All About Jazz

CAREER: Music Distribution in the Age of Smartphones

Sound recording is younger than you might think- it was only invented around 130 years ago. Over this time, it has evolved from physical to magnetic, then digital, ultimately losing the need for a physical medium. Today, the majority of sound recordings, no matter if they are speeches, noises or online slots to fit music genres, exist as strings of ones and zeroes in cyberspace, so to say...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Roni Ben Hur Brings His Trio to Blues Alley on March 20

Critically acclaimed guitarist Roni Ben-Hur will perform with his trio, featuring bassist Harvie S and drummer Sylvia Cuenca, at e: Blues Alley on March 20. Ben-Hur- born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, based in jny: New York City -- has recorded more than a dozen albums as leader or co-leader. The Blues Alley show is partially sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. 'Roni is an extraordinary musician. It is a pleasure and an honor to welcome him to Washington,' said Delphine Gamburg, Cultural Attache at the embassy of Israel in Washington...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: David Haney and Bernard Purdie Bring New York Jazz Stories to Joe's Pub on April 6

On April 6, pianist and composer m: David Haney and legendary drummer m: Bernard Purdie will bring another performance of New York Jazz Stories to e: Joe's Pub. New York Jazz Stories combines swinging, electrifying music, featuring Bernard Purdie and company along with some highly entertaining stories retold by David Haney. These are real stories told directly to Haney, transcribed and brought to life with a sound track by 'Pretty' Purdie, bassist m: Adam Lane, m: Steve Swell on trombone; violinist m: Jason Kao Hwang, Melanie Dyer on viola, m: Tomas Ulrich on cello and m: Hilliard Greene on bass...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dick Hyman

All About Jazz is celebrating Dick Hyman's birthday today! Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early \'50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. While developing a masterful facility for improvisation in his own piano style, Mr... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: The Free Soul of Ornette

Abstraction came late to jazz. New York's abstract expressionism art movement emerged in the late 1940s and flourished throughout the 1950s. By contrast, free jazz didn't coalesce until the late 1950s, though there were inklings of the style in the music of Lee Konitz in the late 1940s and early '50s. Not until alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman and his sidemen did free jazz begin to become a jazz genre in 1959. While the music can be difficult for listeners accustomed to structure and familiar songs and scales to grasp, it is breathtaking once you calibrate your head and open your mind to a new set of rules and expression...

RADIO: Iheartmedia, 855 Radio Stations Go Bankrupt at 11:59 PM CST Wednesday

UPDATE 2- The court gave iHeartMedia, its 855 radio stations and creditors until 11:59 PM Central time, Wed. March 7th to agree to a reorganization that would reduce its debt by $15 billion, according to papers filed Monday. As of 8PM CT, no settlement had been announced. The clock is ticking... A proposal filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday would reduce iHeartMedia's debt from $20.6 billion to under $5.8 billion, as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, iHeart's billboard division, would be spun off, and debt holders will receive both stock in Clear Channel and equity in a newly recapitalized iHeart...

TRENDS: 47 Million U.S. Adults Have a Smart Speaker at Home

I'm one of many who believe that smart speakers will accelerate the adoption of music streaming, bringing it full into the mainstream. Getting an Alexa-enabled Sonos One doubled the amount of music played in my house simply by making playing whatever tracks or albums I'm in the mood for absurdly easy. So, in my view,, news that smart speaker use is exploding is also good news for musicians and the music industry...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Indies Demand Spotify Stock Profit Share, Sony Responds

While the major labels have promised to pay their artists a share of any proceeds from the sale of their stock in Spotify, the independent music community is demanding that a corresponding share be passed on the many labels the major label owned companies distribute. All three major label groups have committed to sharing revenues from the sales of Spotify shares with the artists directly signed to their companies. Now indie trade organization, The Worldwide Independent Music Industry Network (WIN) is calling on Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and Universal Music Group to give the independent labels distributed by them, and therefore those artists they represent, their fair share of any payout...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Apple Deleting Itunes LP Format: Beginning of the End?

Apple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018." Apple is killing the iTunes LP format, and some are seeing this as the rumored beginning of the end for paid downloads on iTunes. But the iTunes LP format, which includes lyrics, photo, liner notes and more, never really caught on...

