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PERFORMANCE / TOUR: David Rogers, Classical Crossover Guitarist Performs at Silvana in NYC on October 16th

Solo classical crossover guitarist m: David Rogers performs Monday, October 16th from 7-8:00pm at Silvana. e: Silvana 300 W. 116th Street New York, NY 10026 No cover. Termed, "a prominent guitarist," by the New York Times and praised by The Washington Post for his "astonishingly florid" improvisations, David Rogers presents an evening of solo guitar music with strong leanings towards jazz, world, folk and classical music. An endorsing artist for GHS Strings, his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany. His solo and ensemble performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Glenn Zaleski

All About Jazz is celebrating Glenn Zaleski's birthday today! Glenn Zaleski is one of the most in-demand pianists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Boylston, MA, Glenn has made a name for himself playing with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Ari Hoenig. His debut album, My Ideal, was released in March of 2015 on Sunnyside, and has been receiving critical acclaim: Downbeat Magazine named it 'sublime', Jazz Times called it, 'an engaging set by a talent worth watching... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Who Was Flip Nunez?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about singer Bev Kelly and included a track of her singing Long Ago and Far Away live in San Francisco in 1960. After her first run through the song, Bev introduced her pianist prior to his solo: "Flip Nunez." Most readers may be unfamiliar with the pianist-singer and composer (1931-1995), largely because he spent much of his career in San Francisco. For a chunk of the early 1960s, he was often at San Francisco's Bop City...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Diggers Factory Brings Community to Indie Vinyl Pre-Sales

Diggers Factory founder Alexis Castiel takes us behind the scenes of his crowdfunding styled vinyl pre-order and production service designed to keep artists from wasting money on vinyl production. In this article he explains how the idea for the company came about and where it's headed. Guest post from Soundfly's Flypaper...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pirate Bay Ordered to Pay Labels a Paltry $477,000

Despite being an early target of multiple lawsuits brought my several labels and music trade groups, torrent tracker Pirate bay is still operating and helping to enable music and media piracy worldwide. Now , 6 years after a lawsuit began, a court has ordered to Pirate bay founder to pay labels, just $477,000...

CAREER: Early Music Marketing Tips for Indie Artists

Here Janelle Rogers offers up several out of the box tips on successful marketing for indie artists, looking at how to build and maintain relationships with fans both online and at live music shows. Guest post by Janelle Rogers on the TuneCore Blog [This blog was written by Janelle Rogers, the founder of Green Light Go Publicity, a music PR firm which helps up-and-coming musicians reach their audience...

RADIO: Music and the Power of Public Sector Radio

It's National Radio week and this great piece from Berklee's Music Business Journal delves into music's lengthy and ongoing relationship with public sector radio both in the US and elsewhere, and how music on public sector radio is used to influence society. Guest post by Alexander Stewart from Berklee's Music Business Journal...

OBITUARY: John Abercrombie: 1944-2017

From Tina Pelikan at ECM Records It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the great guitarist John Abercrombie. John Abercrombie, one of the great improvisers, died on August 22, after a long illness. He will be much missed, for his sensitive musicality, his good companionship, and his dry humor which enhanced many a session. He leaves behind an extensive discography which will be studied as long as people continue to play jazz guitar...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brad Mehldau

All About Jazz is celebrating Brad Mehldau's birthday today! Pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau's most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio. Mehldau also has a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle, and a record called Places that includes both solo piano and trio songs... Read more...

RECORDING: Ted Brown: Live at Trumpets

Inspired by pianist Lennie Tristano, tenor saxophonist Ted Brown came up in what we now call the cool school of jazz. Saxophonists who played in this style tended to blow in dryer, pastel tones while keeping a rigid sense of time and unspooling long ribbons of improvised lines. Though Brown studied with Tristano, he is in many ways a protege of tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, with whom he first recorded in 1956...

CONTEST: 7 Virtual Jazz Club's Global Online Jazz Contest 2017 Edition - Total ?€ 7,000 in Prizes

The e: 7 Virtual Jazz Club continues its worldwide search for emerging and underrecognized creative musicians from all ages and backgrounds. The winner will receive € 4,000, while another € 2,000 will go to the best new talent (the 'Best new talent' is a musician -- soloist or band member -- who is considered the best musician by the jury, even if he or she doesn't reach the finals) and the musicians who tally the most popular votes by the web community will receive € 1,000...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Malachi Favors

All About Jazz is celebrating Malachi Favors' birthday today! Malachi Favors- acoustic bass Malachi Favors was the mainstay bassist in a remarkable group that combined traditional elements of jazz and blues, West African music, chanting, ritual, abstract sound and silence. The Art Ensemble of Chicago was one of the landmark groups of experimental jazz. But with all its theatricality the rudiments were not slighted. Favors, a concise, direct and eloquent player... Read more...

