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WEBSITE: Connect with Your Friends at All About Jazz / Jazz Near You at Jazzahead! 2018

Dear JazzAhead! 2018 conference goers! All About Jazz and Jazz Near You's c: Michael Ricci and c: Maxim Micheliov will be on hand for this year's conference, connecting with old friends and making new ones. As always, we're looking to collaborate with presenting organizations, event aggregators, catalyst and advocacy groups, societies, and various businesses to further jazz awareness around the world and at the local level through All About Jazz and Jazz Near You...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: April 16, 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 4 1 Kurt Elling The Questions (OKeh) 258 204 +54 6 53 1 3 2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today! The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a mind-boggling number and variety of artists... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Harry James in 10 Clips

Harry James is one of the most underappreciated bandleaders of the late 1940s, '50s and early '60s. While plenty has been written about bands led by Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Les Brown and Maynard Ferguson during this same period, James has received little or no praise or recognition. Maybe it's because his band sounded so much like Basie, thanks to his passion for Ernie Wilkins's arrangements. Or perhaps it's because he clung to his stodgy 1940s hits far longer than most bands. Hard to tell. What we do know is that he was an extraordinary trumpeter and he had a knack for consistently assembling superstar bands and commissioning hair-raising arrangements...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: HD Vinyl to Hit Stores in 2019 After $4.8m Investment

Austrian-based startup Rebeat Innovation has received a $4.8 million investment into its patented 'high definition vinyl' technology. Founder and CEO Gunter Loibl told Pitchfork that the 'first 'HD vinyl' albums could hit stores as early as 2019.' The company claims that their records will have higher audio fidelity, louder volume, and longer playing times than conventional LPs, and that their techniques will also avoid the chemicals that are typically used in traditional vinyl manufacturing. Plus--and this is the most important part--these new HD vinyl LPs will still play on both your dad's beat up Technics or that Crosley you bought at Urban Outfitters...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Celebrating the Gypsy Jazz Legacy

Violinist Keven Aland's Hot Club of SRQ brought its fascinating update of the gypsy jazz tradition to the Venice Art Center on Thursday, April 12, in a concert co-produced by the South County Jazz Club. The program built on the Hot Club of France tradition, drawing much material from gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and his disciples. Reinhardt co-led the Hot Club of France Quintet with French violinist Stephane Grappelli, starting in 1934...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: 2018 Grammy Winner Pablo Ziegler Trio Appearing at the Blue Note Jazz Festival on June 26

Pablo Ziegler: 2018 Grammy Winner, "Best Latin Jazz Album" New Release on Steinway and Sons label: Solo Pablo Ziegler The Pablo Ziegler Trio won the 2018 Grammy Award for "Best Latin Jazz Album with their exciting release Jazz Tango (ZOHO). Ziegler, who honed his piano and composing skills working with legendary fellow Argentinian m: Astor Piazzolla, continues developing the style of Nuevo Tango. As a celebration of their Grammy-award-winning album, Ziegler's Jazz Tango Trio will be playing a shared program with the m: Chano Dominguez Trio at the Highline Ballroom, as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival on June 26 in New York City...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Herbie Hancock

All About Jazz is celebrating Herbie Hancock's birthday today! Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice. Herbie\'s success at expanding the possibilities of musical thought has placed him in the annals of this century\'s visionaries. With an illustrious career spanning five decades... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Jackie Deshannon: Capitol Album

You probably know Jackie DeShannon best for her song, Put a Little Love in Your Heart, a #4 Billboard hit in 1969. Or her hit rendition of Hal David and Burt Bacharach's What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love. What you may not be aware of is that Jackie is one of the first female singer-songwriters in the pop-rock era and among the most prolific composers. She was born and raised in Kentucky, and she left her Illinois high school in her sophomore year to sing and record. Initially considered a country singer, her regional records caught the ear of Eddie Cochran, who brought her out to Los Angeles to meet singer-songwriter Sharon Sheeley, who was his girlfriend at the time and would co-create the jukebox TV show Shindig! The two women formed a writing partnership in 1960 and wrote a bunch of hits...

