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OBITUARY: Mundell Lowe, 1922-2017

Guitarist Mundell Lowe died today. He was 95. Lowe's career began at 13 when he frequently went from his home in Laurel, Mississippi, to work at clubs in New Orleans' French Quarter. After service in World War Two, he honed his bebop skills and became one of New York's busiest guitarists. He worked with a cross-section of major musicians including the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, pianist Billy Taylor, and his own quintet at The Embers and other clubs. He was in demand not only as a player, but after he moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s also as a composer for films and television series. For five years in the 1980s, he was music director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Lowe remained active as a player well into his nineties...

RECORDING: Bill Nelson's Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from Echo Observatory 3-Disc Boxed Set Available December 1, 2017

Esoteric Recordings' imprint Cocteau Discs, dedicated to the work of Bill Nelson, are proud to announce the release of a deluxe 3 disc clamshell boxed set limited edition collection titled Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory. The set features three albums, all recorded at Bill Nelson's Yorkshire home studio, the Echo Observatory, in 1981 and 1982 -- Sounding the Ritual Echo (originally issued as a limited edition bonus LP with Bill's 1981 album Quit Dreaming and Get On the Beam), Das Kabinett (a soundtrack to a production of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari by The Yorkshire Actors Company issued as an LP on Bill's Cocteau label in 1981) and La Belle et La Bete (a soundtrack to a stage production of Jean Cocteau's classic 1946 film Beauty and the Beast, first issued as a limited edition bonus LP with Bill's 1982 album The Love That Whirls)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wynton Kelly

All About Jazz is celebrating Wynton Kelly's birthday today! His family moved from the island of Jamaica to Brooklyn, New York City when Kelly was four, and he started his professional career as a teenager, initially as a member of R&B groups. After working in the big band and small groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, he was a member of Miles Davis\' Quintet from 1959 to 1963. Wynton Kelly was one of the most prolific sideman pianists of his era, performing on scores of jazz albums... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Meet the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, an NYC-based ensemble that will bring their show "Salsa Navidad" to St. Louis next Friday, December 8 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Bandleader Oscar Hernandez is well known in New York City Latin music circles, with a long list of credits including performing with salsa greats such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz during the 1970s, serving as pianist and arranger for singer Ruben Blades in the 1980s, and being the musical director for Paul Simon's Broadway show "The Capeman...

CAREER: Distribution and Label Service Company Ditto Music Expands

One of many music aggregators out there, Ditto is growing to become one of the bigger players in distribution and label services, and has been rapidly expanding to become one of the major player in digital distribution along with companies like TuneCore and CD Baby. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Al Hixon Knows Talent when He Hears It

It's almost a rite of passage for newly arrived jazz musicians in Southwest Florida. Those who have resettled from northern climates or are wintering here quickly find their way to15 South Ristorante Entoteca, a restaurant on toney St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota. On Monday night's, of course. That's when drummer Al Hixon holds his weekly jam sessions upstairs in a crowded room...

RECORDING: Trumpeter/ Vocalist Benny Benack III Debuts with Irrepressibly Swinging 'One of a Kind'

Benack performs original songs and richly inventive arrangements with Emmet Cohen (piano), Alex Claffy (bass), Ulysses Owens, Jr. (drums), also guests Joel Frahm (tenor/soprano sax), Yotam Silberstein (guitar) Benny Benack III, a young and multi-talented Pittsburgh native and denizen of the New York jazz scene, is never one to limit himself. He is both an affable and expressive jazz singer and a formidable, modern-minded trumpeter, and these elements of his musical self are deeply and effortlessly intertwined. On One of a Kind, his debut release, Benack also reveals himself to be a wry and expressive songwriter and lyricist, bringing his boundless musical gifts together in a program that's steeped in tradition but every bit as restlessly individual as his album title suggests...

RECORDING: Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to Release New Epic Recording 'Wake up and See the Sun' (One Trick Dog Records)

The new release from trumpeter/composer Wayne Tucker titled Wake Up and See the Sun (One Trick Dog Records - November 3rd, 2017) is the type of recording that is larger-than-life from blank staff paper to the masterful music that makes it to the final recording. Joined by some of the finest musicians in today's music scene such as Jason Marshall, m: Sullivan Fortner, m: Yasushi Nakamura and m: Cyrille Aimee among others, Wayne Tucker just plain gets it...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 4, 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 Gregory Porter Nat King Cole and Me (Blue Note) 318 312 +6...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jaco Pastorius

