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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify Could Have Dodged Songwriter Lawsuits if They'd Just Asked the Record Labels...

Spotify and other streaming services have been making a fair number of headlines recently owing to lawsuits surrounding a failure to pay proper royalties. In this article we break down how such lawsuits could have been avoided, by simply asking labels. Guest post by the Editor of The Trichordist This is simply a story about intent. Daniel Ek is the co-founder of Spotify, he was also the CEO of u-torrent, the world's most successful bit-torrent client. As far we know u-torrent has never secured music licenses or paid any royalties to any artists, ever...

RECORDING: Blue Engine Records Announces the Release of "Handful of Keys" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Blue Engine Records today announced the release of Handful of Keys on September 15, 2017, a live recording of performances that captured 100 years of jazz piano in one night in Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Today, the first single from Handful of Keys, 'The Strawberry,' is available for streaming and download on all mass-market digital platforms. The album is also available to preorder on Jazz at Lincoln Center's newly relaunched webstore, both as a standalone CD and as a deluxe bundle featuring limited-edition Jazz at Lincoln Center gear and a ticket discount for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 30th Anniversary Season-opening concerts...

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...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora, Smart Speakers and Other Surprises from the Infinite Dial Study

For a number of years Edison Research has been conducting a study to measure media and tech consumptions in the US. The latest batch of info from the study reveals some surprising numbers regarding the use of Pandora and Smart Speakers. Guest post by Bobby Oswinski of Music 3.0 For 20 years Edison Research has been conducting its Infinite Dial study that measures media and technology consumption in the United States. As always, the latest edition has a number of interesting discoveries, but it also identifies the new trends that may be in front of us, yet we find difficult to see. Here are some of the highlights...

CAREER: The Reasons Why CD Artwork is Important to Your Band

If you manage a band and you're looking to take it to new heights, it's important you market correctly. Your band may well have the talent to be the next Linkin Park or Foo Fighters, but if you don't get your band name out there, music fanatics from around the world aren't going to know you exist. Marketing isn't easy without the right artwork, though, so you need to consider professional design services if you're serious about your band. Have a look at some of the below reasons why CD artwork is just as important as all the other aspects when it comes to marketing...

RECORDING: Bill Evans: Another Time

About a year ago, I received an email from Dr. Jan Dropvat in the Netherlands. Jan is a major Bill Evans collector, and he told me about a rare recording made of an Evans concert performance on June 22, 1968 at the Netherlands Radio Union (NRU) VARA Studio 8 in Hilversum. I have a vast Evans collection and knew nothing about it, which was strange, and I couldn't find any mention online...

RECORDING: Lucky Thompson: Paris 1956-59

Eli "Lucky" Thompson was one of jazz's most confident and gifted tenor saxophonists. On recordings, his imagination on solos was so fast and bountiful that he filled virtually every spare space with warm tones. Over the course of his career, Thompson was most at home in Paris, as evidenced by his exhilarating slippery and smokey sound on recordings made there. In recent years, Thompson's Paris recordings have been released on a wide range of French and American labels that have have quickly gone out of print. Now, I'm happy to say that we have them all on two sets from Fresh Sound...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Didn't Google Shut Down Youtube-MP3 Sooner?

Why did YouTube and Google let the RIAA take the lead in shutting down YouTube-MP3? Much like their own Lyor Cohen's recent missive defending low payments and blaming musicians and labels for the "disconnect between YouTube and the rest of the industry," in failing to work to shut down the top streamripper, YouTube keeps missing opportunities to gain the respect of the music community...

EVENT: George Kahn Jazz and Blues Revue, Celebrating Ten Years of Path Ventures on September 14 at Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles

When things get tough financially, very often it is a matter of circumstance, not a matter of choice -- it could be an outsourced job, or a medical emergency, or a car accident when you have insufficient insurance. Whatever it is that takes you over that edge, things can happen when there are too many bills, too many creditors calling and not enough to keep a roof over your head...

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...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Andromeda Turre Performing at the Django on September 15 in NYC

Andromeda Turre at Django on September 15 at 10:30pm Piano: Paul Odeh Bass: James Robbins Guitar: Quintin Zoto Drums: Orion Turre With surprise special guests! $20 for a table, $15 at the bar Live EP Getting International Airplay! Interviews: KUNV (Las Vegas) Upcoming: WKCR, WRUW, Jazz Now After studying at Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory, New York City native Andromeda Turre kickstarted her career as the last Raelette hired to sing for m: Ray Charles. Andromeda's full new project is entitled Shine. It is teased with the August release of her Live EP. Producing two albums on her own, Andromeda has spent the last 10 years capturing the hearts of fans all across Europe, Asia and Russia. Now, having truly found her own voice, she is ready to make her debut in her home country. The "Live EP" consists of four new videos. A re-imagination of the classic "Pennies From Heaven", a re-harmonization of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and two original songs, "Alive" and "Golden". "Golden" features her father m: Steve Turre and her brother, Orion Turre plays drums on all tracks, making it a family affair...

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...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Brazilian Saxophonist Michel Nirenberg Tours U.S. in Fall of 2017

In late September, Brazilian saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg will tour Mid-Atlantic cities and towns, sharing the vibrant melodies and captivating rhythms of his homeland with fans of world music and jazz. The tour takes his quartet from the nation's capital to Baltimore and Annapolis, Rock Hall and Easton on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and concludes with an appearance in Fairfax, Virginia on November 12. The rising young star will revisit major jazz venues such as the historic Twins Jazz club in Washington, D.C. and e: An die Musik Live in jny: Baltimore, where on past tours, he has played to sell-out crowds, earning standing ovations for his original tunes and masterful delivery...

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...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: "Muddy" - A Picture Book About Muddy Watters is Now Available from Simon and Schuster

The words and pictures here mix exuberance with melancholy. Mahin's words have a beat all their own, capturing the lows and highs with poetic verve. Turk's watercolor, ink, and collage artwork fills pages, exploding with a neon intensity -- the equivalent of a dynamic guitar riff... Read the book, then get kids the music.' -- Booklist, starred review...

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...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 4, 2017

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 4 1 Cyrus Chestnut There's A Sweet, Sweet Spirit (HighNote)...

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