue

Although music streaming continues to take main stage as the dominant form of music consumption, the value of physical should not be discounted, with vinyl in particular making a strong showing. Here we look at some of the top vinyl services for increasing an artist's revenue. Guest post by Raquel Dixit of Symphonic Blog...

TECHNOLOGY: Music Creators See Massive Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work' [op-Ed]

Necessity has proven to be the mother of re-invention, with the digital reboot of the music industry compelling them to learn a number of new tricks in order to stay afloat, as well as forcing them to become stronger advocates for their rights. In this piece Melvin Gibbs calls on artists to and Washington to defend the rights of creators against the pillaging of big tech companies...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: FCC Planning Thanksgiving Reveal of Net Neutrality Kill Plan

Gobble gobble! It seems turkey isn't the only thing on the chopping block this season, with recent info suggesting the FCC is aiming to announce its plan to gut net neutrality the day before Thanksgiving, although whether or not this holiday reveal will help soften the consumer blowback remains to be seen...

RECORDING: Contagious Music Proudly Presents the Debut Recording from Pianist/Composer Eden Ladin - "Yequm"

Available on Contagious Music - October 6, 2017. After nearly nine years of living in NYC and being an in-demand sideman for the likes of m: Omer Avital, m: Myron Walden, m: Wallace Roney, m: Ari Hoenig, bassist m: Avishai Cohen, m: Camila Meza, trumpeter m: Avishai Cohen and many others, pianist/composer/bandleader Eden Ladin proudly announces the release of his debut album, Yequm, to be released on Dayna Stephens' label, Contagious Music on October 6. This long awaited moment reveals an artist who has paid his dues, gained knowledge and racked up experience. During his time on the scene he has allowed his artistry to steep in the longstanding tradition of being a first call sideman in New York City. Therefore, what we hear on his debut album, Yequm, is a fully-formed artist who was able to sit in silence, listen to the music resonating in his mind, and uncover a personal narrative of original compositions, reflecting years of musical exploration, traveling back and forth between New York and Tel Aviv, and experiences around the world. The music is co-interpreted by m: Dayna Stephens, John Ellis, m: Gilad Hekselman, m: Harish Raghavan and m: Daniel Dor, alongside special guests Camila Meza and m: Yonatan Albalak. The title-Yequm is Hebrew for 'Universe.' Welcome to pianist Eden Ladin's Yequm, an exciting, unique and brilliant debut from a young artist bursting with talent and promise...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Heath

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Heath's birthday today! Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. Jimmy is the middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (Percy Heath/bass and Tootie Heath/drums), and is the father of Mtume. He has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. In 1948 at the age of 21... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Wild Bill Davis and Johnny Hodges

Before Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Big John Patton, Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes and all the other organists you know, there was Wild Bill Davis. Born in Missouri, Davis started his recording career in 1945 as organist and arranger for Louis Jordan and His Tympani Five, one of the leading pioneers of rhythm and blues. When Davis left Jordan in 1951, he led a trio and began recording for Okeh. Perhaps his best known recording today is April in Paris in 1953. Davis was supposed to record the song with Count Basie's Orchestra in 1955 for Verve, but when he couldn't make it, Basie used Davis's arrangement for his big band and had a huge hit with the recording. Duke Ellington also favored Davis, recording with him for the first time in 1951...

CAREER: ...Who Cares? Growing and Engaging Your Audience

After sinking blood, sweat, and tears into crafting the perfect set of music, the next step is actually getting it into the ears of your audience. As you focus on the marketing aspect of your music, it becomes important to ask: 'who cares?' Guest post Whitney Caroline of The Marketing Mixtape You've spent hours writing songs, pouring your heart into each melody and lyric, so you take your music to the studio. These songs are good... I mean, you're really feeling it. Every song is an expression of yourself, a tiny glimpse into the window of your soul and people need to hear it...

