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TECHNOLOGY: Don't Sleep: Subtle Impact of Turning Your Computer off [hisham Dahud]

This short piece comes from independent music professional and former Hypebot contributor Hisham Dahud. Here's an unexpected revelation: I used to put my laptop to 'sleep' upon ending a workday. No shutdown; just close the screen and pick up where I left off the next day. I used to view this as a nifty feature, but I've recently uncovered the subconscious impact this can have...

FOR SALE: Give the Gift of Music with Vinyl Me, Please

Now that Labor Day Weekend is over it's officially holiday gift guide season, and I wanted to share a bit about record subscription club Vinyl Me, Please -- the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for any music lover. I know you were interested last year so wanted to see if VMP could be a fit this year! All Vinyl Me, Please memberships feature a monthly record- a hand-curated album that's delivered to your doorstep every month. The monthly records are often exclusive pressings, and are extra special as they're pressed on colored and/or patterned vinyl, as well as paired with a custom art print and cocktail recipe. VMP currently has three subscription offerings: Essentials (the original- with a range of genres), Classics (blues/jazz), and Hip Hop and Rap (a rarity for vinyl!)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Bolden

All About Jazz is celebrating Buddy Bolden's birthday today! Cornetist Buddy Bolden is one of the premier legendary figures of jazz. Credited as the founder of "jass," later to be called jazz, he was the first player to pursue an improvisational style. Much is unknown about Bolden\'s life, however, and it has been difficult for jazz historians to separate myth from reality, and the legend continues to grow... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: Scott Reeves and Others

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, Without A Trace (Origin) Reeves' second big band album for Origin features players in the top level of New York musicians. Saxophonists Steve Wilson, Vito Chiavuzzo, Tim Armacost and Rob Middleton are among the impressive soloists, along with trombonist Matt Haviland, trumpeter Andy Gravish, pianist Jim Ridl, and Reeves on flugelhorn and trombone. In Reeves' title tune Carolyn Leonhart's vocal is cool, contained and flawlessly delivered, however mundane the lyric. She might profitably have also been assigned a standard ballad with words by, say, Frank Loesser, Dorothy Fields or Johnny Mercer...

VIDEO / DVD: Maynard Ferguson: Jam Sessions

Born in Verdun, Canada, Maynard Ferguson quickly outgrew the dance bands he played with in Montreal and Quebec. Though his main instrument was the trumpet, Ferguson could play a range of brass instruments in his teens. By the late 1940s, he was being courted by bandleaders in the U.S. who were eager for a hot trumpet -- the rock guitar of its day -- especially one who could double on instruments. When Ferguson came down to the States in 1948, he intended to join Stan Kenton's band. Except that Kenton had just decided to break up his orchestra. So Ferguson played in a variety of other bands, including those led by Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, and Charlie Barnet...

TRENDS: Concert Revenue Hits Record High, but Not Because of More Tickets Are Sold

For artists at the top tier of the industry, it's a good time to be touring, with concerts in the first half of 2018 bringing in a record amount of money. Unfortunately, this extra load of cash doesn't appear to be result of more tickets selling. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 If you're an A-list artist then times are very good for you. According the recent Pollstar mid-year report, the top 50 best selling tours in the first half of 2018 generated a record amount of cash. Those tours brought in $2.21 billion in sales revenue, which is up 12% over last year at the same time. The problem is that the increase isn't necessarily a result of more tickets sold...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jeff Lofton

All About Jazz is celebrating Jeff Lofton's birthday today! Jazz trumpet player Jeff Lofton debuted his first jazz CD, Jazz Therapy, in 2005. The self-produced CD mixes old style be-bop with modern forms of jazz in the tradition of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. In addition to Lofton on trumpet, the CD also includes Roland Haynes on piano, Reggie Sullivan on bass and Kenneth Salters on drums. Playing trumpet for nearly thirty years... Read more...

TECHNOLOGY: Ai is Creating New Opportunities for Artists, Disruptors

When new technology is introduced to the music industry, artists and musicians often flock to it to create new music, and new businesses. The next tech now positioned to disrupt the music industry is predicted to fill this role is Artificial Intelligence )AI). Guest post by Taishi Fukuyama of Amadeus Code...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 14 Ways to Maintain Mental Health as a Struggling Artist

It's no secret that being a musician, or indeed working as an artist in any creative field of goes hand in hand with depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles. Here we look at fourteen steps artists can take to keep their mental health in check. Guest post by indie musician Dave Cavalier...

