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CAREER: Improving the Press Section of Your Website

Remarkably, many bands and artists don't have a press section on their website, or may simply have a list of press releases in its stead. Here we look at how to create and/or improve the press section of your website, and why it needs to be done. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It's amazing that so many brands (which includes artists and bands as well as companies) don't have a proper 'Press' section on their website that contains all the information that a journalist or blogger might need when writing a story. I speak from personal experience as a writer in that I'm always surprised with what I can't find on a typical site, instead of what I can...

FOR SALE: Jazz Vinyl Lover? Sign up for "Vinyl Me, Please" Classics Club

It's been the worst kept semi-secret on Vinyl Me, Please these last two months: we've launched a new side subscription called Vinyl Me, Please Classics. Every month, current members of the main Vinyl Me, Please club, can sign up to receive an album in the classic genres of jazz, blues or soul. Want a crate-digger soul classic? Want to have a jazz brunch? Then this is the subscription service for you...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary McFarland

All About Jazz is celebrating Gary McFarland's birthday today! Gary McFarland was one of the more significant contributors to orchestral jazz during the 1960s. He had an unfortunately short career. But he was surprisingly productive in the brief decade he was captured on record (1960-70). An "adult prodigy," as Gene Lees once noted, McFarland was an ingenious composer whose music revealed shades of complex emotional subtlety and clever childlike simplicity. While in the army... Read more...

INTERVIEW: Interview: Pat Senatore

Back in September, I posted on the V.I.P. Trio, a group featuring Cedar Walton (p), Pat Senatore (b) and Billy Higgins (d) that recorded two superb albums of standards for Japan's California Breeze label in Los Angeles in 1988. Though the albums were not released in the States, they recently were re-issued by Fresh Sound on two CD volumes. You'll find Vol. 1 here or here, and Vol. 2 here or here...

RECORDING: Doug Beavers' Art of the Arrangement Submitted for Grammy Nomination Consideration

Grammy Award winner m: Doug Beavers has been recognized as a leading trombonist and 'an arranger of the first-class.' (Harvey Siders, JazzTimes). ArtistShare is proud to submit his exciting new recording, Art of the Arrangement for this year's Grammy nomination consideration. To celebrate musical arrangement as a unique and vital art form, Beavers has enlisted a dream team of historical arrangers, including m: Ray Santos, m: Jose Madera, m: Marty Sheller, and m: Oscar Hernandez, to craft new works for large ensemble. Beavers contributes his own masterful compositions and arrangements, including a new take on m: Bobby Hutcherson's 'Montara Elegua?,' which features the incredible percussionist/vocalist m: Pedrito Martinez. Listen now for the excitement of traditional Afro-Latin rhythms presented in stunning contemporary arrangements...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jane Bunnett

All About Jazz is celebrating Jane Bunnett's birthday today! Jane Bunnett has become one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada, and has gained recognition around the world for her improvising talents, technical proficiency, and writing and band leading abilities. Born and educated in Toronto, she trained as a classical pianist from 1975-78 (attaining Grade 10 Piano Honors), until tendentious forced a switch to woodwinds at the Royal Conservatory... Read more...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Recent Reading: A Book About Vibes

Anthony Smith, Masters of The Vibes (Marimba Productions, Inc.) Smith's book includes a timeline that traces the history of the vibraphone, which early in its life began to be popularly known to its players and to listeners simply as vibes or the vibes. The greater part of the book consists of Smith's transcribed conversations with 34 vibes players -- famous ones like m: Terry Gibbs, m: Gary Burton, m: Charlie Shoemake and Warren Wolf, and newcomers including m: Yuhan Su, m: Joel Ross and m: Jake Chapman...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, for Your Consideration

Attention Grammy members: For you consideration, m: Low Society's Sanctified is on the ballot for the 2018 Grammy Awards in the American Roots category. m: Low Society have a long way to go to actually win it, but their latest album Sanctified has been entered for consideration. The Memphis based band's music may be way too sexy for the Academy Members, but you must admit stranger things have happened in American elections recently. First Round Voting is now open to and members are now allowed to vote online...

