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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Al Di Meola

All About Jazz is celebrating Al Di Meola's birthday today! Al Di Meola\'s ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer... Read more...

RECORDING: Expressive Vocalist Christine Hitt Releases "Magical Kite," Produced by Geoffrey Keezer

For vocalist and multi-instrumentalist m: Christine Hitt, music is a family affair. Her father was a band director and her mother was a piano teacher and professional vocalist. Hitt married a trumpet player, and two of her three sons appear on Hitt's newest CD, Magical Kite. Hitt's warm voice can express a rich tapestry of tones, and she sings ballads and swing tunes with equal facility. The selection of songs on Magical Kite, from standards to gospel to bebop, reflects Hitt's eclectic tastes and influences, but it's her innate musicality that elevates and personalizes these songs. The CD was produced by m: Geoffrey Keezer, the prolific, Grammy- nominated pianist, composer, and arranger, and features m: John Beasley on piano. Beasley is also a Grammy-nominated arranger and bandleader whose music career spans more than three decades with credits that read like a 'Who's Who' in music, film, and television...

VIDEO / DVD: Prog Ensemble 41point9 Premieres Second Video "These Four Lands" from Forthcoming Album

Prog ensemble 41POINT9 is premiering their second video titled 'These Four Lands' from their forthcoming album Mr. Astute Trousers on Sonic Perspectives! The band has two albums being released internationally on September 21, 2018. One is the brand-new sophomore release Mr. Astute Trousers and the other is a remixed and remastered version of their debut album Still Looking For Answers. The band has been busy creating a series of high quality concept videos to help get word about the album out...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Clark

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Clark's birthday today! Conrad Yeatis "Sonny" Clark was an American jazz pianist who mainly worked in the hard bop idiom. Contents Clark was born and raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town southeast of Pittsburgh. At age 12, he moved to Pittsburgh. When visiting an aunt in California at age 20, Clark decided to stay and began working with saxophonist Wardell Gray. Clark went to San Francisco with Oscar Pettiford and after a couple months... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on No BS! Brass Band

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring the No BS! Brass Band, who are returning to St. Louis to perform on Wednesday, August 1 at the e: Old Rock House. Coming out of Richmond, Virginia, the NBBB offers their own take on the classic New Orleans brass band tradition, adapting popular contemporary tunes from a variety of genres for the format, and performing their own originals as well. They've released five albums to date, the most recent being Brass Knuckles in 2015, and they've played here in St. Louis several times, including in June 2017 at the Old Rock House...

CAREER: How to Spend Less, but Sell More Tickets

While every artist and promotor wants sold out shows, pouring endless amounts of money into every aspect of marketing isn't usually an option for the typical musician. This piece looks at how to budget your money effectively in order get the greatest return on every marketing dollar spent. Guest post by Katie Sawyer of Eventbrite...

WEBSITE: Download the All About Jazz Musician Starter Guide

Home to over 100,000 musician pages and representing the largest database of its kind on the internet, All About Jazz is also a platform that supports jazz professionals worldwide. In an effort to help our professional community (musicians, label owners, publicists, presenters, and promoters) maximize the benefits of our growing platform, we'll publish a series of how-to guides outlining our various services. Our first -- for musicians -- explains how to establish a presence at All About Jazz by claiming and updating a musician page or creating a musician page from scratch...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: July 23, 2018

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 3 1 John Coltrane Both Directions at Once- The Lost Album (I...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob McHugh

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob McHugh's birthday today! Bob McHugh has been playing jazz clubs,festivals,halls,private parties, and restaurants in the NY metro area for over fifty years. Be it solo,duo,trio or big band Bob has done it. His styles include, but are not limited to jazz,, blues, pop and fusion. Bob has recorded three albums for Outstanding Records,and has also recorded on Alliance, Perception and Lunge Music. Some of the people he has recorded with are Ray Mantilla, Rich Austin... Read more...

