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CAREER: Creating a Music Business Filing Cabinet: A Diy Guide

For entrepreneuring new artists keeping a record of articles and posts about them and their band (or maybe just interesting/helpful articles) properly archiving this content for later reference should be done correctly otherwise they can easily get lost in the ether. Here we look at a good archival strategy for saving relevant press...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Can Record Labels Make Connections with Independent Artists

In the music business, your actual abilities can often take a back seat to your network and who you know. Whether you're an artist, a label or even a mixing engineer, making industry connections and expanding your network are essential. Here we look at how record labels can better connect with independent artists...

AWARD / GRANT: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees Named

The 2018 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were named early Wednesday morning. Three of the five main inductees were on the ballot for the first time. One of the repeat nominees, Bon Jovi, tweeted, "It's about time!" The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees are: Bon Jovi The Cars Dire Straits The Moody Blues Nina Simone Sister Rosetta Tharpe was chosen for the Award for Early Influence...

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A simple way to support All About Jazz and Jazz Near You If you shop at Amazon, Ticketfly, HDTracks, iTunes, CD Universe, HiFiMan, Brown Paper Tickets, JazzPosters, TicketWeb, Ticketmaster, World Wide Stereo or Sheet Music Plus please initiate your purchase from All About Jazz. When you do, All About Jazz will receive a sales commission...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Elf

All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Elf's birthday today! Mark Elf has been on the Jazz scene for over 35 years. He was born in Queens, New York in 1949 and started playing the Guitar at the age of 11. He has played and or recorded with the Jazz Giants: Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath and the Heath Bros., Wynton Marsalis and Jon Hendricks just to name a few. His first professional Jazz performance occurred around 1971 as a sideman at the Club Barron in Harlem... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Tips from 40+ International Jazz Festival and Club Promoters

As an independent jazz musician, it's not easy to know how to reach festival and club promoters and - when you do - to know exactly what they are looking for. As always, the best way to get some more insight into this is to ask the promoters themselves! So, I recently put together a super short survey which 40+ promoters around the world were kind enough to take part in and I just wanted to share the results in this article, along with some actionable tips which we can pull out of them...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Take 6, Tatsuya Nakatani, Bonerama, Xmas Jazz Around Town, and More

It's going to be a busy few days for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, and though a couple of high-profile shows are sold out (or nearly so), there's still going to be plenty of music- holiday and other- available on local stages. Let's go to the highlights. Wednesday, December 13 Acappella vocal group Take 6 returns for the first of four nights at Jazz at the Bistro. The run of shows was described by Jazz St. Louis on Tuesday as "nearly sold out," so if you want to hear the multiple Grammy winners in the intimate confines of the Bistro, you'll definitely need to call ahead for advance reservations, and perhaps a bit of luck as well...

CAREER: 5 Tips for Getting More People to Sign up for Your Email Newsletter

While the splash of more modern social media may make email seem antiquated, there is still a great deal of value for artists in this ancient form of communication, and making your newsletter valuable and convincing people to sign up can do a great deal for your bottom line. Guest post by Hugh McIntyre of the TuneCore Blog...

CAREER: Youtube is Leveling the Playing Field for Indie Artists Says CD Baby Ceo Tracy Maddux

YouTube is often maligned for low payments to creators, but CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux see's the video platform differently. Here, he recounts how, thanks in large part to YouTube's open platform, more and more independent artists have been able to build a significant audience than ever before Guest post by Tracy Maddux, the CEO of CD Baby. This first appeared in Billboard...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: A Bebopper Through and Through

Greg Abate got hooked on the 1950s hard-bop style that evolved from bebop, and he has made himself a career of bringing that intense sound to audiences across the U.S. and around the globe. Much like two other alto sax players with whom he has recorded, Richie Cole and the late Phil Woods, Abate developed into one of the genre's significant modern ambassadors...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Williams

