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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Duke Jordan

All About Jazz is celebrating Duke Jordan's birthday today! Duke Jordan was a pianist whose work with the saxophonist Charlie Parker endures in the jazz pantheon. Jordan was regarded as one of the great early bebop pianists, the sound that he helped to create in the postwar era was something new, and it remains a cornerstone of jazz. Irving Sydney Jordan was born in New York in 1922, and began his formal piano studies at the age of eight.He continued to study piano until he was 16... Read more...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: March 2018

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

FESTIVAL: Iconic Composer and Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith Presents 2nd Annual Create Festival April 7-8 in New Haven, CT

'A trumpeter and composer of penetrating insight.' -- Nate Chinen, The New York Times Legendary composer and trumpeter m: Wadada Leo Smith presents the Second Annual e: CREATE Festival in New Haven, CT, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music that will feature world or US premiere performances of four new suites. Taking place Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018 at e: Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, CT, the festival will include performances by five separate ensembles over two evenings and include an exhibit of Smith's Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Scores. Performances take place at 7 p.m. each evening; exhibition walk-through on Sunday at 3 p.m. A full schedule of events is below. Tickets are $30 for each of the concerts; $55 for both. There is no charge for the exhibit. For information, please call 203-785-0468 or go here...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Christian Scott

All About Jazz is celebrating Christian Scott's birthday today! Christian Scott, also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (born March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a two-time Edison Award winning (2010 and 2012) and Grammy Award nominated trumpeter, composer, producer and music executive. Christian's Grammy nominated international recording debut, Rewind That was called 'arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade' by Billboard Magazine... Read more...

CAREER: When to Consider Signing with a Label

While many artists struggling to make it in the music industry may be under the impression that signing with a label is their holy grail, the reality is that signing is only beneficial some of the time, and that having the backing of a label can sometimes do more harm than good. Here we look at how to identify if the time is right...

EVENT: The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra in Great Barrington Massachusetts on April 15

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra ('SKLO') will make its first and only Berkshires appearance this year on Sunday, April 15, at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The 7pm concert will be a big band double-header, with the Monument Mountain Jazz Band opening for the Kenton Legacy band...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: April 2, 2018

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 Jeff Hamilton Trio Live From San Pedro (Capri) 243 277...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Stryker

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Stryker's birthday today! Whether you've heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 25 CD's as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him 'one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.' He was recently voted once again one of the Top Guitarists in the 2014 Downbeat Critics and Readers polls for the 7th time... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Rene Thomas

Rene Thomas was a Belgian jazz guitarist who played and recorded often with fellow countryman Bobby Jaspar. Thomas moved to Canada in the 1950s and then back to Europe in 1962, where he played and recorded frequently with Jaspar, Kenny Clarke, Eddy Louiss and many others. Thomas has a style that's a cross between Jimmy Raney and Grant Green. Here are a bunch of videos of Thomas in action...

CAREER: 5 Tips to Make Any Newsletter More Visually Appealing

As the choppy waters of social media become increasingly difficult to navigate (for those users not dipping out altogether over privacy concerns) artists and bands are falling back on the time-tested standby of the email newsletter. Even in this case, however, making the email visually interesting is essential to prevent hitting of the unsubscribe button...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Warren Wolf Brings Great Vibes to Naples

Vibes player Warren Wolf was the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra's special guest on Wednesday, March 28 in the sextet's 2017-18 concert series at Artis-Naples' Daniels Pavilion. His performance was an artful showcase of his instrument's wide range of shimmering possibilities- given the right hands and musical approach. The mallets were indeed in the right hands this fine night...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Michael Brecker

All About Jazz is celebrating Michael Brecker's birthday today! Michael Brecker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist. Among the generation of jazz musicians that saw rock music not as the enemy but as a viable musical option, Brecker began studying clarinet, then moved to alto saxophone in school, eventually settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument. After only a year at Indiana University... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Piracy Has Increased [new Study]

With the rise of streaming, access to music (and media in general) has become easier than ever. While one might assume that this would negate any need for illegally downloading music, it appears that piracy is actually on the rise. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 We live in an age where it's probably the easiest it has ever been to access just about any kind of music you want, and all for free. The music business has always been driven by convenience of consumption, and it's difficult to imagine how much easier it can get than joining the free tier of one of the dozens of streaming services. That's why the declaration that music piracy rose 14.7% in MUSO's 2017 Global Piracy Report was such a surprise. Why would anyone want to even bother pirating music when it's all available for such a low cost or even free...

EVENT: Touch Entertainment Presents a New Jazz Series at New York City's Iconic Music Venue Zinc Bar in April

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and In Touch Entertainment is adding three new programs -- Vocal Mania, Boss Tenors, and Dangerous Rhythms -- to its already successful series of performances held at a legendary New York jazz venue, Zinc. Since its inception in 2017, Strings Attached jazz series, featuring four of New York City's premier six-string jazz masters on a single stage -- m: Jack Wilkins, m: Vic Juris, m: Joe Cohn, and m: Mark Whitfield -- has been a regular feature at the Zinc. Piano Jazz and Trumpet Masters programs were also added to the Zinc's line-up last year...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Thad Jones

All About Jazz is celebrating Thad Jones' birthday today! Thaddeus Joseph Jones (March 28, 1923- August 21, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan to a musical family of ten (an older brother was pianist Hank Jones and a younger brother was drummer Elvin Jones). Thad Jones was a self taught musician, performing professionally by the age of sixteen. He served in U.S. Army bands during World War II (1943-46). After the war... Read more...

FESTIVAL: Jazz This Week: The Baylor Project, Don Dietrich and Ben Hall, "Essentially Ellington" Festival, and More

This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features the local debut of a Grammy-nominated act featuring one of the city's own; a rare local appearance from a founder of one of the most uncompromising free jazz/noise bands of all time; several student ensembles showing off what they've learned this year, and more. Let's go to the highlights...

VIDEO / DVD: Georgie Auld: To the Losers

The last time I wrote about an exceptional tribute album to Frank Sinatra by a jazz artist was in January. The album was Oscar Peterson's A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra, recorded in May 1959. Now I want to hip you to another gem. It's Here's to the Losers, a glorious little-known album by tenor saxophonist Georgie Auld and produced by Jack Tracy for Philips Records in July 1963...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: U.S. Actually Just Expanded Arts, Public Broadcast Funding

After a great deal of bluster and promises to eliminate federal funding for the arts and public broadcasting, Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that actually increases funding for the threatened programs last week. In February, Trump released a proposed budget that threatened to cut the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's budget to the bone, reducing the federal contribution to the organization from $445 million down to just $15 million. However, in the spending measure passed on Friday, funding for the CPB will remain at $465 million -- the same level as past years...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Taking the Music Industry Monopoly Seriously

As weakening antitrust laws and consolidation of businesses continue, virtually every corner of the music industry is now controlled by a choice few companies, whether its streaming or live music, writes Will Meyer. Here he explores why these monopolies must be taken seriously. Guest post by Will Meyer of CASH Music...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Steve Allee's Compositions - And Playing - In the Spotlight

Pianist Steve Allee is a musical quadruple threat- as a player, arranger, composer and educator. All four of those roles were on display on Monday, March 26 when he was the featured artist at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The Indianapolis native, now an assistant professor of music at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, held a master class for jazz students at USF, then performed Monday night with the excellent USF Jazz Ensemble I, a big band directed by Chuck Owen, and a Faculty Jazz Ensemble...

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