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CAREER: Digital Marketing Tools, Resources for Independent Artists [part 1]

In part one of this two piece article, we break down some of the tools available to independent artists to employ as they balance their role of both musician and marketer, and what resources they can utilize to put themselves ahead of competitors when it comes to digital marketing. Guest Post by Raj Shah of the TuneCore Blog...

AWARD / GRANT: Doris Day Christmas Album

Each December for the past 10 years, I've carefully chosen a different album for inclusion in my annual JazzWax Vintage Holiday Album Hall of Fame. I established this yule repository in 2008 to steer you to great old-fashioned favorites that may be unknown to you or have been forgotten. I'm a shameless fan of holiday music, provided it meets my criteria: smart song choices and arrangements...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Warren Benbow's New Book, "A Drummer's Story" Now Available!

A Drummer's Story by Warren Benbow is now available. Jazz is one of the major forms of musical expression. In the 1970s, jazz was moving away from strict acoustic instruments and was adding electric instruments -- turning its style toward rock music. Warren Benbow, who has been playing drums since he was young, details the changes jazz music underwent in his artistic memoir, A Drummer's Story...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wadada Leo Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Wadada Leo Smith's birthday today! ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet-player, multi- instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in the creative contemporary world music for over thirty years. His theory of Jazz and World music was significant in his music development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith\'s early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen... Read more...

OBITUARY: Keely Smith (1929-2017)

Keely Smith, a vocalist best known in the 1950s at nightclubs and on TV as the stone-faced half of a husband-and-wife comic duo in which she impatiently waited out and mocked the rubbery crooning style of mate Louis Prima before delivering a sincere pop rendition of her own, died on December 16. She was 89...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: James Booker

All About Jazz is celebrating James Booker's birthday today! The Piano Prince. As a pianist from New Orleans, he has no peers,though there is legion of those who have tried to imitate, duplicate and emulate his phenomenal approach on the keys. James Carroll Booker III was born in New Orleans on December 17, 1939, son of a minister, who played piano. It was his sister's music teacher who taught him piano scales and to read music. He was known for his musical gifts at an early age... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Abercrombie

All About Jazz is celebrating John Abercrombie's birthday today! Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds (he played electronic mandolin on McCoy Tyner\'s 1993 album 4x4) and nontraditional ensembles (recent quartet recordings have included violinist Mark Feldman), Abercrombie is a restless experimenter... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/Spring 2018 Jazz Preview, Part 1

With 2017 winding down, it's time for StLJN's winter/spring preview, offering a look via video at the jazz and creative musicians who will be coming to perform in St. Louis in the first part of the new year. Going, as usual, in chronological order, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman will be the first well-known jazz visitor to St. Louis in 2018, checking in with his quartet for four nights of performances from Wednesday, January 3 through Saturday January 6 at Jazz at the Bistro...

RADIO: Copyright Royalty Board Raises Rates Siriusxm Pays for Music 40%

Responding to a request from SoundExchange and other artist advocates, the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) yesterday issued rate changes for for Sirius XM's satellite radio service, as well as for cable and satellite television music services provided by Music Choice and Muzak, from 2018 through 2022...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sound Diplomacy: Improving Music Cities Worldwide

For a music community to develop and thrive, it needs a city to grow in. So what is about iconic cities like London, Chicago, and Nashville that allow a local music culture to thrive, and how is this culture affected by governments and business? Sound Diplomacy seeks to answer these questions. Guest post by Leticia Trandafir of Landr...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube on Track to Launch "Remix" Streaming Music Service in March

While YouTube has made multiple attempts to get its users to go the extra mile and buy into its paid subscription services, it has had minimal success with either its Music Key or YouTube Red. That said, the popular video sharing platform has high hopes for its new Remix streaming service, said to be ready to drop this coming March...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 18, 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 Gregory Porter Nat King Cole and Me (Blue Note) 290 343 -5...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Palmieri

All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Palmieri's birthday today! Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold pioneering drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of both Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie's generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Oscar Peterson was an exceptional jazz pianist, especially in front of a live audience. His rousing playing style and robust sense of swing swept up everyone in a concert hall. My favorite live period for Peterson is from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Here are three recently posted videos from this era...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Live Music Today: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In this piece Joe Rinaldi reflects on the state of the live music industry, and how the rise of the streaming age and the drop off in retail sales has further increased the necessity of live performance for artists looking to make it in the music industry. Guest post by Joe Rinaldi, Managing Partner at San Diego's Music Box...

WEBSITE: Support the Jazz Near You House Concert Project

All About Jazz, a constant innovator for jazz online, continues to stretch the boundaries of its platform with the impending launch of a jazz house concerts website. The goal of the house concert website is to create more alternative venue performance opportunities for jazz musicians and generate greater turnouts for home concert presenters. We'll also encourage and provide guidance to anyone with the interest in hosting a home concert: from preparation to finding and booking a band...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Clark Terry

All About Jazz is celebrating Clark Terry's birthday today! Clark Terry\'s career in jazz spans more than sixty years. He is a world-class trumpeter, flugelhornist, educator, and NEA Jazz Master. He performed for seven U.S. Presidents, and was a Jazz Ambassador for State Department tours in the Middle East and Africa. More than fifty jazz festivals in all seven continents still feature him. He received a Grammy Award, two Grammy certificates, three Grammy nominations... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jeter Thompson 1930 - 2017

Pianist Jeter Thompson, whose leadership of the groups Quartette Tres Bien and Trio Tres Bien made him a significant figure on the St. Louis jazz scene from the Gaslight Square era into the 21st century, died on Friday, December 1. He was 87 years old. Born in St. Louis on March 16, 1930, Thompson started playing piano at five years old, and made his first professional appearance at age 16 in 1946, performing with saxophonist Emmett Carter at a downtown club called the Coconut Grove...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Three Female Singers

As the week draws to a close, here are three videos of jazz singers I love and have posted about this year along with their current albums: Here's Georgia Mancio in Scotland this year singing The Last Goodbye... Here's Tessa Souter at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in July singing songs from her upcoming album, Pictures in Black and White...

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