All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Williams' birthday today! Born in Chicago and growing up in Boston, Williams began studies with master drummer Alan Dawson at an early age and began playing professionally at the age of 13 with saxophonist Sam Rivers. Jackie McLean hired Williams at 16. At 17 Williams found considerable fame with Miles Davis, joining a group that was later dubbed Davis\'s "Second Great Quintet." His first album as a leader... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Billy May: The Transcriptions

Something happened in the 1950s. Actually two things did. The generation that grew up during the Depression and fought in World War II turned 40 in 1955. Just as they blew out the candles, the long-playing album expanded from 10 inches to 12. Both trends set the table neatly for Frank Sinatra's recording comeback. By the time Columbia producer Mitch Miller had finished with Sinatra in 1951, he was a washed up novelty singer. What's more, the syrupy Columbia ballads that used to give comfort to forlorn teenage girls in the late 1940s no longer made any sense in the early '50s. Those girls had married...

TRENDS: Why Playlists Matter More Than Ever

Although things like blogs and radio can still do a lot for bringing music to the attention of consumers, there has been a massive shift in the power of playlists, which are positioning themselves as the dominant source of music discovery. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the TuneCore Blog In 2017, the playlist has become an integral part of not just music but our culture at large. While radioplay and the blogosphere still have the power to bring attention to an artist, playlists are becoming a steadfast way for more and more listeners to discover and consume music. This isn't exactly breaking news for those readers who've been making serious music over the past decade, but the fact is that playlists are shaping the musical landscape more than ever before, and if you don't release your music with that in mind and plan accordingly, you'll risk missing out on some potentially huge opportunities...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Shazam is to Apple as the Echo Nest is to Spotify [mark Mulligan]

From Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: Shazam finally found a buyer: Apple. Ever since its affiliate sales revenue model crumbled with the onset of streaming (there's no business in an affiliate fee on a $0.01 stream), Shazam has been trying to find a new business model. It doubled down on providing tools for TV advertisers but never got enough traction for that to be a true pivot...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Will Soundtrap Acquisition Change Spotify? The Industry?

Here we look at the implications of Spotify's recent purchase of Swedish cloud-based collaborative creative space Soundtrap as the streaming giant looks to increase the breadth of its offerings by providing consumers with more than just streaming in advance of it's anticipated IPO. Guest post by Tyler Lyon of SongCast...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: McCoy Tyner

All About Jazz is celebrating McCoy Tyner's birthday today! It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of McCoy Tyner. His blues- based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Diane Schuur

All About Jazz is celebrating Diane Schuur's birthday today! Diane Schuur, who has often been on the periphery of jazz, has the potential to be an important jazz singer although she still includes a large dose of pop tunes in her repertoire. Early in her career she had the tendency to screech in her upper register, but with maturity that flaw has largely disappeared and she has become a very impressive singer. Blinded at birth due to a hospital accident... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Apple to Acquire Shazam for $400 Million [report]

Apple is reportedly days away from acquiring music and audio recognition app Shazam for a $400 million. The startup, which had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins, DN Capital and IVP, as well as, Sony Music, Universal Music and Access Industries, which owns Warner Music...

TV / FILM: Bucks County's Jazz Ambassador's Eric Mintel Lands New Jazz TV Talk Show!

Bucks County's Pennsylvania's own, pianist and composer Eric Mintel has just landed the opportunity of a lifetime and a personal mission he has led for the past 25 years as bandleader of the Eric Mintel Quartet. In January Mintel will host his own TV show called Talking Jazz with Eric Mintel. The show will be taped out of TV30 in Princeton, NJ and will feature jazz musicians but will also focus on people behind the scenes, organizations, non profit groups and unsung heroes who are helping to bring jazz more into the public mindset. The show of course will feature jazz musicians covering the entire spectrum of the music, from emerging talents to elder statesmen. 'It's been my mission with the Eric Mintel Quartet over the last 25 years of bring more jazz to the masses. I love jazz because it's such a positive art form and every time we play it people come up to us after our concerts from all different cultures with huge smiles on their faces, telling us that they have a new understanding for jazz', Mintel said from his home in Morrisville, PA...

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