EVENT: Highlights in Jazz Presents the Millennials Meet the Masters on Thursday, March 22, 2018 8PM at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Something magical happens when outstanding jazz players ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s take to the stage and create common ground. That's what you'll experience at Highlights In Jazz's upcoming 'The Millennials Meet The Masters' concert, featuring saxophonists/clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Buster Williams, trombonist Steve Turre, and pianist Tardo Hammer...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dan Papirany

All About Jazz is celebrating Dan Papirany's birthday today! Dan Papirany is an adventurous Jazz pianist, composer who understands and follows the eloquent philosophy that is to play melodic phrases and rich harmonies. Originally starting out as a drummer at seventeen years of age, he discovered the music of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett\'s piano playing which led him to switch instruments to the piano. He remembers a quote from drummer Peter Erskine... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Bobby Paunetto: Latin Vibes

Vibraphonist Bobby Vincent Paunetto recorded only five known albums. El Sonido Moderno (1967), Paunetto's Point (1974), Commit to Memory (1976), Composer in Public (1996) and Reconstituted (1999). As a composer and arranger, Paunetto was highly regarded by all the Latin greats. Born in 1944, Paunetto began playing vibes at 17 and became friends with vibraphonist Cal Tjader. He studied at Boston's Berklee College of Music from 1969 to 1973. In 1979 Paunetto was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and gave up the vibes in 1981. Despite his illness growing progressively worse, he continued to compose and conducted just two albums in the 1990s...

VIDEO / DVD: The Syncopated Soul of Bix

In the 1920s, syncopation was the iPhone and social media of its day. Invented by New Orleans musicians and popularized in gangland Chicago, the infectious sound of off-beat rhythms enhanced by wailing jazz trumpets and cornets became a national rage. Whether you were rich or poor, black or white, it made no difference. The music transcended class and race. It could be heard on 78 records and in ballrooms and bars. The music's earthy, care-free personality also permeated fashion, ushering in loud suits and risque dresses, and altered architectural design and even the language. When historians refer to the Jazz Age, they're really talking about the surging popularity of syncopation in the years after World War I and before the bank failures of the early '30s and the Great Depression...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Red Ink Beneath Streaming's 'New Dawn' [marc Ribot]

Legendary guitarist Marc Ribot explores the impact of ECM Records move to Spotify as part of broader shift for the label, the effect it will have on artists, and what the next best course of action is. By Marc Ribot from The Trichordist Guest Post from the legendary guitarist Marc Ribot. One point that Mr. Ribot makes we would like to further emphasize at the outset: without DMCA reform there is no 'market' for Copyright Royalty Judges to set rates under the MMA. This comes on the heels of a paper from Stan Liebowitz at the University of Texas. The Liebowitz study clarifies how the safe harbor, contrary to its intended purpose, creates an inefficient and unfair advantage for UUCs when bargaining with copyright owners, meaning that UUCs either do not pay for copyright permissions or, if they pay something, they pay less than the market rate...

OBITUARY: Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon Passes

Russ Solomon, founder of the legendary Tower Records chain, died on Sunday night, while drinking whisky and watching The Oscars. Solomon, 92, died from a heart attack, his son, Michael Solomon, told the Sacramento Bee. 'Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whisky,' Solomon told the paper. His father was apparently dead by the time Patti returned with the drink...

TRENDS: 50% Of UK Music Consumption 2017 Was Streaming, 4m Vinyl Records Sold

Stats released by UK label association BPI, based on Official Charts Company data, showed a strong year for recorded music, with consumption across all formats in 2017, growing at its fastest rate in decades. A total of 135.1 million albums or their equivalent were either streamed, purchased on physical format, and/or downloaded over the past 12 months. This represents a 9.5 per cent rise on 2016 and marks a third year of consecutive volume growth...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wes Montgomery

All About Jazz is celebrating Wes Montgomery's birthday today! Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States (where he also died of a heart attack in 1968), Montgomery came from a musical family, in which his brothers, Monk (string bass and electric bass) and Buddy (vibraphone, and piano), were jazz performers. Although Wes was not skilled at reading music, he could learn complex melodies and riffs by ear. Montgomery started learning guitar in his late teens... Read more...

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