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RADIO: Radio Still Rules Music Discovery Despite Streaming Growth [chart]

While streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are growing exponentially, the 2017 edition of Nielsen's Music 360 report found that 49% of people still discover new music on AM and FM broadcast radio. As you can see in the chart after the jump from Statista, that compares 27% who say they discover music on online music services...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: FCC Boss Wrecks Media Ownership Rules in Huge Gift to Sinclair Broadcasting

While the FCC's Ajit Pai has been working hard to ignore the public outcry against the death of net neutrality, he's also been busy actively gutting media consolidation and ownership regulations solely, says Karl Bode of Techdirt, for the benefit of Sinclair broadcasting. By Karl Bode of Techdirt FCC boss Ajit Pai has been busy ignoring the public while he kills popular net neutrality rules. But he's also been working hard to weaken broadband deployment standards to obfuscate a lack of broadband competition, to gut programs that provide broadband to the poor, killing previous FCC efforts to improve cable box competition, to protect prison telco monopolies from oversight, and to make it easier for business broadband monopolies to rip off smaller competitors. All while proclaiming to be a stalwart defender of the little guy and a champion for bridging the digital divide...

TECHNOLOGY: Who Needs Shazam? Google Assistant App Adds Song Recognition

Google has added song recognition to its Google Assistant app across all platforms. Ask Google Assistant 'what song is this?' or 'what song is playing?,' and it shows the song's name, the artist, lyrics, and links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify. Move over Shazam... Music recognition had previously come to Google's Pixel 1 and Pixel 2 phones, but is now rolling out on all Google Assistant apps including iOS, Android and Google Home...

RECORDING: Abbey Rader Releases Two Diverse Albums on Bandcamp; the Fiery "Ritual" and the Meditative Soundtrack "Phenobarbital Sessions"

Legendary free jazz drummer, m: Abbey Rader, is back with two new albums. Ritual is a burning trio set with bassist Kyle Motl and saxophonist Drew Ceccato. Phenobarbital Sessions is a deeply moving set of 16 improvised tracks recorded for a short film by Jorge Rubiera. It features Abbey on drums, percussion, and gongs, while longtime collaborator, John McMinn stretches out on saxophone and piano. These albums follow 2016's successful Reunion that paired the Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David S. Ware

All About Jazz is celebrating David S. Ware's birthday today! David S. Ware played the saxophone for over 40 years. First in New Jersey public school bands, and in informal practice sessions with Sonny Rollins as a youth in the \'60s; then as part of the fertile NYC Loft Jazz era of the \'70s. During this decade, he joined the Cecil Taylor Unit and Andrew Cyrille\'s Maono. He also worked together with drummers Beaver Harris and Milford Graves... Read more...

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VIDEO / DVD: Chet Baker: Limelight Sessions

In January 1964, trumpeter Chet Baker was arrested at the Blue Note in Berlin. Earlier, at a local pharmacy, he had foolishly tried to fill prescriptions for Jetrium from two different doctors -- a sign of abuse or hoarding with an intent to sell. More commonly known as dextromoramide, Jetrium was a powerful opioid analgesic about three times as potent as morphine. After his arrest, Baker was confined to a sanitarium for just over a month. Rather than jail him the way the Italians had years earlier, Baker, in May, was driven to the Frankfurt airport and deported to the U.S. After arriving at New York's JFK airport, he was met by federal narcotics agents who searched and interrogated him. As James Gavin writes in his biography of Baker, Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker, one of the officers took pity on him and gave him a ride into Manhattan...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Promises to Transform Music Listening in the Age of Alexa? Lyrics.

We've come a long way since the wild west of lyrics, which are now easily searchable and provide artists with an additional source of income. Moving forward, lyrics will provide essential contextual metadata in the age of voice command. Guest post by Darryl Ballantyne of Lyric Find Lyrics provide essential contextual metadata, information about tracks that can't be extracted and discovered any other way. They can unlock a future when you can walk into a room and ask via voice command to hear sad songs about Paris in French or an upbeat song about tigers...

CAREER: Successfully Releasing Music on a Tight Budget

For independent artists on a budget, the prospect of releasing an album brings with it several significant financial challenges, with little guarantee that you will see a return on your investment, or even break even. Here we look at how to execute a successful release on a budget. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of Landr...

