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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Brand USA, Spotify Partner to Reverse Trump Era International Tourism Decline

Trump's effort to limit visas and derogatory comments about foreigners has led to a drop in international tourism to the US of 10% or more. Brand USA hopes to use music and a partnership with Spotify to reverse the decline. Brand USA has announced that it will partner with Spotify to launch Hear the Music, Experience the USA, an integrated marketing campaign utilizing the power of music to promote international travel to the United States...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: In Touch Entertainment Adds Ten New Artists to Its Roster

NYC-based In Touch Entertainment has signed several new musicians to its roster of world-renowned artists The new pool of talent includes Cuban artists m: Rey Cabrera, m: Jorge Chicoy and m: Xiomara Laugart; jazz guitarist m: Fareed Haque; trumpeter m: Wallace Roney; vocalists m: Lauren Kinhan, m: Fleurine, Maria Alejandra Rodriguez and m: Nancy Harms, as well as trumpeter/vocalist m: Bob Merrill...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Broadbent

All About Jazz is celebrating Alan Broadbent's birthday today! Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1966, at the age of 19, received a Downbeat Magazine scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1969 he was asked to join Woody Herman\'s band as his pianist and arranger for 3 years. In 1972 he settled in Los Angeles, beginning a musical relationship with the legendary singer Irene Kral (no relation to Diana Krall)... Read more...

RECORDING: Jim McNeely: Barefoot Dances

Jim McNeely is among the most interesting jazz composer-arrangers and pianists around today. He always thinks big and fresh when it comes to his writing, and he plays a gorgeous, sensitive piano. His latest album, Barefoot Dancers and Other Visions (Planet Arts), is an original seven-part suite that he arranged and conducted in 2014 with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. The album was only recently released...

RECORDING: Multicultural European Singer-Songwriter Emily Johnson Releases Her Debut Ep "Open You Heart" Produced by Narada Michael Walden

Sometimes known as 'The Lady of Heart,' Emily Johnson is a Bulgarian-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and composer. Having performed around the world for many years, she is releasing Open You Heart, her debut EP, on May 11, 2018, with the help of Tarpan Records in the United States. This EP was produced by Narada Michael Walden and features 4 original songs...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Mingus

All About Jazz is celebrating Charles Mingus' birthday today! One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bassist, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church -- choir and group singing -- and from "hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old... Read more...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: April 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 1 1 Kurt Elling The Questions (OKeh) 290 258 +32 3 54 1 4 2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Slide Hampton

All About Jazz is celebrating Slide Hampton's birthday today! Slide Hampton\'s distinguished career spans decades in the evolution of jazz. At the age of 12 he was already touring the Midwest with the Indianapolis-based Hampton Band, led by his father and comprising other members of his musical family. By 1952, at the age of 20, he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Lionel Hampton Band. He then joined Maynard Ferguson\'s band... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on the John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet

Today, StLJN's video spotlight shines on the m: John Scofield m: Joe Lovano Quartet, who will be in St. Louis to perform starting next Wednesday, April 25 through Saturday, April 28 at Jazz at the Bistro. In terms of both popularity and musical accomplishments, both Scofield and Lovano rank in the upper echelon of current jazz players on their respective instruments, and their musical relationship dates back to the early 1990s, when they put together the first version of the quartet...

RECORDING: Vocalist Tiffany Austin Celebrates the Resilient Spirit of African-American Culture on Her Sophomore Recording "Unbroken," Set for June 1 Release

With the June 1st release of Unbroken, on her Con Alma Music imprint, Tiffany Austin further solidifies her standing as one of the leading vocalists on the current international jazz scene. Austin was propelled onto the national stage in 2016 when her debut recording, Nothing But Soul, received rave reviews from media outlets such as DownBeat and NPR's Fresh Air as well as airplay on jazz radio stations across the U.S. With her sophomore CD Unbroken, Austin has raised her artistry to a higher level both conceptually and musically. Her silky smooth voice has gained an earthy smokiness and a gravitas ideally suited to expressing her broadening, deepening artistic vision...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Avishai Cohen

All About Jazz is celebrating Avishai Cohen's birthday today! Bassist/Composer Avishai Cohen, born April 20, 1970 in Israel, a musician who has been called a 'jazz visionary of global proportions' by DownBeat, and was declared one of the 100 Most Influential Bass Players of the 20th Century by Bass Player Magazine, is renowned around the world as an influential double bassist and profound composer, and has received a deluge of critical praise for his recent recorded output and live performances... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Ascap Paid Songwriters, Music Publishers More Than $1b for First Time in 2017