ADVOCACY: The Sonny Rollins Bridge Project Seeks to Rename NYC's Williamsburg Bridge to Commemorate Rollins' Musical Sabbatical There from 1959-1961

In the summer of 1959, saxophonist Sonny Rollins disappeared from the jazz scene. He was 28 years old and at the height of his career. He would not record or perform publicly for almost three years, a virtual eternity for a jazz musician. Instead, Rollins took it to the bridge: he would practice, typically alone, up to 16 hours a day on the pedestrian walkway of New York's Williamsburg Bridge, not far from his home on the Lower East Side. Rollins has said of the experience: 'Playing against the sky really does improve your volume, and your wind capacity. I could have just stayed up there forever...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dizzy Gillespie

All About Jazz is celebrating Dizzy Gillespie's birthday today! John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. Most noted for his trademark "swollen cheeks"... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Sammy Miller and the Congregation

This week, let's get acquainted via video with drummer Sammy Miller and his band, the Congregation. The NYC-based group will make their St. Louis debut next week as part of an educational residency for Jazz St. Louis, wrapping up their time here with performances on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 at Jazz at the Bistro...

CAREER: 10 Things You Should Do as Soon as You Sign up New Music for Distribution

While signing up for a distribution process is certainly an important of getting your music out there, it doesn't end there. Here we look at ten things you must do once you've signed it up for distribution to ensure your new tunes actually make an impact. Guest post by Chris Robley of DIY Musician...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Richard Elliot Live in Concert in Norfolk on November 4th!

It should come as no surprise to Richard Elliot's longtime fans that he would, at some point in his career, choose to celebrate funk in such a dedicated, decisive way. It was, after all, with the legendary Tower of Power that many first heard the saxophone virtuosity of Richard Elliot. Although he was born in Scotland and grew up in Los Angeles, where he started playing saxophone while in middle school, his five-year run with the Bay Area Institution ToP during the 1980s was when Richard Elliot first came to prominence...

RECORDING: Torben Waldorff Celebrates 10 Years of Artistshare and Submission for Grammy Nomination Consideration

m: Torben Waldorff celebrates 10 years of music making on ArtistShare and his fifth Project, Holiday on Fire. The recording features Torben's intricate original compositions written specifically for his incredible band of top-notch players, trumpeter m: Ingrid Jensen, drummer m: Johnathan Blake, bassist m: Drew Gress and pianist m: Maggi Olin. Recorded on 'holiday' in New York City, the band is on fire...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 23, 2017

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 Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It (Mack Avenue) 300...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jelly Roll Morton

All About Jazz is celebrating Jelly Roll Morton's birthday today! The city of New Orleans has the distinction of being the 'birthplace of jazz' so its appropriate that in New Orleans in or around 1885 to 1890 would be born the self-proclaimed 'inventor of jazz'. Ferdinand Joseph Lemott (Lamothe) and his story is one of mystery, legend, genius, with an incredulous outcome, and original musical score... Read more...

RECORDING: Soulive New Release "Next" - Street Date March 12, 2002

Soulive is a band whose time has come. They're the soul-jazz organ trio whose raucous live performances earned them a devoted legion of fans few of their contemporaries can brag about. The group whose Blue Note debut "Doin' Something" captured that live energy and combined it with Fred Wesley's signature horn arrangements, ushering in a new sound. But just when you thought you knew these guys, they recorded their follow-up record, entitled "NEXT", and reinvented themselves in the process...

RECORDING: Native Language Music to Release "Smooth Jazz Awards Collection, Vol. 2"

Premiere New Track By Everette Harp and Brian Bromberg IRVINE, CA -- In connection with this year's Third Annual National Smooth Jazz Awards, Native Language Music will be releasing "Smooth Jazz Awards Collection, Vol. 2" nationwide on Tuesday, February 26, 2002. The Greatest Hits compilation will feature 11 tracks from this year's Smooth Jazz Award-nominated artists, and one brand-new track recorded specifically for this compilation by saxophonist Everette Harp and bassist Brian Bromberg...

RECORDING: Entropy Stereo Releases Faruq Z. Bey's 19 Moons

Faruq Z. Bey is no stranger to the creative music form. On 19 Moons, he is joined by veteran jazz group the Northwoods Improvisers in a very natural match of thoughtfulness and creativity. Faruq Z. Bey founded the seminal Detroit jazz group Griot Galaxy. Griot Galaxy was on the vanguard of challenging music throughout the 1970s and 1980s earning them much international acclaim. Faruq is currently in the group Speaking in Tongues and appears on a new release as a member of the Lincoln Street Music Company, documenting a 1983 performance with other Detroit jazz legends...

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