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CAREER: 3 Digital Marketing Trends You Need to Know

The world of digital music marketing is complex and ever shifting, making success in such an area a challenge. That said, there are some things we can do to try and keep up. Here we look at three current marketing trends every entrepreneuring artist ought to be aware of. Guest post by Aaron Bogucki from AWAL...

CAREER: Improving Your Band's 'Bookability'

One the great headaches of operating as a DIY musician results from the challenge of booking a lineup of shows, whether it's a a single festival slot of populating a an entire tour, it can all be made easier by increasing your band's "bookability". Guest post by Patrick McGuire of Soundfly's Flypaper...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Mixcloud Inks Universal Music Group Direct Licensing Deal

Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. Under the deal, UMG artists will be compensated for use of their music on Mixcloud's ad-supported and yet-to-launch subscription crowdsourced radio platform. The global agreement, excluding China and Japan, includes payment for previous use of UMG music. WMG signed with the streamer late in 2017...

RECORDING: Tony Adamo: Was out Jazz Zone Mad Reviewed by Jazz Weekly

One of the great things about m: Tony Adamo is that you just can't peg him down. He's part vocalist, poet, street preacher, hip uncle, but above all, a jazzer with a grooving heart. On this album, he lays down the jazz laws of life's observations with the highly funkified team that includes legendary drummer m: Mike Clark along with m: Jack Wilkins, m: Mike LeDonne, m: Donald Harrison, m: Tim Ouimette and various other cats who sit in for some snapping beats...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today! Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to "Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," "Whoop-up," "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV\'s Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Pepper Adams Plays Mingus

Berry Gordy hedged his bets in 1962.Though the founder of Motown had his first #1 pop and R&b hit with the marvelettes' please mr. postman in late 1961, the following year was dry. so gordy formed other labels -- Gordy, Mel-o-dy, Divinity and Workshop -- to diversify and reach different radio stations. Workshop was a jazz label that tapped into local musicians. Gordy knew the Detroit jazz market well, having run a jazz record store in the 1950s that went belly up and motivated him to start Motown in 1959...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Garrison Fewell

All About Jazz is celebrating Garrison Fewell's birthday today! "The guitarist formerly known as one of Boston\'s most eloquent inside players has become one of its leading experimenters," writes Boston Phoenix\'s Jon Garelick, who included Fewell\'s ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, on his best of 2009 list. Fewell, a professor at Berklee College since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 35 years as one of the jazz world\'s premier performer/educators... Read more...

RECORDING: Francois Houle's, Alexander Hawkins' and Harris Eisenstadt's Collective Trio Will Release You Have Options on November 9 on Songlines

This collective trio was born when the late (and greatly missed) Ken Pickering, co-founder and artistic director of Vancouver's jazz festival, recommended m: Alexander Hawkins for the piano chair in a new Houle project for the 2014 festival. Houle already had Brooklyn-based fellow Canadian m: Harris Eisenstadt in mind -- Harris had recently toured and recorded in his 5+1 project (Genera, Songlines 2012). And Eisenstadt and Hawkins had played together for years in the collective Convergence Quartet. The Oxford-based Hawkins however was unknown to Francois, but the latter agreed on the spot, such was his trust in Ken's judgement...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Konitz

All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Konitz's birthday today! Konitz is sometimes regarded as the preeminent cool jazz saxophonist, because he performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill, Lennie Tristano (both often cited as important cool jazz proponents of the mid 1940s), and with Miles Davis on his epochal Birth of the Cool, which gave the form its name... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: S.T.A.G.E.S. of Email Marketing

Musician and manager of a career consultation sight Cheryl B. Engelhardt breaks down the steps to successful email marketing, and outlines how to effectively gather and engage with fans. Part 1 Guest post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This is the first 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. Cheryl will be breaking down the key S.T.A.G.E.S. of email marketing for independent artists - we invite you to follow along over the next few weeks, as we're sure you'll be walking away with some hugely helpful tips for your email marketing strategy...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Key Industry Players Uninvited to All Male Mma Signing at White House

Recording Academy chief Neil Portnow was introduced by Trump as, "in the world of music [he] is big stuff." But key industry players were invited, then uninvited to the signing of the bipartisan Music Modernization Act Reasons for the disinvitations were not disclosed, but President Trump is known to use White House invitations as a way to reward loyalty, as well as, to punish any past criticism...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 15, 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 2 1 Count Basie Orchestra All About That Basie (Concord Jazz...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Harry Allen's birthday today! Gene Lees writes, "Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, \'My technique, Al Cohn\'s ideas, and Zoot\'s time.\' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen." BMG recording artist Harry Allen has over twenty recordings to his name. Three of Harry\'s CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan\'s Swing Journal Magazine... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Hot Track: Rumpus Room

Newly signed to MGM Records in 1951, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco formed a powerhouse big band featuring Bernie Glow, Don Joseph, Dickie Mills and Dale Pierce (tp); Frank "Ace" Lane, Al Robertson and Fred Zito (tb); Buddy DeFranco (cl); Angelo Cicalese and Gene Quill (as); Buddy Arnold and Eddie Wasserman (ts); Danny Bank (bar); Teddy Charles (vib); Teddy Corabi (p); Bill Anthony (b); Frank DeVito (d) and Bonnie Richards (vcl)...

CAREER: Maintaining Rights to Your Masters and Why It Means Everything

Gone are the days of labels compelling artists to relinquish creative control of their music in exchange for a promised lengthy in music. In this piece we take a hard look at why maintaining control of your masters is so critical for an artist operating in 2018. Guest post from AWAL For decades, labels have leveraged the allure of a full-time music career to ink deals that swipe copyrights from artists. Today, tides have changed. Whether financial stability is around the corner or old news, you don't need to sacrifice creative control and ownership to make it. Hold tight to those masters and keep scrolling...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What is the Music Modernization Act and What Does Mean for You?

The Music Modernization Act was signed into law by President Trump today. The multifaceted legislation had widespread industry support as an overdue overhaul of antiquated licensing laws. But what is the MMA and what does it mean for you? The Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447) packaged together several music licensing reform bills including the CLASSICS Act, the AMP Act, elements of the previously introduced Music Modernization Act and the rate standard parity provisions from the Fair Play Fair Pay Act...

WEBSITE: Find the Best Jazz Venues by City with All About Jazz Poll Results!

We're asking the astute readers at All About Jazz (that's you!) to vote for your favorite jazz venues in the world. If you've already voted, you can view the up-to-the-minute results from here. You can also filter results by city to view which venues your fellow readers prefer most: from jny: London and jny: Paris to jny: New York City and jny: San Francisco...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Blakey

All About Jazz is celebrating Art Blakey's birthday today! Born in 1919, Art Blakey began his musical career, as did many jazz musicians, in the church. The foster son of a devout Seventh Day Adventist Family, Art learned the piano as he learned the Bible, mastering both at an early age. But as Art himself told it so many times... Read more...

RADIO: Here is Why Siriusxm Pandora Deal Makes Sense

It's been a minute since SiriusXM bought up streaming service Pandora, a purchase decision which should greatly benefit the satellite streamer in a number of areas. including making it the worlds biggest audio entertainment company. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Now that some of the dust has settled on SiriusXM's $3.5 billion acquisition of streaming service Pandora, things have become a little clearer on why the deal makes sense for both parties. Although the all-stock transaction was announced last month, it's expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. This is a win/win if there ever was one as SiriusXM now becomes a somewhat different yet formidable competitor to Spotify and Apple Music...

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