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CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: Greek Saxophonist and Composer Konstantinos Papachristou Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Contemporary Jazz Album Campaign

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Greek saxophonist and composer m: Konstantinos Papachristou has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund his first contemporary jazz album The Darkness of a Fairy Tale. Papachristou, from Athens, has had several recordings of his performances featured both on CD and Greek television. His latest album is firmly rooted in the ECM style...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Brubeck

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Brubeck's birthday today! Brubeck\'s mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Freddy Cole and Harry Allen, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Kirk Whalum, Chris Corsano and Darin Gray, and More

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This week's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis features lots more holiday-themed programming, with Christmas shows from two touring headliners and several local performers, plus at least a few shows that may not contain any seasonal music. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, December 6...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Pieranunzi

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All About Jazz is celebrating Enrico Pieranunzi's birthday today! Born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi has long been one of the best-known and appreciated personalities on the European jazz scene. Pianist, composer, arranger, he has recorded more than seventy CDs under his own name, ranging from solo piano to trio, and from duet to quintet. He has played in concert and in the studio with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Paul Motian, Chris Potter and Charlie Haden... Read more...

CAREER: When is the Best Time to Release an Album in 2018?

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As with every other aspect of marketing yourself in the music industry, when you choose to release your music can make all the difference. In this article we break down the best months in which to drop your new record as well as those months which will ensure a flop. Guest post by Janelle Rogers of Symphonic Blog...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: "Lights out at the Moulin Rouge" - New Book Remembers 1955 Las Vegas Performers

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A new novel about the controversial 1955 Moulin Rouge casino couldn't have come at a better time. The 15-acre Las Vegas property located at 900 West Bonanza Road was just in the news last month, and will be again in the upcoming year. It seems that the site of the former 1955 Moulin Rouge Casino and Hotel is up for grabs again. Many Las Vegas residents made their voices heard at a public meeting concerning the historic landmark. Locals made it very clear that turning the site of the city's first racially integrated casino into a government building was not an option they favored. So the county withdrew their winning bid and once again the property is on the market, or what some may consider the chopping block. One argument is that there are those who tend to forget the significance of the location and what it meant for blacks in Las Vegas. But apparently, there are also people who will never forget how significant the Moulin Rouge was to past, present, and future African Americans; especially entertainers. Author Charm Baker is the latter. Baker says her new novel: Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge is a way of keeping an important piece of ethnic and entertainment history alive. According to Baker: 'What's really sad is that most people; blacks in particular, don't even know anything about the 1955 casino or the mysterious circumstances under which the casino closed...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jim Hall's birthday today! Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary... Read more...

OBITUARY: Mundell Lowe (1922-2017)

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Mundell Lowe, an impeccable jazz guitarist, arranger and talent scout who recorded on many important East Coast jazz albums and introduced Bill Evans to Riverside producer Orrin Keepnews in the mid-1950s, died on December 2. He was 95. Few guitarists played with as many jazz greats as Mundy. The list includes Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Mary Lou Williams and Ben Webster. Mundy, as he was known among friends and insiders, had one of the smoothest sounds in jazz. He also had a breezy sense of swing and keen ear for harmony and the guitar's role in enhancing a rhythm section...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Connee Boswell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Connee Boswell's birthday today! Constance Foore "Connee" Boswell was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With her sisters, Martha and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell, she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters and became a highly influential singing group during this period via recordings and radio... Read more...

OBITUARY: Mundell Lowe, 1922-2017

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Guitarist Mundell Lowe died today. He was 95. Lowe's career began at 13 when he frequently went from his home in Laurel, Mississippi, to work at clubs in New Orleans' French Quarter. After service in World War Two, he honed his bebop skills and became one of New York's busiest guitarists. He worked with a cross-section of major musicians including the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, pianist Billy Taylor, and his own quintet at The Embers and other clubs. He was in demand not only as a player, but after he moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s also as a composer for films and television series. For five years in the 1980s, he was music director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Lowe remained active as a player well into his nineties...

