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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Do Playlists Kill Album Sales or Multiply Them?

Michael Foster weighs in on how streaming and playlist culture is effecting album sales for niche genres including ambient, electronic, new age and electronica; and whether they could spell out the end of conventional albums or actually multiply sales. Guest post by Michael Foster of Ambient Visions...

CAREER: Build Your Tribe, Find Your Superfans: A Musician's Guide

While having quality music is certainly an important part of finding success in the music industry, perhaps more important, particularly when it comes to growing your fanbase, is conveying your brand, and the person you yourself are. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo from the ReverbNation Blog 'There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.'- Simon Sinek, 'Start with Why...

RECORDING: Verve Jazz Ensemble Showcases Jubilant Group Sound on Its 5th Album, "Connect the Dots," out July 20

Always highly polished, the m: Verve Jazz Ensemble's timeless straight-ahead jazz reaches for exuberance as well on LightGroove Media's July 20 release Connect the Dots. The fifth album by the VJE, a modular New York-based ensemble led by drummer m: Josh Feldstein, features upbeat performances of band originals, standards, and lesser-known works by classic jazz composers -- each characterized by the musicians' palpable delight in playing together...

EVENT: The Stars Come Out as "Martini in the Morning" Salutes One of Its Own: Monday, June 25th at Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles

For almost 12 years, MartiniInTheMorning.com has been streaming music to music lovers across the USA and around the world. Great American songbook gems from artists like m: Frank Sinatra, m: Ella Fitzgerald and m: Dean Martin to contemporary artists like m: Michael Buble, m: Diana Krall, m: Harry Connick, Jr. and m: Steve Tyrell have attracted listeners of all ages from around the world...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: June 18, 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 1 1 Joey Alexander Eclipse (Motema) 285 322 -37 0 53 1 6 2 3...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Erroll Garner

All About Jazz is celebrating Erroll Garner's birthday today! Born in Pittsburgh in 1921 (Sy Johnson\'s biographical note in The Erroll Garner Songbook has June 15, 1923 as Garner\'s birthdate), Errol Garner started playing piano at the age of two (three according to Johnson). He never learned to read music, probably because it was never a necessity for him. He learned to play the \'novelty\' styles of Zez Confrey and others from listening to 78 records... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Dixieland Goes Progressive

Ever sit down to a meal and find yourself loving food you never liked before? Your change of heart often is the result of an ingredient or a special preparation that makes the dish downright delicious. It could be fish with an amazing mustard sauce or broccoli with caraway and toasted almonds. I'm that way with Dixieland. Never cared much for it, probably because it has always sounded to me like New Orleans jazz scrubbed of its soul. But in the case of the albums I'm posting about today, the game-changing ingredient was progressive jazz arrangements...

CAREER: Paths to Playlists: How to Get Your Music on Spotify, Apple, Amazon and More

Landing songs on the playlists on Spotify, Apple Musicand other digital service providers has become the holy grail of music marketing. Industry veteran Jay Gilbert interviewed some of his peers to create a compendium of how to make it happen, or at least improve your chances. By Jay Gilbert of Label Logic and the Music Biz Weekly podcast...

RADIO: 'What I Learned from Anthony Bourdain About Music, Radio'

In the wake of the tragic passing of Anthony Bourdain, radio industry veteran Seth Resler shares important lessons learned from the food tourism pioneer, and how he helped shape a radio broadcaster's career. Guest post by Digital Dot Connector, Seth Resler of Jacobs Media Strategy On Friday morning, we awoke to the sad news that Anthony Bourdain, the preeminent pioneer in the world of food tourism, had taken his own life. He was an icon. I was a fan. In many ways, Anthony Bourdain shaped my career...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora, Snapchat Partner for Song Sharing, Snap Kit Developer Launch

Pandora has teamed with Snapchat as the music streaming launch partner for Snap Kit, Snap's new platform for developers. Pandora users will soon be able to share songs using 'song cards' that include album art on top of an animated background. Song receivers can up swipe up to listen directly on Pandora after watching a 15 second ad. The integration expands Pandora's social sharing to Snapchat's young user-base and in increases music discovery on both platforms...

