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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Pepper Adams

All About Jazz is celebrating Pepper Adams' birthday today! Pepper Adams was one of hard bop\'s most significant baritone saxophonists. His dark, hearty tone on the horn and driving rhythmic sense provided the antithesis to the lighter, floating (and consequently more popular) styles of Gerry Mulligan. His family moved to Rochester, New York when he was young and in that city he began his musical efforts. That said his family\'s later move to Detroit, Michigan... Read more...

RECORDING: Tony Adamo's Rain Man "Make It Rain Love My Way" Music Review

Tony Adamo, again channeling a bit of a Gil Scott-Heron vibe, though decidedly less political and less spoken-word and more seductively crooned-word, sounds even more confident and casual here -- a casual confidence that matches the sophistication and brio and just-plain fun times his bandmates are having. Essentially just another jazz tune about the end of a love affair, 'Rain Man' could've been prosaic or depressive. Not at all. Adamo, sounding as much like a suaver version of Lou Rawls as Scott-Heron, gives over most of this song to his impressive musicians, particularly to drummer Kyron 'K-Frost' Kirby and the retro-y organ-y keyboards of Tower of Power's Roger Smith...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Young

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Young's birthday today! A true innovator on the Hammond B3, Young took a different musical path than any of the other organ masters of his time: Although he started out drawing his major influences from the work of Jimmy Smith and the gospel and blues elements that other players employed, but eventually turned to a more complex, modal approach to the organ with sophisticated harmonic and chordal structure Larry Young was born on October 7, 1940... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Few Sips of Moon Hooch

This week, let's sample some videos from Moon Hooch, who are returning to St. Louis to perform on Friday, October 13 at the Old Rock House. The NYC-based trio- drummer James Muschler and saxophonists Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen- met while attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, and got their start in 2010 busking in subway stations...

CAREER: Spotify for Artists Now Offering Stats for All Your Songs

Although Spotify would formerly only provide data on songs with 1000+ streams, the streaming platform is now allowing artists to view listening stats for all their music, along with several other positive changes. Guest post by Chris Robley of DIY Musician You now have access to more streaming data on Spotify...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Spotify Threatened Researchers of Upcoming Tell-All Book Not to Reveal Its 'Pirate' Past

An upcoming book, "Spotify Teardown - Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music," aims to tell the company's history including some secrets' that the globe's biggest music streamer would apparently rather not share. A five-person research team, funded by the Swedish Research Council, was tasked with an exhaustive study of Spotify's beginnings and how the streamer works. Now, one of the team's members, early Pirate Bay co-hort Rasmus Fleischer, has co- written a book that reveals early practices and secrets that Spotify prefers were never be shared publicly...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Blokur Raises $1.2m Seed Round for Music Blockchain, Machine Learning Startup

Blokur, led several music industry veterans, has raided a $1.2 million seed round to bring blockchain technology to music and other creative arts. But Blokur faces steep competition, as well as, the age-old problem of getting the music industry on the same page... about anything. Blockchain is seen by some as the solution to many of the music industry's problems and ny others as just the latest buzzword driven tech fad. The truth is actually the former, if- and it's a huge if- all the parties involved could get on the same page...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Qwest TV: "The Netflix of Jazz" - Only 4 Days Left for the Kickstarter's Crowdfunding Campaign!

Qwest TV is self-financed. The Kickstarter campaign has to be a success and we need to give birth to Qwest TV. We're approaching our goal on Kickstarter. Now is the time to help get Qwest TV to the finish line! To give everyone unlimited access to the music that helped to shape our cultural foundations: Jazz! Support with us Quincy Jones' dream, Qwest TV spiritual godfather. Let's build together a service dedicated to jazz and beyond that embraces music lovers new habits, of all respectful to artists creation. Quincy has offered his label's name- Qwest records- for this project, as a natural continuation of the label works. Let's honour his gift...

