All About Jazz

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...

RECORDING: Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau Duo, at Long Last

Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau, Long Ago and Far Away (Impulse!) Charlie Haden (1937-2014) combined the solid tonal qualities of his bass playing with an audacious sense of harmonic adventure. Those qualities were ideal for the departures of Ornette Coleman's quintet in the late 1950s. After his time with Coleman, Haden continued to employ the contrasting aspects of his musicianship throughout his life up to, including and beyond his remarkable Quartet West recordings. After hearing, by chance, the 23-year-old pianist Brad Mehldau in 1993, Haden arranged for a 1996 engagement at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles with Mehldau and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. The next year, the three recorded together for the Blue Note label. Finally, in 2007 at the Enjoy Jazz Festival in Mannheim, Germany, Haden and Mehldau played for the first time as a duo. After years of delays, Long Ago And Far Away comes from the recording of that concert and finds the two beautifully interacting and supporting one another...

VIDEO / DVD: Doc: The Nocturnal Julie London

Recently over a weekend, I posted a few video clips of Julie London singing and appearing on the TV game show What's My Line? Many of you unfamiliar with London wrote to me fully understanding why I would write that she's my favorite female vocalist of the 1950s and '60s. As I noted, London's voice is the hippest, the coolest and the most detached and nocturnal. Forget her cinema looks. More important was her artistic integrity, her humility and her rejection of the conformist mainstream. She had her own scene and didn't care a bit if she never fit in. Even now, when London sings, it's 2 a.m. the entire time her recordings are on. That's what I love most about her voice. It's far off in the night, intimate and resigned...

CAREER: 5 Reasons Offline Music Promotion Will Win Every Time

While much of the focus on marketing in the music industry is often put on online marketing, the real world can often be neglected, despite remaining one of the most effective areas of music promotion. Guest post by Michael Hahn of Landr By now, everyone knows how important it is to promote your music online...

CAREER: The S.T.A.G.E.S. of Email Marketing [PT. 5]

In this fifth part of a multi-part series breaking down the ins and outs of email marketing, Cheryl B. Engelhardt explores how artists utilize engaging content in their email marketing to convert subscribers into superfans. Guest post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This is the fourth volume 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! Be sure to check out and Part 4...

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...

VIDEO / DVD: Hot Track: A Kick out of You

In March 1954, a year before his death, Charlie Parker recorded a Cole Porter songbook album for Norman Granz's Verve label. Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter would be Bird's final series of recordings. On March 31, 1954, Parker recorded I Get a Kick Out of You. There were two complete takes, one with Jerome Darr on guitar and the other with Darr sitting out. The take Granz used as the master was the one without Darr, probably because Darr's solo was halting and unsure. But the Darr track was included as "Take 2" on the original Verve release...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 10 Fantastic but Under-Appreciated Music Cities

While the term "music cities" likely evokes the classic behemoths like NYC, LA, or Nashville, some of the best music cities out there are much smaller and still fly somewhat under the industry radar. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 When artists and bands think of 'music cities' the ones that immediately come to mind are the big 5 - New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Seattle and Austin. There are other cities that have great scenes that don't come immediately to mind though. Firefly put together a list of 10 and ranked them, although I'm not so sure how the ranking came about. You can read that article here, but in the meantime, here are the 10 with no rankings but some of my own comments...

CAREER: 5 Marketing Strategies You've Been Missing out On

The internet has fundamentally altered the way in which artists market their music, giving them a chance to reach fans and grow their base in way not previously possible. With so many opportunities, however, there may be some key marketing strategies you've been missing out on. Guest post by Alara Saygi of the Repost Network...

