All About Jazz

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Carla Bley

All About Jazz is celebrating Carla Bley's birthday today! Carla Bley was born in Oakland, California in 1936. Her father Emil Borg, a piano teacher and church organist, began giving her music lessons when she was three years old and she was soon playing at church functions. But her musical education ended at the age of eight. Her formal education stopped entirely when she dropped out of high school after completing the tenth grade... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Sweden Has to Tell Us About Streaming's Future

Although none of it is shocking new data from the most recent IFPI study has given us a glimpse of what a later stage streaming economy might look like, thanks to the numbers coming from Spotify's home country of Sweden. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The latest IFPI annual study on last year's global music sales has posted and there's a wealth of data there, although no surprises. There is one piece of data that Mark Mulligan of the Midea research group dug out that may give us a look at the future of streaming. Mark noted that IFPI's report showed that Sweden's music revenue only had a 4% growth last year and it's streaming revenue growth was only at 4%, as compared to double digit growth in previous years...

FOR SALE: George Martin's Iconic Air Studios for Sale [video Tour]

London's world-famous AIR Studios is up for sale. Founded by the late Sir George Martin in 1969, the studio, which has been located inside a converted church in Hampstead, North London since 1991, has hosted some of the biggest names in music from Sir Paul McCartney and Adele to David Gilmour, George Michael, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Liam Gallagher, and U2...

RECORDING: Drummer Sasha Mashin Releases "Outside the Box" on Rainy Days Records

'When I lived in jny: St. Petersburg, Sasha to me was the main drummer -- the most creative, most contemporary, most looking-forward, everything else. When he moved to jny: Moscow, I actually left, too, and one reason was because playing with him regularly wasn't possible any more.' -- Zhenya Strigalev...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Ponder's birthday today! An excellent guitarist, and sometimes vocalist, with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Pittsburgh native Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder, a self taught musician, began playing guitar when he was 14 and considers Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell to be his two main early influences and Thornel Schwartz later on... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Artists and Influencers Have More Power Than Ever

In this piece Seth Schachner examines how shifts in the music industry and social media landscape have led to artists and influences gaining more power then ever when it comes to cultural taste-making. Guest post by Seth Schachner Managing Director, Strat Americas It's a scorching April afternoon in Las Vegas, so hot that we're hunkered down in our hotel suite, waiting for an artist named Ozuna to swing by. But so far, despite multiple attempts, it hasn't happened. By the sixth attempt, we'd thrown up our arms...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Taking Flight Again: Twitter is Making a Comeback

While it's future seemed to be somewhat on the rocks for awhile, Twitter seems to have bounced back to relative stability, posting a second quarter of profits and showing substantial user growth. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski from Music 3.0 For a while it looked like Twitter would eventually become a casualty of the social media wars, as its user base had plateaued and it continued to lose money. That now looks to be in the past as Twitter has just posted its second consecutive solid quarter of profits. On top of that, the service has actually added another 6 million users in the last quarter as well...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 4 Offline Marketing Ideas for Venues, Festivals

While the often discussed digital marketing certainly has its place, there remains much to be said for real world, 'in the flesh' marketing. Here we look at four of the most effective ways you can reach fans in your city offline. Guest post by Bill Leigh of Eventbrite These days, there's a lot of talk about digital marketing -- and for good reason. Web and social media ads have become a highly precise, measurable tool for reaching your target audience of music fans right where they are online...

EVENT: Novara (Italy) to Host the European Jazz Conference in 2019

We are proud to announce that the 6th European Jazz Conference will take place in Novara, Italy, between 12 and 15 September 2019. It will be the first time this event is hosted in Italy since the General Assembly of Europe Jazz Network was enlarged and developed into the European Jazz Conference in 2014...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Anthony Wilson

All About Jazz is celebrating Anthony Wilson's birthday today! Anthony Wilson is a guitarist and composer known for a nuanced body of work that moves fluidly across genres. Wilson has long been curious about blurring borders and finding the place where where style and possibility intersect. Wilson's first recording -- Anthony Wilson (1997) -- featured a nine-piece 'little big band' and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Recording. It was followed by Goat Hill Junket (1998)... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Played More Often on Youtube Than All Other Platforms Combined

A new report out from IFPI has revealed some interesting news about the music economy. Apparently YouTube boasts more music plays than Spotify, Apple Music, and all additional streaming platforms put together, despite having the lowest royalty returns. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The latest IFPI report describing the economics of the recorded music business of 2017 is out and among the interesting tidbits is the fact that there was more music streamed from YouTube last year than Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming platforms combined. Considering that the per user royalties paid back to the music industry was smaller than the other platforms (at least according to the industry), that becomes the crux of what is now described as a 'value gap' and a main reason why the music industry isn't doing even better than it is today...

