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RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 21, 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 6 1 Joey Alexander Eclipse (Motema) 267 223 +44 6 53 1 2 2 1...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kai Winding

All About Jazz is celebrating Kai Winding's birthday today! Trombonist Kai Christen Winding (pronounced ki-win-ding) was one of the founding fathers of be-bop music and truly one of the finest-ever jazz trombonists. As a sideman to bop's reigning kings " Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Tadd Dameron " he was more a bridesmaid than a bride. Winding recorded too infrequently as a leader during this period and none of his compositions ever really caught on. Indeed... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Four New Videos: Sarah Vaughan

It's not the anniversary of Sarah Vaughan's birth or death. I just felt like listening to Sassy yesterday and figured you would, too. She's perfect for Friday. Here are four recent additions to YouTube of the Divine One performing: Here's an hour of Vaughan performing at Berliner Jazztage, a German jazz festival, in 1969...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Art of Being Heard: Are Big Data and Analytics the Future of Music Marketing?

As the use of big data as a marketing tool gains speed in music industry, Natasha Lane here explores in depth the definition of big data, and how it applies to music itself, and the marketing strategy implemented for said music. Guest post by Natasha Lane We live in an age of information overload. Every time you go on the internet, your devices produce huge amounts of data that contain your actions, locations, preferences, etc. It is said that users create around 2.5 quintillion (that's 1 followed by 18 zeros) bytes of data in total on a daily basis. This constitutes what people refer to as big data. Analyzing this type of data can help companies create more effective ads and make better campaigns. This marketing concept is slowly entering the world of music, as well, and many successful companies and artists actually rely on big data and analytics. In case you want to get in on it, we're going to show you just how it works and what are the benefits...

FESTIVAL: 39th Festival International de Jazz de Montreal: Indoor Program

As the 39th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal approaches, the entire city gets ready to plunge back into summer... And not just any old summer: a season of music in the street, major festive, friendly gatherings in the heart of downtown Montreal, wonderful discoveries and essential rendezvous! In other words, Summer the way only Montreal can do it! The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, is once again delighted this year to fill our vibrant downtown core with 150 concerts, where living legends share space with the finest young rising talents, where musicians from all over the world cross paths and talents, where the soul of jazz breaks free at the crossroads of genres and influences, proving now more than ever that the music is vividly alive at the heart of a scene bursting with creativity. The eternal watchword here? Quality! From June 28 to July 7, 2018, the only problem for fans from here, there and everywhere, thirsty for music and new discoveries, is choosing from a crazy range of possibilities. Tickets for these concerts go on sale Friday, April 27 at noon (exclusive presale for newsletter subscribers from Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. to Thursday, April 26 at 10 p.m.)...

RECORDING: Mark Egan- Arjun Bruggeman- Shane Theriot -Dreaming Spirits

On this duo project Dreaming Spirits, bassist-composer m: Mark Egan joins forces with tabla-percussionist m: Arjun Bruggeman along with guest guitarist m: Shane Theriot for a set of music that is at once meditative and invigorating, incorporating drone tones and ambient textures into a compelling world music mix while also leaving room for dynamic improvisation and in-the-moment dialoguing between the players. 'I feel like I've always heard this music and I've always wanted to record this type of project' says the acclaimed bassist whose distinctive sound on his Pedulla fretless electric basses has made him a world renowned musician with a mastery of many styles of music. 'This music is an entrance into more ambient sonic spaces and I'm pleased that we have created some calming music to offset this hectic world that we live in...

EVENT: Vocalist Sachal Vasandani to Perform Upcoming Shows in New York and Boston Featuring Music from His Upcoming Album "Shadow Train"

On May 29 and May 30, 2018, m: Sachal Vasandani will return to New York's Jazz Standard for a series of shows in support of his latest release on GSI records entitled Shadow Train; he will perform at the Regatta Bar in Cambridge, MA on June 8th for one show. Vasandani's new album is a showcase of phenomenal musicianship and presents listeners with a repertoire of storied classics that have been masterfully reimagined. The recording will be released later this spring and features m: Taylor Eigsti (piano); m: Eric Harland (drums); m: Reuben Rogers (bass); m: Nir Felder (guitar); and m: Dayna Stephens (saxophone)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jackie McLean

All About Jazz is celebrating Jackie McLean's birthday today! John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean was an alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in New York City. His father, John Sr., who died in 1939, played guitar in Tiny Bradshaw\'s orchestra. After his father\'s death, his musical education was continued by his godfather, by his stepfather, who owned a record store, and by several noted teachers. He also received informal tutoring from neighbours Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell... Read more...

