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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Vinyl? The Reason Record Collectors Collect

In this piece Sunny Stuart Winter takes on the question of why vinyl (now in its best year since 1991) has such appeal for collectors, and what the demographic of record collectors looks like in the wake of Record Store Day 2018. Guest post by Sunny Stuart Winter According to the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), in 2017, sales of vinyl records hit their highest level since 1991, with over 4 million vinyl albums sold in the UK. As Record Store Day 2018 came around, I took to the streets of London to interview those queuing to hear the long and short of their long-play passion...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Flutist Andrea Brachfeld and Her Quartet Insight to Perform at the Triad Theater, NYC, Monday, June 18

Flutist/composer m: Andrea Brachfeld will perform a CD release show for her new Jazzheads recording, If Not Now, When?, at the Triad Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Monday, June 18 at 9:30pm. The 'incredible clarity of purpose' Brachfeld gained after spending 2016 in deep introspection about her life and music generated the nine original compositions on her exhilarating new album. The quartet outing, featuring the dynamic rhythm section of pianist, arranger, co-composer, and co-producer m: Bill O'Connell, a longtime collaborator, as well as bassist m: Harvie S and drummer m: Jason Tiemann, is an uncompromising manifestation of music Brachfeld recalls came to her on a cold day in January 2017...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tal Farlow

All About Jazz is celebrating Tal Farlow's birthday today! Tal Farlow was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and was brought up in a musical atmosphere. His father played several musical instruments, including some of the fretted ones, while the piano in the house was played by his mother and his sister, who became a fine classical pianist. Tal trained as a signwriter and continued with this work throughout his life in parallel with his music... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Five Solos by Hal McKusick

Yesterday, I was thinking about the late m: Hal McKusick. So I thought I'd share five clips with you of Hal playing solos: Here's Hal on also saxophone playing Don't Worry About Me... Here's Hal on You're Everywhere... Here's Hal playing I'm Glad There Is You on clarinet...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Startups Should Be Included in the Music Modernization Act

Adding to the already intense level of criticism being levied at the Music Modernization Act, this piece from Chris Castle delves into the legislation's failure to properly include startups, and why they should be more present in the legislative process and the act itself. By Chris Castle of musictech.solutions from The Trichordist...

CAREER: 6 Reasons to Create Playlists, Share Them with Fans

As streaming continues to dominate music consumption, (with an eye towards replacing the album altogether) artists have a lot to gain by assembling their own playlists and promoting them to fans. Here we look at six benefits in particular. By Hugh McIntyre for the Tunecore blog. Some people claim that playlists have replaced the album, and while they do sometimes have a fair point or two, the transition hasn't happened yet, and it probably won't for some time. Having said that, now that we live in a streaming-first world, playlists have become more important than ever, and not just for listening. Compiling your own playlists can be a fantastic way for you to interact with your fans and form strong relationships, but how...

CAREER: Top 5 Platforms and Tools to Livestream Events Online 2018

The return on investment for live video vs pre-recorded is obvious and something that artists can capitalize on. Here are the five best platforms and software tools to get the job done. Guest post by Amanda Smith Live streaming tools are offering fresh, effective and interesting perspectives to influencers. Influencers are no longer interested in delivering personality driven scripts. This can be attributed to the fact that the returns on scripted videos and pre-recorded videos are significantly declining. Live streaming provides a host of benefits such as allowing influencers to address the queries of their audience, make them more accessible to viewers, build trust, refine and fine-tune marketing strategies, etc...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Grant Green

All About Jazz is celebrating Grant Green's birthday today! Green was born on June 6, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri. He first performed in a professional setting at the age of 13. His early influences were Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker; however, he played extensive R and B gigs in his home town and in East Saint Louis, IL while developing his jazz chops. His first recordings in St. Louis were with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest for the Delmark label... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why All New Music is Released on Friday: 3 Reasons

If you feel like a lot of new music has been dropping on Fridays, it's no accident. Here we look at the three main reasons why Friday is the number one release day choice for record labels around the world. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 You might have noticed that all new music released by record labels always comes on a Friday and wondered why. After all, Friday generally isn't a great day for communication online (especially via email) as people are especially frantic before the weekend. And if you remember back to before 2015, Tuesday used to be release day in the U.S...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Peter Erskine

All About Jazz is celebrating Peter Erskine's birthday today! Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is known for his versatility and love of working in different musical contexts. He appears on over 600 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992). Fifty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Junka

Sonny Clark was an elegant jazz pianist who recorded in the hard bop era and was influenced primarily by Bud Powell, though there's a touch of Horace Silver in his punctuation. Clark was a sideman on many important albums, including recordings by Buddy DeFranco, Serge Chaloff, Frank Rosolino, Sonny Criss, Howard Rumsey, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Le Morgan, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon and many others. Surprisingly, he recorded only 10 studio leadership albums...

