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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: June Christy

All About Jazz is celebrating June Christy's birthday today! June was born as Shirley Luster on November 20, 1925 at the Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois and was raised from the age of three in Decatur, Illinois; and from the beginning always wanted to sing. She was singing with local bands when she was just 13, and later with society bands around Chicago, the big city 150 miles from Springfield, using the name Sharon Leslie. None of her family knew anything about music... Read more...

CAREER: 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Post on Social Media

Being on social media is important for artists, but using it effectively is another matter, and clumsy posting can often do more harm than good. Here we look at twelve important questions to ask yourself before you post on any social media. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 As I've said many times here and in my book Social Media Promotion For Musicians, just being on a social network doesn't mean that you're using it effectively for promotion. There's a mindset that's needed before you can use any network as a promotional tool. That said, we see many celebrities, athletes and politicians get in to hot water over something that was posted on a social network in haste. Here are 12 questions to ask yourself (thanks to this Time article) before you post to almost anywhere online that will help you not only to focus your content for greatest impact, but stay out of social trouble as well...

RADIO: Iheartmedia Acquires Radio Tech Platform Jelli

iHeartMedia announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Jelli, the company behind the SoundPoint platform which enables programmatic buying and selling broadcast radio ad time. The acquisition, which is designed to help radio compete with the kind of targeted advertising that digital services offer, comes just as iHeart appears to be emerging from bankruptcy...

CAREER: Music Seo Advice for Beginners

This week the Music Biz Weekly podcast tackles the topic of SEO-Search Engine Optimization. Don't be afraid of this episode, they bring the topic of SEO down to a level that we call all understand. What is SEO and how is it different than SEM, Search Engine Marketing? What makes up good SEO? What is black hat SEO? What question should you ask a SEO company so you don't get scammed? What can happen if someone implements a bad SEO strategy...

CAREER: 15 Dream Fellowships, Grants That Musicians Need to Know About

Making a living as an artist can be hard, and having to keep down a day job while still working to fulfill your musical potential isn't a juggling act everyone can keep up. For a fortunate few, however, there are fellowships and grants that can give you the opportunity to live comfortably and massively expand your creative abilities at the same time...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Dorsey

All About Jazz is celebrating Tommy Dorsey's birthday today! Trombonist Thomas "Tommy" Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the younger brother of famed jazz clarinetist, Jimmy Dorsey. In early years he was equally well-known as both trumpet and trombone player, recording several hot jazz solos on trumpet in 1920s, including "The Spell of the Blues" with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra for OKeh on 1/26/29. His career closely followed that of brother Jimmy... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

e: Dot Time Records is honored to announce that it has signed Catherine Russell, a celebrated vocalist and one of the greatest voices in jazz and blues, to release her upcoming album. The label and artist are joining forces with the shared goal of enriching the contemporary music scene with the release of new tracks, renditions of jazz classics which highlight the genre's history, diversity and lasting impact on 21st century music. The new album, titled Alone Together, will be released on March 1, 2019, and is her seventh solo album...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Don Cherry

All About Jazz is celebrating Don Cherry's birthday today! Don Cherry was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1936 and raised in Los Angeles, where he first began to play the trumpet and later piano. According to Cherry, his upbringing had everything to do with his interest in music: "Yeah, well I was fortunate to have such great parents...because they\'ve always been around music. My Father was a bartender, and he was very much into the music of the swing period... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Ben Allison

All About Jazz is celebrating Ben Allison's birthday today! In a career that spans nearly 30 years, bassist/composer Ben Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading voices of his generation. 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... Read more...

CAREER: What to Do if No One Comes to Your Show [plus a 30% off Discount Code]

Anyone involved with putting on a concert wants to see a packed house, but no matter how hard you try, things don't always work out. Here Martin Atkins looks at some last minute tips for what to do if your show ends up minimally attended that can soften the blow. Guest post from the Invisible Records Bluebook...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Ethical Streaming Royalties: More for Few or Fewer for More

In an effort to improve the methods by which royalties are calculated, Chris Castle theorized something known as the "ethical pool". Here he takes a deeper dive, taking a look at a new study on the topic and how it compares more conventional royalty calculations. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Tech Solutions...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Universal Music Revenue up 13% as Sale Plans Accelerate

Revenue at Universal Music Group grew 13.5% year of year last quarter, according to financials reported by corporate parent Vivendi. But on everyone's mind were Vivendi's plan to sell a 50% stake in the world's largest music group. Vivendi said that it has chosen 15 banks to help it find an investor for UMG, according to a filing...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Award-Winning Jazz Doc Jazz Nights: A Confidential Journey Looking For Community Support to Release Worldwide

Jazz Nights: A Confidential Journey hopes to raise $33,685 to release this award-winning music doc to the world via Streaming. Jazz Nights: A Confidential Journey has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Seed and Spark to raise the funds needed to attain the music, vintage stills and archival footage rights needed to release JAZZ NIGHTS worldwide via Streaming...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 19, 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 Stefon Harris and Blackout Sonic Creed (Motema) 300 281 +1...

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...

VIDEO / DVD: Sonny Rollins: Norway, 1971

Between 1969 and 1971, Sonny Rollins went on a sabbatical, first to Jamaica and then to India where he studied yoga, meditation and Eastern philosophy. When he returned to playing publicly, one of his first gigs in June 1971 was performing in Kongsberg, Norway. The other members of his quartet that...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: CDs Are Dead! ...Or Are They?

Although vinyl has been making a significant comeback in the age of streaming, the CD has largely been thought of as a relic of the past. New data suggests, however, that calling time of death on the CD may have been premature. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 All the focus has been on streaming music the last few years, with the comeback of the vinyl record getting much attention as well. Meanwhile the once mighty CD has been pretty much written off as a relic of the past. After all, who needs a round plastic souvenir when the same music can be accessed so easily online, and for a lot less money as well. As the music industry is finding out though, last rights for the format might be a bit premature, as the demand for CDs in some cases is way higher than anticipated...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pitchfork and Vinyl Me, Please Launch Reissue Series with Slowdive's Pygmalion

Pitchfork and record of the month club Vinyl Me, Please are partnering to curate and reissue four special edition vinyl albums over the next year. The series will kick off in December with UK shoegaze legends Slowdive and a limited 2,000 record pressing of their 1995 album Pygmalion. Pitchfork will drive the album selections released on a quarterly basis by Vinyl Me, Please...

CAREER: The S.T.A.G.E.S. of Email Marketing [PT. 6]

In this sixth and final part of a multi-part series breaking down the ins and outs of email marketing, Cheryl B. Engelhardt focuses on how artists can use their email marketing strategy to actually monetize (or "Sell") their work. Guest post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This is the sixth and final volume in a multi-part series by Cheryl B. Engelhardt, singer/songwriter, composer, and the owner of the music career consultation site In The Key of Success. In this series, Cheryl breaks down the key S.T.A.G.E.S. of email marketing for independent artists - we invite you to follow along and catch up, as we're sure you'll be walking away with some hugely helpful tips for your email marketing strategy! Be sure to check out , Part 4, and Part 5...

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