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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Neil Cowley

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All About Jazz is celebrating Neil Cowley's birthday today! As a young boy, London-born Neil Cowley studied classical music at the prestigious Royal Academy, and by the age of 10 had performed a Shostakovich piano concerto to a full house at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. By his mid-teens, Cowley had joined a friend in a Blues Brothers tribute band, 'as a way' he says 'of getting into pubs', yet the London pub circuit served him well -- he learned to play classic... Read more...

OBITUARY: Roy Hargrove (1969-2018)

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Roy Hargrove, a jazz trumpeter whose chance encounter with Wynton Marsalis in the 11th grade catapulted him from Fort Worth, Texas, to stardom at age 20 in 1990 after tours with Marsalis and a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, died November 2. He was 49. Here are five clips that illustrate his measured tone and pretty taste...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jeremy Pelt

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jeremy Pelt's birthday today! Jeremy Pelt arrived in New York in 1998 after graduating from Berklee College of Music. Once he got there, it wasn\'t long before he started being noticed by a lot of top musicians in the city. His first professional Jazz gig was playing with the Mingus Big Band. That gig lead to many long lasting associations with many of the talent in the band, and a great opportunity for growth. Since his arrival... Read more...

RECORDING: Flautist Bill McBirnie Releases the Silent Wish with Bernie Senensky

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The Silent Wish is the latest release from Canada's premier jazz and Latin flutist, Bill McBirnie, and it features Bill's superior craftsmanship along with that of his longstanding and formidable accompanist, m: Bernie Senensky, in an intimate duo setting, brimming with pristine acoustic clarity, that displays their uncommon levels of musicianship and simpatico as they explore a diverse range of material, integrated by a ubiquitous and enchanting 'minor theme' inspired by Bill's wife, Svetlana...

OBITUARY: Roy Hargrove, 1969-2018

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Trumpeter Roy Hargrove died of a heart attack in New York yesterday at the age of 49. Hargrove was one of a coterie of young musicians who came to prominence following the sudden superstardom of fellow trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in the 1990s. Record companies scrambled to find their own Marsalises. Hargrove became famous not long after he was graduated from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas. His technical accomplishments, youth, personality and attractiveness brought him a contract with RCA's Novus Records. By his early twenties he had won two Grammy awards...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe McPhee

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All About Jazz is celebrating Joe McPhee's birthday today! Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late '60s and early '70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, FL, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. McPhee continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Ellen Fullman'S Long String Instrument

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Today, let's check out some videos featuring artist, musician, and instrument inventor Ellen Fullman, who will be in St. Louis next week for a residency sponsored by New Music Circle, culminating in a performance on Friday, November 9 at 560 Music Center. While she's here, Fullman also will make public presentations about her work on Wednesday, November 7 at St. Louis University and the 560 Music Center, and on Thursday, November 8 at Washington University's Sam Fox School; see the New Music Circle website for details...

CAREER: How to Get Your Songs Placed in Movies and on TV

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Landing your song in or show or film can have a far reaching range of benefits for artists, both in terms of financial gain and notoriety. So what are your options when it comes to sync licensing, and what are the steps to take in order to get your songs these coveted placements? Guest post Annabelle Short...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Mastering Isn't a Dark Art, It's Simply Misunderstood

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In the music business, mastering has gained something of a reputation as mysterious "dark art". The reality is that mastering is quite simple at its core and, while not as sexy or glamorous as being a rockstar, is an important part of the music industry machine. Guest post by Steve Corrao of the TuneCore Blog...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Will Streaming Music's Growth Alter Streaming Music?

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It wasn't that long ago that the music industry was experiencing its worst slump ever, with streaming seen as a dubious alternative to physical sales. Fast-forward and streaming revenue accounts for 75% of label income. But how will this growth change the medium of streaming itself? Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 5, 2018

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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 Stefon Harris and Blackout Sonic Creed (Motema) 319 285 +3...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Elling

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All About Jazz is celebrating Kurt Elling's birthday today! GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named 'Male Singer of the Year' by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY nominated a dozen times. Elling\'s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth... Read more...

TECHNOLOGY: Would You Pay to See a Classic Rock Hologram Perform a Show?

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We've all at least heard of, if not seen, the "rebirth" of some of music's most beloved deceased artists as they return to stage in holographic form, but will these resurrections actually sell concert tickets? Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Strategies I've been known to speculate about the staying power of Classic Rock - the music, the format, and of course, the trappings - merchandise, concerts, and events...

CAREER: Checklist to Decide if Your Album is Release Ready

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Once you've put the finishing touches on your crisp new album, you're doubtless going to be eager to release it to the world, but before you do, take some time and make sure you have these six elements in place to ensure your release is a success. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the Symphonic Blog...

WEBSITE: Track Upcoming Shows with Jazz Near You's Personal Calendar Feature

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Jazz Near You -- the leading jazz events platform of its kind -- has added an exciting new feature that allows members to track events they plan to attend and share them on Facebook and Twitter. Jazz Near You will also maintain a member's history of previously attended shows. Events can be added to a member's personal calendar by clicking the green calendar icon on any calendar page or by clicking the "Add to Your Jazz Near You Calendar" link on an event detail page...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Antonio Sanchez

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All About Jazz is celebrating Antonio Sanchez's birthday today! Antonio Sanchez was born in Mexico City November 1st, 1971. At age five, he discoreved an irresistible attraction towards the drum set. After a few years of private study he started performing in a wide variety of musical situations ranging from rock to jazz and latin to fusion with several bands in Mexico City\'s music scene... Read more...

RECORDING: Randy Brecker: Together

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The UMO Jazz Orchestra is a Finnish band founded in 1975 and financed by the Finnish Broadcasting Company, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and the city of Helsinki. See what life is like abroad? National governments feel culture is so important and vital to the public's well-being that they create budgets that sponsor musicians in a range of concert ensembles that include jazz bands...

CAREER: The S.T.A.G.E.S. of Email Marketing [part 4]

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In this third part of a multi-part series on the break down of the ins and outs of email marketing, Cheryl B. Engelhardt looks at combining the middle two S.T.A.G.E.S. of Awareness and Gathering, and tackling them together. Guest post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt of the TuneCore Blog In this fourth part of the S.T.A.G.E.S. of email list series, I'm combining the A. and the G.: awareness and gathering, or growth...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: October 2018

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All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in October, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

RECORDING: Vanessa Daou to Release Her Landmark 1994 Debut 'Zipless: Songs from the Works of Erica Jong' on Vinyl for the First Time Via Her Own DRKR Records

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Zipless: Songs from the Works of Erica Jong, the landmark 1994 album which launched m: Vanessa Daou's solo career, is set for its long-awaited vinyl debut on December 7, 2018. The LP will be available via Daou's own DRKR Records imprint in association with KID Recordings. Various exclusive pre-order offers of the remastered, limited edition heavyweight 180gm black vinyl LP will be available from PledgeMusic. Options include fold-out poster, signed limited edition print, signed handwritten lyric sheet, signed and dedicated LP test pressing, and digital download. See 'Purchase' link below for full details...

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