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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Live Streaming Sees Further Changes

Although live streaming was predicted to be the next big industry disruptor, the anticipated major mainstream interest has, as of yet, failed to materialize as expected. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Live streaming music and video was once hailed as the next big thing online, and perhaps it still will be, but so far major interest hasn't materialized as predicted. There are a number of companies still in the game, but a shakeout has begun as the latest round of company acquisitions has shown. Most recently, the online radio service Slacker Radio was acquired by LiveXLive, a music streaming service focused on live music streaming, and video platform Vimeo has acquired live video streamer Livestream...

TECHNOLOGY: Soundcloud Adds Playlist Stats, New Ceo Promises More for Creators

The first announcement under new SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor is aimed straight at the creators who made the audio streamer so popular. It's a new playlist stat, which offers new ways to understand where plays are coming from and the people behind them. SoundCloud has launched a new playlist stat, available on the web and on its creator app SoundCloud Pulse which shows creators who's sharing their tracks in a playlist, and how many plays are being generated from the playlist...

EVENT: Experience Ayiti Gears up for Their Second Annual Mission Trip to Haiti This December with a Special Benefit Concert in New York City on November 19th

Humanitarian arts and educational organization Experience Ayiti will hold a special benefit concert on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at DROM in New York City, for the organization's second annual mission trip to Haiti. The show will present an All-Star ensemble featuring saxophonist and Experience Ayiti's founder m: Godwin Louis, vocalist m: Pauline Jean, along with m: Billy Buss (trumpet), m: Willerm Delisfort (piano), m: Jonathan Michel (bass), m: Allan Mednard (drums), and m: Markus Schwartz (percussion), with several surprise guests...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Swallow

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Swallow's birthday today! Steve Swallow was born in New York City in 1940, and spent his childhood in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Before turning to the acoustic bass at age 14, he studied piano (with Howard Kasschau, who also taught Nelson Riddle) and trumpet. His otherwise miserable adolescence was brightened by his discovery of jazz. He took many of his first stabs at improvisation with Ian Underwood (who subsequently became a Mother Of Invention and an L.A... Read more...

RECORDING: Leo Parker: Savoy, 1947

Leo Parker is one of the most under-recorded and under-appreciated baritone saxophonists of the bebop era. Like many jazz musicians in the late 1940s and early '50s, Parker succumbed to drug addiction and recorded far too little as a leader. He probably was more suited to be a sideman, leaving the responsibilities of contracting players, writing songs, arranging and holding rehearsals to others...

TECHNOLOGY: Techstars Music Accelerator Launches Global Search for 2018 Class

Launched by respected startup accelerator Techstars and led by former Topspin and Twitter music head Bob Moczydlowsky, Techstars Music graduated its first class of 11 startups earlier this year. Now, a global search for worthy 2018 candidates has begun. Techstars Music 2018 accelerator starts in Los Angeles on February 5, 2018; and leader Bob Moczydlowsky and his team have launched a worldwide tour "to meet founders who are solving real problems for the global music business." Applications close on October 15th and they will be making their final selections around December 15th...

CAREER: 7 Online Security Tips for Musicians

For artists, having an established online presence is a key to their success, meaning not just social media profiles and promotional tools, but also significantly more payment information. Here we look at seven tips on how musicians can keep themselves secure online. By Chris Robley of CD Baby from the DIY Musician...

EVENT: Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist Nick Russo Assembles NYC All-Stars for Jalopy Theatre Concert on Sunday October 29

Special Guests Include: Ari Hoenig (Drums), Miles Griffith (Voice), Greg Glassman (Trumpet) Nathan Peck (Bass), Pandit Samir Chatterjee (Tabla), Dan Aran (Drums) Opening Set by Roots, Folk, Americana, Bluegrass Collective, Banjo Nickaru and Western Scooches Armed with an 'impressive debut recording, broad in scope, deep in concept and eminently listenable,' guitarist/banjoist m: Nick Russo burst onto the scene eleven years ago with rave reviews from All About Jazz, DownBeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, EJazz News, and Hot House...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Von Freeman

All About Jazz is celebrating Von Freeman's birthday today! Earl Lavon Freeman jazz tenor saxophonist, originally became known for his work with the Horace Henderson Group during the Late 1940s, and Sun Ra\'s band in the early \'50s. During that period, he also played with his musical brothers, drummer Bruz (Eldrige) Freeman and guitarist George Freeman, (with pianists including Ahmad Jamal, Andrew Hill, and Muhal Richard Abrams). Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich says, "..... Read more...

