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VIDEO / DVD: The Future of Jazz is in Good Hands

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Miami-area pianist Brandon Goldberg has soaked up jazz like a sponge takes on water. And he's been doing so for more than half of his 12 years. He's a normal kid, polite, poised and eager to learn at every opportunity. Those traits serve him well. That he found his way to jazz - and loves it - is something quite remarkable given the wide variety of musical genres bombarding his peer group...

OBITUARY: Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018

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We compiled several Tweets about pianist Cecil Taylor's profound impact on others through his music and his friendship. Scroll to the bottom and click the link to read more. Thanks to Cecil Taylor for his creative courage and his uncompromising vision of what music can be. We mourn his passing but celebrate his life. -- Dave Holland (@TheDaveHolland) April 6, 2018 No one touched the piano like Cecil Taylor. The force, the delicacy, the miraculous tone clusters. But the word that comes to mind, most of all, with his passing, is courage. He was fearless and so was his playing. He transformed our sense of music, of art, of life itself. https://t.co/A44ymh6Wv0 -- Adam Shatz (@adamshatz) April 6, 2018 RIP Cecil Taylor (1929-2018), pioneer, master musician, and incomparable creator https://t.co/47aEQJlPc8 pic.twitter.com/2Rsja1jooC -- avantgardejazz (@avantgardejazz) April 6, 2018 RIP Cecil Taylor. I took this picture at the @whitneymuseum when I spent two days with him for @thewiremagazine. One of the greatest experiences of my writing life. pic.twitter.com/oweCkOnUam -- burning ambulance (listen to the podcast!) (@burn_amb) April 6, 2018 "You know, when you see a really great artist, all time stops . . . Empires fall, but the highest achievements of empires are really what the artists create within them. Some art work transcends the dominance of empires."- Cecil Taylor (1929-2018)Image:Cecil Taylor, 1986 pic.twitter.com/qMlpAnkKFh -- Artists Space (@artistsspace) April 6, 2018 Spencer Richards: You don't consider yourself a professional musician?Cecil Taylor: I would hope never to be a professional musician.SR: How would you classify yourself?CT: Ha, ha, ha. I've always tried to be a poet more than anything else. I mean, professional musicians die. -- Jason Guthartz (@restructures) April 6, 2018 nooooooo... cecil taylor... thank you so much for everything you brought into the world and staying true until the last years... your presence will be resonating for a long long time to come... playing with you was absolutely one of the highlights of my life... rest in peace... -- (((okkyung lee))) (@okkyunglee) April 6, 2018 'Cecil Taylor told a New York Times reporter "[s]omeone once asked me if I was gay. I said, 'Do you think a three-letter word defines the complexity of my humanity?' I avoid the trap of easy definition." -- M Lamar (@M_Lamar) April 6, 2018 There was an unbelievable amount of beauty in the music of Cecil Taylor. I only saw him half a dozen times, but each one was a rare privilege, and burns like an ember in my mind. #RIP -- Nate Chinen (@natechinen) April 6, 2018 Rest in power, jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor. Saw him play a few years ago and it was like an ocean of music washed into the room. Here I am sitting at his feet at a party with poet Joanne Kyger at @NaropaU in Boulder in 1994. pic.twitter.com/l8Igq7wODB -- Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) April 6, 2018 8 years ago I drove 9 hours to Albuquerque just to watch Cecil Taylor play for maybe 30 minutes. It was a powerful spiritual quest and I am richer for it and for all of his art. My hero. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/PgOWZbMB8q -- Bret Saunders (@Bretontheradio) April 6, 2018 If you wanted to hear Cecil Taylor play live, you've missed your chance. But, the good news is that there are thousands of artists who make art because of his art. Witnessing their art is a beautiful opportunity to witness the value and power of life in art pic.twitter.com/xflE8eVpuu -- Josh Sinton (@JoshSinton) April 6, 2018...

