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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Could This Company Be the Last to Distribute CDs?

While the CD has hung on longer than some might have guessed, it's decline has been steady. That said, some are still turning a profit from this outdated form of music. Here we look at Alliance Entertainment, the largest wholesaler of physical music in the US. Guest post Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

CAREER: Not Ready for a Music Manager? Try an Accountability Team

While you may not yet be ready to employ a full-time music manager, that doesn't mean that, as a DIY artist, you need to totally go it alone. In fact, there are a number of ways you can expand your team and advance your career without having to fully invest in a manager. Here we look at five things an accountability team can do for you...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Connick, Jr.

All About Jazz is celebrating Harry Connick, Jr.'s birthday today! Harry Connick, Jr.\'s career has been studded with awards and recognition, including several multi-platinum and gold albums, Grammy and Emmy awards, a starring role in a Tony-winning Broadway musical and much more. A true American icon, there are few artists of Harry\'s stature, and fewer still with such a comprehensive span of the entire realm of entertainment. Harry grew up in New Orleans... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Ron Feuer: Vital Organ

Organist Ron Feuer recorded just one jazz leadership album -- Vital Organ, in 1959. It also happened to be his first album. The date for Bob Keane's Del-Fi label featured Frank Rosolino (tb), Bill Perkins (ts), Ron Feuer (org), Paul Moer (p), Jimmy Bond (b) and Frank Butler and Bill Higgins (d). Feuer was just 20 at the time and displayed an unusual technique and swirling soul...

CAREER: Choosing the Best Font for Your Musical Brand

Becoming a successful artist will, on some level, always necessitate a certain amount of branding, and a huge part of your visual identity comes from the font you choose. In this piece we look at how to determine which will work the best for you. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Everyone in the music business is ultimately a brand, and the ones that develop theirs are ultimately the most successful. Artists, bands, musicians, producers, even indie record labels, have a tough time discovering their brand though, and in some cases they don't know where to start. In the second edition of my Social Media Promotion For Musicians handbook there's a specific chapter on branding that describes how to begin with 3 easy things - settling on a name, picking a color, and picking a font...

RECORDING: Guitarist Tone Masseve to Release Debut Album Amp L'etude Feat. Jethro Tull Drum Legend Doane Perry

The singing sustain of multiple razor edged electric guitars, the monster rock backbeat of Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry and The Moonlight Sonata? Yes, This mash-up is the concept behind Tone Masseve's album Amp L'etude. Classical pieces? Yes, but these are not the dry, conventional versions we've all heard before. The album vividly brings these compositions to life with a new and powerful sound...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lorraine Feather

All About Jazz is celebrating Lorraine Feather's birthday today! Lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather's work has been heard on numerous records, in films and on television. Her songs have been covered extensively by adult contemporary and jazz artists, including Phyllis Hyman, Kenny Rankin, Patti Austin, Diane Schuur and Cleo Laine. As a jazz singer, Lorraine has recorded eleven albums, three with her vocal trio Full Swing and eight as a soloist... Read more...

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...

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