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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joao Gilberto

All About Jazz is celebrating Joao Gilberto's birthday today! Born Joao Gilberto do Prado Pereira de Oliveira on June 10, 1931, in the town of Juazeiro in the northeastern state of Bahia, Brazil. His father was a wealthy merchant who insisted that all of his seven children receive an education. Gilberto defied his father\'s wishes however, devoting himself to music after receiving a guitar from his godfather at the age of 14. By the age of 18, Gilberto had moved to Salvador, the capital of Bahia... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Tony Adamo and Roger Smith of Tower of Power Collaborate on "Rain Man Make It Rain Love My Way" -- Becomes All About Jazz Top Track

Tony Adamo on his collaboration with Roger Smith... My Tower of Power (TOP) connection goes back more than 20 years to a recording session in Dave Hartel's studio in Half Moon Bay, California. Hartel was the organ player for Lydia Pense and Cold Blood at the time, and brought in Mic Gillette and Skip Mesquite to lay down the horn tracks on one of my new songs. From that session Mic and I became fast friends. He continued to write and play on the following horn arrangements to some of the songs that appeared on my early CDs: No Strings, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Lolita, Up in It, and Groove Therapy. Mic came up with another brilliant horn arrangement for 'Groove Therapy.' I wrote this particular song with the funky doctor, 'Doc Kupka' in mind. The rhythm section on this song included Neil Larsen (organ), Ready Freddie Washington (bass), James Gadson (drums) with 'Doc' on (bariton sax) in the horn section. Doc suggested I do a cover of TOP's, "This Time It's Real." Mic wrote a new horn arrangement and played on this song along with "Doc" and Tom Politzer...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Barron

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Barron's birthday today! Kenny Barron\'s unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired "The Los Angeles Times" to name him "one of the top jazz pianists in the world" and "Jazz Weekly" to call him "The most lyrical pianist of our time." Philadelphia is the birthplace of many great musicians, including one of the undisputed masters of the jazz piano: Kenny Barron... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: African American Music Month Turns 39

It's been almost forty years since president Jimmy Carter established African-American Music Month to recognize the cultural contribution of black musicians. Here William Glanz explores the origins of the month, and the effect it's had on music consumption and beyond. Guest post by William Glanz of Soundexchange...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Boogie Stomp to Appear at Two Special Shows Featuring Music from the Forthcoming CD 'Disturbing the Peace"

BOOGIE STOMP WILL PERFORM MUSIC FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING SUMMER RELEASE 'DISTURBING THE PEACE' WITH TWO SPECIAL CONCERTS AT THE EAST LANSING SUMMER SOLSTICE JAZZ FESTIVAL AND AT PIANOFORTE IN CHICAGO On Friday, June 22nd, Boogie Stomp will appear at The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (SSJF) The SSJF salutes jazz one of the truly American art forms, and offers this free two-day event in a lively outdoor setting...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: June 11, 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 Joey Alexander Eclipse (Motema) 322 330 -8 2 51 1 5 2 2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Uri Caine

All About Jazz is celebrating Uri Caine's birthday today! Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Since moving to New York City Caine has recorded sixteen albums as a leader... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Vinyl? The Reason Record Collectors Collect

In this piece Sunny Stuart Winter takes on the question of why vinyl (now in its best year since 1991) has such appeal for collectors, and what the demographic of record collectors looks like in the wake of Record Store Day 2018. Guest post by Sunny Stuart Winter According to the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), in 2017, sales of vinyl records hit their highest level since 1991, with over 4 million vinyl albums sold in the UK. As Record Store Day 2018 came around, I took to the streets of London to interview those queuing to hear the long and short of their long-play passion...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Flutist Andrea Brachfeld and Her Quartet Insight to Perform at the Triad Theater, NYC, Monday, June 18

