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RECORDING: David Klein Quartet’S "My Marilyn", a Jazz Homage to Marilyn Monroe Now Available in the US on Enja

A Huge Hit in Europe, My Marilyn Features Saxophonist Klein with Mulgrew Miller (piano), Ira Coleman (bass), Marcello Pellitteri (drums) and Miriam Klein (vocals) The David Klein Quintet's My Marilyn (ENJA) is a heartfelt tribute to the Marilyn Monroe the star and the woman. A huge hit in Europe (selling more that 30,000 copies), My Marilyn is now available in the U.S. The CD has received acclaim from European critics and Marilyn's friends alike. "Swiss saxophonist David Klein risks an intense flirt with the elegant melodies from Monroe's movies, perfectly supported by a superb rhythm section and his mother, singer Miriam Klein, whose interpretations are utterly fascinating. Great music, wonderful booklet."&#151 STEREOPLAY...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Tunecore Passes $1 Billion in Revenue to Artists

Tunecore has passed the $1 billion milestone in revenue paid to artists from streaming and sales. That impressive number does not include revenue from other TuneCore offerings, such as Publishing Administration and YouTube revenue collection. According to the IFPI's 2016 Report, while overall digital revenues for the global recorded music market grew by 17.7 percent, revenue earned by TuneCore's independent artists grew by 32 percent. Similarly, while streaming revenue for the global recording industry grew by 60.4 percent, TuneCore's streaming revenue grew by 85 percent...

CAREER: How to Instantly Improve a Band Bio

A bio is a standard part of the package for every band or artist, but beyond covering the basics, it's usually a good idea to try and spruce it up a bit, either to convey your creativity or come off as more professional. Here we look at five tactics for easily improving your bio. Guest post by Allison Johnelle Boron of the ReverbNation Blog...

VIDEO / DVD: Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1969

And on this final day of my four-part series of tributes to Dizzy Gillespie, I saved the best for last: In November 1969, Jazz at the Philharmonic was in London. In the following video, we get to hear producer Norman Granz introduce the first jam-session septet (and oh was a group): Dizzy Gillespie (t), James Moody (as, fl), Clark Terry (flh), Zoot Sims (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Bob Cranshaw (b) and Louie Bellson (d), plus T. Bone Walker (g) added on three songs...

RECORDING: Nashville Jazz Crusader Rahsaan Barber's 3rd CD as a Leader, "The Music in the Night," Due Nov. 3

Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader m: Rahsaan Barber's years of activity as a performer, producer, presenter, educator, and most recently DJ in his native Nashville have established him as an integral part of the city's vibrant jazz scene. In fact, Barber named his record label and concert production company Jazz Music City to make the point that there's more to America's 'Music City' than the Grand Ole Opry...

RECORDING: Jim Hall and Red Mitchell - "Live at Sweet Basil 1978" Released on Artistshare and Submitted for Grammy Nomination Consideration

Considered by many to be the "father of modern jazz guitar," m: Jim Hall is revered by peers and audiences around the world. The previously unreleased recording, Valse Hot - Sweet Basil 1978, captures the exciting, spontaneous musical dialogue between Jim Hall and bassist m: Red Mitchell, featuring the legendary duo's inventive and lyrical approach to jazz standards. One listen and you will agree that it is quite possibly the greatest jazz guitar recording in history...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tim Garland

All About Jazz is celebrating Tim Garland's birthday today! Tim Garland is widely known as one of the UKs most successful musical exports working in jazz. Much of his output reflects interests beyond conventional jazz boundaries and he is increasingly acknowledged for large ensemble writing including many orchestral pieces, works for chamber ensembles, choirs, and of course many commissions from jazz ensembles of all kinds. He first made international waves playing saxophone... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Dizzy in Denmark, 1970

Day #3 of my Dizzy Gillespie tribute. Today, a concert video of Gillespie with his big band at the Tivoli Gardens Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, on November, 4 1970. And what a monster big band it was! The musicians were Gillespie (tp, voc); Benny Bailey, Art Farmer, Dusko Goycovich and Idrees Sulieman (tp); Nat Peck, Ake Persson and Erik van Lier (tb); Tony Coe and Derek Humble(as); BIlly Mitchel and Ronnie Scott (ts); Sahib Shihab (bs); Francy Bolland (p); Jimmy Woode (b) and Kenny Clarke (d)...

ADVOCACY: Unesco Sets the Stage for International Jazz Day in 2018, 2019

Sometimes you know, sometimes you don't- until the last minute. That's been the case with International Jazz Day celebrations. But apparently it's no longer going to be kept close to the vest. Since the global program was created in 2011, major events were held in Paris, New Orleans and UN headquarters in New York City in 2012. Global Host Cities for the all-star concert and major celebrations included Istanbul in 2013, Osaka in 2014 and Paris in 2015, with at least a few months' advance notice...

AWARD / GRANT: 3-Time Emmy-Nominated Composer Steve Sandberg's Artistshare Debut Submitted for Grammy Consideration

3-time Emmy-nominated composer m: Steve Sandberg's ArtistShare debut, Alaya, is hailed as a breakthrough recording whose compositions masterfully blend classical and world music genres with the excitement of virtuosic improvisation. We are proud to submit Alaya for this year's Grammy nomination consideration in the Contemporary Instrumental genre. Alaya started as an All About Jazz/Launchpad project and was picked up by ArtistShare after a highly successful fan- funding campaign...

