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BOOK / MAGAZINE: New Book Assembles International Collection of the Avant-Garde

BADD PRESS announces the launch of The Moderns, a book dedicated to the world's great avant-garde artists. Featuring more than 100 reviews, profiles and interviews and authored by music journalist Kevin Press, the book introduces readers to established and emerging music leaders from around the world...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Aldo Romano

All About Jazz is celebrating Aldo Romano's birthday today! Aldo Romano was born in France in 1941, the son of Italian immigrants. His first instrument was the guitar, but he decided to switch to drums in 1961. Essentially self-taught, he nonetheless benefited from the advice of Michel Babault and Jacques Thollot. He admired Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Ed Blackwell, and Billy Higgins... Read more...

OBITUARY: Marlene Verplanck (1933-2018)

Marlene VerPlanck, a polished jazz vocalist who began her recording career in 1955, had a strong second career in the 1960s and '70s as a prolific jingle singer, sang backup on Frank Sinatra's Trilogy album and had a third career recently as she toured and performed to critical praise, died January 14. She was 84...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How to Boost Ticket Sales with Broader Distribution

While purchasing tickets has become significantly easier for consumers than in pre-internet days, there is still a lost opportunity when it comes to distributing your event across the web. Here we look at how sales can be boosted by promoting them via commerce sites. Guest post by Katie Sawyer of Eventbrite...

CAREER: 7 Important Video Metrics for Measuring Your Content's Success

When determining whether or not your video content is hitting home, there are some important metrics to pay attention to beyond just the view count, such as audience retention, subscribers, and where viewers are coming from. Guest post by Alexandra Kennedy of the Symphonic Blog In order to effectively manage your YouTube channel as an artist, it's important to look beyond the number of views at the bottom of your video when measuring your content's success...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Krupa's birthday today! Gene Krupa was easily one of the most colorful personalities of the big band era. Despite his outrageous stage persona, Krupa was a serious and disciplined musician whose vision changed the role of drummer forever and who helped standardize the jazz drum kit. Eugene Bertram Krupa was born in Chicago in 1909... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Billy Collins on Sonny Rollins

A couple of weeks ago, Billy Collins sent me an unpublished poem. Billy is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) and author most recently of The Rain in Portugal (Random House). His poems always have a jazz feel -- improvised, deft and witty. Between the December holidays, Billy wrote a poem about Sonny Rollins. Before we get to his verse, here's a note Billy sent along with background...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Wheeler's birthday today! Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and William Russo. His earliest influences included Buck Clayton and Roy Eldrige but, by the time he left for London, he was looking towards bebop... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Pass

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Pass' birthday today! Joe Pass almost didn\'t make it as a musician due to his early battle with drug addiction. But following a successful rehab at Synanon and a recording session with fellow recovered musicians entitled Sounds of Synanon, the guitarist was signed by Dick Bock to the Pacific Jazz label. Pass made several albums as a leader and sideman for Bock, though work started drying up in the late 1960s as rock dominated the music marketplace... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening: Kathrine Windfeld Big Band

Kathrine Windfeld Big Band, Latency (Stunt Records) Kathrine Winfeld's second album further establishes the 30-year-old Dane in the vanguard of new arranger-composers and bandleaders. Her young, experienced, adventurous musicians from Denmark, Sweden and Norway may be considered an all-star Scandinavian aggregation, but not in the sense that Ms. Winfeld's music dwells on Scandinavian themes. Rather, her work is in a league with bands like those of Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Christian McBride and John Beasley's Monkestra -- outfits unafraid to be eclectic and eccentric but insistent on values growing out of the mainstream tradition. Ms. Winfeld's crew maintains swing even when the saxophones in the piece called 'Double Fleisch' verge on free jazz a la Chicago's AACM of the 1960s. Then she unleashes the intrepid trombone soloist Goran Abelli, who is unrestrained, as he was in the 2016 Windfeld album Aircraft...

TRENDS: Is the End of the MP3 Era Nigh?

