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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Parker

All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Parker's birthday today! The only child of Charles and Addie Parker, Charlie Parker was one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940's. When Parker was still a child, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where jazz, blues and gospel music were flourishing. His first contact with music came from school, where he played baritone horn with the school's band. When he was 15... Read more...

RECORDING: Sonny Stitt: Tune-Up!

Back in 1971, when I began to listen steadily to jazz, I was nuts about an album that had come out that year by Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons called You Talk That Talk. I was a freshman in high school and had taken up the tenor saxophone, an instrument that was much cooler to tote around in its case in school hallways than to stand alone in a room and practice scales. Back then, Stitt was for me. He made the saxophone sound like a Corvette. Even worse, he made it sound easy when in fact the instrument was a bear. Though my drive to become a saxophonist waned quickly as other interests kicked in, I was still a devoted Stitt fan...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora Partners with Fitbit Smartwatch as Exclusive Music Streamer

Pandora has partnered with Fitbit as the exclusive music streaming provider for their new smartwatch, Fitbit Ionic. Pandora Plus and Premium listeners can synch their top stations or workout stations directly to the watch with no phone required. Pandora has also launched the Fitbit Motivation Mixtape with upbeat tracks by artists including Beastie Boys, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Justice, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, ODESZA and STRFKR...

RECORDING: Drum Legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Bruford Releases Definitive Box Set, Bruford 1977-1980: Seems Like a Lifetime Ago

Drum legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Bruford, best known for his work with YES, King Crimson, Genesis and his prolific solo career, is releasing the definitive boxed set Bruford 1977-1980: Seems Like A Lifetime Ago. Scheduled for release on Winterfold Records on October 28th, pre-orders are now being taken for the Limited Edition 8-disc set, which features unreleased, remixed or remastered material and a signed certificate...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Goldings

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Goldings' birthday today! With his signature Hammond organ style and versatility on many keyboards, Boston native Larry Goldings has traversed not only the wide spectrum of jazz where he is perhaps best known, but also the worlds of funk, pop, and electronic/alternative music. High in demand as a sideman, Goldings\' sound can be heard on scores of albums by artists in virtually every musical genre... Read more...

RECORDING: Ahmad Jamal: Greasepaint Roar

When Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's musical The Roar of the Greasepaint -- the Smell of the Crowd hit Broadway in 1965, it was a followup to their collaboration on Stop the World -- I Want to Get Off (1962). The earlier musical gave us two massive pop standards: Once in a Lifetime and What Kind of Fool Am I, with two lesser hits: Someone Nice Like You and Gonna Build a Mountain. A year later, the massive jazz standards that came out of Greasepaint were Who Can I Turn To, A Wonderful Day Like Today and Feeling Good, with a minor hit in The Joker. Who Can I Turn To would be covered by dozens of pop singers and jazz instrumentalists...

RECORDING: Pianist/Composer Richard X Bennett Connects Mumbai and New York City with Two New Ropeadope Releases, His First Recordings on an American Label, Due Oct. 6

Since moving to New York from his native Toronto in the 1990s, pianist and composer m: Richard X Bennett has thrived as a performer in a broad variety of stylistic contexts. Splitting his time between New York and Mumbai, he released a series of acclaimed albums on several Indian imprints, with his last two on Times Music, India's largest label...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lester Young

All About Jazz is celebrating Lester Young's birthday today! Lester "Prez" Young was one of the giants of the tenor saxophone. He was the greatest improviser between Coleman Hawkins and Louis Armstrong of the 1920s and Charlie Parker in the 1940s. From the beginning, he set out to be different: He had his own lingo; In the Forties, he grew his hair out. The other tenor players held their saxophones upright in front of them, so Young held his out to the side... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Branford Marsalis

All About Jazz is celebrating Branford Marsalis' birthday today! Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Fall 2017 Jazz Preview

As the end of August approaches, it's time once again for StLJN's fall jazz preview, offering some video samples of the most noteworthy jazz and creative music performers who will be visiting St. Louis in the next few months. Since Rebirth Brass Band's Labor Day weekend show at Atomic Cowboy got a post of its own a couple of weeks ago, let's get started with a video from trumpeter and St. Louis native Keyon Harrold, who will be coming home on Saturday, September 9 to headline the first-ever Alton Jazz and Wine Festival at the Riverfront Amphitheater in Alton...

CAREER: A Mini Finance Guide for Indie Musicians

Whether you're just getting into the industry or have been at it for a while, chances are good that you'll run into some challenges funding your career. Here we look at a mini-guide on how to better steer your finances. Guest post by Michelle Aguilar of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This blog article was written by Michelle Aguilar...

CAREER: Key Principles to Viral Videos

It's the dream of every artist to have a video that (for the right reasons) goes viral, and while it's difficult to take any action that will ensure this happens, there are at least several widely accepted principles on how to make it that much more likely. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Swinging the Heck out of Gypsy Jazz

There is something simultaneously exotic, passionate and downright swinging about gypsy jazz. That's the all-strings musical style that guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli popularized with their Hot Club of France collaborations in the 1930s and '40s. Southwest Florida has its own splendid version of that Hot Jazz/Jazz Manouche sound. Sarasota-based Hot Club of SRQ, directed by violinist Keven Aland, plays regularly all over the area with groupings that range from duo, trio and quartet to larger possibilities depending on the event or venue's needs- and budget...

RECORDING: Esquivel and His Orchestra's "Other Worlds Other Sounds" Coming Soon on 180g Virgin Vinyl from Audio Fidelity

Esquivel was a Mexican band leader, pianist, and composer for television and films and widely considered the king of a style of late 1950s early 1960s quirky instrumental pop known today as lounge music. His orchestration tended toward the very lush, employing novel instrumental combinations, such as Chinese bells, mariachi bands, whistling, and numerous percussion instruments blended with orchestra, mixed chorus, and his own heavily-ornamented piano style. The chorus was called upon to sing only nonsense syllables, most famously "zu-zu" and "pow...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 28, 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 1 1 Terry Gibbs 92 Years Young: Jammin' At The Gibbs House...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Shorter

All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Shorter's birthday today! Born in Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933, Wayne Shorter had his first great jazz epiphany as a teenager: 'I remember seeing Lester Young when I was 15 years old. It was a Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic show in Newark and he was late coming to the theater. Me and a couple of other guys were waiting out front of the Adams Theater and when he finally did show up, he had the pork pie hat and everything... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Frank Sinatra on Film: 1942-'51

Let's end the week with clips of Frank Sinatra singing in films between 1942 and 1951, when he was still idolized by women and before middle-aged men stole him away in the mid-1950s: Here's Sinatra singing Poor You from Ship Ahoy in 1942 with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra... Here's Sinatra singing The Music Stopped from Higher and Higher in 1943...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Curated Playlists' Rise to Power

In this article Brian Reitz maps out the rise of the curated playlist to a dominant form of music consumption, how creators now compete with curators, and what the curated playlists means for emerging artists and the industry as a whole. Guest post by Brian Reitz from Berklee's Music Business Journal...

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