EDUCATION: 15 Best Music Business Schools Named

While it used to be that the only way to get into the business side of music business was to fight your way from the bottom up, such is no longer exclusively the case, with more and more schools offering formal education in the music business. Here we look at some of the best. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Arturo Sandoval

All About Jazz is celebrating Arturo Sandoval's birthday today! Arturo Sandoval is a virtuoso trumpet master who has expressed his versatility in the realms of jazz, Latin Jazz, popular and classical music. He has won six Grammy's , one Emmy, is a multiple Billboard award winner for his top selling records, of which he has over twenty seven as leader, and has appeared on hundreds of sessions. On top of being a full time professor, he maintains a rigorous touring schedule... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

In 1944, Stan Kenton and Charles Lawrence wrote a song called "And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine." Little is known about Lawrence, how he came to write the song with Kenton, or what influenced Joe Greene's lyric -- a noir tale about a "sad tomato" wronged by her thuggish husband, whom she shoves into the river only to discover after he drowns that he lacked a life insurance policy...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Neil Cowley

All About Jazz is celebrating Neil Cowley's birthday today! As a young boy, London-born Neil Cowley studied classical music at the prestigious Royal Academy, and by the age of 10 had performed a Shostakovich piano concerto to a full house at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. By his mid-teens, Cowley had joined a friend in a Blues Brothers tribute band, 'as a way' he says 'of getting into pubs', yet the London pub circuit served him well -- he learned to play classic... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jeremy Pelt

All About Jazz is celebrating Jeremy Pelt's birthday today! Jeremy Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got there, it wasn\'t long before he started being noticed by a lot of top musicians in the city. His first professional Jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. That gig lead to many long lasting associations with many of the talent in the band, and a great opportunity for growth. Since his arrival... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Cecile McLorin Salvant

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on singer Cecile McLorin Salvant, who's returning to St. Louis to perform next Saturday, November 11 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Salvant, a 28-year-old native of Miami, made her St. Louis debut a couple of years ago at The Sheldon and is one of the most talked-about jazz singers to emerge in the last decade. She's already earned a "Best Jazz Vocal" Grammy Award for her third album, 2015's For One to Love, and currently is touring in support of her latest album Dreams and Daggers. It's a two-CD set recorded live at the Village Vanguard in NYC, released by Mack Avenue Records in September...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Tidal Adds Detailed Album, Track Credits

TIDAL has become the first streaming music service to give creators something they've been clamouring for- credit where credit is due. TIDAL subscribers now have access to extensive artist credits for many tracks and albums that are reminiscent of liner notes. TIDAL has added access to extensive artist credits for tracks and albums, reminiscent of album liner notes. The data includes in- depth descriptions and credits for composers, lyricists, engineers, musicians, vocalists, instrumentalists, mastering, production, mixing, album cover photographer and more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Record Growth: Pressing Plants Invest in Vinyl

While streaming may be the dominant form of music consumption, it's no secret that vinyl is also seeing an impressive renaissance among music consumers, which is causing more pressing plant to make the smart investment and poney up for vinyl. Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange [Editor's note: We're all about streaming at SoundExchange. But we have a special place in our hearts for vinyl. We all remember the first album we bought (but couldn't find it now if we tried). Our affection for vinyl is even more profound because of one simple fact - vinyl almost died...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Unbundled: Reformatting Music's Barriers

The unbundling of music has been a hot topic within the industry ever since Steve Jobs insisted that iTunes be able to sell every individual album track for 99 cents. Here, Adam Marx continues his deep and important analysis of the practice with a look at how unbundling has unwrapped previous barriers and changed music...

CAREER: 3 Things You're Doing Wrong on Spotify

Even as streaming rises to become the dominant form of music consumption, many artists still struggle with the unfamiliar platform, to the point where they may be sabotaging their chances for success. Here we look at three bad habits to watch out for when putting your music on Spotify. Guest post Chris Robley of CD Baby's DIY Musician...

CAREER: 7 Ways to Sell Your Music for a Higher Price

In this piece, Chris Richardson discusses the advantage that DIY artists have when it comes to maintaining creative and business control, the challenge of making money in the music industry, and how you can start successfully charging more for you music. Guest post by Chris Richardson Isn't it great to be a musician nowadays? Think about it: you don't have to sign with a huge record label to get your music out there. There are two other options: an independent label and a DIY approach. With these options, you get a huge advantage: creative control over your work...

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