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TV / FILM: Skip Martin: TV Jazz Themes

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One of the first arrangers and bandleaders to take on Henry Mancini's music was Skip Martin (above). In the summer of 1958, Martin, one of the most prolific arrangers of the swing era, recorded TV Jazz Themes with his "video all stars" for Los Angeles's Somerset label. The six Mancini selections on the album from the Peter Gunn private eye TV drama were recorded in advance of the show's first season, which began airing in September of '58. Which means Mancini gave his blessing in an effort to attract the bachelor demographic to the show...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Does at&T, Time Warner Deal Mean for Music? A Lot.

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A Federal Judge yesterday ruled that AT&T could complete its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, including HBO, CNN, DC Entertainment and all of its popular media properties. With no major music companies in either company's portfolio, the impact of the mega-deal on the music industry would seem to be minimal. Think again...

RECORDING: JC Hopkins' New Release, "It's a Sad and Beautiful World," Which Features Garth Hudson and Levon Helm, Will Finally See the Light of Day Ten Years After It Was Recorded

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The album, which will be released on July 12, also features an impressive array of jazz greats and notable singer-songwriters There are some musicians who defy genre limitations, whose work spans a such wide spectrum that it simply does not allow them to be labelled or categorized. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer JC Hopkins is just such an artist. He's produced albums for Victoria Williams, Ben Fields and John Lithgow (whose Sunny Side of the Street earned a Grammy as Best Children's album) has earned two Grammy nominations for his work with m: Norah Jones and Willie Nelson, and co-wrote 'Painter Song,' which was featured on Jones' multi-Grammy winning debut album. He's performed in various, clubs around New York City with vocalists such as Jones, m: Elvis Costello, Madeline Peyroux, and Martha Wainwright. That was where he found himself just as the events of 9/11, which so affected him that he was inspired to write the title track of the new album...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Doc Cheatham

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All About Jazz is celebrating Doc Cheatham's birthday today! One of the very last survivors of the early days of jazz, trumpeter Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham attracted attention from the historically- inclined right up to his death in 1997 at the age of 91. His career recapitulated much of the history of jazz as a whole: he came of age hearing and playing with the New Orleans masters of the music\'s classic period; he participated in the big band movement that defined jazz in the 1930s... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify Eyes Strategy Shift Music Industry Won't Like

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A recent report hints that Spotify may soon be pursuing a strategy which could potentially anger partners which it needs to stay in the business, with the streaming giant considering offering certain indie artists advances and direct licensing deals. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski from Forbes A new report suggests that Spotify is embarking on a new strategy that may ultimately alienate the very partners it needs to stay in business. A recent Billboard article outlined Spotify's currently unannounced program of offering advances to a select number of indie artists for a direct licensing deal with the service...

FESTIVAL: Marshall University and the Nu Jazz Agency Announce the Finalists for the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition in Huntington, West Virginia

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Marshall University, a leading institution of higher education in West Virginia, and the Nu Jazz Agency, have announced the finalists for the inaugural 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition to be held June 22- 23, 2018 in Huntington, WV (U.S.A.). About The Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition and Finalists The Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, named after NEA Jazz Master, legendary educator and patriarch of 'America's First Family of Jazz' will be held triennially in the City of Huntington, West Virginia (U.S.A.) in partnership with Marshall University and the Nu Jazz Agency. The 2-day competition is designed to challenge competitors' skills and abilities across different genres, styles, and formats of the jazz idiom. Six finalists have been chosen from over 160 entries and 45 qualifying submissions from 13 different countries, to vie for over $200,000 in cash and prizes...

RECORDING: Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the Music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play on Records

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The music of drummer/composer m: Paul Motian is revered in certain circles of jazz, while resting in obscurity among others. The performing credits of Motian run deep and are extensive, but as a author of highly original music, he lies in the under-documented category. This will not last much longer as, in the years since his passing, his followers are carrying the torch, one such notable being guitarist Carl Michel...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Launches New Inline Ad Space

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You have a captive audience with All About Jazz's new inline ad space. Sized at 1920x1080 pixels, the ad appears at the center of every article page (that's 70,000 pages and counting!) and after every fourth photo in thousands of slideshows. It's persistent display, occupies an entire screen on certain devices, and is trackable...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chick Corea

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chick Corea's birthday today! A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, 22-time Grammy winner, and keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity and an artistic output that is simply staggering. Chick is the fourth-most-nominated artist in the history of the Grammys, with 63 nominations. He\'s also earned 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the most of any artist in the Best Instrumental Album category... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Senator Ron Wyden Falsely Claims to be 'Pro Artist'

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Here David Lowery thoroughly debunks Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's claim that he is somehow pro artist, both by a thorough look at his voting history, as well as numerous writing by the Senator. Guest post by David C. Lowery of The Trichordist Sen Rony Wyden has just posted a medium blog in which he makes the rather astonishing claim he is helping artists...

