All About Jazz

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob McHugh

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob McHugh's birthday today! Bob McHugh has been playing jazz clubs,festivals,halls,private parties, and restaurants in the NY metro area for over fifty years. Be it solo,duo,trio or big band Bob has done it. His styles include, but are not limited to jazz,, blues, pop and fusion. Bob has recorded three albums for Outstanding Records,and has also recorded on Alliance, Perception and Lunge Music. Some of the people he has recorded with are Ray Mantilla, Rich Austin... Read more...

CAREER: 10 Future Music Business Jobs

As with so many industries, advancements in tech are quickly changing and reshaping the music business in several significant ways, with new jobs emerging all the time. Here we look at ten different music business jobs of the future. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The music business is evolving just like any other forward looking industry, and tech is playing a larger part than ever in how it runs. That means that new types of jobs are being created all the time, and you can expect more in the future. Billboard asked movers and shakers from all areas of the industry what they saw as the jobs of the future and received some enlightened answers. Here are 10 of the 40 jobs that they came up with, along with some of my comments...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Carmell Jones

All About Jazz is celebrating Carmell Jones' birthday today! An excellent hard bop trumpeter, Carmell Jones would probably have been much better-known today if he had not moved to Europe in the mid-\'60s at the height of his career. In 1960, after two years in the army and two years at the University of Kansas as a music education and trumpet major, Carmell left the midwest and became a studio musician in California. He recorded with artists such as Sammy Davis, Jr, Bob Hope, and Nelson Riddle... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: The Gene Krupa Story

The best of the bandleader biopics was The Gene Krupa Story (1959), starring Sal Mineo. It's far from perfect, but the Memories of You scene with Anita O'Day still kills me. Bobby Troup as Tommy Dorsey, Red Nichols as himself, and there's some great Shelly Manne in there as well...

CAREER: Bringing Together Tour, Radio, Fan-Targeted Advertising [case Study: Nathaniel Rateliff]

In this piece we look at commercial experiment of sorts, in which Concord Music utilized a triple-headed geo-specific marketing strategy to maximize listener consumption of one of its artists. via the American Association of Independent Music How Concord utilized found.ee to build geo-specific remarketing audiences aligning tour and radio support, coupled with audio advertising (iHeartRadio, Spotify), to increase consumption...

CAREER: 8 Free Online Resources to Create an Album Cover

After you've dumped blood, sweat, and tears into recording and mixing an album, there still remains the final step of creating album artwork. While this element of the process may not be one artists want to sink a lot of time or energy into, these eight online resources can help musicians pull together cover art with ease...

FESTIVAL: Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces New Title Sponsor

John Nugent and Marc Iacona, co-owners of RIJF, LLC and co-producers of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, one of the world's leading jazz festivals, announced today that CGI Communications will be the festival's new title sponsor. 'CGI will succeed Xerox Corporation, which has been the festival's title sponsor since 2009,' said Marc Iacona, festival co-producer and executive director. 'We thank the Xerox team for 10 years of outstanding partnership and are grateful for all their support that engaged our fans and enhanced the festival's mission in countless ways...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David King

All About Jazz is celebrating David King's birthday today! David has been playing guitar since he was 8 but it became a serious concern when, in his teens he started going to gigs at Glasgow\'s legendary venue The Apollo in the early eighties witnessing guitar hero\'s galore including Alex Lifeson, Angus Young, and Andy Summers... Read more...

CAREER: Finding the Balance Between Creativity and Business

As a musician in today's industry, you often have to wear multiple hats. Of course you play the role of the creative- writing, experimenting, playing, practicing, and creating are part of your core being, coming to you almost as easily as breathing. But there's another hat- the business hat. More and more musicians are coming to terms with the fact that by building their career, they are in fact creating a small business- a business where they are the CEO. And that means you need to be thinking strategically. You need to gather information about your audience to influence your decisions, you need to think long term and create a plan for yourself, you need to consider your revenue streams and come up with ideas to grow and bring in more money, and you need to figure out how you will communicate your message to fans and potential fans...

CAREER: Essential Artist One-Sheet Checklist

For artists and bands, the single page overview of your band/music that is your one-sheet can be your ticket to selling your performance. Here we look at some of the must-haves to be included in such a document. Guest post by Garrett Gomez of Repost For those unfamiliar, a one-sheet is a one page overview of your band and/or music. Often, a one-sheet is used by PR agents, distributors, and other industry professionals to determine how sellable your band is to any given audience. When crafting a one-sheet, you want to ensure that it's pleasing to the eye and making an impactive impression of your band. By following our essential checklist, your one-sheet will stun readers and professionals alike...