CAREER: The Best Way to Get Your Music on a Spotify Playlist

While physical music sales continue to trundle downwards streaming can, for many artists, seem like the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to revenue- particularly if you can land your music on a playlist. Here we examine some of the best ways to do just that. Guest post by Emily O'Connell from BandBasher...

CAREER: A Musician's Simple Guide to Taxes

With tax season now fully upon us, artists may be feeling overwhelmed with paperwork surrounding the arduous task of filing. Here we look at a basic explanation of the most common tax forms for musicians, as well as when they'll be needed. Guest post by Jamie Davis-Ponce of Soundfly's Flypaper Well, it's tax season. Hopefully by now, you'll have received a number of forms you'll be expected to use when filing your taxes before the April 15 deadline [note: In 2018, the deadline is April 17th]. But in case you think that the titles of the forms piling up on your desk sound more like a phone book than a way to get a refund, here are some basic explanations of the most common tax forms for musicians and when you'll need them...

EVENT: Louis Apollon's New York City Album Release Show at Rockwood Music Hall on April 15

Louis Apollon's NYC release of debut album free to be brings fresh jazz-folk, groove sound to Rockwood Music Hall on April 15 On April 15, Rockwood Music Hall will welcome a new face to their stage, jny: Boston's jazz-folk songwriter Louis Apollon. Originally a New York native, Apollon is looking forward to officially releasing his debut record in a place where he will always consider home. Free To Be, Apollon's jazz/folk record, celebrates human imperfection, combining uplifting musicality with a soothing, yet energizing vibe that represents his own infectious positivity...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jakob Bro

All About Jazz is celebrating Jakob Bro's birthday today! The young guitarist Jakob Bro has not only made an impression on the Danish jazz scene; as part of the group led by legendary drummer Paul Motian, Bro also performs with many top American musicians. These can be heard on the Motian Group\'s album Garden of Eden (ECM 2006), where Bro enters a musical soundscape whose intense and atmospheric expression he has carried over into his own music... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: "Songs of Freedom," Ramsey Lewis, Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, and More

It's another jam-packed week of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with two esteemed pianists appearing back-to-back at one of the city's best-sounding halls; a retrospective of music from three of the 1960s' most provocative female vocalists, starring a St. Louis native; a couple of events raising scholarship money for local music students; and more. Let's go to the highlights...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Publishers Win Major Victory vs Wolfgang's Vault

After nearly three years in court, music publishers Sony/ATV, EMI, Warner/Chappell, ABKCO, peermusic, Spirit Music and Imagem Music scored a major win in their ongoing efforts against live music archive Wolfgang's Vault. The copyrights in the lawsuit include songs by members of The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Talking Heads, Green Day, RE.M. and others...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why the Music Business Favors Night Owls

While many industries are structured in a way which benefits the early risers among, the music business is one of few populated largely by night owls. Here we look at why the business caters to night dwellers and why can be a scheduling challenge for all of us. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the ReverbNation Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Record Labels vs Spotify: Who Needs Who More?

On one side you have Spotify- an unprofitable company that needs to lower its cost of the content from three dominate players. On the other side, you have three major music groups that increasingly rely on income from streaming. When it comes right down to it, who- the Record Labels vs Spotify- needs who more...

CAREER: Promoting New Music Via Youtube Videos

In this piece DIY artist and entrepreneur Eleanor Dubinsky details the importance of frequent video content and how it can be utilized to effectively promote new music to fans. Guest post by Brad of DIY Musician How Eleanor Dubinsky spans genres, crosses borders, and communicates it all through video(s). Eleanor Dubinsky didn't start creating her new album Soft Spot of My Heart with a particular genre in mind. Why would she? Her recordings thus far have deftly defied easy categorization, due not only to the deeply varied international influences she draws upon, but also her ability to seamlessly compose and perform lyrics in English, French, and Spanish...

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