RECORDING: Dave Pietro's Artistshare Debut "New Road: Iowa Memoirs" for Grammy Nomination Consideration

A gifted saxophonist/composer and key member of the Multi-Grammy Award winning m: Maria Schneider Orchestra, m: Dave Pietro spent many months in Iowa working with young students in music programs all around the state as artist-in-residence. Throughout his residency, sponsored by the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditiorium, New York-based Pietro experienced the new environment, culture, and customs of the Great Midwest...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Anita O'Day

All About Jazz is celebrating Anita O'Day's birthday today! Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919, O'Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O'Day and in the late 1930's began singing in a jazz club called the Off-Beat, a popular hangout for musicians like band leader and drummer Gene Krupa. In 1941 she joined Krupa's band, and a few weeks later Krupa hired trumpeter Roy Eldridge... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jazz This Week: Harold Lopez-Nussa, Filippo Cosentino, Alice Ripley, and More

This week's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes a pianist from Cuba, a guitarist from Italy, a cabaret show from a singer and actress who has earned Broadway's highest honor, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, October 18 Cuban-born pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa makes his St. Louis debut in the first of four evenings at Jazz at the Bistro. For more about Lopez-Nussa and some video samples of him and his trio in action, see this post from last Saturday...

RECORDING: Dizzy Gillespie at Cornell in 1947

In early October 1947, Billy Shaw, a partner in the Gale booking agency, announced in Downbeat magazine that client Dizzy Gillespie and his big band would be performing at Cornell University on October 18. Why would a big band that played bebop, not dance music, bother to travel nearly six hours northwest to Ithaca, N.Y., on roads predating the New York State Thruway? The answer is Marshall Stearns, an ardent jazz fan, writer and critic who was on staff at Cornell. According to Christopher Coady's John Lewis and the Challenge of "Real" Black Music, Stearns helped form the Cornell Rhythm Club, a university jazz club that invited Gillespie. The club arranged for a series of concerts and lectures that tied together jazz from the past with jazz from the present to demonstrate contemporary influences and to demonstrate that jazz, like all great art, was an ongoing, evolving story...

TECHNOLOGY: Universal Music Launches Music Tech Startup Initiative

Universal Music Group has launched a music tech accelerator engagement network aimed at promoting the development of innovative music-based start-ups globally. Designed to support the contributions that accelerator programs provide to the global start-up ecosystem, UMG will work with entrepreneurial programs to assist in the evaluation and development of music-based start-ups. UMG will contribute music industry expertise during the application process and mentor accepted digital music companies, while accelerators will guide these new companies in developing, launching and raising funding for innovative new products...

CAREER: Best Ways to Invest in Your Music Career and in Yourself

When cultivating a career in music, cash can be hard to come, and when it does finally begin to roll in, it's critical that you take the time to reinvest at least a portion of the funds back into your career. Here we look at some smart and effective ways to invest in your music career. Guest post by Emma Miller...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Vnue Acquires Set.FM from Pledgemusic

Just one year after PledgeMusic finalized its acquisition of Set.fm, it has now sold it to live event recording and release platform VNUE for an undisclosed sum. VNUE Inc. (OTC: VNUE), a service that records and releases live concerts, has announced the acquisition of Set.fm from direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic. VNUE also owns and operates DiscLive...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Saxophonist Mark Turner Profiled in International Arts Magazine

The latest issue of Music and Literature showcases and explores the career of American saxophonist m: Mark Turner. Exclusive tributes and appreciations from over 20 of Turner's musical collaborators and admirers, including m: Avishai Cohen, m: Kurt Rosenwinkel, Maria Kim Grand, m: Marcus Gilmore, m: Gilad Hekselman, m: Ethan Iverson, m: Billy Hart, m: Jorge Rossy, among many others, complement an extensive new retrospective interview with music critic Ben Ratliff...

EVENT: Bric Announces Third Annual Bric Jazzfest, a World-Class Jazz Festival in the Heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, October 14-21, 2017

Acclaimed New Festival Brings Together Globe-Trotting Jazz Legends, Groundbreaking Emerging Jazz Artists From Brooklyn And Beyond, And Grows In Third Year To Include: A Full Week of Programming, Much of it Free, Featuring Performances By m: Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkesta Directed by m: Marshall Allen, m: Vijay Iyer, The m: Terri Lyne Carrington Band, m: GoGo Penguin and More A Two-Night Jazz Film Series Featuring Screenings of Chasing Trane (2016) and more A Three-Night Marathon, with 27 Groups Performing Overlapping Sets in the BRIC House Ballroom, Gallery and Artist Studio A New Jazz and Justice Panel Discussion, Moderated By Musician and Author Greg Tate, on the Social Impact of Jazz New Student Workshops For Elementary and Middle School Students to Engage with World- Class Jazz Artists and Educators A New EVIDENCE Community Dance Class by Master Artist/Choreographer Ronald K. Brown BRIC is pleased to announce programming and other details of the 2017 BRIC JazzFest, the third annual edition of the celebrated Brooklyn jazz festival, conceived and curated by Jack Walsh, Lia Crockett and Brice Rosenbloom. As it expands even more in its third year, the Festival continues to deliver on the promise Nate Chinen suggested in The New York Times when he wrote, 'Given what's still a limited infrastructure for jazz in Brooklyn, BRIC JazzFest could be an important force for good.' The Festival takes place over the course of a week (October 14-21), featuring film, dance, panel discussion and student workshops, and culminates with a three-day concert marathon, with performances taking place simultaneously in the various spaces comprising BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Barney Kessel

All About Jazz is celebrating Barney Kessel's birthday today! Legendary musician, guitarist, influential jazz artist, composer, arranger, session player, record producer, one of the leading figures in West Coast jazz, later delving into hard bop, Barney Kessel is now generally considered by fans, critics and fellow musicians around the world to be arguably one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Barney Kessel was truly everywhere as a musician. People, who had never heard of him... Read more...

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