CAREER: Musicians Launch Post-Brexit 'Save Music' Campaign

The newly launched Save Music campaign by the Incorporated Society of Musicians hopes to protect musicians post-Brexit by either maintaining their freedom of movement between countries or to introduce a special two-year working visa for them. The UK based ISM recently introduced the 'Musicians and Brexit' report that highlights concerns of the association's 9,000 members and the campaign follows an EU Select Committee report that recommends the introduction of a multi-entry visa for musicians and other creative industries...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David S. Ware

All About Jazz is celebrating David S. Ware's birthday today! David S. Ware played the saxophone for over 40 years. First in New Jersey public school bands, and in informal practice sessions with Sonny Rollins as a youth in the \'60s; then as part of the fertile NYC Loft Jazz era of the \'70s. During this decade, he joined the Cecil Taylor Unit and Andrew Cyrille\'s Maono. He also worked together with drummers Beaver Harris and Milford Graves... Read more...

CAREER: How to Apply Lean Startup Methodologies to Your Diy Music Career

In this piece from The Uptown Plug, they explore how to apply the strategy and methodologies of the 'Lean Startup' to an independent DIY music business career as we enter this exciting new time period in the music industry. Guest post from The Uptown Plug With the rise of digital platforms, streaming services, easy access to music production tools, music business knowledge and global connectivity, independent artists have more power now than ever to create music they love, build a fanbase around the world and make a living from their craft...

TRENDS: CD Manufacturers Can't Keep Up with Demand

In recent weeks, four hit titles from UMG have sold out and put on backorder or never made it to stores for their release dates. Causes of the shortage include unexpected demand, reduced manufacturing capacity and a shift of factories to Mexico. CD orders that once took 10 days to two weeks can now take a month, according to multiple sources...

RADIO: Pandora Reports Solid Q3, 6.8m Paid Subscribers

Pandora reported a sold Q3, including adding 784,000 subscribers in Q3, reaching approximately 6.8 million for its various paid services. That's a fraction of Spotify or Apple Music, but when factoring users of its free service, Pandora has 68.8 million active users, down slightly, with total listener hours of 4.81 billion...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Elio Villafranca Continues Cinque World Tour to Mexico! November 6th with Special Guest Jon Faddis!

Grammy Consideration In Multiple Categories! 2018 DownBeat Winner- Rising Star- Keyboard 4.5-star Review, Cinque Elio Villafranca's Cinque World Tour continues from Japan, Australia and Tasmania this summer on to Mexico on November 6th with Special Guest Jon Faddis! Nov. 6 Guadalajara, Mexico Cinque Release Concert at Centro de Promocion Cultural, ITESO Special Guest: Jon Faddis-trumpet...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Arturo Sandoval

All About Jazz is celebrating Arturo Sandoval's birthday today! Arturo Sandoval is a virtuoso trumpet master who has expressed his versatility in the realms of jazz, Latin Jazz, popular and classical music. He has won six Grammy's , one Emmy, is a multiple Billboard award winner for his top selling records, of which he has over twenty seven as leader, and has appeared on hundreds of sessions. On top of being a full time professor, he maintains a rigorous touring schedule... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Benny Green: Then and Now

At its finest, jazz is music of miraculous combinations. The best jazz recordings are a result of two or more artists working together with spectacular results -- Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Lee Morgan and Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins and Jim Hall, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons, and Bill Evans, Scot LaFarro and Paul Motian. Pianist Benny Green and vocalist Veronica Swift are just such a pair...

CAREER: 4 Most Important Twitter Practices for Artists in 2018

Twitter has been around for over a decade now, and has helped make or break many an artists career. Here we examine which practices have allowed artists to find success on the platform, and will likely continue you to do so for the near future. Guest post by Hugh McIntyre of TuneCore [Editors Note: This article was written by Hugh McIntyre...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Musictank Closes Suddenly

MusicTank has closed after 15 years of providing music industry data and analysis. The sudden closure appears to have come after funding ran out and was announced on Twitter and the organization's web site. "After 15+ incredible years, with profound sadness I am sorry to announce that MusicTank is closing," wrote Jonathan Robinson, Programme Director, MusicTank. "This closure is with immediate effect and its website will no longer be updated, but remain for archive purposes...

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