CAREER: 10 Future Music Business Jobs

As with so many industries, advancements in tech are quickly changing and reshaping the music business in several significant ways, with new jobs emerging all the time. Here we look at ten different music business jobs of the future. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The music business is evolving just like any other forward looking industry, and tech is playing a larger part than ever in how it runs. That means that new types of jobs are being created all the time, and you can expect more in the future. Billboard asked movers and shakers from all areas of the industry what they saw as the jobs of the future and received some enlightened answers. Here are 10 of the 40 jobs that they came up with, along with some of my comments...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Carmell Jones

All About Jazz is celebrating Carmell Jones' birthday today! An excellent hard bop trumpeter, Carmell Jones would probably have been much better-known today if he had not moved to Europe in the mid-\'60s at the height of his career. In 1960, after two years in the army and two years at the University of Kansas as a music education and trumpet major, Carmell left the midwest and became a studio musician in California. He recorded with artists such as Sammy Davis, Jr, Bob Hope, and Nelson Riddle... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: The Gene Krupa Story

The best of the bandleader biopics was The Gene Krupa Story (1959), starring Sal Mineo. It's far from perfect, but the Memories of You scene with Anita O'Day still kills me. Bobby Troup as Tommy Dorsey, Red Nichols as himself, and there's some great Shelly Manne in there as well...

CAREER: Bringing Together Tour, Radio, Fan-Targeted Advertising [case Study: Nathaniel Rateliff]

In this piece we look at commercial experiment of sorts, in which Concord Music utilized a triple-headed geo-specific marketing strategy to maximize listener consumption of one of its artists. via the American Association of Independent Music How Concord utilized found.ee to build geo-specific remarketing audiences aligning tour and radio support, coupled with audio advertising (iHeartRadio, Spotify), to increase consumption...

CAREER: 8 Free Online Resources to Create an Album Cover

After you've dumped blood, sweat, and tears into recording and mixing an album, there still remains the final step of creating album artwork. While this element of the process may not be one artists want to sink a lot of time or energy into, these eight online resources can help musicians pull together cover art with ease...

FESTIVAL: Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces New Title Sponsor

John Nugent and Marc Iacona, co-owners of RIJF, LLC and co-producers of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, one of the world's leading jazz festivals, announced today that CGI Communications will be the festival's new title sponsor. 'CGI will succeed Xerox Corporation, which has been the festival's title sponsor since 2009,' said Marc Iacona, festival co-producer and executive director. 'We thank the Xerox team for 10 years of outstanding partnership and are grateful for all their support that engaged our fans and enhanced the festival's mission in countless ways...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David King

All About Jazz is celebrating David King's birthday today! David has been playing guitar since he was 8 but it became a serious concern when, in his teens he started going to gigs at Glasgow\'s legendary venue The Apollo in the early eighties witnessing guitar hero\'s galore including Alex Lifeson, Angus Young, and Andy Summers... Read more...

CAREER: Finding the Balance Between Creativity and Business

As a musician in today's industry, you often have to wear multiple hats. Of course you play the role of the creative- writing, experimenting, playing, practicing, and creating are part of your core being, coming to you almost as easily as breathing. But there's another hat- the business hat. More and more musicians are coming to terms with the fact that by building their career, they are in fact creating a small business- a business where they are the CEO. And that means you need to be thinking strategically. You need to gather information about your audience to influence your decisions, you need to think long term and create a plan for yourself, you need to consider your revenue streams and come up with ideas to grow and bring in more money, and you need to figure out how you will communicate your message to fans and potential fans...

CAREER: Essential Artist One-Sheet Checklist

For artists and bands, the single page overview of your band/music that is your one-sheet can be your ticket to selling your performance. Here we look at some of the must-haves to be included in such a document. Guest post by Garrett Gomez of Repost For those unfamiliar, a one-sheet is a one page overview of your band and/or music. Often, a one-sheet is used by PR agents, distributors, and other industry professionals to determine how sellable your band is to any given audience. When crafting a one-sheet, you want to ensure that it's pleasing to the eye and making an impactive impression of your band. By following our essential checklist, your one-sheet will stun readers and professionals alike...

CAREER: 3 Social Scenarios That Make an Artist Website More Important Than Ever

While many artists may be tempted to rely solely on their social media channels to connect with fans, and forego a website entirely, this strategy can backfire in a number of ways. Here we look at why have a dedicated website can be critical to an artist's success. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

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