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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...

CAREER: Step by Step Guide to Influencer Marketing for Music Businesses

Influencer marketing plays a huge role in the music business, and while capturing the attention of an influencer may seem like sheer luck, there's a science to it, just like anything else. Here we look at a step by step guide. Guest post by Anand Srinivasan Influencers play a major role in defining your success in the music industry. Take Justin Bieber, for example. Ten years ago, he was one of thousands of kids making videos on YouTube. That was until people with a following much larger than his liked and shared his videos till he was spotted by a talent manager...

CAREER: 8 Tips to Promote Music That Actually Work

For artists seeking to find ways to promote their music, we here list eight tested and true techniques for marketing your music which have proven to effectively capture and maintain the attention of music consumers. Guest post by Naima Karp of The Cab Portal If you are an artist who is constantly looking for effective ways to promote your music, then you have come to the right place because below we have a list of eight tried and true tips to help you get the full attention of music consumers...

RECORDING: Quincy Jones Guitar Protege Andreas Varady "The Quest" on Resonance out April 6

The Quest is the long-awaited third album from Andreas Varady, a protege of the legendary Quincy Jones! Featuring Varady's father, bassist Bandi and brother, drummer Adrian, plus pianist Benito Gonzalez and saxophonist Radovan Tariska CD and Digital Editions Available on April 6, 2018 e: Resonance Records is proud to announce the release of The Quest, the third recording from twenty-year old guitar virtuoso, Andreas Varady. With the release of Questions (2010) and his eponymous CD in 2014, the native of Slovakia, and resident of Ireland, emerged from thin air and put the guitar playing world on notice that there was a new force on the instrument to be reckoned with. On The Quest, Varady's artistry has reached new heights, and it's staggering to behold. His unadulterated command of the guitar, his highly-developed skills as a composer, his rhythmic facility (which speaks volumes about his roots in Gypsy music), and his ability to craft an astonishing flow of single-note lines while traversing chord changes, all by ear, has attracted the attention of many legends of this music, not the least of which is Varady's mentor, manager, producer and friend, the esteemed Quincy Jones. The Quest, available on April 6, 2018, features Varady in the company of his father Bandi on bass, younger brother Adrian on drums, fellow Slovak Radovan Tariska on alto saxophone, and Venezuelan native (and current jny: New York City resident) m: Benito Gonzalez on piano...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: KPM is Proud to Present Award Winning Jazz Singer, Spider Saloff in a Brand New Show, "The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee" in It's New York Debut!

Spider returns to New York in a rare appearance with a brand new show. In it's New York Debut, Saloffs' "The Cool Heat of Peggy Lee" concert includes Lee's classic jazz hits as well her pop music classics. Saloff presents all of this with her unique comic wit and a contemporary twist that will appeal to audiences of all ages...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: March 19, 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 Jeff Hamilton Trio Live From San Pedro (Capri) 301 274...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Flanagan

All About Jazz is celebrating Tommy Flanagan's birthday today! Rarely has such unanimously unstinting praise been bestowed on a less self-congratulatory recipient. As genial and matter-of-fact off the stand as he is fiercely individual at the keys, Tommy Flanagan handles his world class ranking with an equanimity, a modesty, an easy friendliness not always associated with the psychic burden of being Number One... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Bill Frisell and Brad Mehldau: Alone

Their recording histories encompass dozens of collaborations, but in their new albums two of the most prolific recording artists in modern music go it alone. m: Bill Frisell, Music Is (Okeh) Guitarist Bill Frisell reaches into his storehouse of compositions to revisit several that he has recorded before, and to play others for the first time. Frisell is alone, yes, but with the help of producer Lee Townsend and engineer Tucker Martine he overdubs guitar layers and uses looping, applying the electronic wizardry that is a major component of his distinctiveness. The opening track, 'Pretty Stars,' is a stunning example of Frisell's use of looping as a means of creating subtle abstractions within uncomplicated music. Later in the album he revisits the 'Stars' theme as 'Made To Shine' on acoustic guitar without enhancement. In the blues 'Winslow Homer,' in less than three-and-a-half minutes Frisell uses looping that builds toward what amounts to a conversation with himself -- that is, between his acoustic guitar and its electronically enhanced counterpart. Another blues, 'Go Happy Lucky,' all on acoustical guitar, is even shorter, and expressive in a different way that can't be explained merely by the fact that it's in a different key. It's a different way of interpreting, of feeling, the blues. 'Monica Jane,' named for Frisell's daughter and first recorded with pianist Paul Bley three decades ago, loops in electronic counterpoint interjections that seem be heading for a conclusion in extraterrestrial regions. But the piece ends on a conventional C-major triad. Surprise! Frisell is full of surprises, and of satisfactions. The longest track in Music Is barely exceeds five minutes. Close listening to this album kept my ears occupied for a couple of days...

VIDEO / DVD: Five Videos: John Coltrane

Listening to John Coltrane, it's hard not to become transfixed by his saxophone. His music is muscular, intellectual, earthy and heroic, with each musician in Coltrane's groups bringing the highest level of thinking and expression to each performance. Here are five live clips of Coltrane in action: Here's Coltrane (ts), Eric Dolphy (as), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b) and Elvin Jones (d) playing Coltrane's Impressions...

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