While MP3s have been falling by the wayside of music consumption for some time, there are new reports out that Apple is planning to shorten its timetable for killing off the MP3 download component of its iTunes Store. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Reports are that Apple is moving up its timetable for killing the MP3 download from its iTunes Store to later this year. Originally the company was planning on next year for end-of-life, but have accelerated the schedule thanks to quickly declining sales and the unprecedented growth of music streaming. There has been no official announcement however, and the information came from sources within Apple not allowed to speak publicly...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: January 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 1 1 Pat Martino Formidable (HighNote) 237 269 -32 2 49 1 8 2...

WEBSITE: Jazz Near You Relaunches - Spectacular New Design with More Features

On the heels of Wednesday's Jazz House Concerts website launch (at houseconcerts.jazznearyou.com) comes the relaunching of Jazz Near You with a sparkling new design and several new features. In addition to a spacious new look and brand new pages, the website is easier to navigate and administer, and boasts new features that enhance event pages and help users finds events they value most...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Photographer Jimmy Katz Announces Giant Step Arts, Artist-Focused Non-Profit Supporting Modern Jazz Innovators

'[Katz] has developed an exceptional body of work in the jazz field, covering the elder statesmen, the icons, the mainstream and the young lions. In the process, he has developed his own style with the camera that is as identifiable as Armstrong's tone on trumpet or Coltrane's sound on tenor sax.' -- Michael Cuscuna, producer, Blue Note Records...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

All About Jazz is celebrating Jay McShann's birthday today! 'The Last of the Blue Devils' Jay 'Hootie' McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s, and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie, established what came to be known as the Kansas City sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over a powerful but relaxed rhythmic pulse. James Columbus McShann was born in Muskogee, Okla., on Jan. 12, 1916... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Three Videos of Stan Getz

When m: Stan Getz is playing, I can't stop listening. No really, I can't stop him mid-track. His sound is so potent and hypnotic that I have to leave him on. Yesterday, the phone was ringing while I was listening to Stan Getz at Storyville. I let the call go to voicemail when I should have answered it. I almost clicked pause but I didn't. That's the influence Getz has over me. So let's end the week with three great videos of Getz...

CAREER: 10 Best Social Media Management Tools

As the social media landscape continues to shift, promoting your events on social media, be it a tour or a merch sale, has grown increasingly difficult, particularly where organic reach is concerned. Here we look at ten of the best social media management tools that can help you up your promotional game...

TRENDS: Virtual Reality and Beyond: The Future of Music Experiences

As virtual reality technology continues to grow and develop, becoming increasingly accessible to consumers, its convergence with music is creating a number of exciting opportunities in the industry. Guest post by Jen Sako of The Music Development Agency Virtual Reality is bringing us exciting, new technology and the way it is being incorporated with music is groundbreaking...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Discogs Scores New $2.5m Investment

Online music database and vinyl marketplace Discogs has raised $2.5 million. The additional funding comes from former Warner Music Group board member Jorg Mohaupt, who will join the company's board of directors. Mohaupt is also head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Access Industries, and serves on the boards of Deezer, Reform Group, ICE Group, GETT and ULE...

EVENT: 'Jazz Superstars' Join to Celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of the Thailand International Jazz Conference - Tijc 2018

The 10th Anniversary of TIJC - the e: Thailand International Jazz Conference will be on January 26-28, 2018. The conference includes four main signature events; Jazz Music Performances, Jazz Education Activities, Jazz Solo Competition and Jazz Camp. Dr. Narong Prangcharoen Dean of e: College of Music, Mahidol University, reveals that TIJC is an important event for music development and awareness in Southeast Asia. Since the first TIJC was held, the public has become more aware and appreciative of jazz music. This event inspires musicians to create new sounds, music for jazz society in jny: Thailand and the world. TIJC focuses on the education of jazz, as a key tool to develop jazz in society. The success of TIJC is in the explosion of new jazz ensembles at all levels that has happened throughout jny: Thailand...

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