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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...

RECORDING: Magma's 'Akt Xviii - Marquee - Londres 17 Mars 1974' 2cd Now Available on Seventh Records

In the ongoing series of rare live Magma recordings, AKT XVIII- Marquee- Londres 17 mars 1974 2-CD is now available on Seventh Records! At the time of this concert, 'Kohntarkosz' was still in its phase of elaboration, although the recording of the studio album began only 2 months later. Large sequences were still not composed, others were borrowed from 'Kohntarkosz Anteria' and were taken away, then used later in the 'K. A' recording of 2004. In a similar way, 'Theusz Hamtaahk' did not have its final shape and its coda was cut soon after...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Pepper

All About Jazz is celebrating Art Pepper's birthday today! Alto Saxophonist Art Pepper, a native of Gardena California, played in the overtly emotional manner that came to define the West Coast style. His solo approach was always passionate, from early recordings made with Stan Kenton\'s orchestra during his years with the band (1943 and 1946-52) and in jam sessions on LA's Central Avenue... Read more...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: August 2018

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in August, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

RECORDING: Baritone and Tenor Saxophonist Jared Sims Tells His New York Story on Forthcoming Ropeadope CD, "The New York Sessions," Set for October 12 Release

Jazz saxophonist and educator m: Jared Sims pays musical tribute to experiences that influenced his creative development on The New York Sessions, his fifth album as a leader. Set for release by Ropeadope Records on October 12, the disc is a post-bop quartet outing that comes 20 years after Sims was performing regularly at clubs like the Knitting Factory, Wetlands, and Brooklyn's Tea Lounge. Joined on The New York Sessions by pianist Chris McCarthy, bassist Alex Tremblay, and drummer Evan Hyde, Sims plays his main axe, baritone saxophone, on only one of the album's five tracks, the jaunty-mid-tempo ballad 'Brooklyn Tea,' named for the defunct Tea Lounge venue. Becoming a kind of outsider to himself, he plays tenor on all the other songs: 'Tribeca Tap Bar' (which shows off his Getzian influence), 'Wetlands Preserved' (named for the famed Tribeca club), 'The Bodega,' and 'Pelham...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Anika Larsen and the Larsen/Maxwell Quintet Present Make You Feel My Love

Anika Larsen and The Larsen/Maxwell Quintet present Make You Feel My Love: The Musical Romance of a Jazz Cat and a Broadway Baby at 54 Below on Friday October 19th at 9:30 pm. Award winner Anika Larsen teams up with her husband and jazz trumpet player m: Freddie Maxwell for their Feinstein's/54 Below and New York City debut of Make You Feel My Love: The Musical Romance of a Jazz Cat and a Broadway Baby. Best known for her Tony nominated role as Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Anika also performed on Broadway in Avenue Q, Xanadu, All Shook Up and Rent. Freddie toured with luminaries such as Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys. Recounting memorable moments in their careers, this show is the musical story of how their worlds came together. It's a jazzy, sexy spin on Broadway, pop and Latin tunes that were pivotal in their lives, featuring songs from Anika's album Sing You To Sleep...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 3, 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 11 1 Bobby Sanabria West Side Story Re-Imagined (Jazzheads)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tineke Postma

All About Jazz is celebrating Tineke Postma's birthday today! Tineke Postma is an internationally acknowleged active jazzsaxophonist. During her college years at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, she received two scolarships to study at the Manhattan School for Music in New York, where she was taught by Dick Oatts, David Liebman and Chris Potter. In 2003, Tineke gratuaded with Honors at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she has been teaching since 2005. Tineke plays energetic... Read more...

OBITUARY: Pat Arana, Trombonist of the St. Louis Stompers, Dies at Age 72

Trombonist Joseph Patrick "Pat" Arana of the St. Louis Stompers died of cancer last Wednesday, August 22 in St. Charles, MO. Arana was 72 years old and was retired from teaching music in the Ritenour School District. He performed locally and at festivals all over the country with the Stompers, worked with many other jazz and popular music groups in St. Louis, and was an original member of Jean Kittrell and Red Lehr's Old St. Louis Levee Band...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Irish Jazz Guitar

The dean of the jazz guitar in Ireland was the late Louis Stewart. Ireland has a special place in its heart for the jazz guitar that probably has a lot to do with the music's poetry and the intimate relationship artists seem to have with the instrument, especially on ballads. Here are a handful of Irish jazz guitarists I found on YouTube...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Netflix Can Teach Us About Font Psychology [infographic]

Whether you're in the music business or some other realm of the entertainment industry, the power of fonts cannot be overstated when it comes to marketing. Here we look some valuable lessons in font psychology learned from video streaming giant Netflix. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Fonts are a big part of our lives. Every piece of marketing that you'll ever release probably has or will have at least a couple of fonts, so instead of just picking them at random because they look nice, it's best to at least have an idea of the power they have. Each one has its own characteristics and makes a huge difference in how our message is perceived. Right now, no company does that better than Netflix with its original shows...

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