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CAREER: Optimizing the Day You Send Your Email Newsletter

Once you've sunk the time into crafty a comprehensive and compelling email, you'll want to ensure it goes out at a time when recipients are the mostly likely to actually open it. Here we look at how to utilize a built in email scheduler to be sure you're hitting send when it counts the most. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sonos Files for IPO at $3 Billion Valuation

Sonos is filed to go public as early as June, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. According to documents filed with the SEC, Sonos hopes to be valued at $3 billion for the IPO. The Sonos IPO comes on the heels of Spotify's successful direct public stock offering, and strong signs Tencent Music, the giant Chinese based music streamer, while file for an IPO in the coming weeks. Vivendi, the parent of Universal Music Group, has also publicly stated that it's exploring spinning off the world's largest music group with an IPO...

RECORDING: Flutist Andrea Brachfeld's Virtuosity as Instrumentalist and Composer Manifested on "If Not Now, When?," Set for May 18 Release by Jazzheads Records

The 'incredible clarity of purpose' flutist-composer m: Andrea Brachfeld gained after spending 2016 in deep introspection about her life and music generated the nine original compositions on her exhilarating new album If Not Now, When?, which is set for May 18 release by Jazzheads Records. The quartet outing, featuring the dynamic rhythm section of pianist, arranger, co-composer, and co-producer Bill O'Connell, a longtime collaborator, as well as bassist Harvie S and drummer Jason Tiemann, is an uncompromising manifestation of music Brachfeld recalls came to her on a cold day in January 2017...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Giuffre

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Giuffre's birthday today! Reedman and composer Jimmy Giuffre was born in Dallas, TX. He started his musical education at age 9 learning the clarinet and within few years he was proficient enough to give solo clarinet recitals at local functions. After high school he attended North Texas State University receiving a B. A. in music. During his college years he played in local bands... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Congress to Vote on Music Modernization Act Today with Support of Independent Labels

An expanded Music Modernization Act is scheduled for a vote in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday. Though not without its critics, the bipartisan legislation has the strong support of most of the music industry, including the growing independent label sector. The Music Modernization Act, to be put before Congress on Wednesday, combines three bills, including the original Music Modernization Act, which mandates a new organization to collect mechanical royalties and offers streaming music services protection from copyright infringement lawsuits filed after this last January. Also a part of the expanded legislation is the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act, Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act and part of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act which changes how the Copyright Royalty Board sets streaming rates...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Rise of Artist Curated Festivals

Performing has long been a mainstay of most musician's income, and as festivals continue to grow in popularity, many artists have found that they can earn good money and maintain more creative control by engineering more artist curated festivals. Guest post by Amanda Wicks of CASH Music It's no secret that musicians earn a significant percentage of their revenue from touring. What they recoup from streaming -- which now undergirds the music industry more than ever -- represents mere drops in a bucket compared to the financial control they wield through ticket and merchandise sales. As singer-songwriter and producer Mike Errico explained in the New York Times, 'The advice given to the creative generators of this multibillion-dollar industry is still one that would be recognizable to a medieval troubadour: Go on tour...

CAREER: Thinking Locally is the First Step to Success

While the internet can theoretically allow you to access a potentially limitless fanbase, starting out there can make it difficult to cut through the clutter of millions of other vying for listeners attention, meaning artists just starting out are often better off working to develop a local fanbase first...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

All About Jazz is celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's birthday today! Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington... Read more...

RECORDING: Thad Jones: Consummation

Yesterday was an especially busy day from a writing perspective. To clear my head and stay focused, I put on Consummation by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. I have no idea why I reached for it. I haven't heard the album in years. I bought the record when it first came out in 1970, and I probably wanted to re-hear the variation of smart orchestral pieces that Thad Jones composed and arranged...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Patience: The Most Understated Virtue in the Music Industry

While patience is commonly known to be a virtue, it may just be a necessity for cultivating a successful career in the music business. In this piece Patrick McGuire looks what an incredibly useful asset patience can be in all areas of the music industry. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the ReverbNation Blog...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Henderson

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Henderson's birthday today! The tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson was born on April 24, 1937 in a small city called Lima Ohio midway between Dayton and Toledo. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Lima in a family of 15 children where he was exposed to a variety of musical styles. By the time he was a high school student he was already arranging and writing music for the school band and other local outfits... Read more...

OBITUARY: Bob Dorough is Gone

Word has arrived that Bob Dorough died today at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. He was 94. Dorough's greatest fame in popular culture stemmed from his central role in the enormously successful television series Schoolhouse Rock. The program informed and entertained children, and many adults, from 1973 to 1985...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Brand USA, Spotify Partner to Reverse Trump Era International Tourism Decline

Trump's effort to limit visas and derogatory comments about foreigners has led to a drop in international tourism to the US of 10% or more. Brand USA hopes to use music and a partnership with Spotify to reverse the decline. Brand USA has announced that it will partner with Spotify to launch Hear the Music, Experience the USA, an integrated marketing campaign utilizing the power of music to promote international travel to the United States...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: In Touch Entertainment Adds Ten New Artists to Its Roster

NYC-based In Touch Entertainment has signed several new musicians to its roster of world-renowned artists The new pool of talent includes Cuban artists m: Rey Cabrera, m: Jorge Chicoy and m: Xiomara Laugart; jazz guitarist m: Fareed Haque; trumpeter m: Wallace Roney; vocalists m: Lauren Kinhan, m: Fleurine, Maria Alejandra Rodriguez and m: Nancy Harms, as well as trumpeter/vocalist m: Bob Merrill...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Broadbent

All About Jazz is celebrating Alan Broadbent's birthday today! Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1966, at the age of 19, received a Downbeat Magazine scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1969 he was asked to join Woody Herman\'s band as his pianist and arranger for 3 years. In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles, beginning a musical relationship with the legendary singer Irene Kral (no relation to Diana Krall)... Read more...

RECORDING: Jim McNeely: Barefoot Dances

Jim McNeely is among the most interesting jazz composer-arrangers and pianists around today. He always thinks big and fresh when it comes to his writing, and he plays a gorgeous, sensitive piano. His latest album, Barefoot Dancers and Other Visions (Planet Arts), is an original seven-part suite that he arranged and conducted in 2014 with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. The album was only recently released...

RECORDING: Multicultural European Singer-Songwriter Emily Johnson Releases Her Debut Ep "Open You Heart" Produced by Narada Michael Walden

Sometimes known as 'The Lady of Heart,' Emily Johnson is a Bulgarian-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and composer. Having performed around the world for many years, she is releasing Open You Heart, her debut EP, on May 11, 2018, with the help of Tarpan Records in the United States. This EP was produced by Narada Michael Walden and features 4 original songs...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Mingus

All About Jazz is celebrating Charles Mingus' birthday today! One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bassist, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church -- choir and group singing -- and from "hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old... Read more...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: April 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 1 1 Kurt Elling The Questions (OKeh) 290 258 +32 3 54 1 4 2...

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