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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: George Benson

All About Jazz is celebrating George Benson's birthday today! Appreciated as both musician and performer by millions, George Benson has always had the duel personae of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has always placed his keenly discerning art in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive rhythm and blues, he\'s earned himself an impeccable reputation as one of music\'s most enterprising and engaging stars... Read more...

TRENDS: Smart Speakers Will Drive Music Consumption, Industry Growth Says New Report

A new report authored by Music Ally's Stuart Dredge for label trade BPI and the Entertainment Retailers Association [ERA] looks at how voice-controlled smart speakers are transforming how fans engage with music. The new report, 'Everybody's Talkin' - Smart Speakers and their impact on music consumption' looks at how this new technology is driving the next wave of music consumption, fuelling further growth in streaming and subscriptions while also establishing a new e-commerce platform for sales of physical product...

CAREER: Tax Change Could Kill Corporate Gigs for Musicians

A crackdown by Congress on tax loopholes may have a far-reaching impact for the entertainment industry as corporate America is forced to take a hard look at how much they spend at live entertainment venues around the country. One of the changes in the latest revision to the U.S. tax code which was enacted late last year takes aim at a provision that used to allow American businesses to deduct as much as 50% of the cost of entertaining customers and clients and sports and entertainment venues...

CAREER: Artists, Musicians Are Wasting Their Time with Social Media: Here's Why

Yes. I said it. Social media is a waste of time. The web is a flutter with news and panicked updates on the decline of Facebook media reach. They saw organic reach drop 52% in 2016 and engagement for brands drop by over 20% from January to August in 2017. Add to that declarations of 'Organic reach on Facebook is dead' from this year (2018) and you can see why anybody who's not pumping copious amounts of cash into the platform's paid reach and advertising system is wasting their time...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jca Orchestra at the Lily Pad in Cambridge on April 10, 2018 at 8PM

JCA ORCHESTRA in concert, Tuesday, April 10, 8PM at The LilyPad in Inman Square. The Jazz Composers Alliance will present new music by resident composers David Harris, Darrell Katz and Bob Pilkington Donations are $15, and $10 for students and seniors. On Tuesday, April 10, at 8PM, the 20-piece JCA Orchestra will present a program of new music for jazz orchestra at The LilyPad, which is at 1353 Cambridge St in Cambridge...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

All About Jazz is celebrating Mike Westbrook's birthday today! Born in High Wycombe in 1936, Mike Westbrook grew up in Torquay and was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock. He formed his first band while studying painting in Plymouth in 1958, moving to London in the early 1960s. He has led and composed for a succession of groups, notably his 1960s Sextet and Concert Band, his Brass Band, formed in the mid 70s, the jazz rock group Solid Gold Cadillac and the Mike Westbrook Orchestra... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: The Thing, Denise Thimes, Charlie Hunter, Victor Wooten Trio, and More

This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features several stellar singers; the local debut of an esteemed free jazz trio; some straight-up bebop; funky sounds from New Orleans, California, and beyond; and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, March 21 Singer Brian Owens will performs for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro, revisiting some of the jazz material he did earlier in his career, with backing from pianist Adam Maness' trio...

VIDEO / DVD: Six Videos of Hal McKusick

Before he died in 2012 at 87, Hal McKusick was one of JazzWax's biggest fans and a dear friend. We spoke almost weekly about historical jazz events and recordings sessions Hal was on. Many of our conversations were captured in my JazzWax posts. Hal was an educator and always available, and he was loaded with stories and insights. Naturally, his passing was devastating. His encouragement was fantastic and his cool and phrasing were entertaining in and of itself...

EVENT: "Jazz in the Digital Age" Presentation Series Kicks Off with Jazz Near You at South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor on April 3rd from 5-7PM

All About Jazz and Jazz Near You founder Michael Ricci launches the Jazz In The Digital Age speaker series at South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor with a fascinating look at his ever-evolving platform that supports live jazz. The presentation will also include a brief Q&A and brainstorming session. All Jazz In The Digital Age events are free, though please RSVP through Eventbrite...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Marian McPartland

All About Jazz is celebrating Marian McPartland's birthday today! Marian McPartland has made jazz piano duets into something of an art form. Sure, it\'s been done before, but not very often. There are the Pete Johnson/Albert Ammons duet sessions that made both boogie pianists stars, but save for the occasional live performance where a couple of luminaries may have sat in together to present a finale to a concert, there aren\'t that many examples in the jazz canon... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Jazz West: Lighthouse All-Stars

To fully understand the romance of West Coast jazz of the early 1950s, you have to walk the beaches of Hermosa, Huntington, Leguna and Redondo in California. I did that in the 1980s with a Walkman. As I walked the sand in tan Converse sneakers, I listened to home-made cassettes of Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Stan Kenton and Johnny Richards, among others. Only then did I realize how much Pacific Ocean in the music along with the air, the salty smell and the sound of the crashing surf. When you listen to the music and awaken your other senses along the way, the music's charm and ambition hits you...

