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RADIO: Deezer, Jazz FM Partner to Honor Iconic Record Labels

Deezer has announced a partnership with Jazz FM in honor of International Jazz Day. The streaming service has joined forces with the radio station on a new series called 'Jazz Stories,' which will focus on the history of five iconic jazz labels: Impulse! (Universal), Blue Note (Universal), Columbia (Sony), Atlantic (Warner), and ECM (Universal)...

EVENT: The Music of Nina, Miriam and Great Ladies of Piano Featuring Robbi Kumalo at Rockwood Music Hall on May 20

Jazz has not one Great Lady, but a few including impassioned performance artist m: Robbi Hall Kumalo who pays homage to many of them in "Ladies of Piano: My Great African-American Songbook.' Kumalo includes Miriam Makeba with her clicking tongue and breathy syncopations, rocked our world with ancient rhythms and stories of South Africa. Kumalo connects to the spirit of Nina Simone who lit the world on fire with a vibrato that stirred souls and moved mountains. Experience the African-American Songbook's most popular hits with Kumalo at the piano interpreting them with conviction at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 in New York City. Aiding and abetting is percussion legend Leopoldo F. Fleming, side man for Simone, Makeba and Kumalo. Also Peter Fritz on bass and Wayne Dunton on drums...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Billie Davies Announces Perspectives 2 Performance at Art Klub Theatre in New Orleans on June 1

Billie Davies Perspectives at e: Art Klub Theater 1941 Arts Street jny: New Orleans, LA 70117 June 1, 2018 at 8 pm $18 general admission $15 for artists seniors students teachers Perspectives II Billie Davies announces her Perspectives project finale performance, 'Perspectives II'. The performance will be recorded live for sound by Mike Davies and video filmed by Marion Hill and her team and will be produced as a digital only release (music) and Digital Streaming Video/DVD (music/video) and is slated to be released in the fall of 2018...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Shirley Horn

All About Jazz is celebrating Shirley Horn's birthday today! Shirley Horn remembered playing her grandmother\'s piano when she was four years old. Uninterested in playing with the neighborhood children, Horn enjoyed nothing more than to play that piano, and would close herself off in her grandmother\'s parlor, which was kept for guests and was chillier than the rest of the house. After several years of this, her mother, who admired classical music, enrolled the girl in piano lessons... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Happens when Paid Streaming Has 96% Market Share? Sweden Has Answers

The music industry is experiencing a resurgence thanks to streaming. But can that growth continue and will more users return promised revenue to artists and labels? MIDiA's Mark Mulligan says that data from Sweden, where paid subscriptions account for 96% of the streaming market, offers answers. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA from the Music Industry Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sony Music Reports Record Breaking 2017

When Sony announced their earnings report for the 2017-18 fiscal year, it revealed that the company's recorded music business had seen revenue soar on updrafts created largely by music streaming. Sony Music reported revenue of about $4 billion, an increase of 12% over the same period in 2016. Streaming played a major role in those results, with revenue from the segment up by 37% to $1.8 billion and comprising 44% of Sony Music's total...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: April 2018

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in April, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Percy Heath

All About Jazz is celebrating Percy Heath's birthday today! The American jazz musician and bassist with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Percy Heath, began his musical apprenticeship in 1946, after Air Force service. It was just the right time. Though the double bass had always been used sporadically in jazz, performers capable of advancing both its rhythmic and harmonic role into a distinctive jazz-bass language were arriving on the scene more slowly than trumpeters, saxophonists or pianists... Read more...

OBITUARY: Charles Neville

Mew Orleans is mourning the death on Friday of Charles Neville, saxophonist and ever-smiling presence in the Neville Brothers band from 1977 to 2015. Charles was a focal point with his brothers Cyril, Art and Aaron in the family band that became one of the city's most successful and celebrated musical groups. For years, they were a fixture of the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. Neville died at home in Huntington, Massachusetts.He moved to New England in the 1990s, returning frequently to his hometown for performances and family reunions. In a 2011 concert at Angel Park in Williamsburg, MA, he and bassist Tyler Heydolph played Horace Silver's 'Song For My Father...

