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VIDEO / DVD: Doc: Dizzy Gillespie, 1990

In 1990, a documentary about trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was released that featured not a word of voiceover narration. Instead, To Bop or Not to Be: A Jazz Life, by Norwegian director Jan Horne, simply featured musician interviews in English, concert performances and archival footage. My guess is this approach was favored so the filmmakers wouldn't have to translate or provide subtitles for non-Norwegian viewers. The result is a surprising film without guardrails that showcases the exceptionalism of Gillespie -- his musicianship, his humor and his modernist invention called bebop. Here's the documentary...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify Will Become a Full Stack Music Company [mark Mulligan]

Spotify needs to become much more than just a music streamer if its going to be ever be profitable, writes analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA. And while many of the actions it is likely to take will antagonize its label partners, Spotify will be left with little choice once it becomes a public company answering to stockholders...

CAREER: 4 Things You Can Giveaway in Exchange for an Email Address

While Facebook should be an essential part of any music marketing plan, so much about this and any social network is beyond your control. Remember MySpace? But you email list is yours, and yours only. Here's how to grow your email list: By Chelsea Ira of New Artist Model on the Tunecore blog...

CONTEST: 7 Virtual Jazz Club's Global Online Jazz Contest 2017 Edition - Total ?€ 7,000 in Prizes

The 7 Virtual Jazz Club continues its worldwide search for emerging and under recognized creative musicians from all ages and backgrounds. The winner will receive € 4,000, while another € 2,000 will go to the best new talent (the 'Best New Talent' is a musician -- soloist or band member -- who is considered the best musician by the jury, even if he or she doesn't reach the finals) and the musicians who tally the most popular votes by the web community will receive € 1,000...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Hargrove

All About Jazz is celebrating Roy Hargrove's birthday today! Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of this generation\'s premier players in jazz and beyond. Hargrove was born in Waco, TX on October 16, 1969. Inspired by the gospel music he heard in church on Sundays and the R&B and funk music that played on the radio, Roy began learning the trumpet in the fourth grade. By junior high school, he was playing at an advanced level of proficiency. At 16... Read more...

RECORDING: Gene Ammons: Blue Groove

Between 1961 and '62, tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons was struggling with a menacing heroin habit. His sizable number of recording sessions during these years was partly due to his need for cash. Ammons's first arrest, conviction and prison term lasted from 1958 to 1960. The second bust came in late 1962. According to Bob Porter, writing in Soul Jazz: Jazz in the Black Community 1945-1975, "The arrest warrant charge was possession with intent to sell. The case against Ammons was built with all the subtlety of an inquisition. In today's judicial climate, the case would clearly be one of entrapment, but that didn't help Ammons in the Illinois of 1962. He spent more than seven years behind bars...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Just Announced! The Dean Brown Band Rolajafufu Fall Tour 2017

TOUR DATES Nov 02: Bemowskie Centrum Kultury Warsaw, Poland Nov 03: Jazz w muzeum Festival Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland Nov 04: Vier Peh Stuttgart, Germany Nov 05: Ronnie Scott's London, United Kingdom Nov 07: Master Class- University of Music Mannheim Mannheim, Germany Nov 08 New Morning Paris, France Nov 10: Jazz Club Rorschach Rorschach, Switzerland Nov 11: Jazz Club Pod Filarami Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland Nov 12: Centrum Artystyczne Eljazz Bydgoszcz, Poland Nov 13: Fasching Stockholm, Sweden Nov 14: Club Doupe Prague, Czech Republic Nov 15: AghaRTA Jazz Centrum Prague, Czech Republic Nov 16: Clinic/Master class- Gaste Garage Osnabruck, Germany Nov 17: Clinic/Master class- Gaste Garage Osnabruck, Germany Nov 18: Gaste Garage Hasbergen, Germany...

RECORDING: "Funny Face" 60th Anniversary Celebrated with Deluxe, Expanded Version of Soundtrack Via Verve Records/Ume

60th ANNIVERSARY OF 'FUNNY FACE' CELEBRATED WITH DELUXE, EXPANDED VERSION OF SOUNDTRACK FROM CLASSIC FILM STARRING FRED ASTAIRE AND AUDREY HEPBURN ORIGINAL 13 SELECTIONS ARE FULLY RESTORED AND AUGMENTED BY EIGHT PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS TRACKS To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the classic Audrey Hepburn/Fred Astaire musical film, 'Funny Face,' Verve Records/UMe is releasing an expanded version of the colorful soundtrack featuring, for the first time ever, all the songs from the beloved romantic comedy resequenced in the order in which they're heard in the film. Available September 29 on CD and digital, the 60th anniversary edition has been re-mastered in high-res audio for the first time and is augmented with eight previously unreleased bonus tracks, giving listeners the opportunity to hear earlier alternate versions of the songs including a few from rehearsals...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today! Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to "Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," "Whoop-up," "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV\'s Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single... Read more...

