All About Jazz

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Ben Allison

All About Jazz is celebrating Ben Allison's birthday today! Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. With his groups The Ben Allison Band... Read more...

AWARD / GRANT: Sonny Rollins, Benefactor

Those who follow developments in the jazz community are accustomed to seeing occasional announcements about educational grants to musicians. Sonny Rollins this week reversed the order. He is becoming a donor. Oberlin College announced that the tenor saxophonist is giving the Oberlin Conservatory what the college describes as 'a generous gift to establish and maintain the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble Fund.' Beginning next spring, jazz studies majors at Oberlin will be allowed to audition for what will be known as The Sonny Ensemble. From the announcement...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Monk in Berlin, 1969

Forty-eight years ago this month, pianist Thelonious Monk appeared at the Berliner Jazztage festival, which when translated means Berlin Jazz Days and now is known as JazzFest Berlin. On solo piano, Monk played four Duke Ellington songs -- Satin Doll, Sophisticated Lady, Caravan and Solitude followed by his Crepuscule With Nellie. Then on Blues for Duke, Monk was joined on piano by Joe Turner, Hans Rettenbacher on bass and Stu Martin on drums. Interestingly, Turner recorded for MPS soon after this concert...

CAREER: What Composers, Musicians, Should Know About the Proposed Tax Reform Bill

Recently introduced to the House of Representatives, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" has buried within its pages legislation that could, depending on how the bill develops, dramatically impact the careers of artists and musicians- potentially for the worse. Guest post by Stephen Carlisle of Nova Southeastern University...

CAREER: Road Hazard: 5 Touring Challenges and How They Can Be Avoided

The idea of hitting the road on your first major tour is an exciting prospect for any new band starting out, but it's important to remember that while a potential thrilling adventure, touring brings with it many hazards for your health and wellbeing. Here we look at how such problems can be dealt with before they become a major issue...

RECORDING: Vocalist and Poet Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) Releases "I Get a Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined" on Jazzed Media, Available January 19, 2018

m: LISA B (Lisa Bernstein) is not only a jazz singer and songwriter, she's also a widely published poet and spoken word performer. On I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined, her latest CD and sixth as a leader, she applies her poetic prowess and vocal gifts to fresh interpretations of ten tunes by Cole Porter, one of the finest of the lyricists and composers (unconventionally, he was both) who created the Great American Songbook...

RECORDING: Red Piano Records to Release the Gaia Wilmer Octet: "Migrations"

Thursday, December 14th 8PM NEW YORK CD-RELEASE CONCERT at Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY The Gaia Wilmer Octet is: Yulia Musayelyan - flutes; Song Yi Jeon - voice; Gaia Wilmer and Gustavo D'Amico - saxophones; Leandro Pellegrino - guitar; Vitor Goncalves - piano and accordion; Mayo Pamplona - bass; Richie Barshay - drums...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Diana Krall

All About Jazz is celebrating Diana Krall's birthday today! It had only been a few days since singer and pianist Diana Krall publicly announced that she and husband Elvis Costello were expecting their first child. Her remarks may have primarily focused on her upcoming album, but it was easy to discern the rosy glow as she discussed imminent arrivals, and how she came up with the name for one of them. 'I already knew before we went into the studio the title of the record... Read more...

RECORDING: Diana Panton: Solstice/Eqinox

Yesterday, I finally worked my way through two stacks of incoming CDs that I had set aside for a listen. Among them was Diana Panton's new Solstice/Equinox. What a lovely surprise. Panton is a Canadian singer with a breathy, hip innocence reminiscent of m: Blossom Dearie. She also has great taste in songs. On her new 13-track album, Panton takes on the four seasons, starting with the green surprise of spring and ending with the bright orange of a winter fireplace. It's a clever approach that allows her to cover a wide range of music and moods...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Unitedmasters Lands to $70 Million from Google to Take On the Record Labels