CAREER: Website Performance Metrics Every Artist, Band, Should Know

When it comes to maintaining a healthy web presence, keeping careful track of performance metrics on your website is essential. Here we look at seven such areas to focus on. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 When it comes to measurement, one of the things that can happen is that it's easy to be almost overwhelmed by the data that a measurement tool can provide. Here's an excerpt from the 2nd edition of my Social Media Promotion For Musicians handbook that shows how to interpret the performance metrics in order to understand just how successful your website really is. Thanks to Hubspot for the definitions...

CAREER: A Musician's Guide to Top Tax Deductions

It's tax season once again, and for those fortunate enough to be working as self employed musicians, this means an opportunity to claim a number of deductions and expenses when filing your tax return. Guest post by TurboTax from Soundfly's Flypaper Editor's Note: We found this article on how to claim certain tax deductions as a musician, and loved it so much, that we decided to reach out to them to ask if we could repost it. So we called them and spent like 20 minutes on the phone with some very nice people before they admitted they actually had no idea who wrote it or who to even ask about permission. Given that, we're just going to post it because it's that useful, but if someone from TurboTax sees this, please let us know! We're happy to take it down or give you extra props because you really wrote a great article...

INTERVIEW: Ubumtufm's Exclusive Interview for International Women's Day with Cynthia Basinet

UbumtuFM's Exclusive interview for International Women's Day with m: Cynthia Basinet, a multi-talented American actress, singer, supermodel, mother and activist for the Western Saharan Sahrawi people, from the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles county. Life is a journey. Cynthia's journey took her to the top of various interlocking disciplines and roads less traveled. In this exclusive interview we'll attempt to paint the full picture and put some perspective on the life and career of this remarkable woman...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eliane Elias

All About Jazz is celebrating Eliane Elias' birthday today! Pianist/singer/songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. Made in Brazil, scheduled for release on March 31, 2015 on Concord Jazz, marks a musical homecoming for Elias. In her three-decade long career as a solo artist... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Frisell

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Frisell's birthday today! Born in Baltimore, Bill Frisell played clarinet throughout his childhood in Denver, Colorado. His interest in guitar began with his exposure to pop music on the radio. Soon, the Chicago Blues became a passion through the work of Otis Rush, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield and Buddy Guy. In high school, he played in bands covering pop and soul classics, James Brown and other dance material. Later... Read more...

RECORDING: Acclaimed Pianist/Vocalist John Proulx Releases "Say It" on Artistshare

A lot of great things have happened in m: John Proulx's life. He recorded three albums on the MAXJAZZ label, played with some amazing musicians and toured extensively, making many friends and fans across the country. But after the owner of MAXJAZZ passed away and the catalogue was sold to Mack Avenue Records, Proulx decided it was time to expand his horizons and take his career along a new and exciting path. His newest project, called Say It, is the first album he's produced independently...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Nat "King" Cole

All About Jazz is celebrating Nat "King" Cole's birthday today! Nat King Cole was one of the most popular singers ever to hit the American charts. A brilliant recording and concert artist during the 40\'s, 50\'s and 60\'s, he attracted millions of fans around the world with a sensitive and caressing singing voice that was unmistakable. Cole has a rare blend of technical musical knowledge and sheer performing artistry topped off with an abundance of showmanship... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Victor Wooten Trio'S Trypnotyx

Today, let's check out some videos of the Victor Wooten Trio, who are coming to St. Louis to perform Tuesday, March 27 at the Old Rock House. Featuring Wooten on bass, Dennis Chambers on drums, and Bob Franceschini on tenor sax, the group is touring in support of their latest album Trypnotyx, which was released last September. The album feature 14 tracks of original material, with Wooten and Franceschini augmenting their instruments with various electronics to expand the sound, plus some guest contributions from singer Varijashree Venugopal and actor/comedian/"voicetrumentalist" Michael Winslow...

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