CAREER: Essentials of an Online Music Press Kit

As an artist or band, having a comprehensive press kit available on your website is critical to getting press or having venues promote your shows. Here we look at the essential elements of any online press kit for a band or musician. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It's amazing that so many brands (which includes artists and bands as well as companies) don't have a proper 'Press' section on their website that contains all the information that a journalist or blogger might need when writing a story. I speak from personal experience as a writer in that I'm always surprised with what I can't find on a typical site, instead of what I can...

EVENT: In Touch Entertainment Launches West Coast Jazz Series -- New York's Vocal Mania Program Extends to Los Angeles

This month, In Touch Entertainment is launching a monthly vocal-centric jazz program in Los Angeles, a sister to the hugely successful Vocal Mania series started in New York this spring. The first West Coast event, co-hosted by acclaimed vocalists m: Denise Donatelli and m: Paulette McWilliams will take place on June 29 and feature jazz singer m: Kenny Washington. On July 27, vocalists m: Clairdee and m: Sara Gazarek will perform...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Anthony Braxton

All About Jazz is celebrating Anthony Braxton's birthday today! To his list of achievements and awards, Anthony Braxton may now add the 1994 MacArthur Fellowship: the so-called "genius" grant of (in his case) $300,000, awarded to individuals nominated for outstanding and original contributions to their field. The timing of this crowning achievement couldn\'t be better for Braxton\'s most recent professional goals: he is the founding Artistic Director of the newly incorporated Tri-Centric Foundation... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Tower of Power: Soul Side

In 1970, most of the surging white brass bands that played pop-rock were heavily jazz influenced. The list included Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, the Flock, Collective Consciousness Society and the Ides of March. And then there was Tower of Power, a largely white band influenced by the soul-funk feel of the Mar-Keys, the James Brown Orchestra and other high-voltage R&b brass bands. i remember when east bay grease was released in 1970. the cover was very cool -- a black map of the Bay Area with white streets. The only way you could have known about the album and Rufus Miller's lead vocals is if a friend came back from San Francisco with it...

RECORDING: Joe Diorio and Steve Bagby's "Straight Ahead to the Light" Reissued on CD, Wav, Flac and MP3 from Art of Life Records

This is the third in a series of five CD reissues from guitar legend Joe Diorio's classic Spitball Records recordings from the mid-70s. Originally released in 1976 on Spitball Records, Straight Ahead to the Light was recorded on May 23, 1976 at The First Unitarian Church in Miami, Florida and features Joe Diorio on guitar and Steve Bagby on percussion. Now available for the first time on CD including the original album cover artwork from the LP release. The album contains four original compositions by Joe Diorio and Steve Bagby which include "Straight Ahead to the Light", clocking in at over ten minutes long, "Gong", "India", another extended song that lasts for over ten minutes and "Bagbito" which features an extended percussion/drum solo by Steve Bagby. 24-bit digital remastering by Paul G. Kohler at Art of Life Studios in Charleston, South Carolina in March 2018. Art of Life Records is pleased to make this long out-of-print recording available to the world once again. Stay tuned for more Joe Diorio CD reissues from Art of Life Records...

FESTIVAL: Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz at Juan les Pins 2018

