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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora Partners w/ Linkfire to Improve Artist Marketing

Pandora has partnered with smart link aggregator Linkfire to improve music discovery and amplify marketing efforts. Pandora becomes the first music streamer to feed Linkfire advanced attribution data that helps artists, labels and marketers understand how content is performing and create data driven promotional campaigns...

RECORDING: West Coast Jazz Recording Artist George Kahn Releases New Album "Straight Ahead" Featuring Alex Acuna and Lyman Medieros

West Coast Jazz pianist m: George Kahn's ninth album is a groove party from start to finish. The twelve tracks (all featuring George on piano, m: Alex Acuna on drums, and m: Lyman Medeiros on bass) were recorded live in studio over three days. The songs build on Kahn's love affair with West Coast Jazz, presenting seven new originals dedicated to jazz greats like m: Dave Brubeck, m: Wynton Kelly and m: Joe Sample. Five cover tunes (Adele, The Weekend, Ed Sheeran and more) round out the set bringing contemporary pop tunes into the Jazz lexicon...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Lloyd

All About Jazz is celebrating Charles Lloyd's birthday today! The critical consensus is that Charles Lloyd has never sounded better. As he enters his 76th year, the depth of his expression reflects a lifetime of experience. Lloyd has a legendary history in the music world, and could certainly be in a position to slow down and rest on his laurels. But looking back has never been of great interest to this tender warrior; this seeker of beauty and truth. 'Go forward,' is his motto... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Justin Hinds: Jamaican Groove

Though Jamaican pop was recorded in English, most Americans know very little about the history of the country's music, its artists or hits. Interestingly, Jamaican rhythms are hardly foreign to American ears. For example, the following U.S. hits were powered by Jamaican rhythms: Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop, Johnny Nash's Hold Me Tight, the Beatles' Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Eric Clapton's cover of I Shot the Sheriff, Blondie's cover of The Tide Is High, the Clash's Guns of Brixton and the Police's Roxanne, to name just a handful. In other words, we're more familiar with Jamaican music than we realize...

TRENDS: Nme and the Accelerating Decline of Print Publications

Venerable music industry magazine NME announced the end of its print edition last week, following in the fated footsteps of many similar publications. It's demise was inevitable, says analyst Zach Fuller of MiDIA, in large part because the print advertising apocalypse is gathering speed. Guest post by Zach Fuller of MiDIA...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Album is Dead, but Not Everyone Believes It

While creating an album has for many bands and artists been a cornerstone of artistic accomplishment over the years, our shift to a predominantly playlist based culture means that we're shifting away from the album format and living in a world of singles- just not everyone's accepted it yet. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Murphy

All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Murphy's birthday today! Mark Murphy is one of the world\'s greatest -- and hippest -- jazz vocalists performing today. His coterie of fans includes tap dancer Gregory Hines, who spontaneously jumped up on stage at Mark\'s Las Vegas engagement in 1995 to join him for an impromptu duet. Legendary composer Alec Wilder said of Mark, \'I was quite literally amazed. Mark\'s musicianship, range, intonation, diction... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Jazz This Week: Melissa Aldana Quartet, Ben Wendel'S "The Seasons," Galactic, and More

This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features performances from two stellar saxophonists, one of New Orleans' favorite funk bands, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, March 14 Saxophonist Melissa Aldana returns with her quartet for the first of four nights of performances at Jazz at the Bistro...

VIDEO / DVD: Terry Pollard: Detroit Legend

Somewhere out there in the Detroit region there are unreleased tapes of Terry Pollard. The accomplished female pianist and vibraphonist recorded only one solo album, for Bethlehem in Los Angeles in January 1955. She began her recording career in the early 1950s in Billy Mitchell's Detroit quintet. Then thanks to the keen eyes and ears of vibraphonist and bandleader Terry Gibbs, she joined his band and recorded seven albums with Gibbs from 1953 to 1956. She also appeared on TV with him that year. In 1958, Pollard retired from her music career to raise a family but in the years ahead she led a trio at Detroit's Hobby Bar, performing with touring artists...

