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OBITUARY: Grady Tate Rip

Grady Tate died on Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 85. His wife Vivian said that he had dementia. In demand for years as a drummer, he was encouraged by Peggy Lee to begin singing publicly and launched a new career as a vocalist. Tate's professional debut was with the organist Wild Bill Davis in 1959. In the decades that followed, he worked with major jazz artists including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Oliver Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, Lena Horne, Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, J.J. Johnson, Zoot Sims and dozens of others. When he was in Ms. Lee's rhythm section for a 1968 New York club engagement, she invited him to sing. Soon, he was loved as a singer by listeners around the world who may have known nothing of his prominence as a drummer...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Boston Based Record CO. Focuses on Access Not Profit

The Boston music scene is a lively, ever-changing one, but whether you're an engineer or a musician it can be a difficult environment to thrive in. Here we look at how Boston-based non-profit The Record Co. is working to make access to studios and professional opportunities an affordable option for all...

CAREER: Atlantic Records, Aeg, Artist Partner Group Team up for New Online Talent Search

Atlantic Records and Artist Partner Group announced the launch of Emerge, a nationwide social media-driven talent search, conducted in partnership with AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch and Spotify. Emerge will seek out young artists and musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, who are residents of the U.S. or Canada, who, beginning on Oct. 11th will be able to register to enter the contest at atlanticrecords.com/emerge...

RECORDING: California Vocalist Debora Galan Shares Spanish Roots in "All About Love"

With her album, All About Love, composer and vocalist m: Debora Galan shares original jazz and pop compositions inspired by her Spanish and Cuban ancestry and her abiding love of melody, rhythm and groove. Aided by Emmy winning and GRAMMY nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist Allan Phillips, she shares a compendium of smooth and tasteful Latin- flavored jazz tunes with lyrics in English and Spanish...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Harry Allen's birthday today! Gene Lees writes, "Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, \'My technique, Al Cohn\'s ideas, and Zoot\'s time.\' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen." BMG recording artist Harry Allen has over twenty recordings to his name. Three of Harry\'s CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan\'s Swing Journal Magazine... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Arturo Sandoval, Moon Hooch, Paula West, Hudson, the Wee Trio, and More

It's a big week for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with a half-dozen noteworthy headliners performing in various styles visiting the area over the next few days. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, October 11 The weekly "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" features Mark Wallace at KDHX's Magnolia Cafe, a jam session with bassist Bob Deboo and friends at Kranzberg Arts Center, and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor at The Dark Room...

VIDEO / DVD: Sinatra in the Studio: 1967

In 1967, m: Frank Sinatra was in the studio to record Younger Than Springtime. The following clip was part of a TV special, Movin' With Nancy, as in Nancy Sinatra, the singer's daughter. Billy Strange is conducting and Lee Hazelwood is in the control booth. There's something so tender and honest about this clip at a time when Sinatra seemed disheartened by the youth culture and wasn't taking too much seriously. Here's Younger Than Springtime...

CAREER: New Youtube Analytics Help Artists Get to Know Their Subscribers

When it comes to garnering views on YouTube, amassing subscribers is essential. Subscribers represent some of your most devoted fans, and are more likely to engage with the content as well as other listeners. Helpfully enough, YouTube is planning drop some new analytics metrics to help artists better track new subscribers...

RADIO: Live Radio Must Embrace Technology to Survive

There is some confusing data out there right now when it comes to the health of terrestrial radio, and although it remains popular in certain settings, such as in the car and at work, radio needs to take certain steps to guarantee it remains a viable media source. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

OBITUARY: Grady Tate (1932-2017)

Grady Tate, one of the most prolific drummers in the soul-jazz era beginning in the early 1960s who recorded on nearly 700 sessions and who easily could have had a career as a vocalist, died on October 8. He was 85. Tate began his recording career with Wild Bill Davis, the father of the jazz organ, on Davis's 1959 album Flyin' High. He remained with Davis through four albums in the early 1960s. Listening to the recording today, you realize that from the outset, Tate had a precise tautness to his brush and stick playing that illuminated the soul-jazz feel. Tate wasn't a flashy player like many of the drummers who came up in the hard-bop years of the late 1950s. Instead, he kept rock-solid time with poly-rhythmic sensitivity and drive...

WEBSITE: Jazz Near You Spotlight Service Expands to Include Venues and Festivals

Venue owners can greatly increase the visibility of their establishments and boost ticket sales with the Jazz Near You Venue Spotlight service. For only $150/month, spotlight gives a venue or a festival prime placement on the most popular Jazz Near You pages as well as in the Jazz Near You eblast...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Blakey

All About Jazz is celebrating Art Blakey's birthday today! Born in 1919, Art Blakey began his musical career, as did many jazz musicians, in the church. The foster son of a devout Seventh Day Adventist Family, Art learned the piano as he learned the Bible, mastering both at an early age. But as Art himself told it so many times... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Record Labels Are (Kind of) Dead. Long Live Label Services!

As the role and relevance of record labels has changed over time, new opportunities have also emerged in the music business, something which these two ex-major label guys are using to their advantage&#151and helping out their clients in any way they can along the way. guest post by glenn peoples, music insights and analytics at pandora from Medium...

RECORDING: Multi-Award Winning Guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko Celebrates 25 Years of Music!

Prominent Russia's guitarist m: Roman Miroshnichenko celebrates his creative life jubilee by releasing new album Ascension. The new album was released on 2nd October, 2017 and entitled Roman, was recorded with his long time band, which includes Val Chernook on drums and Oleg Kanakov on bass. He is also joined by special guests: Grammy- winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, famous Argentinian pianist Mario Parmisano, renown Floridian musicians Luis Alicea (drums) and Aron Ferre (keyboards), Danish virtuoso Henrik Andersen and world class percussionist m: Gumbi Ortiz...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Thelonious Monk

All About Jazz is celebrating Thelonious Monk's birthday today! With the arrival Thelonious Sphere Monk, modern music -- let alone modern culture -- simply hasn't been the same. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate. His musical vision was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in tradition... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: History of Indian Summer

In 1904, Victor Herbert resigned as leader of the Pittsburgh Symphony to form the Victor Herbert Orchestra. He was determined to take a run at commercial success by performing operettas in New York. The operetta predated the musical and was immensely popular in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s. Operettas were much shorter than operas and more contemporary and whimsical in theme, tone and character. Spoken dialogue often was mixed in with singing, and acting skills were required. By contrast, early musicals of the period were mostly singing and dancing. ...

CAREER: For Online Music Success, Keep the Theory of 22 in Mind

If social media is indeed the new word of mouth, then it is important to keep in mind that the 'rule of 22' (that a person with a complaint will tell an average of twenty-two people) also applies, and that artists promoting themselves online need to be careful to avoid missteps. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Garrett

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Garrett's birthday today! Kenny Garrett is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in Detroit, MI in 1960. His father was a tenor saxophonist. Kenny\'s career took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then led by Duke\'s son, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra (playing the music of Thad Jones) and also the Dannie Richmond Quartet (focusing on Charles Mingus\'s music). In 1984... Read more...

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