All About Jazz

TRENDS: Streaming is Now 75% of U.S. Music Consumption [chart]

There were 403 billion on-demand music streams (video + audio streams) in the United States in the first half of 2018, according Nielsen's 2018 Mid-Year Music Report. Using the industry standard of 1500 streams equals one album sold, that means nearly 270 million albums sold in the last six month. As this Statista chart illustrates, streaming now accounts for 75% of music consumption in the U.S. compared to physical and digital music sales, up from 50% in the first half of 2016...

RECORDING: Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato and Tom Scott Featured on New Album by Drummer Isaiah Stewart

Jazz-funk drummer and worldwide recording artist m: Isaiah Stewart announces the release of his fifth album Summer Beat, which features trumpeter m: Randy Brecker, keyboardist m: Eumir Deodato and saxophonist m: Tom Scott. Summer Beat is currently available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and all other popular online retail and music-streaming services worldwide...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Gonsalves

All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Gonsalves' birthday today! Although his reputation is often hung upon the mighty gallery-rousing performance he gave at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival with Duke Ellington, tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves was at heart an introspective balladeer. His true legacy is his recorded collection of love songs. Paul Gonsalves was born on 12 July 1920, in Boston, Massachusetts, which is where he had his first professional engagement... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues

In the early 1940s, when African-Americans in the South and Southwest moved north to the Midwest and west to Los Angeles in search of job opportunities at war-time factories, they packed their souls. As the Great Migration filled cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland and South Central in L.A., transplants from places such as Mississippi and Alabama longed for the Delta blues they heard back home. Once settled in cities, many of these migrants wanted the blues served up as dance music, providing them with a country sound seasoned with urban flavoring...

CAREER: How to Optimize Your Music Tour Logistics

Regardless of how big your tour may be, it's important that your manage your tour logistics carefully, or else sabotage your bands chances before it's even had a chance to get off the ground. Here we look at how you can optimize your tour logistics for maximum effectiveness. Guest post by Anand Srinivasan of Hubbion...

RECORDING: Grammy Nominated Pianist Antonio Adolfo Releases 'Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica'

Throughout the past 40 years, Antonio Adolfo has had a very busy career as a pianist, composer and arranger. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, his teachers included m: Eumir Deodato and Nadia Boulanger (in Paris). A jazz pianist since the mid-1960s in Brazil, Adolfo worked with such major singers as m: Leny Andrade, m: Flora Purim, m: Elis Regina and m: Milton Nascimento and has recorded more than 25 albums as a leader. A major name for decades, his music combines together Brazilian rhythmic styles with jazz. His previous recording, Antonio Adolfo HYBRIDO- From Rio to Wayne Shorter, was a 2018 Grammy finalist...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tomasz Stanko

All About Jazz is celebrating Tomasz Stanko's birthday today! Tomasz Stanko was 20 and a graduate of the Cracow Music Academy when he formed his first band, the Jazz Darings, with pianist Adam Makowicz in 1962. Inspired by early Ornette Coleman and the innovations of Coltrane, Miles Davis and George Russell, the group is often cited by music historians as the first European group to play free jazz... Read more...

CAREER: 7 Tips for Musicians to Write Emails Fans Will Adore

Gone are the days when the only thing you had to be good at as a musician was music. Artists are now required to do their share of marketing and management, something which doesn't always come naturally. This article provides advice on how artists can craft effective emails which their fans are guaranteed to adore...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Speak No Evil

On the day before Christmas in 1964, when tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter recorded his fourth leadership album, Speak No Evil, he had already joined Miles Davis's second great quintet. The song Speak No Evil developed from Shorter's fascination with Buddhism and the concept that every action has a reaction, that every cause has an effect. As Shorter was quoted in Michelle Mercer's Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter, "[Speak No Evil] is about caution, be careful what you say. What comes out of your mouth can cause some horrendous effects or beautiful ones...

CAREER: Guide to Getting Songs Placed in TV, Movies

As a musician, chances are you want to get your music heard, and for it to have an emotional impact of some kind. One of this best way to make this happen is to get your music placed in TV and film. Here we look at the best way of making this happen. By Annabelle Short from Symphonic Distribution's Symphonic Blog...

CAREER: Fan Pyramid: How to Identify 5 Levels of Fans, Engage Them

Think of your fans as a pyramid with your most devoted and loyal fans at the top. Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss the five levels of the Fan Pyramid and how to recognize and engage fans at each level. The number one things your fans want is recognition, according to the Music Biz Weekly podcast co-hosts. They want to know you recognize their efforts, that they support you...

RECORDING: "Getting Sentimental," Debut Recording by Chicago Jazz Vocalist Gayle Kolb, Set for August 31 Release by Jerujazz Records

With the August 31 release of her debut recording Getting Sentimental, Chicago's m: Gayle Kolb makes a triumphant statement in song after a stretch of years away from music. Produced and arranged by acclaimed Chicago bassist Dennis Carroll for JeruJazz Records, the album reveals Kolb's metamorphosis from a former nightclub headliner in jny: Los Angeles, jny: Las Vegas, and her hometown of jny: Chicago into a compelling jazz artist in full command of her material and her gift...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Morgan

All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Morgan's birthday today! Morgan was a jazz prodigy, joining the Dizzy Gillespie big band at 18, remaining a member for two years. Beginning in 1956, he began recording as a leader, mainly for the Blue Note label, eventually he recorded twenty-five albums for the company. Morgan\'s principal influence as a player was Clifford Brown, having had direct contact with him before Brown\'s premature death... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: "Groove" Holmes in Popsville

A good number of jazz organists of the early and mid-1960s were put in a box. Many of their albums from this period were larded with tedious original blues and a handful of ancient Songbook standards. This mind-numbing approach allowed labels to avoid steep copyright bills, but the strategy also resulted in countless dull cookie-cutter recordings that don't hold up today...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Colin Bailey

All About Jazz is celebrating Colin Bailey's birthday today! Born in Swindon, England on July 9th 1934, Colin Bailey began playing drums at age four. He also studied piano and theory at an early age, and worked with English name bands from age eighteen. Colin lived in Australia in the late fifties and was staff drummer at T.V. Channel 9 in Sydney. There he accompanied distinguished visiting jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan. In 1960... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kendrick Scott

All About Jazz is celebrating Kendrick Scott's birthday today! Kendrick 'KADS' Scott was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His initial inspiration and appreciation for music came from growing up in a household of musicians. The first encounters Kendrick had with the drums were in church, where his parents and older brother were involved in the music ministry. At age six his parents, Stepheny and Kenneth recognized Kendrick's interest in the drums and purchased him a drum pad and lessons... Read more...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Great Aunt Ruth and the Saucy Cats Are Set to Release Their First Ep: "All About the Music in Your Heart"

Kickstarter campaign will culminate in the release of five insightful songs by Kathryn Joy It all began when aspiring singer-songwriter Kathryn Joy met veteran pianist Joel Scott at a jazz bar on a cruise ship somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean. Scott, who had worked with such notables as the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw and O.C. Smith, heard not only the enthusiasm of Ms. Joy but saw a great deal of potential in both her songs and her singing. He became her mentor...

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