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RECORDING: Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Big Band Leader Bill Warfield Pays Tribute to His Late Mentor, Colleague, and Friend, Trumpeter Lew Soloff," on "For Lew," Due out March 9

m: Bill Warfield's career as a trumpeter was launched the moment he heard m: Lew Soloff's immortal solo on the Blood, Sweat and Tears hit 'Spinning Wheel.' 'It just completely knocked me out,' says Warfield, who was 18 at the time and gigging as a pianist, having given up hope of earning a living as a horn player due to dental problems. 'I'd never heard anything like it. I decided at that point that I wanted to play the trumpet again...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Locke's birthday today! Eddie Locke was an American jazz drummer. Eddie Locke was a part of the fertile and vibrant Detroit jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, which brought forth many great musicians including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Burrell, Lucky Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, and so many others. He eventually formed a variety act with drummer Oliver Jackson called Bop and Locke which played the Apollo Theater... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: On CDs, LPS, Henderson and Horvitz

In the 1950s when UCLA football coach Red Sanders (pictured right) said, 'Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing,' he could not have known that his sports philosophy would be adapted to virtually every human endeavor. Being number one is the overriding aim not only in sports, but also in politics and international relations -- as we keep hearing from the White House -- and in business and the arts. Hence, there is consternation at this week's news trumpeted in Billboard magazine that sales of CDs are so far down that the Best Buy chain will stop carrying them and Target stores may not be far behind. At the root of the change, of course, is the digital revolution; music downloaded from the Internet seems to be replacing music embedded in spinning discs...

VIDEO / DVD: Chico O'Farrill: Latin Modernist

Looking back, 1951 and '52 were groundbreaking years for jazz. Bebop was still lingering, cool jazz had already begun in '49, the R&B-influenced hard bop was just emerging and so was the relaxed sound of West Coast jazz. But these years also were important for Latin jazz and the dominant role played by Chico O'Farrill in its development...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Soundcloud's Uncertain Future

A unique and valued platform for both creators and consumers of music since its creation in 2007, SoundCloud has grown to become an integral part of the world of digital music. Once expected to surpass a billion dollars in value, however, the service's future has now become uncertain. Guest post by Alexander Stewart from Berklee's Music Business Journal...

INTERVIEW: Pandora Data Journalist Emily Blake on Artist Development Trends [interview]

Here data journalist and music curator Emily Blake of Next Big Sound shares her thoughts and insights on finding trends in music, as well as how artists can and should use data for leveraging success. Guest post from the Pandora Amp Playbook You would be hard-pressed to find an artist that Emily Blake hasn't heard of yet. Emily is a data journalist for Next Big Sound, and each week she curates three exciting charts - Pandora Predictions, Pandora Trendsetters, and Pandora Top Spins. Emily is at the forefront of what's up-and-coming in the music industry, so we asked her to share her insights on discovering trends, best practices for artists using data, and her favorite features of Next Big Sound...

CAREER: 6 Essential Youtube Metrics Everyone Needs to Watch

Besides acting as a platform from which to showcase your content and allow your fans to access your brand, YouTube also has important analytics tools that offer artists important feedback on how viewers are reacting to the content they post. Here we look at six such metrics. Guest post by Allison Johnelle Boron of Soundfly's Flypaper...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eubie Blake

All About Jazz is celebrating Eubie Blake's birthday today! Ragtime music, with its syncopated, polyrhythmic style, was born, in the 1890s in the black saloons and brothels of southern and mid-western cities like Baltimore and St. Louis. It was at the center of American popular music from the end of the nineteenth century until the 1920s. One of the most enduring ragtime pianists was Eubie Blake, who took that music well into the 1980's... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Roger Guerin: Paris Meeting

Paris in the 1950s was a special place. Unlike most urban areas in Europe, the city had endured little physical damage during World War II. Miraculously, it was spared German and Allied bombings during its capture, occupation and liberation. The toll on its population was a different story. City residents lived in harsh conditions under Nazi control, enduring cruelty, deportations and deaths at the hands of the Gestapo and German occupiers. When Allied forces liberated Paris in August 1944, residents could barely contain themselves, expressing admiration and gratitude. It was a party that lasted not for days but weeks...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Lino Raises $20m to Build a Blockchain Driven Youtube

