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EVENT: Led Zeppelin Embraces Record Store Day with New Release

You may want to get in line early this Record Store Day. In advance of Led Zeppelin's 50th Anniversary celebration, slated to commence this September, the band will wet fan's appetites with their first ever Record Store Day release on April 21st, 2018. Produced by Jimmy Page and pressed on yellow vinyl, the limited-edition 7' single will feature two previously unheard studio mixes, handpicked by Page-the 'Sunset Sound Mix' of 'Rock And Roll' b/w the 'Olympic Studios Mix' of 'Friends...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Another Music Licensing Deal Signed for Facebook

While Facebook hasn't entered into the streaming game yet, it does seem to be leaning that way, having recently dipped a second toe in after signing a deal with ICE Services, a licensing group representing several European performing rights organizations. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Facebook isn't in the music streaming business yet, but it sure looks like it's going that way. The platform recently signed another music licensing deal, this time with ICE Services, which is a licensing group and copyright database that represents PRS in the UK, STIM in Sweden and GEMA in Germany. The deal covers not only Facebook, but Instagram, Oculus and Messenger as well. WhatsApp is not included as it's considered a private messenger app, at least at the moment. ICE represents around 31 million works of 290,000 rights holders covering 160 territories...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: February 2018

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in February, 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...

AWARD / GRANT: Roman Miroshnichenko Nominated in the 16th Independent Music Awards

Multi-Award winning guitarist, composer and bandleader m: Roman Miroshnichenko was among the nominees announced by the Music Resource Group (MRG) in the 16th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential honors for independent artists and releases. More than 400 innovative self-released and indie label projects culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, were nominated by fans and industry panelists in 96 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Gayle

All About Jazz is celebrating Charles Gayle's birthday today! Charles Gayle blew down with hurricane force- the pun is too obvious- out of Buffalo. He drifted in and out of the first great free jazz scenes of the Sixties, playing with Pharoah, Archie Shepp, and other trailblazers. But he says now that his sound then was even more fiery and forceful than it is now, and he couldn\'t get a recording date. He drifted. He became homeless... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Sean Jones Quartet, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Nutria, a New Weekly Jam Session, and More

This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features some top talent on trumpet and trombone, the local debut of an up-and-coming band from New Orleans, a new weekly jam session, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, February 28 Trumpeter Sean Jones returns with his quartet for the first of four nights at Jazz at the Bistro...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: One Senator's Vote Can Stop Net Neutrality Repeal, Join Operation: #onemorevote Today

One U.S. Senator's vote is all that is need to help stop the repeal of net neutrality. Today, Tuesday, February 27th, please join us and other net neutrality supporters and major web platforms in Operation: #OneMoreVote, a mass day of online and offline action. 50 senators have already come out in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA), which would overturn the FCC's December 14th decision and restore net neutrality protections. The goal of today's Operation: #OneMoreVote is to secure the final vote needed...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Pat Phillips, Producer, and Leonardo and George Dicaprio to Present "Forever Django," Hot Gypsy Jazz! On May 1 at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perlman Stage

Forever Django "Passing the Family Torch" Starring: Django Festival Allstars Dorado, Samson and Amati Schmitt Ludovic, Beier, Pierre Blanchard Doudou Cuillerier, Antonio Licusati Francko Mehrstein, Gino Roman Special Guests: m: Melody Gardot and m: Ken Peplowski and Introducing m: Veronica Swift...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dexter Gordon

All About Jazz is celebrating Dexter Gordon's birthday today! Dexter Gordon is considered to be the first musician to translate the language of Bebop to the tenor saxophone. Dexter Keith Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. His father, Dr. Frank Gordon, was one of the first African American doctors in Los Angeles who arrived in 1918 after graduating from Howard Medical School in Washington, D.C. Among his patients were Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Dexter\'s mother... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Charles Mingus: Montreux '75

On July 20, 1975, Charles Mingus was in Montreux, Switzerland, to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He was on tour to promote Changes One and Changes Two, a pair of albums recorded for Atlantic in December 1974. They are among the bassist's finest albums of the decade and were his first studio recordings in the States up until that point in the 1970s. For better or worse, a bulk of Mingus's 1970s albums were concert recordings...