CAREER: Running Out of Things to Say? Idea for Musicians to Write About Online

While communicating with fans is important, simply posting for the sake of posting doesn't make a lot of strategic sense, and since everything you write online is on some level of form of marketing and establishing your brand, it's important to take some time to think about what you post. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

VIDEO / DVD: Johnny Costa: MR. Rogers' Piano

Two jazz pianists come to mind when talk turns to children. The first and best known is Vince Guaraldi, the composer of songs and incidental music for the Charlie Brown specials and the pianist who played them. Guaraldi died in 1976. The second keyboard player is Johnny Costa, the musical director and keyboard player on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from 1968 until his death in 1996...

TV / FILM: How Thomas Newman's Score for 'American Beauty' Flipped the Script on Film Music

With its 20th anniversary in sight, Sam Mendes' film American Beauty has received its share of both critical acclaim and controversy, but it is perhaps less often remembered for its groundbreaking and game-changing score. Guest post by Alex Wilson of Soundfly's Flypaper 2019 will be the 20th anniversary of Sam Mendes' critically acclaimed and controversial film American Beauty. Anyone who saw it back in 1999 will remember the way the storytelling captured one's imagination with a very intellectual sort of seduction. American Beauty was and still is a filmmaker's film, yet for those of us who care about film music, it was an utter game changer...

FESTIVAL: Fliptix: Sell Festival Tickets when You Leave Early

FlipTix, announced that their ticket resale app will launch will launch in California at the Kaaboo-Del Mar Festival when it's held in Del Mar from Sept. 14-16. Unlike other ticket resale services that allow fans to buy tickets ahead of a concert or festival, FlipTix enables users to legally sell their tickets to the event if they leave early...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Liebman

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Liebman's birthday today! David Liebman was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 4, 1946. He began classical piano lessons at the age of nine and saxophone by twelve. His interest in jazz was sparked by seeing John Coltrane perform live in New York City clubs such as Birdland, Village Vanguard and Half Note. Throughout high school and college... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: For Labor Day: 'Work'

The admonition above may seem contradictory, since Labor Day was designed to honor those who labor by giving them the day off. We presume that workers in the US and in Canada (where this is Labour Day), are observing the intent with picnics, ball games, jugs of lemonade and family festivities of all kinds. It is unlikely that Thelonious Monk had Labor Day in mind when he composed 'Work' for his first Prestige recording session. But for our purposes, let's say that Monk intended this ingenious melody as a tribute to working men and women everywhere. Monk, bassist Gary Mapp and drummer Art Blakey recorded the piece on October 15, 1952. Let's listen to it together on Labor Day, 2018. (Despite the cover information, Sonny Rollins does not appear on this track.)...

OBITUARY: Randy Weston (1926-2018)

Randy Weston, a jazz pianist and composer who was the first artist producer Orrin Keepnews signed to his new Riverside label in 1954 and who became one of the most ardent champions of Pan-Africanism in jazz, died on September 1. He was 92. [Photo of Randy Weston by Chester Higgins] Randy was perhaps best known for his composition Hi-Fly, which he introduced on his New Faces at Newport album in 1958. The song's catchy melody and moody harmony helped the song become a heavily recorded jazz standard. Randy said the song was inspired by his 6-foot 8 frame and how the world appeared from his lofty vantage point. Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics for the song in 1959...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Peter Bernstein

All About Jazz is celebrating Peter Bernstein's birthday today! Born September 3rd, 1967 in New York City, guitarist Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 60 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has made five recordings for the Criss Cross Jazz label. The latest, Heart's Content... Read more...

OBITUARY: Randy Weston, 1926-2018

Pianist and composer Randy Weston, who championed the African origins of jazz, died at home in New York yesterday. He was 92. With his distinctive rhythmic patterns and powerful harmonic progressions, Weston underlined the African heritage that so definitively helped shape the music's development. He frequently visited and performed in Nigeria and other African nations. For a time in the late '60s he lived in Tangier, Morocco, and opened a club there...

VIDEO / DVD: 10 Favorite September Songs

With the arrival of September, summer is unofficially over and autumn is sort of here. It's just a matter of time now in New York when the temperature will downshift into the low 70s and then the 60s. Apples, suede and boots follow, with Central Park turning color and the distant smell of brownstone fireplaces on Manhattan's Upper West Side. So today, I figured I'd welcome the ninth month with 10 of my favorite September songs...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Silver

All About Jazz is celebrating Horace Silver's birthday today! When Horace Silver once wrote out his rules for musical composition (in the liner notes to the 1968 record, Serenade to a Soul Sister), he expounded on the importance of "meaningful simplicity." The pianist could have just as easily been describing his own life. For more than fifty years, Silver has simply written some of the most enduring tunes in jazz while performing them in a distinctively personal style... Read more...

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