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VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Russell Gunn'S Blackhawk Revisited

Today, let's check out some videos featuring trumpeter and East St. Louis native Russell Gunn, who's bringing his "Blackhawk Revisited" project to St. Louis to perform starting next Wednesday, November 15 through Saturday, November 18 at Jazz at the Bistro. The word "Blackhawk" in this case refers not to the hockey team, the comic-book hero, or the helicopter, but to the Black Hawk nightclub in San Francisco where Miles Davis in 1961 recorded In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, which turned out to be one of the more enduring live albums of his long career...

RADIO: Iheartmedia Stock Tanks After $248m Quarterly Loss and 'Substantial Doubts' About Survival [updated]

iHeartMedia Inc., the largest operator of commercial radio stations in the US, once again disclosed that it has "going concern" about its viability as a company going forward. In its most recent financial filing with the SEC, iHeartMedia warned investors that it was in dire financial straits and noted that "there is substantial doubt as to the company's ability to continue as a going concern for a period of 12 months following November 8, 2017...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Musical.Ly and Live.Ly Sold for $800m - $1b to China's Bytedance

Music video app Musical.ly and sister app Live.ly has been sold to Chinese media giant Bytedance. The deal is worth between $800 million and $1 billion, according to multiple sources. A division of Bytedance aquired Musical.ly rival Filpagram earlier this year. Hugely popular music video lip sync platform Musical.ly and its live streaming app Live.ly has been acquired by Chinese media conglomerate Bytedance for a reported $800,000- $1 billion...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 13, 2017

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 Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It (Mack Avenue) 265...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Houston Person

All About Jazz is celebrating Houston Person's birthday today! Houston Person wears the Boss Tenor crown, worn so long by Gene Ammons. Mr. Person is busy working his own gigs; booking his tours, finding new clubs, having phone numbers for every major concert promoter on every continent. He even produces his own albums. His first big break came while working as a sideman with organist Johnny Hammond and his group, co-led by Etta Jones. Mr. Person\'s working relationship with Ms... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Mulligan in Rome, 1959

On July 19, 1959, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan was on tour in Rome, performing at the Teatro Adriano. Joining him was trumpeter Art Farmer, bassist Bill Crow and drummer Dave Bailey. The performance was captured by Italian television and issued recently on DVD. Part of the concert was posted at YouTube about two weeks ago. The songs on the clip: As Catch Can; Moonlight in Vermont; Spring Is Sprung (with Mulligan on piano). Then the clip seems to repeat itself. If you want the DVD, go here...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Songwriters Must Pay Attention to a Trump Tax Reform Plan

In 2006, congress reclassified songwriters income from the sale of a catalog as "capital gains" as opposed to ordinary income, giving artists an important tax break. Under the newly proposed tax reform bill, however, artists are at risk of losing this big break. Guest post from Royalty Exchange Songwriters came dangerously close to losing a key break that allows them to cut their tax bill by almost 50...

RECORDING: Jmood Records Releases Roberto Magris Sextet "Live" in Miami @ The Wdna Jazz Gallery

JMood Records is pleased to announce the release of the CD Roberto Magris Sextet Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery. 'Saturday, February 6, 2016 was a bright sunny beautiful day, but, a more exciting and electric evening in jny: Miami, Florida, one I won't soon forget', recalls Paul Collins, jazz impresario from Kansas City, Missouri, 'it was my first time in Miami! Hey, I expected to see Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine greeting me at the airport! I'm finally here... I remember rushing around and driving frantically from Fort Lauderdale trying to get to Miami just in time for a group rehearsal at WDNA Jazz Gallery of the program material intended for later that evening. It was at that time I met for the first time the outstanding Multi Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter m: Brian Lynch, m: Chuck Bergeron, acoustic bass and John Yarling on drums. They would make up a large portion of the sextet along with two 'young lions' Jonathan Gomez, tenor saxophone and Murph Aucamp, percussion. This was a unit put together by my friend and co-producer c: Edward Blanco...