Cupertino, CA based Lino has raised $20 million to build a blockchain driven YouTube competitor. Many analysts believe that the delivery, tracking, transparency and micro-payments enabled by blockchain offers the perfect platform to build a more open and egalitarian YouTube alternative. Lino today announced a $20 million investment led by China's top seed investor Zhenfund. Other investors include the crypto-currency focused investment vehicles, FBG Capital, DFund, and INBlockchain...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube Comment Controls Help Keep Things Positive

With such a large and engaged user base, YouTube can be an excellent platform for artists to market their material to fans in an interactive capacity. As even the most casual YouTube user may have noticed, however, the comments section on YouTube isn't often a paragon of civility. Guest post by Chris Lejuez, Video Services Account Coordinator of The Orchard's The Daily Rind...

CAREER: How to Diversify Music Income Without Losing Your Mind

While many involved in the music industry may feel that they have one skill to bring to the table that they hope to make a living off of, a true entrepreneur must diversify their income streams, bringing in more revenue and allowing them to survive even through tough times. Guest post by Suzanne Paulinski from Soundfly's Flypaper...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz and Jazz Near You Promotional Solutions for 2018

2017 was a productive year for both All About Jazz and Jazz Near You as we explored new technologies, established partnerships with industry leaders, and significantly improved what has become the most sophisticated publishing platform in jazz. Website traffic and outbound clicks continued their upward trend as we enhanced our suite of promotional services to more effectively reach the largest collection of jazz enthusiasts and jazz professionals online...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Miles Davis is Not Mozart: The Brains of Jazz and Classical Pianists Work Differently

This article first appeared on The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences website. A musician's brain is different to that of a non-musician. Making music requires a complex interplay of various abilities which are also reflected in more strongly developed brain structures. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig have recently discovered that these capabilities are embedded in a much more finely-tuned way than previously assumed -- and even differ depending on the style of the music: They observed that the brain activity of jazz pianists differs from those of classical pianists, even when playing the same piece of music. This could give insight into the processes which generally take place while making music and which are specific for certain styles...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sammy Nestico

All About Jazz is celebrating Sammy Nestico's birthday today! At the age of 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for ABC radio station, WCAE, Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his B.S. degree in music education from Duquesne University, and has been honored three times by the school with an honorary Doctor of Music degree, the Distinguished Alumni award, and in 1994, he was inducted into the ?Century Club?. North Texas State also presented him with special music awards in 1978, 1979 and 1980... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Independent Venue Week to Debut in Us This Summer

Independent Venue Week will make its US debut this July 9-15 in cities across the county. The wildly popular UK edition of Independent Venue Week launched in 2014 with Colin Greenwood of Radiohead as its ambassador. Independent Venue Week, a celebration of independently owned and run music venues, debuts in the U.S. this July 9-15. The fifth UK week is currently underway. Sponsored by the BBC, its ambassadors include Adrian Utley of Portishead, Nadine Shah, Jamie Cullum, esteemed UK concertgoer Big Jeff Johns, and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels...

CAREER: Ins and Outs of Biographies, Press Releases and Press Kits

This week on the Music Business Weekly podcast, Michael Brandvold discusses the importance of an artist's biography, press releases and a press kit with Wade Sutton of the Rocket To The Stars artists services firm. You'll learn the importance of finding the right story and what should and shouldn't be part of each part of any press kit...

TRENDS: Best Buy Ends CD Sales, Target Demands New Terms

CD sales fell 18.5% last year, as steaming became the dominant format for more and more U.S. consumers. But this substantial decline could accelerate as Best Buys says it will stop selling all CDs; and Target will reportedly follow suit, unless labels agree to more favorable terms. Best Buy has told labels that it will stop selling CDs in July, Billboard reports. While a fraction of its former self, the once dominate retailer still sold $40 million CDs annually, according to sources. Best Buy has reportedly agreed to continue to sell vinyl for at least the next two years, in part because of a partnership with turntable manufacturers...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Relaunches with Splashy New Design

With the recent relaunch of Jazz Near You, we turned our attention to All About Jazz, transforming hundreds of pages to a modern design with larger photos and improved readability. In addition to a spacious new look and brand new pages, the website is easier to navigate and administer, and boasts new features including the placement of a local events calendar (powered by Jazz Near You) on the All About Jazz home page...

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