RECORDING: Jazz Village [pias] Sets October 20, 2017 Release for World-Renowned Bassist Composer Kyle Eastwood's "In Transit"

Capping two extraordinary decades as a recording and performing artist, Kyle Eastwood's stylistically eclectic new album In Transit reflects the whirlwind reality of the breakneck schedule that Kyle and his longtime ensemble keep as they perform three quarters of the year in Europe -- with a yearly jaunt to Asian countries and occasional swings to the U.S...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 9, 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 Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It (Mack Avenue) 352...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Whitfield's birthday today! Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston\'s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1987 where he studied composition, arranging, film scoring and conducting as well as all styles of guitar performance. Later on that year, he returned to his native New York, and immediately began his professional career. Within a few months, he had begun to perform and record with many well-known artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: History of Early Autumn

In 1946, the classically inclined arranger Ralph Burns brought an Impressionist three-part suite to bandleader Woody Herman called Summer Sequence. As Gary Giddens notes in Visions of Jazz, Herman recorded the three parts in September '46, when saxophonist Flip Phillips was the band's chief saxophone soloist. But in the 78 era, three parts of anything were ill-fated. You needed four parts to fill four sides of two records. So Columbia, Herman's label at the time, shelved the masters...

TECHNOLOGY: How Social Media Acts as Online Word of Mouth

Regardless of age or location, the vast majority of those affiliated with the music industry have in some way participated in a social network, as connections on social media grow to replace some traditional means of communication, its role in word of mouth marketing becomes more important. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Tom Petty's Music Genome and His Legacy-Defining Traits

Following Tom Petty's passing on Monday, numerous obituaries and remembrances have been released, often similarly describing his music as a 'soundtrack for the road." Here we look at some of the traits most common to Petty's music and which helped to make it so compelling. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora, from Medium...

AWARD / GRANT: Rock Hall of Fame 2018 Nominees Announced: Radiohead, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Nina Simone Among 9 First Time Nominees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 19 nominees of its 2018 class overnight. Nine, including Rage Against The Machine, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Moody Blues and Nina Simone are among nine first time Rock Hall nominees. The complete list of 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. First time nominees are noted with an...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

All About Jazz is celebrating Tord Gustavsen's birthday today! This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line. In the seven years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a popular and a critical success, Tord Gustavsen has toured extensively, crystallizing the musical approach and developing new compositions... Read more...

RECORDING: Bill Charlap: Uptown, Downtown

The last time I saw pianist Bill Charlap was in July at 92Y's Jazz in July series in New York, where he directed one of the most spectacular jazz concerts I've seen in some time. Bill's trio backed Jimmy Heath and Benny Golson, two legendary tenor saxophonists who were in superb form that night. Much of the concert's cohesion and success was a result of Bill's inspiring performance. His solos were so imaginative and impeccable throughout that both Jimmy and Benny wandered over to the piano to watch what Bill was doing. He was really something...

CAREER: 5 Tips for Making, Marketing, Monetizing Holiday Music

With the arrival of crisp October, the holiday season is officially kicking off, meaning the airwaves will soon be crammed with public domain classics, as well as seasonal originals. Regardless, here are some tips for achieving musical success this holiday season. Guest post by Dae Bogan of Dae Bogan Music...

TECHNOLOGY: Sonos Adds Voice Control Via Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant to Follow

Sonos has added voice control to its wireless speaker system using Amazon's Alexa system and related devices. Apple's Siri and Airplay 2, as well as, Google Assistant voice control will be added next year. Highlights: Available today, current Sonos owners also get voice with Amazon Alexa through a free software update to existing speakers Apple Airplay 2 coming to Sonos in 2018 Control Sonos from new music service apps including Pandora and Tidal in the coming months. Audible, iHeartRadio, and Kuke Music in 2018. Available today, the Sonos App gets a refresh In 2018, Sonos will open its developer program for new experiences on the Sonos Sound platform New retail stores to open in London and Berlin New $199 Sonos One...

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