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WEBSITE: All About Jazz and Gupshup Launch Wynton... the Jazz Bot

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A jazz bot you say? Isn't that an oxymoron? Please explain. We will. All About Jazz and Gupshup -- the leading bot developer -- have created a nimble bot that doubles as All About Jazz's friendly concierge to help you find jazz content you value most. It also learns from your interactions with it and refines its recommendations until you are simpatico with "Wynton...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John McLaughlin

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All About Jazz is celebrating John McLaughlin's birthday today! John McLaughlin, also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is a jazz fusion guitarist from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. He came to prominence with the electric group of Miles Davis in the late 1960s, and with other well- known players such as Chick Corea and Tony Williams. Before moving to the United States, McLaughlin recorded Extrapolation (with Tony Oxley and John Surman) in 1969... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Freewheeling Peggy Lee

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When Peggy Lee wasn't stuffed into elaborate ball gowns with cinched waists and forced to appear on TV with a glazed, ice- queen expression, she could be downright soulful and bluesy. Personally, I never cared much for Fever or any of the other hyper-stylized slow-burn songs that turned Lee into an emotionless caricature of herself. I much more prefer the down-and-dirty Peggy Lee, the emotional earthy singer who let it all out. Here are five videos of the Peggy Lee I love best...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Unblocking Music's Blockchain: Berklee's Panos Panay on CNBC

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Berklee College of Music's Panos Panay recently explained to a CNBC panel how 'blockchain,' the system behind Bitcoin, has vast revenue potential in the world of music. 'The vision behind it is to create an open protocol that dramatically simplifies the way that rights owners are identified across the supply chain of the music industry,' Panay said...

RADIO: Siriusxm to Pay a Larger Royalty in Coming Year

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Good news for the pocketbooks of artists, a recent ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board will be boost the rates for what the satellite service SiriusXM doles out to artists by a not insignificant forty-one percent. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 In a move that will mean more money in the pockets of artists, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recently ruled to raise the rates that the SiriusXM satellite service pays to copyright holders by 41%. The move raises the rate from 11% of revenue to 15.5% beginning on January 1st, 2018. The rate stays in place through 2022...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: James Carter

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All About Jazz is celebrating James Carter's birthday today! Sometimes it takes an extraordinary talent to inspire an unprecedented piece of music. For Puerto Rican-born composer Roberto Sierra, the epiphany struck in the midst of a tenor saxophone solo by James Carter, who was appearing as the featured soloist with legendary soprano Kathleen Battle. Long fascinated by the horn, Sierra immediately realized he had encountered a master capable of playing anything he could imagine... Read more...

RECORDING: Donald Byrd: Fuego

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Trumpeter Donald Byrd first came to New York from Detroit in 1955, when he was 22. While studying for a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Byrd played in pianist George Wallington's quintet at the Cafe Bohemia. In the late 1950s, Byrd recorded five hard-bop albums with alto saxophonist Gigi Gryce before signing with Blue Note in 1958. The label wisely paired Byrd with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams for a series of high-energy albums, most notably Off to the Races and By rd in Hand,which featured three originals by Byrd...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, January 2018

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Jazz fans hopefully have some relevant New Year's resolutions -- to get out and hear more live jazz, to attend more diverse jazz events in the area, to contribute to our stellar non-profit jazz organizations and venues. Artists, club owners, and curators are wasting no time getting a new year of music underway -- already the January calendar boasts such international talents as Jon Weber, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut and Roberta Gambarini, with the third annual Winter Jazz Festival welcoming headliners Regina Carter and Butch Miles. And local talents start the new year right, including gigs from Framework, Travis Anderson Trio with Connie Evingson, the Mary Louise Knutson Trio, Maud Hixson and Rick Carlson's "He Said, She Said," Steve Kenny's Group 47, a live recording session from Bryan Nichols and Brandon Wozniak, and an already-sold out performance from Fat Kid Wednesdays, among other offerings...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Joshua Redman and More

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With the area still in a post-holiday deep freeze, the calendar of live jazz and creative music this week in St. Louis unsurprisingly features just one significant touring performer, but there also will be the usual contingent of local musicians and singers braving the arctic-like conditions for your listening enjoyment...

