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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack McDuff

All About Jazz is celebrating Jack McDuff's birthday today! Brother Jack McDuff, was one of the handful of leading exponents of the soul jazz style created on Hammond organ by Jimmy Smith in the late 1950s. The instrument at the heart of the soul jazz style was the Hammond B-3 organ, usually in the company of electric guitar, drums, and often tenor saxophone. The emergence of Jimmy Smith as a major star on the instrument sparked its widespread use in jazz and pop music in the early 1960s... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Byrd

All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Byrd's birthday today! Charlie Byrd jammed with Django Reinhardt, recorded with Woody Herman, studied with the great Segovia, and with Stan Getz introduced the Brazilian bossa nova to international audiences. He then proceeded to form a super guitar trio with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis... Read more...

CAREER: Guide to Creating Album Artwork for Free Using Canva

For many independent DIY artists, designing their own artwork can seem like an intimidating prospect, particularly for those who don't consider themselves designers, but when hiring a graphic designer is outside the budget, a solo operation can often be their best bet. This article outlines how artists can use the free service Canva to build their own professional looking album art with little to no experience...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: London-Based Hitmakers Cousteau Reform as Cousteaux

After a break of more than a decade, singer Liam McKahey and songwriter/instrumentalist Davey Ray Moor of London- based hitmakers Cousteau have reformed as CousteauX. The album of the same name is set for worldwide digital release by Silent X Recordings on September 15. The CD is released 9/22 and the vinyl LP on 9/29...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 18, 2017

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 5 1 Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It (Mack Avenue) 269...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

All About Jazz is celebrating Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's birthday today! Both as the leader of his own bands as well as an alto and soprano saxophone stylist, Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was one of the progenitors of the swinging, rhythmically robust style of music that became known as hard-bop. Born September 15, 1928, into a musical family in Florida, Adderley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He became leader of the 36th Army Dance Band, led his own band while studying music at the U.S... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Oliver Lake

All About Jazz is celebrating Oliver Lake's birthday today! Born in Marianna, Arkansas in 1942, Oliver moved to St. Louis at the age of two. He began drawing at the age of thirteen (and paints daily, using oil, acrylics, wood, canvas, and mixed media), and soon after began playing cymbals and bass drum in various drum and bugle corps. At 17, he began to take a serious interest in jazz. Like many other members of BAG and its Chicago-based sister organization... Read more...

RECORDING: Ahmad Jamal and Fender Rhodes

We tend to think of Ahamd Jamal as a pioneer of the elegant jazz trio, a style he perfected in the 1950s by making ample use of space, swing and the upper register of the piano keyboard. Or we think of Ahmad's more recent abstract recordings that are bold and percussive. In between, there was a brief period when Ahmad recorded on the Fender Rhodes electric piano. He released only three studio albums on which he recorded extensively on the instrument. Of course, all three albums for 20th Century Fox albums came out in the 1970s...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Event Marketing Tactics for Music Festivals

When it comes to organizing and promoting music festivals, there are a variety of practices and techniques artists can employ in order to generate maximum hype around and event and thereby boost ticket sales. Here we look at some of the most effective of these tactics. Guest post by Emma Miller Music festivals are a great opportunity to get a music fix of your favorite musicians, all gathered in one place, giving shows for days in a row. When music festival announcements begin, it's hard to ignore all the ads and billboards with lineups for the forthcoming summer. Around the world, music festival marketing experts are giving their best to jack up the hype around their lineups...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mel Torme

All About Jazz is celebrating Mel Torme's birthday today! Mel Torme was among the most enduring singers from the big-band era, maligned by some as the epitome of lounge singer, acclaimed by many more as one of a talented and serious vocalist. Legend has it that Torme began singing for his supper a Chicago restaurant when he was four and was working the vaudeville circuit soon after. He worked as a child actor on radio, and began writing songs in his early teens. In the early 1940s... Read more...

CAREER: Building an Online Presence - 7 Key Tips for Musicians

In 2017, having a professional looking website and an active presence on social media has become a key component of any band's success. That said, there are a variety of 'right' ways to go about about building an online presence. Here we look at seven tips for doing so successfully. Guest post Mike Wright of Songcast...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Soundcharts Raises $3.1 Million for Music Analytics

Music analytics provider Soundcharts has raised $3.1 million in a Series A round. The French startup is working to fill the void created when Pandora acquired music analytics pioneer Next Big Sound and competing streaming services stopped feeding it data. Paris based tech startup Soundcharts has raised $3.1 million to expand its music data analytics services. The Series A round was led by Alven Capital, with participations from Kima Ventures and Global Founders Capital. To date, the startup has raised a total of $3.4M...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: We're About to be Reminded of How Important Music is to Apple: A Very Short List of Today's Music Announcements

We will be live tweeting Apple's much touted announcement of a new iPhone and more from our @hypebot account today. It's a big day for Apple, marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone along with the unveiling of the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple's futuristic new campus. But music seems very unlikely to play a major role in today's announcements...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brian Lynch

All About Jazz is celebrating Brian Lynch's birthday today! Brian Lynch GRAMMY AWARD WINNER; 4 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS; 2017 TRUMPETER OF THE YEAR, RECORD OF THE YEAR (Jazz Journalists Association) 'This is a new millennium, and a lot of music has gone down,' Brian Lynch said several years ago. 'I think that to be a jazz musician now means drawing on a wider variety of things than 30 or 40 years ago. Not just to play a little bit of this or a little bit of that... Read more...

RECORDING: Bob Corwin and Don Elliott

The closest pairing on the East Coast to the West Coast's Chet Baker and Russ Freeman was Don Elliott and Bob Corwin. Playing together, Elliott and Corwin were breezy, delicate and highly melodic. They could swing wwith ease, and both had an extraordinary ear for harmony. If you're familiar with Elliott, then you know he was a master of many instruments. On The Bob Corwin Quartet: Featuring the Trumpet of Don Elliott (1956) for Riverside, Elliott was on trumpet and Corwin was on piano. They were backed by Ernie Furtado (b) and Jimmy Campbell (d)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Austin Welcomes New Short Run Vinyl Pressing Plant

Further evidence that the return of vinyl is as strong as ever, the city of Austin will soon see a new vinyl pressing plant known as Gold Rush Vinyl- this is good news for indie acts who often have lengthy waits when ordering their music on vinyl. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 I guess that the vinyl comeback is here to stay, as another new pressing plant is about to come on line, this one in Austin. When band manager Caren Kelleher found that she couldn't get timely vinyl delivery for the bands she manages, she decided that it was time for a vinyl plant that specialized in that kind of order...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Ticketfly Sees Big Layoffs Following Eventbrite Purchase

Following Eventbrite's purchase of Ticketfly from Pandora, the new owner is letting at least 25% of its staff go as the two companies integrate into what is shaping up to be the most viable alternative to Ticketmaster for small and mid-level concert and event producers. Guest post by Dave Brooks of Amplify...

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