RECORDING: Clifford Jordan: Blowing In

Clifford Jordan doesn't get the attention or praise he deserves. I'm not sure why. The tenor saxophonist was born in Chicago and spent most of his early years there, playing with touring artists who came to town. At age 26, Jordan moved to New York, where he recorded five albums for Blue Note in 1957 and '58, including on Horace Silver's Further Explorations. Albums with trumpeter Lee Morgan and trombonist J.J. Johnson followed before Jordan began recording for Riverside and Jazzland in the early 1960s. He toured Europe with Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy in 1964, and recorded frequently in the late 1960s and '70s as a leader. During this period, he recorded Glass Bead Games, a terrific album...

RECORDING: 'Ima, You Don't Look Jewish,' a Three-Year Old Said to Her Mother.

On Mother's Day, m: Meg Okura, who converted to Judaism four years ago, will release Ima Ima, featuring trumpeter m: Tom Harrell and guitarist m: Rez Abbasi. Ima Ima (mom in Hebrew and now in Japanese) will be her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble's fourth album, showcasing extensive works composed since her pregnancy, for 10-piece chamber jazz ensemble. She sees this album as a musical platform for exploring her new Jewish faith, her Japanese heritage, her passion for jazz, and love for family. "Ima Ima," which means 'mom' in Hebrew and 'now' in Japanese, symbolizes four generations of women, from her grandmother (who passed away during the production of this album) to her daughter...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Duke Ellington

All About Jazz is celebrating Duke Ellington's birthday today! By the time of his passing, he was considered amongst the world's greatest composers and musicians. The French government honored him with their highest award, the Legion of Honor, while the government of the United States bestowed upon him the highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He played for the royalty and for the common people and by the end of his 50-year career, he had played over 20,000 performances worldwide... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Joanne Tatham Celebrates Her New CD, "The Rings of Saturn," at Vitello's on May 4th!

m: Joanne Tatham celebrates the release of her new CD, The Rings of Saturn with a performance at Vitello's in Studio City on Friday, May 4th with one show at 7:30pm. Make Reservations Joanne has been receiving excellent reviews and national jazz radio airplay. Midwest Record says, "This vocalist pulls up a set card of jazz/pop classics and wraps her wonderful voice around them... A jazz vocal date that's right in the pocket!" Joanne will be accompanied by the musicians on her album, including m: Max Haymer, piano; m: Lyman Medeiros, bass; and m: Dan Schnelle, drums...

RECORDING: Exquisite Vocalist Shirley Crabbe Sings of Personal Connection on "Bridges," Available April 30, 2018

Some vocalists excel at lyric interpretation. They know how to tell the story of a song with subtlety and nuance. Other singers have such beautiful voices that they'd be a pleasure to listen to if they sang the periodic table set to a Brahms lullaby. It's not easy to say which is m: Shirley Crabbe's strength, since she possesses both those talents in equal measure. Now, Bridges, her newest CD and follow-up to her 2011 debut release Home, re-affirms Crabbe's position as a rising star in the jazz firmament...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Blossom Dearie

All About Jazz is celebrating Blossom Dearie's birthday today! Blossom Dearie was a remarkable American jazz vocalist, pianist and composer from the bebop era known for her unique voice, definitive arranging style and continent spanning career. From recordings and radio to Calvin Klein ads, the Gilmore Girls television show, and many other film and TV soundtracks, her career swung into the 21st Century. Christina Aguilera and Carly Rae Jepsen are fans... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: This Years' Record Store Day Was the Best Day Ever

With the music industry continues to change, Record Store Day offers an opportunity and experience which can be embraced by industry enthusiasts across the board, here we check in with a variety of music business players on their experience with Record Store Day, 2018 edition. Guest post by Meredith Nadeau of The Orchard's The Daily Rind...

RECORDING: Guitarist Ramin Partovi to Release His Breakout Album Featuring Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern

Aviator and Hollywood guitarist Ramin Partovi is about to release his breakout album 27 Faces Of A Broken Heart with a completely new concept. The album features an all-star line-up with m: Scott Henderson, m: Simon Phillips, m: Carl Verheyen, m: Jimmy Johnson, m: Mike Stern and several others. The double CD is a unique idea where several well known musicians demonstate peak performances on the same song structure and all align to portrait a united message...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: April 30, 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 1 1 Kurt Elling The Questions (OKeh) 272 290 -18 6 59 1 5 2...

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