TECHNOLOGY: Why Music Fan Data Matters

While it's been established that most online sites are collecting as much of our data as possible, artists and bands would do well to adopt a similar strategy, as carefully utilized fan data can benefit both the fan and the musicians. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Every site and social network online is collecting our data, and while that might seem sinister at first glance, in most cases there's a good reason - to more precisely send us either content or advertising that's most personally relevant to us. Why get hit with 99 things that we don't care about just to get to that one thing that we do? That's why artists and bands should take great care in obtaining and maintaining their fan data. It's the key to keeping the relationship going with the fan, and keeping you one step ahead of the competition. This excerpt from the 2nd edition of my Social Media Promotion For Musicians handbook outlines a distinct example where that fan data can come in handy...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: London Mayor Takes On Social Media at SXSW

In the late 1990s, consumers across the globe began using a resource in the comfort of their own homes that was destined to revolutionize information consumption - the internet. Twenty years later, computer advancement and faster connections have altered virtually every aspect of daily life and have, for better or worse, begun to enter the realm of politics...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Honoring Buddy, Rosie and Many More

Buddy Rich and Rosemary Clooney were top of mind when trumpeter-singer David Pruyn brought his Jazz Legacy Big Band back to Port Charlotte on Monday, March 12. Both received multi-song tributes in this artful program. The evening also highlighted the music of other big-band leaders, composers and arrangers- some well known, some deserving of far more recognition...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Haynes

All About Jazz is celebrating Roy Haynes' birthday today! Roy Haynes was born in Boston, March 13, 1925, and was keenly interested in jazz ever since he can remember. Primarily self-taught, he began to work locally in 1942 with musicians like the Charlie Christian inflected guitarist Tom Brown, bandleader Sabby Lewis, and Kansas City blues-shout alto saxophonist Pete Brown... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: East Coast V. West Coast

Back in the early 1950s, New York and Los Angeles had mildly different jazz styles. The West Coast sound tended to be more melodic and contrapuntal. The East Coast's sound was denser and more bluesy. By mid-decade, as the LP became an increasingly profitable format, major New York-based labels such as RCA, Decca, MGM and Bethlehem opened Los Angeles jazz divisions. Naturally, competition heated up as jazz A&r chiefs on each coast scrambled to sign regional artists. before long, the two coasts were jazz rivals -- or at least that's how music publications began writing about them...

CAREER: Why Musicians Need to Care About Making Money

In the music industry, there is a false, recurring idea that music can and should be separate from money, and that once an artist starts to see financial returns from their music, it loses its purity. Here we explore why artists should care about making money off of their music. Guest post by Patrick McGuire from the ReverbNation Blog...

FESTIVAL: A Tasty and Filling Jazz Smorgasbord

The Sarasota Jazz Festival took on a jazz party flavor at its 38th annual event, March 8-10, which, under this year's "A World of Jazz" theme, featured 15 musicians from seven countries. Its four major concerts blended festival first-timers and familiar faces in a format that changed combinations of on-stage musicians frequently in creative ways. In his first year as the festival's new music director, reedman Ken Peplowski kept things vibrant and at times surprising- and joined in as a player several times per show. He also used his self-deprecating sense of humor to great effect...

EVENT: Piano Phenomenon Matthew Whitaker to Play Intimate UK Dates

Young American Piano Phenomenon Plays Exclusive UK Live Shows Sixteen year old US pianist and musical prodigy Matthew Whitaker will visit the UK in April 2018 to play two intimate and exclusive live shows in Milton Keynes and London. First discovering a keyboard at three years old and self-teaching himself the Hammond organ from the age of nine, Matthew's outstanding natural talent has helped him to achieve a series of 'world firsts': The youngest ever artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its eighty plus year history at only thirteen, subsequently the youngest ever musician to join the elite group of Yamaha endorsed pianists at fifteen, and winning the Outstanding Soloist Award from New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Charles Mingus High School Competition and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition all before the age of sixteen...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Al Jarreau

All About Jazz is celebrating Al Jarreau's birthday today! Al Jarreau's unique vocal style is one of the world's most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide. It's not surprising that he has perfected his technique to such an art. After all, he has been singing since the age of four... Read more...

RECORDING: Flutist/Composer Jamie Baum Explores Links Between Sacred Music Traditions on "Bridges," a Riveting New Album by the Jamie Baum Septet+

Flutist/Composer Jamie Baum Explores Links Between Sacred Music Traditions on Bridges -- A Riveting New Album by The Jamie Baum Septet+ -- Co-produced by Jamie Baum and Richie Beirach. Available May 18, 2018 on Sunnyside Records. Jamie Baum Septet+ CD Release Celebrations for Bridges May 25: Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT May 26: The Cell Theater, NYC May 27: StageOne, Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield...

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