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CAREER: Road Hazard: 5 Touring Challenges and How They Can Be Avoided

The idea of hitting the road on your first major tour is an exciting prospect for any new band starting out, but it's important to remember that while a potential thrilling adventure, touring brings with it many hazards for your health and wellbeing. Here we look at how such problems can be dealt with before they become a major issue...

RECORDING: Vocalist and Poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) Releases "I Get a Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined" on Jazzed Media, Available January 19, 2018

m: LISA B (Lisa Bernstein) is not only a jazz singer and songwriter, she's also a widely published poet and spoken word performer. On I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined, her latest CD and sixth as a leader, she applies her poetic prowess and vocal gifts to fresh interpretations of ten tunes by Cole Porter, one of the finest of the lyricists and composers (unconventionally, he was both) who created the Great American Songbook...

RECORDING: Red Piano Records to Release the Gaia Wilmer Octet: "Migrations"

Thursday, December 14th 8PM NEW YORK CD-RELEASE CONCERT at Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY The Gaia Wilmer Octet is: Yulia Musayelyan - flutes; Song Yi Jeon - voice; Gaia Wilmer and Gustavo D'Amico - saxophones; Leandro Pellegrino - guitar; Vitor Goncalves - piano and accordion; Mayo Pamplona - bass; Richie Barshay - drums...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Diana Krall

All About Jazz is celebrating Diana Krall's birthday today! It had only been a few days since singer and pianist Diana Krall publicly announced that she and husband Elvis Costello were expecting their first child. Her remarks may have primarily focused on her upcoming album, but it was easy to discern the rosy glow as she discussed imminent arrivals, and how she came up with the name for one of them. 'I already knew before we went into the studio the title of the record... Read more...

RECORDING: Diana Panton: Solstice/Eqinox

Yesterday, I finally worked my way through two stacks of incoming CDs that I had set aside for a listen. Among them was Diana Panton's new Solstice/Equinox. What a lovely surprise. Panton is a Canadian singer with a breathy, hip innocence reminiscent of m: Blossom Dearie. She also has great taste in songs. On her new 13-track album, Panton takes on the four seasons, starting with the green surprise of spring and ending with the bright orange of a winter fireplace. It's a clever approach that allows her to cover a wide range of music and moods...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Unitedmasters Lands to $70 Million from Google to Take On the Record Labels

Next-gen artist services and music technology platform UnitedMasters, led by former Interscope Records president Steve Stoute, has exited stealth mode with $70 million in funding from Google's parent company Alphabet, respected venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, Translation and entertainment conglomerate 20th Century Fox...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Rock Impresario Bill Graham's Sons Renew Estate, Memorabilia Fight

Legendary concert promoter and music empresario Bill Graham died in 1991, but his sons are still locked in a bitter legal fight with the executor of his estate over his rock memorabilia, including hundreds of concert posters and scrapbooks. 'Our clients have witnessed nearly a decade of litigation and it's been hard. They found out a person they really trusted, their fiduciary, utterly betrayed their trust and arranged to sell things that had belonged to their dad,' attorney Therese Cannata with Cannata, Ching and O'Toole, who represents David and Alex Graham, the sons of legendary rock promoter, told Courthouse News on Tuesday...

RADIO: Mondo Jazz - New Radio Program Focused on International Jazz

Mondo Jazz, a new radio program hosted by Italian-turned-New Yorker c: Ludovico Granvassu (Editor-in-Chief of italia.allaboutjazz.com), with a mission of showcasing international jazz that's not readily available on American airwaves. Starting on 15th of November, the show will broadcast on Wednesdays from 10 p.m. to midnight via Radio Free Brooklyn...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kevin Eubanks

All About Jazz is celebrating Kevin Eubanks' birthday today! Kevin Tyrone Eubanks (born November 15, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an American jazz guitarist who has been the leader of the Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno since 1995. He played with Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Slide Hampton, and Sam Rivers before starting to lead his own groups in 1983. Like his brother Robin Eubanks, a jazz trombonist, he has played on record with Dave Holland. In 2005... Read more...