RECORDING: Francois Bourassa Quartet Releases "Number 9" on Effendi Records

Featuring Francois Bourassa (piano, compositions), Andre Leroux (saxophones), Guy Boisvert (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums) Available October 27 on Effendi Records (distributed worldwide by Naxos) Award-winning, critically-acclaimed pianist/composer Francois Bourassa's new album -- Number 9, his ninth album of all original music, dropping on October 27, 2017 on Effendi Records (distributed worldwide by Naxos), features his Quartet of longtime collaborators, saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist Andre Leroux, bassist Guy Boisvert and drummer Greg Ritchie. This elite squad of musicians, and their singular telepathy and esprit de corps, was first revealed to the world on their album, Indefinite Time (2002). Since that time Bourassa has built significantly on the power, agility and emotional range that garnered him a JUNO award in 2001 (for his recording, Live). With the release of Number 9 The Francois Bourassa Quartet stake a claim as one of the most compelling groups active on the global jazz/improvised music scene today...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Garrison Fewell

All About Jazz is celebrating Garrison Fewell's birthday today! "The guitarist formerly known as one of Boston\'s most eloquent inside players has become one of its leading experimenters," writes Boston Phoenix\'s Jon Garelick, who included Fewell\'s ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, on his best of 2009 list. Fewell, a professor at Berklee College since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 35 years as one of the jazz world\'s premier performer/educators... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Harold Lopez-Nussa

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa, who will make his St. Louis debut with performances starting this coming Wednesday, October 18 and continuing through Saturday, October 21 at Jazz at the Bistro. Now 34 years old, Lopez-Nussa grew up as part of a musical family in Havana, Cuba. His father, drummer Ruy Francisco Lopez-Nussa, and uncle Ernan, a pianist, both were working musicians; his mother Mayra Torres was a piano teacher; and his younger brother Ruy Lopez-Nussa is the drummer in Harold's trio...

CAREER: 5 Band Skills That Can Apply Towards a Career

Although popular notions may suggest that holding down an additional job means you've somehow failed to 'make it' in music, this is far from the truth, and many relatively well known artists still maintain some other form of day job. Here we look five band skills that artists can also apply towards a career...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Warner Music Cuts Deal with Mixcloud

Mixcloud, a British streaming service that allows listeners to share and consume radio shows, recently announced that it is signing on to a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group, and possibly other music giants including Sony and Universal. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Mixcloud has announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group, and is said to also be pursuing similar deals with both Universal and Sony Music as well. The company is known as a platform for podcasts, DJ sets and radio shows that include celebrity music artists, DJs and publications like Tiesto, Moby, Erykah Badu, David Byrne of the Talking Heads and The Guardian (including my Inner Circle podcast)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Songkick to Shutter in November

Ticketing company Songkick revealed that they plan to cease operations at the end of the month, according to a client letter from the company. Songkick, which allowed artists to sell tickets directly to fans, said in the letter that they plan to continue their lawsuit against Live Nation and their ticketing subsidiary Ticketmaster, but would effectively shutter the company next month...

RECORDING: King Crimson Releases "Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017" and "Sailors' Tales (1970-1972)"

King Crimson's Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago, June 28th, 2017, a two CD set, taken from the band's most recent US tour, was released today (October 13, 2017). Presented as a King Crimson Collectors' Club special edition, King Crimson's Live in Chicago is packaged in a media-book style hard cover 2CD edition with a 24 pages booklet featuring photographs by Tony Levin, introductory notes by Robert Fripp and photos/production notes by KC producer/manager David Singleton...

RECORDING: The Ed Palermo Big Band Brings Together Two Fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he's hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 and 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck to King Crimson, Traffic, and Jethro Tull...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 16, 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) 330...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Konitz

All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Konitz's birthday today! Konitz is sometimes regarded as the preeminent cool jazz saxophonist, because he performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill, Lennie Tristano (both often cited as important cool jazz proponents of the mid 1940s), and with Miles Davis on his epochal Birth of the Cool, which gave the form its name... Read more...

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