RECORDING: Montreal Based Pianist Min Rager Releases Third Album "Train of Thought"

Pianist Min Rager is proud to announce the release of Train of Thought, the third album to showcase her creative, original music. One of the country's brightest jazz pianists and composers, Rager's latest release features an all-Canadian quartet including Nova Scotia-based saxophonist Kenji Omae, who delivers highly inspired playing throughout the record. Bassist Fraser Hollins and drummer Dave Laing (who appeared on Rager's previous discs) return to help render memorable versions of the pianist's varied compositions...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mezz Mezzrow

All About Jazz is celebrating Mezz Mezzrow's birthday today! Mezz Mezzrow was born in Chicago in 1899 and was one of that city\'s most popular clarinetists during the golden jazz age of the twenties. Many of Mezzrow\'s records reveal his deep feeling for the blues and his playing is characterized by well-thought lines, frequent agility and an appealingly acid tone, but despite touring regularly with various bands and with Louis Armstrong... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Illinois Jacquet: Go Power!

At the tail end of October, I devoted several posts to Wild Bill Davis, who I feel is the true father of the soul-jazz organ. Davis's superb taste, popular success and treatment of the instrument as a big band in the late 1940s and early '50s helped pave the way for all organists who followed. Coming in at No. 2 would have to be Milt Buckner, who began recording on piano with Lionel Hampton in 1946 and switched over to organ in 1951. Even on piano, Buckner treated the keyboard like a Hammond, all but inventing the locked-hands technique, in which he played a song's melody with both hands moving in unison on four-note chords with the melody note on top. The result was a strong, exciting sound...

VIDEO / DVD: Milt Buckner: Locked Hands

Yesterday I posted on Go Power!, saxophonist Illinois Jacquet's 1966 album with Milt Buckner on organ and Alan Dawson on drums. In the post, I mentioned that Buckner had created the locked-hands technique on the piano keyboard. Unleashing this difficult approach requires that both hands play the same chords with the song's melody note up on top. Thrilling for the listener, challenging for the player...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Founding Member of Jefferson Starship's Lawsuit over Name Continues

A federal judge Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit from Jefferson Starship's former lead guitarist, who wants the group to stop using the rock band's famous name. U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Elena James denied a motion to dismiss Craig Chaquico's second amended complaint. Chaquico sued his former bandmates David Freiberg and Donny Baldwin in April, claiming they are using his likeness and the Jefferson Starship name to promote their new group, despite a 1985 agreement to retire the band's name...

RECORDING: Drum Legend Simon Phillips Releases "Protocol 4"

Drum legend and producer extraordinaire Simon Phillips has released Protocol 4 on October 27th on Phantom Recordings, distributed by AMPED. Simon Phillips is by far one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers, whose style not only reflects his technical gift but also his distinct musical sensibility. Whether it is Rock, Fusion, Jazz or World, Simon applies the same precision and intensity to his drumming, which is never lacking in emotion and feel...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Russell Malone

All About Jazz is celebrating Russell Malone's birthday today! Russell Malone\'s first guitar was a plastic green toy his mother bought him. Only four years old, Malone strummed the little guitar all day long for days on end trying to emulate the sounds he had heard from guitarists at church in Albany, Georgia. As a child, Malone developed an interest in blues and country music after seeing musicians on television like Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Son Seals, and B.B. King... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: John Wiese, "Duke Ellington and Film," Weather Forever, and More

This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features a concert of music written for the movies by one of the greatest composers and bandleaders in jazz; a tribute to two of the most successful bands in jazz/fusion; a brand-new work created by a St. Louis expat for more than 20 local musicians, and more. Let's go to the highlights...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 38% Of the Music Business Now Indie Labels

While it may be a commonly held belief that a choice few major labels dominate the music industry, new data reveals that this simply isn't the case, with indie labels having generated over $6 billion in the past year, and making up roughly 38% of overall music business. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

CAREER: Unbundled: Shifting the Paradigm

The unbundling, whether as single album tracks on iTunes or the distribution and marketing that once only a record label could do, has affected every corner of the music and the music industry. But a new music paradigm is rising out of the wreckage of unbundling, writes Alex Marx. By Alex Marx This is a continuation of the Unbundled series on music dynamics. Read the previously published pieces here...

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