RECORDING: Who'S Afraid of Monk?

Following its release in 1974, Who's Afraid of the Big Band Monk? was scorned by jazz fans and critics. The double album featured Thelonious Monk recorded in 1963 and 1968 with large ensembles. The earlier live date covered both sides of the first record and was arranged by Hall Overton. The second record was a studio date arranged by Oliver Nelson. I loved the album -- the Nelson material much more so than the Overton record -- and never quite understood why so many dismissed it...

TECHNOLOGY: Pandora App Adds Direct Alexa Voice Control for Sonos

Pandora has added Alexa powered voice control of Sonos wireless speakers from within the music streamer's app. Many anaylyats believe that voice control of music is the killer app that will bring music streaming into the mainstream. Pandora today added voice control of Sonos wireless speakers from its mobile app. More than 50% of U.S. Sonos owners use Pandora, racking up 250 million listening hours so far this year...

CAREER: How to Nail Your Next Press or Radio Interview: 3 Tips

Press is a key part of growing and getting attention paid to your music and, when it comes knocking, dealing with that press appropriately can make or break whether an interview will help or hurt your career as an artist. We look at three tips for making sure you crush your next interview. Guest post by Suzanne Paulinski on the TuneCore Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube Tries the Frenemy Approach, Partners with Ticketmaster to Sell Tickets Alongside Videos

YouTube is adding concert updates and ticket sales via a partnership with Ticketmaster. The recorded music industry may not be happy with YouTube, but that doesn't mean that artists hoping to fill venues don't appreciate the video giant's massive promotional reach. YouTube and Ticketmaster have partnered to add concert updates and ticket sales alongside an artist's music video...

TRENDS: Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Before

Streaming is driving more music listening than ever before, according to stats crunched by Statista for Business Insider. Total music listening hours have increased during the past few years with streaming music subscribers listening to 4 hours more per week than non-streamers. from Statista via Business Insider...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Tapping into the Lingering Love for Swing Jazz

Johnny Varro played with the elder statesmen of classic swing jazz in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, working with Eddie Condon, Bobby Hackett, Roy Eldridge and Pee Wee Russell to name but a few. Now at 87, he is one of the elder statesmen. Pianist Varro returned to Port Charlotte with the Florida edition of his Swing Seven band on Monday, November 13. It was the band's third appearance in five years in the Charlotte County Jazz Society's concert series...

RECORDING: Pianist Ryan Slatko Releases Debut Album 'First Impressions' That Features Original Works and a Line-up of Leading Artists

Florida pianist, composer, and arranger m: Ryan Slatko recently released his debut album entitled First Impressions backed by a notable line-up of prominent musicians including m: Daniel Dickinson (alto/soprano saxophone); Linda Oh (acoustic bass); m: Ulysses Owens, Jr. (drums); m: Joel Ross (vibraphone); and m: Samir Zarif (tenor saxophone). The independent recording was recorded in New York City in 2016 and produced by noted drummer and producer m: Ulysses Owens, Jr....

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: George Cables

All About Jazz is celebrating George Cables' birthday today! When George Cables was going to school in New York City he used to walk the streets at night, taking in the cosmopolitan sights and sounds, mentally recording his encounters with "so many different kinds of people." In his musical career as well, Cables has prowled sidestreets and main thoroughfares in relative anonymity, absorbing countless influences into his personal style. Born in New York City on November 14, 1944... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Count Basie: New Testament Band

The history of the Count Basie orchestra is generally divided into two broad periods -- the Old Testament band, which lasted from 1935 to 1950, and the New Testament band, which lasted from 1952 until Basie's death in 1984. The former orchestra thrived in the 78 era and was marked by frantic riffs, the blues and a cavalcade of superstar soloists, including Lester Young, Jo Jones, Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison, among others...

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