VIDEO / DVD: Sonny Rollins: Koenig'S Leaders

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Yesterday afternoon I spoke at length with Sonny Rollins. We talk fairly regularly by phone, and this time we spoke about a wide range of career topics, from his time in India to his visits to the West Coast, where he recorded two remarkable albums for Contemporary Records in 1957 and '58. On his first trip to Los Angeles, Sonny was a member of the Max Roach Quintet, featuring Kenny Dorham (tp), Sonny Rollins (ts), Ray Bryant (p), George Morrow (b) and Max Roach (d)...

WEBSITE: 2017 All About Jazz / Jazz Near You Website Achievements

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2017 was an exciting year for both All About Jazz and Jazz Near You as our vision for the future came into greater focus and was reflected in our various achievements. We continued to explore new technologies, establish partnerships with industry leaders, and improve what has become the most advanced technical platform in jazz. Most of our accomplishments were a direct result of the support we received from our members through our ongoing fund drive. Your generous contributions made it possible for us to rapidly develop projects spanning areas that have come to represent what All About Jazz does best: publish compelling content daily, promote music discovery, network jazz people, aggregate and distribute event data, and offer web-based promotional services for jazz professionals...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chris Potter

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chris Potter's birthday today! A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him "One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet" while Jazz Times identified him as "a figure of international renown." Jazz sax elder statesman Dave Liebman called him simply, "one of the best musicians around... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Teddy Wilson: Jan. 1, 1955

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Sixty-three years ago, on New Year's Day in 1955, pianist Teddy Wilson, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Jo Jones went into a studio for Norgran Records and recorded The Creative Teddy Wilson, a 7-inch 45-rpm set. The tracks were soon reissued on Verve as a 12-inch LP called Teddy Wilson: For Quiet Lovers. You'll find it at Spotify or at Amazon. Here's are a handful of songs from the album:  ...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: December 2017

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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 December, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total downloads. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Award Winning Musician and Bandleader Tatsuya 'Tat' Yoshinaga Performs at les Zygomates in Boston with the Xty Jazz Trio

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Multi-Instrumentalist, bandleader, and award-winning drummer Tatsuya 'Tat' Yoshinaga, will be performing at Les Zygomates in Boston featuring the XTY Jazz Trio. They will perform on January 3, 2018, from 8:00-11:00 PM at the Les Zygomates, 129 South St., Boston, MA. The XTY Jazz group is an exciting new collaboration between some of Boston's finest jazz musicians. Their classic jazz and blues sound has fresh energy and familiar authenticity that is capturing the attention of listeners, jazz critics and others who are new to the genre as well as long-time aficionados. The ensemble features Tatsuya 'Tat' Yoshinaga (drums and bandleader), Soohee Moon (piano), Doug Harrison (bass)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jonah Jones

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jonah Jones' birthday today! A talented and flashy trumpeter, Jonah Jones hit upon a formula in 1955 that made him a major attraction for a decade; playing concise versions of melodic swing standards and show tunes muted with a quartet. But although the non-jazz audience discovered Jones during the late \'50s, he had already been a very vital trumpeter for two decades. Jones started out playing on a Mississippi riverboat in the 1920s... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening and Viewing: Ernie Watts

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Ernie Watts, Wheel Of Time (Flying Dolphin) From his years with Buddy Rich in the 1960s through his long membership in the late bassist Charlie Haden's Quartet West and for years since, the tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts has had a noteworthy career. One of his longest associations has been with his European quartet and its rhythm section of pianist Christof Saenger, bassist Rudi Engel and drummer Heinrich Koebberling. Their Wheel Of Time has compositions by each of the quartet members plus Joe Henderson's jazz standard 'Inner Urge' and Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia's calypsoish 'Goose Dance...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lewis Nash

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lewis Nash's birthday today! Rhythm Is My Business" is the title of his debut recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists- from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today- and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 10... Read more...

CAREER: Developing a Gig Reminder Email Strategy

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For anyone involved with putting on a show- be it artist, promoter, or label- notifying a fanbase that the show is actually happening is essential, and one email usually isn't sufficient. Here we look at how to develop comprehensive, effective strategy for emailing gig reminders. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

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