Flutist/composer m: Andrea Brachfeld will perform a CD release show for her new Jazzheads recording, If Not Now, When?, at the Triad Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Monday, June 18 at 9:30pm. The 'incredible clarity of purpose' Brachfeld gained after spending 2016 in deep introspection about her life and music generated the nine original compositions on her exhilarating new album. The quartet outing, featuring the dynamic rhythm section of pianist, arranger, co-composer, and co-producer m: Bill O'Connell, a longtime collaborator, as well as bassist m: Harvie S and drummer m: 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: Tal Farlow

All About Jazz is celebrating Tal Farlow's birthday today! Tal Farlow was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and was brought up in a musical atmosphere. His father played several musical instruments, including some of the fretted ones, while the piano in the house was played by his mother and his sister, who became a fine classical pianist. Tal trained as a signwriter and continued with this work throughout his life in parallel with his music... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Five Solos by Hal McKusick

Yesterday, I was thinking about the late m: Hal McKusick. So I thought I'd share five clips with you of Hal playing solos: Here's Hal on also saxophone playing Don't Worry About Me... Here's Hal on You're Everywhere... Here's Hal playing I'm Glad There Is You on clarinet...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Startups Should Be Included in the Music Modernization Act

Adding to the already intense level of criticism being levied at the Music Modernization Act, this piece from Chris Castle delves into the legislation's failure to properly include startups, and why they should be more present in the legislative process and the act itself. By Chris Castle of musictech.solutions from The Trichordist...

CAREER: 6 Reasons to Create Playlists, Share Them with Fans

As streaming continues to dominate music consumption, (with an eye towards replacing the album altogether) artists have a lot to gain by assembling their own playlists and promoting them to fans. Here we look at six benefits in particular. By Hugh McIntyre for the Tunecore blog. Some people claim that playlists have replaced the album, and while they do sometimes have a fair point or two, the transition hasn't happened yet, and it probably won't for some time. Having said that, now that we live in a streaming-first world, playlists have become more important than ever, and not just for listening. Compiling your own playlists can be a fantastic way for you to interact with your fans and form strong relationships, but how...

CAREER: Top 5 Platforms and Tools to Livestream Events Online 2018

The return on investment for live video vs pre-recorded is obvious and something that artists can capitalize on. Here are the five best platforms and software tools to get the job done. Guest post by Amanda Smith Live streaming tools are offering fresh, effective and interesting perspectives to influencers. Influencers are no longer interested in delivering personality driven scripts. This can be attributed to the fact that the returns on scripted videos and pre-recorded videos are significantly declining. Live streaming provides a host of benefits such as allowing influencers to address the queries of their audience, make them more accessible to viewers, build trust, refine and fine-tune marketing strategies, etc...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Grant Green

All About Jazz is celebrating Grant Green's birthday today! Green was born on June 6, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri. He first performed in a professional setting at the age of 13. His early influences were Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker; however, he played extensive R and B gigs in his home town and in East Saint Louis, IL while developing his jazz chops. His first recordings in St. Louis were with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest for the Delmark label... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why All New Music is Released on Friday: 3 Reasons

If you feel like a lot of new music has been dropping on Fridays, it's no accident. Here we look at the three main reasons why Friday is the number one release day choice for record labels around the world. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 You might have noticed that all new music released by record labels always comes on a Friday and wondered why. After all, Friday generally isn't a great day for communication online (especially via email) as people are especially frantic before the weekend. And if you remember back to before 2015, Tuesday used to be release day in the U.S...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Peter Erskine

All About Jazz is celebrating Peter Erskine's birthday today! Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 600 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992). Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Junka

Sonny Clark was an elegant jazz pianist who recorded in the hard bop era and was influenced primarily by Bud Powell, though there's a touch of Horace Silver in his punctuation. Clark was a sideman on many important albums, including recordings by Buddy DeFranco, Serge Chaloff, Frank Rosolino, Sonny Criss, Howard Rumsey, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Le Morgan, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon and many others. Surprisingly, he recorded only 10 studio leadership albums...

CAREER: Essentials of an Online Music Press Kit

As an artist or band, having a comprehensive press kit available on your website is critical to getting press or having venues promote your shows. Here we look at the essential elements of any online press kit for a band or musician. 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...

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