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OBITUARY: Don Gardner: 1931-2018

Philadelphia lost another great cultural leader this week with the passing of Donald Gardner, who died on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at the age of 87. Gardner's legacy spanned eight decades starting in 1947 as a singer and songwriter. His biggest hit was 'Need Your Lovin,' which rose to number four on the R&B charts in 1962 and was later recorded by Otis Redding, Tom Jones, and Jackie Wilson among others. After releasing his third album, he created his own group, The Three Bachelors, renamed The Sonotones. He later joined Dee Dee Ford and created an unforgettable duo. Don not only enjoyed success in the United States but also abroad where he toured with several artists. His success continued as a solo artist as well as partnering with Baby Washington in the 1970s. He remained in music as an artist and repertoire (A&R) manager into the 1980s...

RECORDING: Recent Listening in Brief: A Sextet and Three Duos

Rafal Sarnecki, Climbing Trees (Outside In Music) A native of Warsaw, guitarist Sarnecki moved to New York City in 2005. An adventurous -- even daring -- composer, he heads a sextet whose members have similar inclinations. His ten compositions here range from the agitated pointillism and serene contemplation of 'Homo Sapiens' to a three-part suite, 'Little Dolphin,' that includes an intense Lucas Pino tenor saxophone solo and an ethereal vocal part performed by Sarnecki's fellow Pole Bogna Kicinska. Ms Kicinska is an attractive presence throughout the album, frequently in complex unison passages with guitar or piano. Pianist Glenn Zalenski shines in those demanding duets and in several solos. Sarnecki's guitar-piano exchanges with Zalenski in the opening 'Solar Eclipse' and Colin Stranahan's drumming over a relentless vamp in the closing 'Homo Sapiens' are typical of the attention-getting power of this band. Their depth may come as a revelation to those hearing it for the first time...

VIDEO / DVD: 10 Clips: End of a Love Affair

Here's what we know: The End of a Love Affair was composed by Edward "E.C. or Bud" Redding and published in 1950. That's it. There's virtually nothing about Redding's career online or the purpose of the song. So I rolled up my sleeves and discovered that it was likely written for a New York cabaret or musical revue...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Ziga Koritnik Announces Kickstarter Campaign for Cloud Arrangers

Renowned Photographer Ziga Koritnik Announces Kickstarter Campaign for Cloud Arrangers, His Forthcoming Book of Music Photography Music is something that profoundly defines Ziga Koritnik's work. His photography expresses a deep passion for the performers while being aware of and showing respect to the entire musical scene...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Elvin Jones

All About Jazz is celebrating Elvin Jones' birthday today! Elvin Ray Jones was a jazz drummer. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, the youngest child in a family of ten. His father worked for General Motors. Two of Jones\' brothers were also jazz musicians: Hank (piano), and Thad (trumpet/flugelhorn). Elvin began playing professionally in the 1940s, working with the Army Special Services program, Operation Happiness, and in 1949 had a short-lived gig in Detroit\'s Grand River Street club... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Butch Warren

All About Jazz is celebrating Butch Warren's birthday today! Butch Warren (born in 1939) was an American jazz double bassist who plays in the hard bop genre. He was especially active in the late-50s and the 1960s. Contents Warren began playing professionally at age 14 in a local Washington, D. C. band led by his father, Edward Warren. He later worked with other local groups, including Stuff Smith\'s... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Industry in UK Booms as Brexit Disaster Looms

A British Phonographic Industry report shows that British music exports are now at their highest level in almost two decades. According to the BPI, UK labels generated revenues of 408.4 million in 2017, up by 12% over the previous year. The strong performance contributes to more than 5 billion in revenue generated by the sector since 2000. Taking into account payments made overseas, UK labels generated a net 200 million balance of payments surplus for the UK economy in 2017, up by more than a fifth (+23%) on 2016...

CAREER: How to Think, Act Like a Successful Music Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur of any kind is hard work, and requires a certain set of skills to do well. Here we look at the top seven qualities of a successful musical entrepreneur, and how you can further develop any of the skill should you struggle with them. Guest post by Bree Noble of Soundfly's Flypaper...

FESTIVAL: October Revolution 2018: John Zorn, the Music of Legendary Hasaan with Christian McBride, Wolf Eyes and Marshall Allen, and More!

ACCLAIMED PHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL EXPANDS LINEUP The e: October Revolution of Jazz and Contemporary Music, a four-day international music festival presented by Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with FringeArts, has confirmed several additional artists for its 2018 lineup as well as announcing single-day tickets. Featuring some of the most groundbreaking and uncategorizable artists in modern music, Ars Nova is pleased to announce that m: John Zorn, m: Tomeka Reid Quartet with m: Mary Halvorson, m: Christian McBride, as well as Wolf Eyes featuring m: Marshall Allen all join this year's lineup. The current performers are listed below with new additions in red...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 10, 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 3 1 Verve Jazz Ensemble Connect The Dots (Lightgroove Media)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Rollins