CAREER: 3 Social Scenarios That Make an Artist Website More Important Than Ever

While many artists may be tempted to rely solely on their social media channels to connect with fans, and forego a website entirely, this strategy can backfire in a number of ways. Here we look at why have a dedicated website can be critical to an artist's success. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

RECORDING: Paul Simon to Release New Album - In the Blue Light - On September 7 Coinciding with Final Leg of Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour

'This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around. Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn't make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood.' -- Paul Simon, July 2018...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

All About Jazz is celebrating Vince Guaraldi's birthday today! By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi -- who forever described himself as "a reformed boogie-woogie pianist" -- worked hard for his big break. The man eventually dubbed "Dr. Funk" by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln High School and then San Francisco State College. Guaraldi began performing while in college... Read more...

RECORDING: This is Your Vinyl Notice

The long-playing 33&1/3 rpm record is far from dead. following up on the july 12 rifftides review of duck baker's LP of Thelonious Monk compositions, here are three other relatively recent vinyl albums worthy of your acquaintance. Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Agrima (Mahanthappa) Nine years following their first album, Apti, alto saxophonist Mahanthappa's trio further expand on the possibilities in combining music from his double heritage, American and Pakistani. Accompanied by the formidably energetic drummer and tabla player Dan Weiss and Rez Abassi -- a searching guitarist also of Pakistani heritage -- Mahanthappa includes a canny use of electronics to paint brilliant, sometimes startling, colors across a shifting landscape that is rocked by Weiss's tectonic rumblings when he is not being lyrical (yes, a drummer can be lyrical). In 'Revati,' the album's longest piece, the three develop compelling interaction. In 'Alap,' the short track that introduces the double album, Mahanthappa establishes his alto saxophone mastery and individualism. He underlines those attributes throughout this stimulating collaboration.Mahanthappa produced the album and seems to be distributing it digitally and physically from his website at rudreshm.com...

CAREER: Study Reveals Challenges Facing All Musicians

Making a living as a musician has never been regarded as one of the easier careers out there, and things don't appear to be getting any better in the streaming age, as a new study reveals why it is that so many artists have it so tough. Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange Music fans streamed the 25 tracks on Drake's new album, Scorpion, 745.92 million times in its first week, according to Billboard, and the album recorded 732,000 equivalent album sales in the U.S. for the week ending July 5...

FESTIVAL: 11th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival to be Held Sunday, September 16 from 2-6 PM -- Marc Ribot and the Jazzbeens to Headline

'The Red Hook Jazz Festival exists contentedly on the margins, like its namesake neighborhood and much of the music on its bill...The mood in the audience was neighborly, with a higher ratio of small children to youngish adults than I've seen at any musical event not expressly pitched as a kids' show.' -- Nate Chinen, New York Times...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Anton Schwartz

All About Jazz is celebrating Anton Schwartz's birthday today! 'What I require for music to really captivate me,' Anton says, 'is groove and intellect working in tandem. Music that gets into your bones, into your head and into your heart.' From Louis Armstrong and Lester Young to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, jazz's greatest improvisers create music that carries an emotional wallop. It's a lesson that tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz learned well. Like the giants from whom he draws inspiration... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Cannonball Adderley on Kung Fu

Between 1972 and 1975, David Carradine starred in a TV series called Kung Fu. He played Kwai Chang Caine, a Chinese Shaolin monk in the Wild West with only his Buddhist spiritualism and marshal-arts skills. Throughout the series, Carradine's character helped those who were defenseless and did away with those who hurt or harmed them. Along the way, he met many interesting and perplexing characters...

RECORDING: Soft Machine Announce New Album "Hidden Details" and World Tour Dates, with First North American Dates Since 1974

In support of their forthcoming new album, British music legends Soft Machine will embark on their first North American tour since 1974 in October 2018, followed by the second North-American leg of the tour in January/February 2019. In concert, their set list will include material from all parts of the band's repertoire from 1970 onwards, but this is emphatically not a nostalgia act resting on its laurels. Last weekend Soft Machine played their first two shows in North America since 1974 (it was in 1974 they toured USA and Canada during the Bundles/Allan Holdsworth era). Both shows, at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Quebec City, were exceptionally well received by the enthusiastic audience and local press...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Philly Joe Jones

All About Jazz is celebrating Philly Joe Jones' birthday today! Philly Joe Jones was born with the name Joseph Rudolph Jones in the city of Philadelphia on July 15, 1923. His mother, a piano teacher taught him the basics in music. In his formative years he also studied the drums with drummers the likes of Cozy Cole and Charles Wilcoxon, receiving valuable advise from Art Blakey and a then younger Max Roach. He established himself as "Philly Joe" Jones, from the name of the city of his birth... Read more...

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