Next-gen artist services and music technology platform UnitedMasters, led by former Interscope Records president Steve Stoute, has exited stealth mode with $70 million in funding from Google's parent company Alphabet, respected venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, Translation and entertainment conglomerate 20th Century Fox...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Rock Impresario Bill Graham's Sons Renew Estate, Memorabilia Fight

Legendary concert promoter and music empresario Bill Graham died in 1991, but his sons are still locked in a bitter legal fight with the executor of his estate over his rock memorabilia, including hundreds of concert posters and scrapbooks. 'Our clients have witnessed nearly a decade of litigation and it's been hard. They found out a person they really trusted, their fiduciary, utterly betrayed their trust and arranged to sell things that had belonged to their dad,' attorney Therese Cannata with Cannata, Ching and O'Toole, who represents David and Alex Graham, the sons of legendary rock promoter, told Courthouse News on Tuesday...

RADIO: Mondo Jazz - New Radio Program Focused on International Jazz

Mondo Jazz, a new radio program hosted by Italian-turned-New Yorker c: Ludovico Granvassu (Editor-in-Chief of italia.allaboutjazz.com), with a mission of showcasing international jazz that's not readily available on American airwaves. Starting on 15th of November, the show will broadcast on Wednesdays from 10 p.m. to midnight via Radio Free Brooklyn...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kevin Eubanks

All About Jazz is celebrating Kevin Eubanks' birthday today! Kevin Tyrone Eubanks (born November 15, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an American jazz guitarist who has been the leader of the Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno since 1995. He played with Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Slide Hampton, and Sam Rivers before starting to lead his own groups in 1983. Like his brother Robin Eubanks, a jazz trombonist, he has played on record with Dave Holland. In 2005... Read more...

RECORDING: Who'S Afraid of Monk?

Following its release in 1974, Who's Afraid of the Big Band Monk? was scorned by jazz fans and critics. The double album featured Thelonious Monk recorded in 1963 and 1968 with large ensembles. The earlier live date covered both sides of the first record and was arranged by Hall Overton. The second record was a studio date arranged by Oliver Nelson. I loved the album -- the Nelson material much more so than the Overton record -- and never quite understood why so many dismissed it...

TECHNOLOGY: Pandora App Adds Direct Alexa Voice Control for Sonos

Pandora has added Alexa powered voice control of Sonos wireless speakers from within the music streamer's app. Many anaylyats believe that voice control of music is the killer app that will bring music streaming into the mainstream. Pandora today added voice control of Sonos wireless speakers from its mobile app. More than 50% of U.S. Sonos owners use Pandora, racking up 250 million listening hours so far this year...

CAREER: How to Nail Your Next Press or Radio Interview: 3 Tips

Press is a key part of growing and getting attention paid to your music and, when it comes knocking, dealing with that press appropriately can make or break whether an interview will help or hurt your career as an artist. We look at three tips for making sure you crush your next interview. Guest post by Suzanne Paulinski on the TuneCore Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Youtube Tries the Frenemy Approach, Partners with Ticketmaster to Sell Tickets Alongside Videos

YouTube is adding concert updates and ticket sales via a partnership with Ticketmaster. The recorded music industry may not be happy with YouTube, but that doesn't mean that artists hoping to fill venues don't appreciate the video giant's massive promotional reach. YouTube and Ticketmaster have partnered to add concert updates and ticket sales alongside an artist's music video...

TRENDS: Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Before

Streaming is driving more music listening than ever before, according to stats crunched by Statista for Business Insider. Total music listening hours have increased during the past few years with streaming music subscribers listening to 4 hours more per week than non-streamers. from Statista via Business Insider...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Tapping into the Lingering Love for Swing Jazz

Johnny Varro played with the elder statesmen of classic swing jazz in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, working with Eddie Condon, Bobby Hackett, Roy Eldridge and Pee Wee Russell to name but a few. Now at 87, he is one of the elder statesmen. Pianist Varro returned to Port Charlotte with the Florida edition of his Swing Seven band on Monday, November 13. It was the band's third appearance in five years in the Charlotte County Jazz Society's concert series...

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