RECORDING: Guitarist/Composer Leni Stern Weaves Rhythms of Senegal with the Music of NYC on New Album, "3"

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Featuring Leni Stern (guitar/vocals), Mamadou Ba (bass) and Alioune Faye (percussion and vocals) Available April 27, 2018 Upcoming Tour Dates: Tuesday, April 24 @ 10 PM, 55 Bar, NYC Friday, April 27 @ 9 PM, Shrine World Music, NYC Saturday, April 28 @ 8:30 PM, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, NYC Thursday, May 3 @ 7 PM, An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Stanley Turrentine

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All About Jazz is celebrating Stanley Turrentine's birthday today! Stanley William Turrentine was one of the most distinctive tenor saxophonists in jazz. Known for his big, warm, sound, "The Sugar Man" or the original "Mr. T" found inspiration in the blues and turned it into a hugely successful career with a #1 hit and four Grammy nominations -- first in R&B and then in jazz. Born on April 5, 1934 in Pittsburgh, a city that has produced more than its share of jazz masters... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Which Music Streamer Pays Best? It's Not Spotify [chart]

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Which music streaming service pays musicians and songwriters the most most per stream? As Spotify goes public, Apple Music picks up steam and YouTube prepares to launch a new paid music service, Statista dug into the latest stats to find out. Overview: While Spotify cut new lower royalty deals with the major labels, other music streamers like Tidal or Apple Music are paying out substantially higher per-stream payments to artists and songwriters...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: London Calling: What the US Can Learn from the UK About Defending Local Music and Arts Communities

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The UK has earned a reputation as a musical powerhouse, churning out globally renowned groundbreaking artists, bands and DJs. But how?- with the backing of the government. At a time when the Trump administration is adamant on pulling public funding for local artists, community projects and public radio, McIntyre details what the US can learn from the UK's art scene...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Green

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All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Green's birthday today! Born in New York in 1963, Benny Green grew up in Berkeley, California, and began classical piano studies at the age of seven. Influenced by his father, a tenor saxophonist, his attention soon turned into Jazz: "I began trying to improvise on the piano, imitating the records I\'d been hearing from my father\'s collection, which included a lot of Monk and Bird... it was a gradual process of teaching myself"... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Ken Page, Miller, Mulkerhar and Lefkowitz-Brown, C. Spencer Yeh and Andrew Lampert, Mark Lettieri, Anat Cohen and More

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It's a busy week for live jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with performances in styles ranging from cabaret to vintage jazz to fusion to experimental intermedia and beyond. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, April 4 Singer, actor and St. Louis native Ken Page, now living back in his hometown after a distinguished career on Broadway and in film, will perform his cabaret show for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify Ends Solid First Trading Day at $26.7b Valuation

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Spotify stock ended its first day as a public company with a valuation of $26.7 billion. The stock closed at $149.95 as more than 3o million shares traded hands at between $148.26 to and $169. The closing price was 14% of the $132 reference price set by the New York Stock Exchange prior to the start of trading. But while it was a solid start for Spotify, particularly at a time when the markets are volatile, there were some signs of choppy waters ahead...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Analysts Are Saying About Spotify

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[UPDATE 2, Spotify is madeits stock available to the public for the first time today in an unusual direct offering. While still an unprofitable company, Spotify has bested tech giants Apple, Amazon and Google to become the dominant player in music's dominate format- streaming. But will that be enough to make its stock soar at a time when the markets, and in particular tech stocks, are reeling from trade wars and Presidential tweets...

TRENDS: What Smart Speakers Mean for Music, the Music Industry [stuart Dredge]

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Stuart Dredge explores how the new hardware category of the smart speakers is transforming the music landscape and what the technology's rise could mean for the future of music and the music industry. Guest post by Stuart Dredge of Music Ally, originally appearing on Medium. Join Stuart and Music Ally at their Sandbox Summit NYC music-marketing conference in New York on 25 April...