RECORDING: Monday Recommendation: Tommy Smith on Coltrane

Tommy Smith, Embodying The Light: A Dedication To John Coltrane (Spartacus Records) Fifty years ago in the aftermath of John Coltrane's death, it would have seemed unlikely that a definitive tribute to the saxophone master would someday come from a Scottish tenor player. Yet, so universal is Coltrane's presence in jazz and so deeply has Tommy Smith absorbed and incorporated his lessons that Smith's tribute album is an important achievement and a moving listening experience. His rhythm section perfectly conforms to Smith's conception of Coltrane'slegacy. Young Peter Johnstone is the pianist, with bassist Calum Gourlay and the veteran drummer Sebastiaan de Krom. This is a first, a Rifftides Monday Recommendation with video, but it is unusual to have video of such quality as this from the BBC's Glasgow studio, The Quay. Here are Smith and his quartet on BBC television with four pieces from Embodying The Light, -- Smith's 'Transformation,' Coltrane's 'Dear Lord,' Gershwin's 'Summertime' and 'Coltrane's 'Naima...

RECORDING: John Vanore: Stolen Moments

There were only seven musicians on Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth in February 1961. But as Creed Taylor, the album's producer, told me in an interview in 2008, the extraordinary way Nelson arranged the septet enabled them to sound 10 times larger. Even more surprising is that the entire album was completed at Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio in a single session. Who came up with the album's unusual title...

EDUCATION: David Skorton Talks Berklee Online, the Future of Education

Famed educator and music enthusiast David Skorton recently opted to give online education a shot in the form of a music course. Here he shares his experience and talks about what he sees as the future of online education. Guest post from Berklee Online Renowned educator David J. Skorton has been playing music as a hobby for nearly 60 years, so it makes sense that when he first decided to test the waters of online education, he dipped into a music course...

RECORDING: Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet Showcases Their Unique Fusion of Jazz and Afro-Peruvian Music on "Diablo En Brooklyn," Set for Sept. 22 Release

m: Gabriel Alegria has dedicated his life to introducing audiences to jazz-infused interpretations of traditional music from his Peruvian homeland, Afro-Peruvian arrangements of works from the Great American Songbook, and original compositions inspired by both styles. On Diablo en Brooklyn, the sixth recording by Alegria's Afro-Peruvian Sextet, the ensemble presents what is without a doubt their most fully realized and boldest album to date. It is also the first to be made entirely in Peru and, most notably, at Lima's legendary IEMPSA Studios -- a landmark in the production and distribution of Afro-Peruvian music that was founded in 1942. The new CD will be released by Saponegro Records on September 22...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Count Basie

All About Jazz is celebrating Count Basie's birthday today! Bill Basie studied music with his mother as a child and played piano in early childhood. He picked up the basics of early ragtime from some of the great Harlem pianists and studied organ informally with Fats Waller. He made his professional debut as an accompanist for vaudeville acts and replaced Waller in an act called Katie Crippen and her Kids... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Eclipse Music

There are several jazz pieces called 'Eclipse.' Tenor saxophonist m: Gato Barbieri, the Japanese group called Kyoto Jazz Massive, and the Mexican singer Bere Contreras, among others, have performed or recorded compositions with that name. The best known 'Eclipse,' though, remains the one that Charles Mingus first recorded in the 1950s and revived for a 1972 concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York. In the '72 concert, Mingus performed with a 21 piece all-star band conducted by Teo Macero. The saxophones included m: Gerry Mulligan, m: Gene Ammons, m: Lee Konitz, m: James Moody and {{m: Charles McPherson. The brass and rhythm sections were equally distinguished. Bill Cosby was the master of ceremonies. In this track recorded at the concert, Honi Gordon sings 'Eclipse,' whose lyric begins...

OBITUARY: Jerry Lewis: (1926-2017)

Jerry Lewis, whose geeky, high-strung brand of humor starting in the late 1940s made him a national sensation and early TV star while still in his 20s and whose seemingly ad-libbed routines as a befuddled jerk in '60s films influenced several generations of improv comics, died on Aug. 20. He was 91...

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