TRENDS: Vinyl Prices Hit Unbelievable Highs

The price of vinyl is continuing to soar, with many new records costing upwards of $40. Used vinyl prices are also hitting unbelievable highs. Here we look at some of the most expensive releases sold in 2017. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The price of new vinyl albums is going through the roof these days and some industry execs think that we're fast approaching buyer fatigue as a result. While you might find a few at $16, it's not uncommon to see a premium release go for anywhere from $40 to $60, which can strain most collector's pocketbooks. That said, used vinyl is still selling at astronomical prices as well. According to Discogs, Here are the top 10 most expensive pieces sold last year...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: An Artful Blending of Two Musical Genres

Jazz and classical music rarely intersect. But they make interesting bedfellows when brought together by two musicians who are well at ease in both fields. Such was the case on Saturday, February 24 when pianist Dick Hyman and reed player Ken Peplowski joined forces with a 47-member orchestra conducted by Yakov Bergman. The "Symphony of Broadway" program at the Venice (FL) Performing Arts Center featured a wide variety of band formats...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Trevor Watts

All About Jazz is celebrating Trevor Watts' birthday today! Born in York, England; composer/arranger/alto and sop saxophones/piano/percussion. Trevor Watts\' family moved to Halifax in Yorkshire when he was 6 months old, and that is where he was brought up. Trevor is a completely self taught musician, and his early inspirations came from his fathers love of Jazz, and the large collection of 78\'s that his father brought back after living in Canada and visiting the States on many occasions in the 1920\'s... Read more...

RECORDING: Leslie Pintchik: Eat, Drink, Steal

Sophistication is widely admired but little understood. There's no secret formula for creating something thought of as sophisticated nor are there any classes that teach it. Sophistication is simply a higher level of caring and soulfulness that comes from the heart, not the mind. Complexity is often mistaken for being sophisticated. In truth, complexity is almost always long-winded, overly rendered, difficult to understand and boring. A jazz musician either gets this distinction or doesn't. Pianist Leslie Pintchik gets it...

AWARD / GRANT: Pablo Ziegler Trio - 2018 Grammy Winner "Best Latin Jazz Album" for "Jazz Tango"

The Pablo Ziegler Trio won the 2018 Grammy Award for "Best Latin Jazz Album" with their exciting release Jazz TangoJazz Tango, pianist/composer/arranger Ziegler presents his US-based trio of world-class Argentinian collaborators Hector Del Curto (bandoneon) and Claudio Ragazzi (guitar). They play three Nuevo Tango standards by Astor Piazzolla and seven soulful, virtuosic originals by Ziegler...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joanna Pascale

All About Jazz is celebrating Joanna Pascale's birthday today! Since emerging onto Philadelphia\'s jazz scene, vocalist Joanna Pascale has established herself as a compelling and skilled vocalist. At just 24 years old Joanna already has a working repertoire of over 400 songs. She brings a strong emotional element as well as a solid sense of swing to her uncommonly large catalogue of jazz standards. Joanna has regular gigs as a leader at some of Philadelphia\'s premiere jazz venues... Read more...

RECORDING: Spin Cycle Further Refines Its Adventuresome Sound on Sophomore Album "Assorted Colors," Set for Release April 6 on Sound Footing Records

One of the freshest sounding bands to emerge on the jazz scene in this or any decade, m: Spin Cycle follows up its critically acclaimed eponymous debut from 2016 with the release on April 6 of Assorted Colors (Sound Footing Records). The new recording, coming after two years of intensive touring that further refined their distinctive take on jazz, sustains the praise bestowed by DownBeat's Ed Enright in his rave review of their first album that hailed the band as 'a cohesive unit that commands an exceptional stylistic range and exhibits a go-for-broke attitude...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David "Fathead" Newman

All About Jazz is celebrating David "Fathead" Newman's birthday today! David "Fathead" Newman was born in Corsicana, Texas on February 24, 1933. His family soon moved to Dallas, where they settled and David stayed through graduating Lincoln High School. After school, David found gigs in local bands. He received a scholarship to Jarvis Christian College where he studied theology and music. After two years of college, David decided to go on the road full time with Buster Smith (Charlie Parker\'s mentor)... Read more...

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