All About Jazz is celebrating Jaco Pastorius' birthday today! "Jaco" was born John Francis Pastorius III, the first of three sons born to John Francis Pastorius II and Stephanie Katherine Haapala Pastorius. He had Finnish, German, Swedish, and Irish ancestry. Although "Jaco" was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the family subsequently moved to Fort Lauderdale. Jaco went to elementary and middle school at St. Clement\'s Catholic School in Wilton Manors... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Woody Herman, 1964

In July 1964, the m: Woody Herman Orchestra appeared on the BBC2's Jazz 625 TV show. The show's title referred to the number of lines it used on the UHF frequency. The band put on a sterling performance, showcasing punchy trumpets, swinging trombones and swaying reeds. There also was was plenty of solo heat. The band included Bill Chase and Billy Hunt (tp); Phil Wilson and Henry Southall (tb); Sal Nistico and Joe Romano (ts); Nat Pierce (p); Chuck Israels (b) and Jake Hanna (d)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Geography of Music: Tulsa, Oklahoma

While not place necessarily associated with pop culture preservation, the University of Tulsa is teaming with a philanthropist to make the city home to an archive of documents and objects belonging to Bob Dylan and others. Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange Bob Dylan will remain in Tulsa forever...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Sustainability: The State of Streaming

As streaming's dominance in the music business to grow, we're taking a moment to look at the current state of streaming, as well as where it might be headed in the near future. Guest post from Rethink Music by Allen Bargfrede, original article on Slush Music 'Alexa, play some Tom Waits.' That's how my children will grow up interacting with music. Streaming has changed the game, forever, and in a good way...

CAREER: Booking Your First National Tour (in 10 Steps)

While your first national tour is likely to be devoid of any sort of glitz or glamour, it's an essential part of growing your career as an artist. Here we look at how to make the transition from playing locally to playing nationally as easy as possible. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the ReverbNation Blog...

TRENDS: Indie Record Store Black Friday Sales up 13.8%, Reports Cims

Black Friday sales reports from the Coalition Of Independent Music Stores are in and they were universally positive, according to Michael Bunnell, CIMS Executive Director. Less comprehensive data showed an up day on Small Business Saturday, as well. Sales reports from most Coalition Of Independent Music Stores show Black Friday sales increases ranged from +5% to an astounding +53%, with an average increase of 13.8%. Only two stores reported decreases from their 2016 sales, while a couple reported flat sales. Less comprehensive data from Small Business Saturday was also positive, ranging from flat to +19% over 2016 sales...

CAREER: Top 3 Things to Spend Your Marketing Budget On

As independent musician, where you funnel your marketing budget is incredibly critical. According recent polls, the following are what people in marketing departments consider the areas in which they have seen the highest return on investment in for their precious marketing dollars. Guest post by Tim Brown of Symphonic Blog...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 2017

Our spring-like weather will probably fade into winter&#151 after all, it is winter in minnesota! but falling temperatures (and perhaps the white stuff too) will be countered by rising heat from both local and visiting jazz artists as we count down 2017. this month we welcome such touring talents as earl klugh, brad mehldau, benny green, joey defrancesco, bobby lyle, chris speed, john raymond, and of course, ending the year as well as the original configuration, the bad plus. from our local scene, brandon wozniak kicks off the month in a leading role; traditions like White Christmas at the Heights with Maud and Rick and the Peterson Family "Jam Before Christmas" return; Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson again reprise their "Crosby-Clooney Story"; Laura Caviani releases her second recording in two months; Andrew Walesch celebrates Sinatra; JazzMN swings in the holidays; and a long list of young guns do their best to make winter break a "Jazz Futures" blowout...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: November 2017

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in November, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total downloads. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

SPECIAL OFFERS: Blue Note at Sea '18 Special Double Offer: Two Can Sail for the Price of One on Veranda Staterooms and Inside Staterooms Are Now Only $700 Per Person

Blue Note at Sea '18, which will sail from January 27 to February 3, 2018, continues to add to its initial slate of artists and activities to create a truly one of a kind experience for its guests, unlike anything that might be experienced at a single land- locked concert or festival. The second-year sailing of the cruise now will offer over 100 of hours of live music by over 75 musicians, including two Tony Award winners, the recipients of more than 50 Grammy winners, and four NEA Jazz Masters. The NEA Jazz Masters, all of whom are sailing on Blue Note at Sea for the first time, are among the most celebrated jazz artists of our time: 22-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master m: Chick Corea, NEA Jazz Master m: Charles Lloyd, triple Grammy- winner and m: Dee Dee Bridgewater, and m: Dr. Lonnie Smith...

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