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Rollins' birthday today! It's no state secret that Sonny Rollins has never been fond of the recording studio. Never mind that he's recorded his full share of gems there -- not only early, celebrated albums such as Saxophone Colossus and Way Out West, but also digital-era efforts such as Old Flames and This Is What I Do. The man often embraced as the greatest living improviser requires too much creative freedom to start playing, as he puts it... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Streaming is Changing Shape of Music [mark Mulligan] Part 1

MUST READ: This is the first of two thought pieces by MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan on how streaming is reshaping music from creation to consumption. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry Blog The streaming era has arrived in the music business, but the music business has not yet fully arrived in the streaming era. Labels, publishers, artists, songwriters and managers are all feeling - to differing degrees - the revenue impact of a booming streaming sector. However, few of these streaming migrants are fundamentally reinventing their approach to meet the demands of the new world. A new rule book is needed, and for that we need to know which of today's trends are the markers for the future. This sort of future gazing requires us to avoid the temptation of looking at the player with the ball, but instead look for who the ball is going to be passed to...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: The Eagle Flies

Vibraphonist Teddy Charles was one cool cat. Every time I called him back in the late 2000s, his lingo was straight out of the hipster's manual. And it all came naturally to Teddy, since he lived the jazz life. In addition to being a swinging vibraphonist, he was a superb record producer...

TECHNOLOGY: Don't Sleep: Subtle Impact of Turning Your Computer off [hisham Dahud]

This short piece comes from independent music professional and former Hypebot contributor Hisham Dahud. Here's an unexpected revelation: I used to put my laptop to 'sleep' upon ending a workday. No shutdown; just close the screen and pick up where I left off the next day. I used to view this as a nifty feature, but I've recently uncovered the subconscious impact this can have...

FOR SALE: Give the Gift of Music with Vinyl Me, Please

Now that Labor Day Weekend is over it's officially holiday gift guide season, and I wanted to share a bit about record subscription club Vinyl Me, Please -- the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for any music lover. I know you were interested last year so wanted to see if VMP could be a fit this year! All Vinyl Me, Please memberships feature a monthly record- a hand-curated album that's delivered to your doorstep every month. The monthly records are often exclusive pressings, and are extra special as they're pressed on colored and/or patterned vinyl, as well as paired with a custom art print and cocktail recipe. VMP currently has three subscription offerings: Essentials (the original- with a range of genres), Classics (blues/jazz), and Hip Hop and Rap (a rarity for vinyl!)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Bolden

All About Jazz is celebrating Buddy Bolden's birthday today! Cornetist Buddy Bolden is one of the premier legendary figures of jazz. Credited as the founder of "jass," later to be called jazz, he was the first player to pursue an improvisational style. Much is unknown about Bolden\'s life, however, and it has been difficult for jazz historians to separate myth from reality, and the legend continues to grow... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: Scott Reeves and Others

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, Without A Trace (Origin) Reeves' second big band album for Origin features players in the top level of New York musicians. Saxophonists Steve Wilson, Vito Chiavuzzo, Tim Armacost and Rob Middleton are among the impressive soloists, along with trombonist Matt Haviland, trumpeter Andy Gravish, pianist Jim Ridl, and Reeves on flugelhorn and trombone. In Reeves' title tune Carolyn Leonhart's vocal is cool, contained and flawlessly delivered, however mundane the lyric. She might profitably have also been assigned a standard ballad with words by, say, Frank Loesser, Dorothy Fields or Johnny Mercer...

VIDEO / DVD: Maynard Ferguson: Jam Sessions

Born in Verdun, Canada, Maynard Ferguson quickly outgrew the dance bands he played with in Montreal and Quebec. Though his main instrument was the trumpet, Ferguson could play a range of brass instruments in his teens. By the late 1940s, he was being courted by bandleaders in the U.S. who were eager for a hot trumpet -- the rock guitar of its day -- especially one who could double on instruments. When Ferguson came down to the States in 1948, he intended to join Stan Kenton's band. Except that Kenton had just decided to break up his orchestra. So Ferguson played in a variety of other bands, including those led by Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, and Charlie Barnet...

TRENDS: Concert Revenue Hits Record High, but Not Because of More Tickets Are Sold

For artists at the top tier of the industry, it's a good time to be touring, with concerts in the first half of 2018 bringing in a record amount of money. Unfortunately, this extra load of cash doesn't appear to be result of more tickets selling. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 If you're an A-list artist then times are very good for you. According the recent Pollstar mid-year report, the top 50 best selling tours in the first half of 2018 generated a record amount of cash. Those tours brought in $2.21 billion in sales revenue, which is up 12% over last year at the same time. The problem is that the increase isn't necessarily a result of more tickets sold...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jeff Lofton

All About Jazz is celebrating Jeff Lofton's birthday today! Jazz trumpet player Jeff Lofton debuted his first jazz CD, Jazz Therapy, in 2005. The self-produced CD mixes old style be-bop with modern forms of jazz in the tradition of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. In addition to Lofton on trumpet, the CD also includes Roland Haynes on piano, Reggie Sullivan on bass and Kenneth Salters on drums. Playing trumpet for nearly thirty years... Read more...

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