EVENT: Ximo Tebar Band "The New Son Mediterraneo" Jazz with Sea Flavor at Smalls Jazz Club New York on May 24th with Jim Ridl, John Benitez and Donald Edwards

Virtuoso and innovative spanish jazz guitarist m: Ximo Teba will perform on May 24th at e: smalls jazz club accompanied by m: Donald Edwards, m: Jim Ridl and m: John Benitez. Creator of "Son Mediterraneo" style, Ximo Tebar is one of the most international Spanish musicians, with an impressive career, numerous awards, excellent recordings and performances in the most prestigious festivals around the world...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Keith Jarrett

All About Jazz is celebrating Keith Jarrett's birthday today! Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times- universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble. Born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania... Read more...

CAREER: Live Money vs. Streaming Money: Which Comes First?

Professor David Phelp of William Paterson University examines how the balance of power has shifted between live and streamed music, and where both areas may have their financial limitations when it comes to artist growth. Guest post by Professor David Phelp of William Paterson University and Music Biz 101...

CAREER: Guide to Keeping Fans Engaged on Social Media

For artists, social media is a great way to reach fans with minimal expense. But in many ways, the real advantage comes from fans ability to reach you- provided you can keep them engaged! Guest post by Dana Tom of Eventbrite Social media enables you to reach out to your followers at any time and at a very low cost -- a marketer's dream come true...

CAREER: Dos and Don'TS: A Musician's Guide to Working for Free

As an artist working in the music industry, there will be doubtless be many opportunities for 'free' gigs which are offered to you, and while these can sometimes benefit your career, they should other times be avoided. Guest post by Jaclyn Kendall of Soundfly's Flypaper Making money from your music gigs isn't easy. Few creators are able to make a living solely off their music. In fact, incredible and talented musicians often have to work multiple jobs on top of playing gigs just to be able to afford gear and all the other expenses that come with creating. And even if you are getting paid for your music, it's not always with money...

CAREER: Ready to Launch Next Music Project? Do 4 Things First

Chances are, you have a big music project you're working on now, right? Maybe it's as small as a new song, or as grand as a full-production music video with a team of 100 people backing you up. No matter how big or small your project, the big question is, 'How do you go from an idea to something tangible out in the market...

EDUCATION: Apply Now! Generations Performance Program 2018

From Saturday, 29 September till Saturday 06 October 2018 the 11th edition of the renowned Generations International Jazzfestival Frauenfeld will take place. The jazz ensemble master class lasting several days is one of the reasons why Generations has become an international insiders' tip; a stage for many upcoming national and international jazz talents. In 2018 this international master class will be upgraded to the Generations performance program by another important aspect: all participating instrumentalists will have the opportunity to perform two big band concerts under the guidance of the world-famous composer and big band leader m: Maria Schneider. Out of all applications the jury will will select 24 to 25 participants to form every day four ensembles and a big band, which the six tutors will alternately coach during generations...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Arthur Blythe

All About Jazz is celebrating Arthur Blythe's birthday today! A singularly distinctive and uniquely distinguishable stylist, Arthur Blythe is considered one of the greatest alto saxophonist\'s of his generation. Blythe\'s beautiful, passionate and expressive sound validates his reputation as one of the most significant jazz musicians of our times. Blythe\'s work is notable for its exploration of harmony, group counterpoint, and unusual instrumentation. These features, coupled with his rapid... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Roy Ayers: Jazz-Soul Godfather

By the late 1960s and very early '70s, a growing number of young jazz musicians saw the writing on the wall. Rock was attracting massive media attention, ever-larger crowds of young listeners, and larger paydays. To compete, many jazz artists gave up their acoustic instruments for electronic counterparts and began playing a new form of jazz that was heavily influenced by hard rock and psychedelic mysticism...

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