TRENDS: 24,000 Tracks Uploaded to Music Streamers Every 24 Hours

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20,000 to 24,000 tracks are uploaded to Spotify, Apple Music, Napster and other streaming music service every 24 hours. That's 1 million tracks every 6 weeks. Let's that number sink in for a moment and imagine how hard it is to break through that much clutter. In March, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek shared that 20,000 tracks are uploaded to Spotify every 24 hours. Last week at Midem, Bill Patrizio, President and CEO of Rhapsody International/Napster said that his streaming service was not uploading 24,000 track every day...

CAREER: The Musician's Guide to GDPR [cyber PR]

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Notice you're getting a lot more opt out and terms of service updates lately? The reason is The General Data Protection Regulation, a law designed to protect online privacy in the EU. But did you know your website and email list must also be GDPR compliant? By Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR What is the GDPR and how does it apply to Musicians and Artists...

RADIO: Soundexchange, Siriusxm Settle Lawsuit for $150 Million

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SoundExchange and SiriusXM have settled their years-long litigation surrounding outstanding claims from January 2007 through December 2017 in exchange for a lump sum payment of $150 million. The preforming rights organization will distribute the settlement funds to the rights holders and artists whose sound recordings were used during the settlement period...

JOB POSTING: The Nash Announces a Search for Managing Director

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Jazz in Arizona Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is seeking a full-time Managing Director. Jazz in Arizona owns and operates The Nash, a world-class performance and education venue located in the heart of one of America's most vibrant arts districts, Roosevelt Row, in Phoenix, AZ. The mission of Jazz in Arizona is to celebrate the rich tradition and ongoing innovation of jazz by presenting quality live performances, providing unique educational programs and building a vibrant jazz community...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Shelly Manne

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All About Jazz is celebrating Shelly Manne's birthday today! Shelly Manne- drums (1920- 1984) As a jazz drummer, studio musician, bandleader and businessman, Shelly Manne was one of the most prolific instrumentalists of modern times. 'I've really had the best of both worlds,' he said in 1983. 'I've kept busy playing jazz, and between engagements I've had the studios to fall back on.' The New York City-born musician was the son of Max Manne... Read more...

OBITUARY: Lorraine Gordon, Rip

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Lorraine Gordon, who inherited the Village Vanguard after her husband Max died in 1989, remained its proprietor and no-nonsense guiding spirit until her death yesterday in New York. She was 95. Under the Gordons, the Vanguard became quite likely the most famous jazz club in the world. m: Bill Evans, m: Miles Davis, m: John Coltrane, the m: Thad Jones-m: Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and m: Wynton Marsalis were among many musicians who made memorable live recordings and videos there. The club is a destination not only for New Yorkers but also for jazz listeners from throughout the world who make it a required stop when they visit the city. Here is a recent interview with Mrs. Gordon, courtesy of the National Endowment For The Arts...

VIDEO / DVD: Eight Clips: The Blues Guitar

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By the early 1970s, the electric blues guitar reached its peak in mass popularity. With roots in the post-World War II Chicago style marked by amplification and picking solos, the electric blues was pioneered by African-American guitarists including T. Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddy King, Albert King, Chuck Berry, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy and many others. White American and British guitarists also introduced many young listeners to the electric blues in the late '60s and early '70s, the advent of FM radio and rock albums. These artists include Johnny Winter, Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Pete Townshend among others...

FESTIVAL: Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 9-Day, 17th Edition Starts June 22

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The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30, presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues. The festival's 17th edition is presented in three series -- the Club Pass series with 214 shows, the Headliner series of six shows and 97 free shows and events -- all held within walking distance in Rochester's East End Cultural and Entertainment District...

RECORDING: Joshua Redman's New Album, "Still Dreaming" (Featuring Ron Miles, Scott Colley and Brian Blade) out Now

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Saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman is joined by drummer m: Brian Blade, bassist m: Scott Colley, and cornetist m: Ron Miles for Still Dreaming -- an album inspired by his father m: Dewey Redman's 1976-1987 band, Old and New Dreams -- released on Nonesuch Records on May 25, 2018. Along with the senior Redman, Old and New Dreams featured an all-star lineup of m: Ornette Coleman collaborators -- cornetist m: Don Cherry, bassist m: Charlie Haden, and drummer m: Ed Blackwell -- who continued pushing musical boundaries as they had with Coleman even after their former bandleader moved in a new direction. Still Dreaming features six new compositions by the new band as well as one tune by Haden and one from Coleman...

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