RECORDING: Art Pepper with Sheldon and Manne

Laurie's Loophole -- that would have been a great song title if Art Pepper had decided to name an original song after his wife's ingenious discovery. In 1979, Laurie Pepper spotted a way around her husband Art Pepper's contract with Fantasy/Galaxy Records. Approached by Yupiteru, a Japanese record label eager to record Pepper on straight-ahead West Coast jazz, Laurie had an idea. While Pepper's contract with Fantasy prohibited him from recording as a leader, there really was nothing stopping him from appearing as a sideman. He could pick the band members, the tracks and even who would serve as a session's leader. All he had to do was wind up listed as a member of the band rather than its headliner...

TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft Names Spotify Preferred Music App on 400m Windows 10 Devices, as Tech Giant Exits Streaming

Two years ago Microsoft launched a music app and streaming service called Groove, available to 400 million Windows 10 users. Most Windows users barely knew that Groove existed, and today Microsoft acknowledged the failure by partnering with Spotify. In a big boost for Spotify, Microsoft today announced that it is shuttering its own streaming music service and making Spotify the preferred option within its Groove music app. The Groove app comes preloaded on all Windows10 devices, now estimated to number over 400 million...

CAREER: Linkedin: Musician's Guide

While most artists tend to focus their social media marketing efforts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, could it be that the typically more 'business' focused LinkedIn has promotional potential for musicians? A guest post. This article was originally published by music distribution service Ditto Music...

CAREER: 5 Things Musicians Who Are Killing It on Social Media Are Doing Now

Social media has become an essential part of how artists connect with their fans, as well an easy and efficient avenue through which they can share their work and harness the power of the personal brand. But how? Here we look at five artists crushing it on social media. Guest post by Carson Yarbrough of Wysidio...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify Partners with NS2 for Self-Service Ad Platform Test

Spotify recently launched a new self-service ad platform allowing promoters to upload and market their shows to specific fans. Currently in its beta in the US, the service has prompted Nashville-based promoters NS2 to hop on board and take the platform for a spin in advance of its official launch. By Taylor Mims from touring industry journal Amplify...

RECORDING: Giuseppe Millaci and Vogue Trio "Songbook" Debut Album out Now

Born in Sicily, Giuseppe Millaci is a young jazz musician and composer with a portfolio of distinguished credentials. After relocating to Belgium as a teenager, Millaci began playing double bass and was influenced by jazz luminaries such as m: Ray Brown, m: Dave Holland and m: Marc Johnson. In 2007, he was accepted at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and trained under the guidance of maestro Jean-Louis Rassinfosse. In 2011, he won the Erasmus Scholarship and attended the Maastricht Academy of Music, graduating in 2013 with a Masters degree (distinction). A regular performer at prominent jazz clubs and festivals, Millaci was inspired by the talents of French pianist Amaury Faye and Belgian drummer Lionel Beuvens. The three musicians united to form the Vogue Trio; a project which is on the precipice of releasing its first complete body of work...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Howard Roberts

All About Jazz is celebrating Howard Roberts' birthday today! Howard Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1929. He began playing guitar at age 8 and by age 15 was playing gigs in and around the Phoenix area. In 1950 (at age 20) Howard decided to move to Los Angeles, and through hard work and the invaluable assistance of fellow guitarist/arranger-composer Jack Marshall, Howard met and began playing with some of L.A.\'s very best musicians, including Bobby Troup, Chico Hamilton and Barney Kessel... Read more...

RECORDING: Ella with the London Symphony

Elvis started it, and symphony orchestras are reaping the rewards. Back in 2015, Elvis Presley Enterprises teamed with producers Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for If I Can Dream. The 14-song album featured Elvis's original vocal tracks with the original instrumentals removed and replaced by the Royal Philharmonic playing new orchestrations...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Holland

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Holland's birthday today! Amid endless choices, the sound of a Dave Holland bass line compels attention. A master of tone and rhythm, the bassist, composer, and bandleader is now in his fifth decade as a performer and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. One of Holland\'s mentors, the affably sage-like saxophonist Sam Rivers, gave him a tip once. "Sam said, 'Don\'t leave anything out?"play all of it,\' " Holland once told a radio interviewer... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Steve Swell

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring trombonist Steve Swell, who will be making his St. Louis debut and kicking off New Music Circle's 2017-18 season with a concert on Saturday, October 7 at at The Stage at KDHX. Swell will be joined by an all-star assemblage of avant-gardists, including pianist Dave Burrell, known for his solo work and as an associate of major free-jazz artists such as Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders; alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, a longtime collaborator of pianist Cecil Taylor and also a bandleader in his own right; drummer Chad Taylor, who's worked with Sanders, guitarist Marc Ribot, and trumpeter Rob Mazurek's Underground projects; and William Parker, the veteran bassist who has recorded more than 50 albums as a leader and also been a key part of the bands of Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, Peter Brotzmann, and many others...

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