RECORDING: Bill Nelson's Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from Echo Observatory 3-Disc Boxed Set Available December 1, 2017

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Esoteric Recordings' imprint Cocteau Discs, dedicated to the work of Bill Nelson, are proud to announce the release of a deluxe 3 disc clamshell boxed set limited edition collection titled Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory. The set features three albums, all recorded at Bill Nelson's Yorkshire home studio, the Echo Observatory, in 1981 and 1982 -- Sounding the Ritual Echo (originally issued as a limited edition bonus LP with Bill's 1981 album Quit Dreaming and Get On the Beam), Das Kabinett (a soundtrack to a production of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari by The Yorkshire Actors Company issued as an LP on Bill's Cocteau label in 1981) and La Belle et La Bete (a soundtrack to a stage production of Jean Cocteau's classic 1946 film Beauty and the Beast, first issued as a limited edition bonus LP with Bill's 1982 album The Love That Whirls)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wynton Kelly

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wynton Kelly's birthday today! His family moved from the island of Jamaica to Brooklyn, New York City when Kelly was four, and he started his professional career as a teenager, initially as a member of R&B groups. After working in the big band and small groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, he was a member of Miles Davis\' Quintet from 1959 to 1963. Wynton Kelly was one of the most prolific sideman pianists of his era, performing on scores of jazz albums... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Meet the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

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This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, an NYC-based ensemble that will bring their show "Salsa Navidad" to St. Louis next Friday, December 8 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Bandleader Oscar Hernandez is well known in New York City Latin music circles, with a long list of credits including performing with salsa greats such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz during the 1970s, serving as pianist and arranger for singer Ruben Blades in the 1980s, and being the musical director for Paul Simon's Broadway show "The Capeman...

CAREER: Distribution and Label Service Company Ditto Music Expands

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One of many music aggregators out there, Ditto is growing to become one of the bigger players in distribution and label services, and has been rapidly expanding to become one of the major player in digital distribution along with companies like TuneCore and CD Baby. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Al Hixon Knows Talent when He Hears It

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It's almost a rite of passage for newly arrived jazz musicians in Southwest Florida. Those who have resettled from northern climates or are wintering here quickly find their way to15 South Ristorante Entoteca, a restaurant on toney St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota. On Monday night's, of course. That's when drummer Al Hixon holds his weekly jam sessions upstairs in a crowded room...

RECORDING: Trumpeter/ Vocalist Benny Benack III Debuts with Irrepressibly Swinging 'One of a Kind'

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Benack performs original songs and richly inventive arrangements with Emmet Cohen (piano), Alex Claffy (bass), Ulysses Owens, Jr. (drums), also guests Joel Frahm (tenor/soprano sax), Yotam Silberstein (guitar) Benny Benack III, a young and multi-talented Pittsburgh native and denizen of the New York jazz scene, is never one to limit himself. He is both an affable and expressive jazz singer and a formidable, modern-minded trumpeter, and these elements of his musical self are deeply and effortlessly intertwined. On One of a Kind, his debut release, Benack also reveals himself to be a wry and expressive songwriter and lyricist, bringing his boundless musical gifts together in a program that's steeped in tradition but every bit as restlessly individual as his album title suggests...

RECORDING: Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to Release New Epic Recording 'Wake up and See the Sun' (One Trick Dog Records)

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The new release from trumpeter/composer Wayne Tucker titled Wake Up and See the Sun (One Trick Dog Records - November 3rd, 2017) is the type of recording that is larger-than-life from blank staff paper to the masterful music that makes it to the final recording. Joined by some of the finest musicians in today's music scene such as Jason Marshall, m: Sullivan Fortner, m: Yasushi Nakamura and m: Cyrille Aimee among others, Wayne Tucker just plain gets it...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 4, 2017

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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 Gregory Porter Nat King Cole and Me (Blue Note) 318 312 +6...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jaco Pastorius

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jaco Pastorius' birthday today! "Jaco" was born John Francis Pastorius III, the first of three sons born to John Francis Pastorius II and Stephanie Katherine Haapala Pastorius. He had Finnish, German, Swedish, and Irish ancestry. Although "Jaco" was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the family subsequently moved to Fort Lauderdale. Jaco went to elementary and middle school at St. Clement\'s Catholic School in Wilton Manors... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Woody Herman, 1964

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In July 1964, the m: Woody Herman Orchestra appeared on the BBC2's Jazz 625 TV show. The show's title referred to the number of lines it used on the UHF frequency. The band put on a sterling performance, showcasing punchy trumpets, swinging trombones and swaying reeds. There also was was plenty of solo heat. The band included Bill Chase and Billy Hunt (tp); Phil Wilson and Henry Southall (tb); Sal Nistico and Joe Romano (ts); Nat Pierce (p); Chuck Israels (b) and Jake Hanna (d)...

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