The Cote d'Azur, France's legendary playground, celebrated the first jazz festival 70 years ago but the concept did not become an annual event until the early 1970s. Set beside the impossibly blue Mediterranean, jazz festivals are celebrated all along the coast from Cannes to Monte Carlo. Here we look at two major events in July, Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz at Juan les Pins, Antibes. The first jazz festival was organized by Jacques Herbey in Nice in February 1948 with m: Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt as headliners. Herbey also co-founded Jazz at Juan, Antibes in 1960, honoring the town's famous resident m: Sidney Bechet. A global oil crisis in the 1970s acted as a catalyst for change and after that time both Nice and Jazz at Juan became annual events. m: George Wein, creator of the Newport Jazz Festival, took over the running of Nice Jazz Festival in 1974 and renamed the event the "Grand Parade of Jazz." To create demand, Wein widened the musical parameters and collaborations but the event returned uniquely to jazz under the auspices of the City of Nice . The musical director now is Sebastien Vidal, also director of TSF 24/7 national jazz radio, the Django Festival at Samois and famed Parisian club, Le Duc de Normandie. The latest incarnation of the Nice Jazz Festival was sparked by a city center redevelopment. An old bus depot and the surrounding worn out buildings were torn down and a green corridor was built through the center of the city. It includes a water feature the size of a football pitch, green areas, playgrounds, performance and exhibition space. The area is now served by trams which will soon open a new line out to the second largest airport in France, Nice Cote d'Azur (NCE) with direct flights from JFK and from all the US hubs via Paris and London. Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has been a driving force behind the redevelopment, tourists and the people of Nice have been the beneficiaries. Nice Jazz Festival is no small event, 36 bands play on two stages for six nights. With a capacity of 9,000 of which 1,000 are seated, and a budget of 3.1m euros ($3.5m) the festival expects to sell around 40,000 tickets each year. Jazz at Juan, Antibes, twenty miles away from Nice by fast modern train, celebrates its 58th festival in July 2018. Exceptional quality performances by some true legends are its hallmark. Over the years, the festival has welcomed m: Dizzy Gillespie, m: Stan Getz, m: Ray Charles, m: Charles Mingus, m: Count Basie, m: Ella Fitzgerald, m: Miles Davis and more recently, m: Sonny Rollins, m: Diana Krall, m: Chick Corea andm: Herbie Hancock. The audience is seated in bleachers in a waterfront park named Pinede Gould looking through the stage to the ocean backdrop beyond. Jazz at Juan has a 3,000 capacity all seated and operates with a considerable budget of 2.2m euros ($2.5 m), sufficient to ensure international headliners appear every year. The festival is directed by Jean-Rene Palacio who also oversees the Monte Carlo Jazz Festival where he describes his budget as comfortable. Both Nice Jazz Festival and Jazz at Juan feature additional and free fringe performances (OFF performances ) in parks and squares during the afternoons adding to the festival atmosphere and providing a stage for aspiring musicians. Apart from the free performances, the best value options are to book a pass to all 36 bands in Nice for 142 euros ($163) and choose separate performances from the Jazz at Juan program with tickets priced between 40-125 euros ($46-$144). The sheer volume of top quality jazz is almost as overwhelming as the beautiful blue sea and warm weather so plan wisely at nicejazzfestival.fr and jazzajuan.com. After the Nice 2016 attack, security is strong. Police and army are in evidence, but the relaxed confidence has returned, tourists fill the streets, cruise ships fill the bay and in July, music fills the air. At Nice Jazz Festival this year, m: Gregory Porter has been named Godfather of the program following the success of his album "Nat King Cole and Me." While Jazz at Juan makes no such distinction between artists, m: Norah Jones is clearly their brightest shinning star with the best seats already sold for her performance. Also, Jazz at Juan features singer Carla Bruni Sarkozy, wife of the former President of France...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dakota Staton

All About Jazz is celebrating Dakota Staton's birthday today! Dakota Staton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied music at Pittsburgh\'s Filion School of Music. She was soon chosen to be a vocalist with the Joe Wespray Orchestra, then the top band in the Pittsburgh area. After spending two years with Wespray she traveled to Detroit, working in various clubs there. Staton then followed the nightclub circuit which led her to Canada, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Cleveland... Read more...

EVENT: Banjo Nickaru and Western Scooches to Play Record Release Concert at Drom NYC on June 14 with Emmy-Nominated Actor Rob Morrow

Banjo Nickaru and Western Scooches are likely the only band today infusing elements of Gullah-Geechee and world rhythms with folk traditions, Americana, New Orleans influences, and 1920s jazz. The forthcoming sophomore album, Get Us Out Of Fearland , due June 15, builds upon the multicultural exuberance that made the band's debut, Very Next Thing, a transcendent breath of fresh air. Elmore Magazine championed its 'remarkable musical dexterity with songs that bask in a genuine roots regimen and a sense of timeless tradition,' and revered tastemaker station WFUV said, 'This is a band that must be heard to be believed...

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