CAREER: How to Achieve Longevity in the Music Industry

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Maintaining popularity in the music industry is no easy task, with a song or artist that's at one moment topping the charts suddenly becoming passe the next day. Here we look at how artists can achieve longevity in the turbulent music business. Guest post by Emily O'Connell of BandBasher Longevity is something that artists cannot take for granted. But in this day and age, the music industry can be so temperamental. Something that was popular last year - or even last week - can suddenly go out of fashion in the blink of an eye. However, some artists have held onto their fanbase and continued to push out new music that has hit the Billboard charts time and time again. They have been rewarded with longevity but even that within itself is a finicky thing...

RECORDING: Just Released: "Clockworks" (Songlines Recordings) Featuring Patrick Zimmerli Quartet with Ethan Iverson, Chris Tordini, John Hollenbeck

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Completing a 25-year compositional arc, saxophonist-composer m: Patrick Zimmerli releases his new jazz suite Clockworks (Songlines) following the release in 2016 of his first quartet's 1992 recording Shores Against Silence (with m: Kevin Hays, m: Larry Grenadier and m: Tom Rainey). Both records feature rhythmically and melodically advanced composition largely inspired by Zimmerli's love of serial composers such as Babbitt, Carter, Stockhausen and Boulez, though still grounded in a jazz ethos. Both explore a different third stream direction in jazz that Zimmerli made his own right from the start, and that for all its complexities compels attention first and foremost as music to be listened to...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Scott Lafaro

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All About Jazz is celebrating Scott LaFaro's birthday today! Rocco Scott LaFaro (1936-1961) was a musician of the first order, who found his \'voice\' in jazz in the mid-1950s. His played the double bass violin, better known today as the acoustic bass to differentiate this instrument from the electric (or electronic) bass. His life was cut short in an automobile accident in the summer of 1961 near Geneva, New York, his home town. Although he performed for only six years (1955-1961)... Read more...

TRENDS: Amazon Music Subscriptions Doubled in Last 6 Months

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Amazon Music has "tens of millions" of paying users and Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions having more than doubled in the last six months, according to Steve Boom, VP Of Music. Amazon Music is included in all Amazon Prime subscriptions, but Music Unlimited is an add-on service. As is generally Amazon policy, the executive did not share exact numbers, but its music services are believed to trail only Spotify and Apple in U.S. users...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Coryell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Coryell's birthday today! Musician magazine named him to its list of 100 greatest guitarists alive today, and after releasing more than 60 albums as a leader and playing on dozens more as a sideman in the last 40 years, Larry Coryell\'s definitely earned that honor. Exploring the sound of the six- string in an extraordinary number of settings, he\'s done straight-ahead jazz, classical-influenced solo guitar, funk- rock fusion... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: A Sultry Celebration of Jobim, Mostly

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The Bossa Nova All Stars put their stamp on the sultry sound of Brazil's most popular musical export on Saturday, March 31 in Venice FL, where they focused almost entirely on the extensive songbook of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim was one of the pioneers of bossa nova, a late 1950s fusion of the Brazilian samba and jazz. His contributions to the art form were mighty and are best known. The focus wasn't really surprising, considering that the singer featured in this program, Brazilian native Maucha Adnet, worked with Jobim for the final decade of his career. The band assembled by guitarist Nate Najar also included tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, vibes player Chuck Redd, bassist Tommy Cecil, and British drummer Matt Home...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Duke Jordan

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All About Jazz is celebrating Duke Jordan's birthday today! Duke Jordan was a pianist whose work with the saxophonist Charlie Parker endures in the jazz pantheon. Jordan was regarded as one of the great early bebop pianists, the sound that he helped to create in the postwar era was something new, and it remains a cornerstone of jazz. Irving Sydney Jordan was born in New York in 1922, and began his formal piano studies at the age of eight.He continued to study piano until he was 16... Read more...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: March 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 March, 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...

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