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VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Kirk Whalum'S "Gospel According to Jazz"

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring saxophonist Kirk Whalum, who's bringing the seventh annual edition of his "Gospel According to Jazz Christmas" show to St. Louis next Friday, December 14 at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. The show, a spinoff from Whalum's series of "Gospel According to Jazz" albums that began back in 1998, each year features several guest stars, with the 2018 lineup including percussionist and vocalist Sheila E. plus singers Lynn Mabry, John Stoddart, Kevin Whalum (who is Kirk's younger brother), and St. Louis' own Brian Owens...

CAREER: 3 Email Strategies You Must Implement to Drive Show Attendance in 2019

While 91% of people check their email every single day, you're not the only hitting their inbox, and it can be incredibly easy for your message to be lost or condemned amid the digital clutter. Here we look at three key strategies artist must use to ensure that their email marketing is successful. Guest post by Rachel Grate of Eventbrite...

AWARD / GRANT: Grammy Nominees 2019 - Jazz List

The nominees for the 61st GRAMMY Awards jazz category are: 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Digging into the Boisterous Side of the Tenor Sax

Saxophonist Paul Duffy has been influenced mightily by the "Texas tenor" style of saxophone- the brawny, honking, at-times boisterous R&B-tinged sound made famous by Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, David "Fathead" Newman and King Curtis. That's quite a stretch for a versatile musician who grew up- and developed his passion for jazz- in Dublin, Ireland...

RECORDING: Frost Concert Jazz Band Under the Direction of John Daversa Releases Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra by Justin Morell, Featuring Adam Rogers

Jazz is an art form that allows musicians to drawn upon an endless array of stylistic and cultural traditions. While a number of jazz artists have incorporated the sophisticated forms of classical music in their writing and performances, there are few true concerto works for a jazz orchestra and fewer still composed for guitar...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 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 Harold Mabern The Iron Man: Live at Smoke (Smoke Session...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today! Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more...

CAREER: Why Bundle Music?

In this piece the people at Single Music why artists should more often bundle content, both physical and digital, and how marketing combinations of merchandise enables them to better connect with fans. Guest post from Single Music The first blog post by our CEO Tommy discussed why Single Music exists. As this is my first post, I've decided to follow suit and talk about why we're driven by this fundamental assumption: bundling content can help you better connect with fans...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Trudy Pitts

Trudy Pitts was not as well known as Shirley Scott or as thoroughly recorded, but the organist was just as potent. In fact, it's fair to say she was scantily recorded. She recorded just seven leadership albums compared with Scotts' several dozen. A special thanks to Andrew J. Sordoni III, who sent along a link to the first video below. I added a few...

CAREER: 3 Greatest Challenges Facing Musicians in the Digital Age

While artists now live in a time when they have more freedom than ever to create, market, and sell their music, the digital age has brought with it a unique set of challenges as well. Here we look at the three biggest obstacles standing between contemporary musicians and success. Guest post by David Andrew Wiebe of Music Marketing Guy...

CAREER: Recording Contracts 101: Guide to Signing the Right Record Deal

Every aspect of the music industry has been touched by its transition to digital distribution, and record deals and recording contracts are no exception. Here music attorney Mark Quails breaks down some of the most import questions about contracts for current day musicians. Guest post by Mark Quail of Landr...

RECORDING: Andrew Rathbun | New Album out on Steeplechase Records

Saxophonist, composer and Toronto native m: Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence in nearly 20 years as a recording artist. Voted as a 'rising star' in this year's Downbeat Critics Poll, he adds to his portfolio of stirring original albums this winter, with the release of Character Study on Steeplechase Records...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Brubeck

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Brubeck's birthday today! Brubeck\'s mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Hot Track: Punjab

On Joe Henderson's 1965 album In 'n Out, the listener enjoyed five giants for the print of one. The tenor saxophonist and trumpeter Kenny Dorham were joined by powerful cookers: pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones were two-thirds of John Coltrane's rhythm section, while bassist Richard Davis had recorded with Eric Dolphy on Out to Lunch (1964). Recorded for Blue Note in April 1964, In 'n Out features three Henderson originals and two by Dorham. This is a perfect album, so it's tough to pick a favorite, but Punjab is up there. Henderson's modal composition is stormy and swings restlessly between bright and dark tones. The music here is a reflection of its times -- lyrically hopeful but fed up with the era's racism and suppression of black identity. The brilliant cover design was by Reid Miles...

RADIO: Radio's Best Defense Against the Future

As time continues its relentless march onward, a legacy industry like radio must do everything it can to embracing emerging tech and dive headlong into the future. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Strategies 'You have to always be leaning into the future. If you're leaning away from the future, the future is gonna win, every time.' -- Jeff Bezos...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Create Music Group Located $60m in Unclaimed Revenue for Artists, Labels in Three Years

Here Dana Feldman looks at how Los Angeles-based company Create Music Group has been able able to impact the online streaming economy in artists' favor by tracking down $60 million dollars in unclaimed streaming revenue. By Dana Feldman. This article originally appeared on Forbes.com In just three years, Los Angeles-based Create Music Group has changed the online music streaming game. What started as a YouTube monetization company, collecting revenue on behalf of artists and labels, now monetizes more than nine billion streams per month. This year alone, CMG is on track to find $45 million for its clients, and in 2019 it's predicted to find an additional $100 million...

CAREER: 10 Low Cost Promo Ideas Every Artist Needs to Know

As a musician, promoting your music can often seem prohibitively expensive, particularly if you're just getting started out. While this is certainly true in some cases, not every promotional technique has to break the bank, and several of the following ideas are as inexpensive as they are powerful. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Nola's Favorite Band Just Bought Nola's Favorite Nightclub

Galactic has announced that they've purchased the iconic New Orleans nightclub e: Tipitina's. The recently finalized deal, which has been in negotiation for most of the year, will transfer ownership of the music venue and it's associated business to the popular indie funk band. Galactic is no stranger to Tipitina's and the band has been performing there for more than two decades. The members of Galactic stated that they plan to continue to operate Tipitina's as a music club, hosting both nationally touring acts as well as local favorites...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Grand Union Orchestra Shoreditch at Town Hall on December 9th at 8PM

Uncharted Crossings- The Backstory of the Windrush Generation Uncharted Crossings may well be m: Grand Union Orchestra's most powerful and politically committed show in its thirty-year history. The music traces the contribution to British culture of the people who came to these shores from the Caribbean from the late forties onwards. In many ways, theirs was just a chapter in a story that had begun five centuries earlier on the slave ships that crossed the Atlantic carrying human cargo to the plantations of North and South America and the Caribbean...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Pieranunzi

All About Jazz is celebrating Enrico Pieranunzi's birthday today! Born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi has long been one of the best-known and appreciated personalities on the European jazz scene. Pianist, composer, arranger, he has recorded more than seventy CDs under his own name, ranging from solo piano to trio, and from duet to quintet. He has played in concert and in the studio with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Paul Motian, Chris Potter and Charlie Haden... Read more...

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