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EVENT: Join Us on the Inaugural Bandwagon Excursions Philly Jazz Jawnt for Larry McKenna and the Barry Harris Quartet

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Ride with us to see m: Larry McKenna and The m: Barry Harris Quartet at the Shea Center for the Performing Arts at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4 pm Bus leaves 1575 The Fairway, Jenkintown, PA (in front of Whole foods Market) at 12:45 pm on Sunday, November 12 Bus arrives back in Jenkintown around 8pm Price: $75 per person (Price includes ticket to show, bus ride, boxed supper and special gift) BYOB GET TICKETS...

INTERVIEW: Alisa Gurova Implements Belly Dancing Techniques in Jazz Performance

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As a performer of tribal dance, Ms. Alisa Gurova has showcased her work internationally from festivals in Italy (the Umrah Festival and Tribal Trip); the Czech Republic (Let's Dance Festival); her native Ukraine (several festivals in cities across the country); and Russia (Gala Show). She has been a unique marvel in the dance world as she engages not only typical belly dance movements and isolations (chest circles, undulations, snake arms, shimmy, etc.), but also movements of legs, feet, pirouettes, jumps (ballet), floor work (contemporary) and theatrical acting in her performance. This has led her to winning 'The Challenge' in the Ukrainian International Competition for Contemporary Jazz in 2015 and 2016, along with Miss Belly Dance Ukraine in 2010...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Illinois Jacquet

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All About Jazz is celebrating Illinois Jacquet's birthday today! Illinois Jacquet is considered to be one of the most influential tenor saxophonists in the history of jazz music. Born on October 31, 1922, in Broussard, Louisiana, Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet, at the age of 19 on the very first recording of his career, spawned an entirely new style and sound for the tenor saxophone. His classic solo on 'Flying Home' recorded with the Lionel Hampton Band at Decca Records in New York City, on May 26... Read more...

RECORDING: Hank Marr: Live at Club 502

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The Hammond organ's steady rise in popularity during the 1950s had everything to do with economics and efficiency. Early in the decade, new organ models became increasingly compact and more affordable, allowing artists to transport them and clubs to purchase one and store it in a corner. Organists were especially profitable for smaller clubs, since the keyboard could be set to sound like a wide range of instruments. Instead of hiring a combo with a horn section, a club needed only an organist and one or two other musicians to sound just as full. What's more, a good organist could handle the bass line with his or her feet working the pedals. Inadvertently, organists put a lot of musicians out of work...

CAREER: 8 Situations when You Might Need a Record Label

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While much is made of operating as an independent, do-it-yourself artist in the modern music economy having a label at your back can, in certain scenarios, be highly advantageous. Here we look at eight situations in which having the backing of a label works in your favor. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Are Irving Azoff and James Dolan Trying to Buy Rolling Stone?

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Last month we learned that music magazine Rolling Stone was for sale. Now we're learning who was and apparently is still trying to buy iconic title including uber-manager Irving Azoff, whose Oak View Group recently acquired touring trades Pollstar and Venues Today. By Dave Brooks of Amplify Buried in a Page Six story today about an attempt by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to buy Rolling Stone was a revelation that Azoff MSG Entertainment CEO Irving Azoff and MSG chairman James Dolan had also made a $30-million bid for the iconic rock title...

TRENDS: Young Music Consumers Are Still Buying Music

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While the common conception of young music consumers may be that they would never so much as a glance at a CD or pay for a download, some recent stats suggest that young music consumers are just as apt to buy music as any other age group. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 By now we've been conditioned to the fact that most music consumers, especially the youngest ones, have totally converted to streaming and wouldn't even think of purchasing a download or CD. If you believe that then you're wrong. A new report from the IFPI entitled Music Consumer Report 2017 outlines how people around the world consume music, and it found that young music consumers are just as likely to buy music as any other age group...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Clifford Brown

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All About Jazz is celebrating Clifford Brown's birthday today! He was the most brilliant trumpet player of his generation, an original and memorable composer, a dynamic stage presence and one of the authentic legends of modern jazz. Clifford Brown was born October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware. As a young high school student Brown began playing trumpet and within a very short time was active in college and other youth bands... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Terry Gibbs: Take It from Me

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Last week I posted on Freedom, a terrific album of m: Kenny Burrell tracks recorded on two different dates in 1963 and '64. To date, it was never released on CD or as a digital download. What's more, Freedom also is out of print as a 180-gram vinyl release. Well, here's another Burrell album that's very tough to find: Take It From Me, an album led by Terry Gibbs on which Burrell appears as a sideman. As far as I can tell, it was released on CD only in Japan...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Zoot Sims

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All About Jazz is celebrating Zoot Sims' birthday today! John Haley "Zoot" Sims was born in Inglewood, California. Growing up in a vaudeville family, Sims learned to play both drums and clarinet at an early age. His father was a vaudeville hoofer, and Sims prided himself on remembering many of the steps his father taught him. Following in the footsteps of Lester Young, Sims developed into an innovative tenor saxophonist. Throughout his career, he played with renowned bands... Read more...

CAREER: Top 3 Sites for Independent Artists Who Want to Sell Merch

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While artists may typically think of music sales as being their primary stream of revenue, merch sales can also be a fantastic way for independent artists to put food on the table. Here we look at the top sites for getting merch out to fans. Guest post by Raquel Dixit of Symphonic Distribution When you think of being a profitable musician, the main thing that comes to mind, are the sales from your music! However, fans can provide you with revenue through artist merch sales...

TECHNOLOGY: Warner Music Responds to Songkick Concert Listing Concerns: 'We're Still Here for You"

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After Songkick announced that it was shutting down its concert ticket sales division, many musicians and music marketers became concerned that Songkick's popular concert app and artist focused Tourbox service was on the way out, as well. "We're not going anywhere!," the Songkick concert listing team wrote yesterday in response to concerns over an announcement that its sister ticketing site had joined the startup deadpool...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Rosenwinkel

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All About Jazz is celebrating Kurt Rosenwinkel's birthday today! Following a string of three acclaimed recordings for Verve Records that firmly established him as one of the most strikingly original new voices in jazz as both guitarist and composer (2000's The Enemies of Energy, 2001's The Next Step and 2003's Heartcore), Kurt Rosenwinkel returns with an all-star outing that is perhaps his most luminous and accessible to date... Read more...

CAREER: Making the Most of Your Press Interviews

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While landing a solid interview with music press is challenging enough, what you do with the coverage once you get it is also incredibly important. Here we examine how an artist can make the most of press interviews. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the ReverbNation Blog We've done plenty of articles on how to craft the perfect pitch, DIY your PR campaign, and land a feature. But what about when you finally do land that interview -- how do you give answers that are going to spark new interest in your band, and engage readers so that they actually want to check out your music...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Hazeltine

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All About Jazz is celebrating David Hazeltine's birthday today! DAVID HAZELTINE is one of a handful of young pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the accumulated greatness and weight of a modern piano tradition. David\'s influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to such great living masters as Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris and Cedar Walton. David made his professional debut at age thirteen in Milwaukee... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Wild Bill Davis + Duke

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Earlier this week, I posted on the tasty genius of organ pioneer Wild Bill Davis. Here are two videos featuring Davis, both with Duke Ellington. On one, he joins the band on Satin Doll. On the other, you get to hear what April in Paris might have sounded like had he made it to the 1955 Count Basie recording session for Verve...

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