ASCAP announced record revenues and distributions of $1.14 billion in 2017. After 11% operating expenses this marks the first time that the 660,000 members of the performing rights organization have split revenue in excess of $1 billion. ASCAP is distributing $1.007 billion to its songwriter, composer and music publisher members. Total ASCAP revenues increased by 8^ and distributions were up 10 percent year-over-year. Revenues from ASCAP's licensing efforts in the US grew nearly 11% in 2017 to $846 million, up $86.9 million over 2016...

CAREER: Getting Your Songs on More Spotify Playlists

With streaming becoming the dominant form of music consumption, landing one of tracks on an official Spotify playlist has become the white whale of many artists. Here we look at some steps to follow in order to increase your chance of landing a coveted playlist slot. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo, founder and CEO of Muddy Paw PR and Infectious Magazine...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Music Journalists Deal with All Those Albums - One Writer's Process

Sending music has now become so easy that music writers are constantly inundated with a constant deluge of new albums to listen to. Here we go behind the scenes to look at one writers process for dealing with so much material. Guest post by music journalist Adam Bernard Back in the days of physical album mailings, opening your mailbox to see ten CDs meant you had a lot on your plate. Today, writers can easily receive ten links to albums in an hour...

CAREER: Google Services: Your Band's Best Friend

Free and available to everyone, Google services are fantastic resources for running your band's business. Here we look at thirteen of these services and how the can be used to help your band's career. Guest post from the Legit Musician One of your band's best friends should be Google services. They offer lots of free resources that can be powerful for running your band's business. Did I mention these are FREE? Plus, these resources can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. Let's talk about how you can use these to help your band run more smoothly...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Capitol Music Group Launches Music Innovation Center

Capitol Music Group, has launched the Capitol Innovation Center to help drive future innovation in music and the music industry. Housed in the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood, it will house a collaborative workspace and songwriting studio aimed at fostering innovative ideas, bridging the gap between content creators and the tech community, and developing the next generation of leaders in music...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Solo Piano Artistry - And then Some

Pianist Bobby van Deusen is a master of the keyboard, blessed with an astonishing musical range in terms of genres, sound dynamics and sheer artistry. And those elements were all on display on Friday, April 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice. The Philadelphia native, now based in the Florida Panhandle, is best known for his work in the ragtime, stride and Dixieland genres. But his reach goes much deeper and wider...

EVENT: Of Poland, Kids and Stingrays - Jazzahead! 2018

On 19 April, jazzahead!, the jazz world's international trade fair opens in Bremen, Germany. The programme of events is now completely in place, with specific focus on partner country Poland, the German Jazz Expo, plus panel sessions on the marketing of jazz. The Polish Jazz Scene - on Show in Bremen Poland is at the heart of jazzahead! 2018 as partner country, starting with the official opening ceremony of jazzahead! 2018 at 5 p.m. on April 19, which also includes a short concert by the over 20-piece World Orchestra: A symphony orchestra and a jazz-ethno ensemble rolled into one, featuring rarely-heard instruments - kaval, duduk and kantele amongst others. "Music is our planet's only universal language," says band leader Grzech Piotrowski. His ensemble will take the audience on a brief journey - which will nonetheless be brimful of emotion, subtlety and magic...

EVENT: Bestselling Author T.J. English to Host New York Latin Jazz Series

Bestselling author and Latin music lover T.J. English is hosting and curating In Touch Entertainment's Dangerous Rhythms series held in a legendary New York venue, Zinc. The next program of the series, which focuses on Latin jazz, will take place on April 19 and feature m: Gerardo Contino Y Los Habaneros, named in 2015 by NPR/WNYC stations as the Best Band in Manhattan...

FESTIVAL: 35th Edition of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

e: Jazz em Agosto celebrates its 35th edition this year with a program entitled 'John Zorn Special Edition', for 10 days, from 27 July to 5 August, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For the first time in the festival's history, the entire program of Jazz em Agosto is organised around a single musician, the North- American John Zorn, celebrating one of the most inspiring, inspired and intriguing figures, who is constantly leaving a deep personal mark on innovative music of our time...

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