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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Amazon is Now 3rd Largest Subscription Music Service in the World [mark Mulligan, Midia]

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Amazon is now the 3rd largest paid music subscription service in the world, according to a new MIDiA analysis. Their just published report looks at Amazon's streaming music strategy and how this fits within the wider competitive landscape. Some highlights from MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan: Back in the days when online music meant online CD sales, Amazon was the king. Then, along came Apple with iTunes music store and Amazon saw the throne snatched from its hands. No sooner had Apple started to enjoy its reign that Spotify came along to usurp the throne. Now streaming's game of thrones is experiencing another plot twist, with a resurgent Amazon battling for supremacy through an ambitious streaming music strategy that owes a considerable debt of gratitude to Apple for strategic inspiration. Throughout the emergence of the streaming market, Amazon has played the role of a dark horse, skulking on the side lines. Now, Amazon is out of the shadows and revealing its potential to be one of streaming's biggest players...

CAREER: What to Expect when You're Booking a Tour

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Here we look at some tips and advice for bands or artists who reach the stage in their career where they're ready to hit the road for their first major tour, outlining how they should plan for maximum success, and what they should be prepared for. Guest post by Rich Nardo of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the Director of Public Relations and Creative at NGAGE...

RECORDING: Guitarist Carlos Saunier Releases "Inminente"

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On Inminente, guitarist and composer Carlos Saunier paints from a palette of global jazz styles to color his debut release in bright and articulate sound from a distinctively warm, contemporary jazz perspective. Saunier bought his first guitar at age 13 while growing up in Santiago, Chile. 'The first thing that attracted my attention was the sound of the guitar -- how it can be processed and even sometimes distorted to sound thoroughly modern,' he recalls. 'I began to study contemporary rock and all its derivative styles.' The guitarist continued to explore rock and its derivatives in his formal studies until 2011, when he discovered jazz and jazz fusion...

RECORDING: Bassist/Composer or Bareket Connects with His Roots on His Debut Recording - "Ob1"

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Available October 6, 2017 on Fresh Sound OB1 is Bareket's Debut Recording and Features Shahar Elnatan-guitar, Gadi Lehavi-piano, Or Bareket-bass, Ziv Ravitz-drums/mixing and mastering, with Special Guests Vitor Goncalves-accordion and Keita Ogawa- percussio "Bareket's omnivorous musical mind is as irresistibly restless as his fingers, and the results are wonderful to behold." -- Geno Thackara, All About Jazz...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

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All About Jazz is celebrating Odean Pope's birthday today! Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School of Music and Benjamin Franklin High School\'s music program. Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan... Read more...

RECORDING: Kenny Burrell: Freedom

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In March 1963, guitarist Kenny Burrell was at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in New Jersey to record singles for Blue Note or songs for an album. For whatever reason, the musicians on the date only could manage to get through three songs, with each one requiring a high number of takes. Burrell returned to Van Gelder's studio in October 1964 to record five songs with a completely different group. Here again, a sizable number of takes were needed on most tracks. Long story short, the material wasn't discovered until 1980, when re-issue producer Michael Cuscuna found the tapes in the Blue Note vaults...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Albums and Why They Still Matter

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With the rise of playlist culture, and the nature of music consumption changing so rapidly, many are questioning whether the conventional album is worthy investment of a band or artist's resources. In this piece we look at why albums still matter. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the ReverbNation Blog...

CAREER: Improving the Press Section of Your Website

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Remarkably, many bands and artists don't have a press section on their website, or may simply have a list of press releases in its stead. Here we look at how to create and/or improve the press section of your website, and why it needs to be done. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It's amazing that so many brands (which includes artists and bands as well as companies) don't have a proper 'Press' section on their website that contains all the information that a journalist or blogger might need when writing a story. I speak from personal experience as a writer in that I'm always surprised with what I can't find on a typical site, instead of what I can...