CAREER: Facebook Tests Change That is Catastrophic for Music Marketing

Facebook is testing a major change to is basic algorithm -- the one that decides what shows up in a followers news feed -- that will completely change music marketing on the social platform; unless, of course, one is willing to pay to be seen. Facebook is testing a change that would shift all non-promoted posts coming from pages out of its news feed. The shift would be catastrophic for artists, music marketers and all content creators who rely on the social network to build and engage an audience...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amazon is Now 3rd Largest Subscription Music Service in the World [mark Mulligan, Midia]

Amazon is now the 3rd largest paid music subscription service in the world, according to a new MIDiA analysis. Their just published report looks at Amazon's streaming music strategy and how this fits within the wider competitive landscape. Some highlights from MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan: Back in the days when online music meant online CD sales, Amazon was the king. Then, along came Apple with iTunes music store and Amazon saw the throne snatched from its hands. No sooner had Apple started to enjoy its reign that Spotify came along to usurp the throne. Now streaming's game of thrones is experiencing another plot twist, with a resurgent Amazon battling for supremacy through an ambitious streaming music strategy that owes a considerable debt of gratitude to Apple for strategic inspiration. Throughout the emergence of the streaming market, Amazon has played the role of a dark horse, skulking on the side lines. Now, Amazon is out of the shadows and revealing its potential to be one of streaming's biggest players...

CAREER: What to Expect when You're Booking a Tour

Here we look at some tips and advice for bands or artists who reach the stage in their career where they're ready to hit the road for their first major tour, outlining how they should plan for maximum success, and what they should be prepared for. Guest post by Rich Nardo of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the Director of Public Relations and Creative at NGAGE...

TRENDS: Independent Music Labels Capture Growing 38.4% Market Share Thanks to Streaming

A new study commissioned by the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) looks at the global market share of independent music labels based on copyright, rather than distribution, and reveals a very healthy indie sector on the rise. A new WINTEL 2017 report shows indie labels capturing 38.4% of the global recorded music market...

RECORDING: Guitarist Carlos Saunier Releases "Inminente"

On Inminente, guitarist and composer Carlos Saunier paints from a palette of global jazz styles to color his debut release in bright and articulate sound from a distinctively warm, contemporary jazz perspective. Saunier bought his first guitar at age 13 while growing up in Santiago, Chile. 'The first thing that attracted my attention was the sound of the guitar -- how it can be processed and even sometimes distorted to sound thoroughly modern,' he recalls. 'I began to study contemporary rock and all its derivative styles.' The guitarist continued to explore rock and its derivatives in his formal studies until 2011, when he discovered jazz and jazz fusion...

RECORDING: Bassist/Composer or Bareket Connects with His Roots on His Debut Recording - "Ob1"

Available October 6, 2017 on Fresh Sound OB1 is Bareket's Debut Recording and Features Shahar Elnatan-guitar, Gadi Lehavi-piano, Or Bareket-bass, Ziv Ravitz-drums/mixing and mastering, with Special Guests Vitor Goncalves-accordion and Keita Ogawa- percussio "Bareket's omnivorous musical mind is as irresistibly restless as his fingers, and the results are wonderful to behold." -- Geno Thackara, All About Jazz...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

All About Jazz is celebrating Odean Pope's birthday today! Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School of Music and Benjamin Franklin High School\'s music program. Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan... Read more...

RECORDING: Kenny Burrell: Freedom

In March 1963, guitarist Kenny Burrell was at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in New Jersey to record singles for Blue Note or songs for an album. For whatever reason, the musicians on the date only could manage to get through three songs, with each one requiring a high number of takes. Burrell returned to Van Gelder's studio in October 1964 to record five songs with a completely different group. Here again, a sizable number of takes were needed on most tracks. Long story short, the material wasn't discovered until 1980, when re-issue producer Michael Cuscuna found the tapes in the Blue Note vaults...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Albums and Why They Still Matter

With the rise of playlist culture, and the nature of music consumption changing so rapidly, many are questioning whether the conventional album is worthy investment of a band or artist's resources. In this piece we look at why albums still matter. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the ReverbNation Blog...

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