WEBSITE: Jazz Near You Launches Personal Calendar Feature

Jazz Near You -- the leading jazz events platform of its kind -- has added an exciting new feature that allows members to track events they plan to attend and share them on Facebook and Twitter. Jazz Near You will also maintain a member's history of previously attended shows. Events can be added to a member's personal calendar by clicking the green calendar icon on any calendar page or by clicking the "Add to Your Jazz Near You Calendar" link on an event detail page...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Marcus Miller

All About Jazz is celebrating Marcus Miller's birthday today! Marcus Miller, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2001, was born in Brooklyn in 1959 and raised in Jamaica, New York. He came from a musical family and was influenced early on by his father, a church organist and choir director, as well as his musical extended family (which included the extraordinary Wynton Kelly, jazz pianist for Miles Davis during the late fifties and early sixties!)... Read more...

TV / FILM: Skip Martin: TV Jazz Themes

One of the first arrangers and bandleaders to take on Henry Mancini's music was Skip Martin (above). In the summer of 1958, Martin, one of the most prolific arrangers of the swing era, recorded TV Jazz Themes with his "video all stars" for Los Angeles's Somerset label. The six Mancini selections on the album from the Peter Gunn private eye TV drama were recorded in advance of the show's first season, which began airing in September of '58. Which means Mancini gave his blessing in an effort to attract the bachelor demographic to the show...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Does at&T, Time Warner Deal Mean for Music? A Lot.

A Federal Judge yesterday ruled that AT&T could complete its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, including HBO, CNN, DC Entertainment and all of its popular media properties. With no major music companies in either company's portfolio, the impact of the mega-deal on the music industry would seem to be minimal. Think again...

RECORDING: JC Hopkins' New Release, "It's a Sad and Beautiful World," Which Features Garth Hudson and Levon Helm, Will Finally See the Light of Day Ten Years After It Was Recorded

The album, which will be released on July 12, also features an impressive array of jazz greats and notable singer-songwriters There are some musicians who defy genre limitations, whose work spans a such wide spectrum that it simply does not allow them to be labelled or categorized. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer JC Hopkins is just such an artist. He's produced albums for Victoria Williams, Ben Fields and John Lithgow (whose Sunny Side of the Street earned a Grammy as Best Children's album) has earned two Grammy nominations for his work with m: Norah Jones and Willie Nelson, and co-wrote 'Painter Song,' which was featured on Jones' multi-Grammy winning debut album. He's performed in various, clubs around New York City with vocalists such as Jones, m: Elvis Costello, Madeline Peyroux, and Martha Wainwright. That was where he found himself just as the events of 9/11, which so affected him that he was inspired to write the title track of the new album...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Doc Cheatham

All About Jazz is celebrating Doc Cheatham's birthday today! One of the very last survivors of the early days of jazz, trumpeter Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham attracted attention from the historically- inclined right up to his death in 1997 at the age of 91. His career recapitulated much of the history of jazz as a whole: he came of age hearing and playing with the New Orleans masters of the music\'s classic period; he participated in the big band movement that defined jazz in the 1930s... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify Eyes Strategy Shift Music Industry Won't Like

A recent report hints that Spotify may soon be pursuing a strategy which could potentially anger partners which it needs to stay in the business, with the streaming giant considering offering certain indie artists advances and direct licensing deals. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski from Forbes A new report suggests that Spotify is embarking on a new strategy that may ultimately alienate the very partners it needs to stay in business. A recent Billboard article outlined Spotify's currently unannounced program of offering advances to a select number of indie artists for a direct licensing deal with the service...

FESTIVAL: Marshall University and the Nu Jazz Agency Announce the Finalists for the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition in Huntington, West Virginia

Marshall University, a leading institution of higher education in West Virginia, and the Nu Jazz Agency, have announced the finalists for the inaugural 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition to be held June 22- 23, 2018 in Huntington, WV (U.S.A.). About The Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition and Finalists The Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, named after NEA Jazz Master, legendary educator and patriarch of 'America's First Family of Jazz' will be held triennially in the City of Huntington, West Virginia (U.S.A.) in partnership with Marshall University and the Nu Jazz Agency. The 2-day competition is designed to challenge competitors' skills and abilities across different genres, styles, and formats of the jazz idiom. Six finalists have been chosen from over 160 entries and 45 qualifying submissions from 13 different countries, to vie for over $200,000 in cash and prizes...

RECORDING: Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the Music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play on Records

The music of drummer/composer m: Paul Motian is revered in certain circles of jazz, while resting in obscurity among others. The performing credits of Motian run deep and are extensive, but as a author of highly original music, he lies in the under-documented category. This will not last much longer as, in the years since his passing, his followers are carrying the torch, one such notable being guitarist Carl Michel...

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