FOR SALE: Jazz Vinyl Lover? Sign up for "Vinyl Me, Please" Classics Club

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It's been the worst kept semi-secret on Vinyl Me, Please these last two months: we've launched a new side subscription called Vinyl Me, Please Classics. Every month, current members of the main Vinyl Me, Please club, can sign up to receive an album in the classic genres of jazz, blues or soul. Want a crate-digger soul classic? Want to have a jazz brunch? Then this is the subscription service for you...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary McFarland

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All About Jazz is celebrating Gary McFarland's birthday today! Gary McFarland was one of the more significant contributors to orchestral jazz during the 1960s. He had an unfortunately short career. But he was surprisingly productive in the brief decade he was captured on record (1960-70). An "adult prodigy," as Gene Lees once noted, McFarland was an ingenious composer whose music revealed shades of complex emotional subtlety and clever childlike simplicity. While in the army... Read more...

INTERVIEW: Interview: Pat Senatore

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Back in September, I posted on the V.I.P. Trio, a group featuring Cedar Walton (p), Pat Senatore (b) and Billy Higgins (d) that recorded two superb albums of standards for Japan's California Breeze label in Los Angeles in 1988. Though the albums were not released in the States, they recently were re-issued by Fresh Sound on two CD volumes. You'll find Vol. 1 here or here, and Vol. 2 here or here...

RECORDING: Doug Beavers' Art of the Arrangement Submitted for Grammy Nomination Consideration

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Grammy Award winner m: Doug Beavers has been recognized as a leading trombonist and 'an arranger of the first-class.' (Harvey Siders, JazzTimes). ArtistShare is proud to submit his exciting new recording, Art of the Arrangement for this year's Grammy nomination consideration. To celebrate musical arrangement as a unique and vital art form, Beavers has enlisted a dream team of historical arrangers, including m: Ray Santos, m: Jose Madera, m: Marty Sheller, and m: Oscar Hernandez, to craft new works for large ensemble. Beavers contributes his own masterful compositions and arrangements, including a new take on m: Bobby Hutcherson's 'Montara Elegua?,' which features the incredible percussionist/vocalist m: Pedrito Martinez. Listen now for the excitement of traditional Afro-Latin rhythms presented in stunning contemporary arrangements...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jane Bunnett

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jane Bunnett's birthday today! Jane Bunnett has become one of the foremost jazz musicians in Canada, and has gained recognition around the world for her improvising talents, technical proficiency, and writing and band leading abilities. Born and educated in Toronto, she trained as a classical pianist from 1975-78 (attaining Grade 10 Piano Honors), until tendentious forced a switch to woodwinds at the Royal Conservatory... Read more...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Recent Reading: A Book About Vibes

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Anthony Smith, Masters of The Vibes (Marimba Productions, Inc.) Smith's book includes a timeline that traces the history of the vibraphone, which early in its life began to be popularly known to its players and to listeners simply as vibes or the vibes. The greater part of the book consists of Smith's transcribed conversations with 34 vibes players -- famous ones like m: Terry Gibbs, m: Gary Burton, m: Charlie Shoemake and Warren Wolf, and newcomers including m: Yuhan Su, m: Joel Ross and m: Jake Chapman...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, for Your Consideration

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Attention Grammy members: For you consideration, m: Low Society's Sanctified is on the ballot for the 2018 Grammy Awards in the American Roots category. m: Low Society have a long way to go to actually win it, but their latest album Sanctified has been entered for consideration. The Memphis based band's music may be way too sexy for the Academy Members, but you must admit stranger things have happened in American elections recently. First Round Voting is now open to and members are now allowed to vote online...

ADVOCACY: The Sonny Rollins Bridge Project Seeks to Rename NYC's Williamsburg Bridge to Commemorate Rollins' Musical Sabbatical There from 1959-1961

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In the summer of 1959, saxophonist Sonny Rollins disappeared from the jazz scene. He was 28 years old and at the height of his career. He would not record or perform publicly for almost three years, a virtual eternity for a jazz musician. Instead, Rollins took it to the bridge: he would practice, typically alone, up to 16 hours a day on the pedestrian walkway of New York's Williamsburg Bridge, not far from his home on the Lower East Side. Rollins has said of the experience: 'Playing against the sky really does improve your volume, and your wind capacity. I could have just stayed up there forever...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dizzy Gillespie

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dizzy Gillespie's birthday today! John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. Most noted for his trademark "swollen cheeks"... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Sammy Miller and the Congregation

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This week, let's get acquainted via video with drummer Sammy Miller and his band, the Congregation. The NYC-based group will make their St. Louis debut next week as part of an educational residency for Jazz St. Louis, wrapping up their time here with performances on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 at Jazz at the Bistro...

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