CAREER: 3 Sites to Help You Determine Your Brand

While most musicians would rather focus their artistry on what they do best (music) there are a number of visual components when it comes to building the branding necessary to achieve industry success. Here we look at three sites that can make this process much easier. Guest post by Susan Paulinksi for the TuneCore Blog...

FESTIVAL: The 39th Edition of Montreal's International Jazz Fest Starts on June 28th

By c: Hrayr Attarian June 28th of 2018 marks the start of the 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival. Recognized as the world's largest jazz festival by the Guinness Book, this 10-day event brings together an international roster of artists that encompass genres beyond jazz. The over 150 performances take place in 16 indoor and outdoor venues in and around downtown Montreal...

RECORDING: Harold O'Neal Releases a Solo Masterpiece - "Piano Cinema"

Piano Cinema is the second solo piano release for Harold O'Neal. He says it is his statement of a signature piano style that he calls by the same name. Release date is May 14, 2018. "Piano Cinema is how I describe my genre of music. It's equally a balance of improvisations and well thought-out compositions. Some pieces were composed and constantly reworked. While others, like 'The Magic Hour', were completely improvised. My goal is to share this vision with the world...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Woody Herman

All About Jazz is celebrating Woody Herman's birthday today! After early experience in Chicago with the bands led by Tom Gerun and Harry Sosnik, Woody Herman toured with Gus Arnheim. In 1934, he joined Isham Jones, and when Jones\'s group disbanded in 1936 Herman used its leading sidemen as the nucleus for his own orchestra. This band went through a number of changes of personnel, such as the inclusion in 1943 of Chubby Jackson and in 1944 of Neal Hefti, Ralph Burns, Flip Phillips... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Frank Sinatra and Ernie Freeman

As I recall growing up in Manhattan in the mid-1960s, the Beatles were only big in bedrooms. Kids listened to Fab Four 45s on their portable phonographs sitting on the floor next to their beds or heard the group on AM radios under their pillows. Outside the bedroom, in the world I encountered -- the living rooms of friends' apartments, barber shops and distant open windows -- what I heard most was Frank Sinatra. Albums were still an adult purchase, and even in the '60s, parents identified with Sinatra the way parents today go nuts at the mention of the Rolling Stones. He was the sound of their youth...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sony Music Buys $185m Stake in 'Peanuts' Brand

Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) has today announced that it has acquired a stake in the iconic 'Peanuts' brand. Created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950 and owned by Nova Scotia-based DHX Media, Sony purchased 49% of DHX Media's 80% stake in 'Peanuts' for $185 million. DHX originally acquired the 'Peanuts' brand as part of a $345 million acquisition of the entertainment division of Iconix Brand Group in May 2017...

RADIO: Online Radio's Data Collection Problem

While online streaming and terrestrial radio both seem to have figured out the best way in which to gather listener data, online radio is lagging behind in this department, a problem which needs to be solved if they hope to keep/bring in advertisers. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Streaming [may] be the future for distributing music, but radio is still a big player in making hits. While so much about how music radio works seems dated, the fact is that people still listen, and advertisers still support it. Surprisingly, that's not so much the case with online radio, and it all revolves around the data...

RECORDING: The Matt Anderson Quartet Release "Rambling" on Jellymould Jazz

Innovative saxophonist and composer Matt Anderson and his quartet release their brand new album Rambling in May 2018 on pioneering UK label Jellymould Jazz, ahead of an extensive national tour. Rambling fuses together a range of distinct musical influences, exploring the common ground between contemporary jazz and folk music, reminiscent of Anderson's rural upbringing in the North Yorkshire moors. Subtle strains of blues and country can also be detected within the music, as well as echoes of Scandinavian jazz and Afro-Celtic soundscapes...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Oscar Castro-Neves

All About Jazz is celebrating Oscar Castro-Neves' birthday today! Few musicians in the world today can boast a career that reflects a lifetime of accomplishments as diverse, rich and acclaimed as those Oscar Castro-Neves has achieved. Renowned as a composer and arranger for his sophisticated harmonic concepts and the exquisite texture and color of his orchestrations... Read more...

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