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VIDEO / DVD: Guy Lafitte'S Quartet and Quintet

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Paris was loaded with French saxophonists in the years immediately after World War II. Native-born eed players included Alix Combelle, Michel de Villers, Michel Attenoux, William Boucaya, Maurice Meunier, Andre "Teddy" Hameline and Andre Debonneville, Armand Conrad, to name a handful. One of the best of the French soloists was Guy Lafitte (above). More on him in a minute...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Coltrane

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Coltrane's birthday today! John William Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. At the age of three his family moved to High Point, NC, where young Coltrane spent his early years. His father, John Robert Coltrane, died in 1939, leaving twelve year-old John and his mother on their own. His mother, Alice Blair Coltrane, moved to New Jersey to work as a domestic while John completed high school. John played first the clarinet... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Ken Vandermark

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All About Jazz is celebrating Ken Vandermark's birthday today! For the past 20 years, Ken Vandermark has been exploring and working to expand the possibilities of improvised and composed music in North America and Europe. Since moving to Chicago from Boston in 1989, he\'s performed and recorded in a variety of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians. Past groups of significance include the NRG Ensemble, the DKV Trio, AALY, FME, the Vandermark Quartet, Spaceways Inc., School Days... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Alex Mercado

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Today, let's take a look at some videos featuring pianist Alex Mercado, who will make his St. Louis debut in a concert next Friday, September 28 at the Kranzberg Arts Center. The date is part of a brief tour of the Midwest, for which Mercado will be accompanied by Rodrigo Villanueva on drums and St. Louis' own Bob DeBoo on bass. While he's here, Mercado also will present a free, public master class at 1:00 p.m. on Friday in Room 103 of Washington University's Music Classroom Building, 6500 Forsyth Blvd...

TRENDS: Eventbrite Stock up 60% in Market Debut

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Concert and event ticketing platform Eventbrite stick soared as much as 70% during its Thursday IPO. Eventbrite shares had been priced $23 but at opened at $36 and climbed as high as $39.30 before ending the day up 59% at $36.50 per share. The self-service Eventbrite platform is popular with smaller venues and promoters, and its Ticketfly platform is one of the most aggressive alternatives to Ticketmaster...

RECORDING: Joe Locke Discovers His Lingua Franca on Subtle Disguise

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Available on November 16, 2018 from Origin Records CD Release Celebration: Nov. 17 @ e: Scullers, jny: Boston, MA For several years now vibraphonist/composer/bandleader Joe Locke has had two musical purposes: one, to speak in a vernacular which reaches people, and two, to continue challenging himself as a player, writer and arranger. In 2013 Locke released Lay Down My Heart (Blues and Ballads, Vol. 1), which dealt with the first directive. Then in 2015 he completed the astounding Love Is a Pendulum, a suite in five movements, which addressed the second. Now, on his newest release, Subtle Disguise (available on e: Origin Records, November 16, 2018), both of these impulses have been integrated into one recording. "For me, this album is the fruition of a long journey of self discovery as an artist, where I no longer see the different aspects of my musical personality as separate or at odds with one another. I have discovered my own lingua franca, connecting the seemingly disparate styles I enjoy playing," says Locke...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 24, 2018

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All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek radio chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations around the United States. Enjoy! TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 6 1 Steve Turre The Very Thought of You (Smoke Sessions) 272...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chico Hamilton

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chico Hamilton's birthday today! Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Foreststorn 'Chico' Hamilton, born September 21st, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim and Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnett, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr.... Read more...

RECORDING: Guitarist Bobby Broom Introduces His New Group the Organi-Sation with Their Debut Recording "Soul Fingers," Due October 12

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Virtuoso Chicago-based guitarist m: Bobby Broom has always embraced the rhythm and blues core of jazz music. On Soul Fingers, his 12th album as a leader and first with his new trio Organi-Sation, Broom mines the rich repository of '60s and '70s pop music, offering inspired versions of hits by the Beatles, Procol Harum, Steely Dan, and Seals and Crofts, among others. Set for October 12 release by MRI Entertainment, the recording was produced by legendary drummer Steve Jordan...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Coleman

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All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Coleman's birthday today! Steve began playing music just days before his 14th birthday as a freshman at South Shore High School on the south side of Chicago. His first instrument was violin but later that year he switched to the alto saxophone. For three years Steve studied the basics of music and saxophone technique, then he decided that he wanted to learn how to improvise... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying: Eurupeans Only

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In July 1953, drummer Louie Bellson recorded an album in Los Angeles for Norman Granz's Norgran label called Skin Deep. For the big band tracks, he assembled quite a stellar showcase of talent. The band featured Harry "Sweets" Edison, Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo and Ray Linn (tp); Hoyt Bohannon, Herbie Harper and Tommy Pederson (tb); Benny Carter and Willie Smith (as); Wardell Gray and Bumps Myers (ts); Bob Lawson (bar); Jimmy Rowles (p); Barney Kessel (g); John Simmons (b) and Louie Bellson (d)...

TRENDS: How Teens Influence Music Industry Trends in 2018

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While the constant connectedness of today's youth has been well established, just what impact that has on the music industry is somewhat less well documented. One thing which is certain however is the popularity of music videos among the younger demographic, leading to what some are calling the ressurection of the MTV generation...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Muhal Richard Abrams

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All About Jazz is celebrating Muhal Richard Abrams' birthday today! Muhal Richard Abrams..... World renowned pianist and composer has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for well over forty years. Muhal is a co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), founder of The AACM School of Music and President of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York City Chapter... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Helen Merrill with Strings

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Between 1954 and 1957, singer Helen Merrill recorded five albums for Mercury's EmArcy division. Yesterday, while writing, I spent the day listening to all of them as well as a bunch of assorted tracks she recorded for the label. Perhaps the best known album of the bunch is Helen Merrill, which she made in December 1954 accompanied by the Clifford Brown Sextet. The second most popular EmArcy album is probably Dream of You, arranged by Gil Evans and recorded between July 1956 and February 1957. I last posted about this one in 2010 (go here)...

CAREER: 5 Ways to Get Music Discovered in the New Digital Age

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While the ways in which people discover music have changed dramatically in many ways, some avenues remain the same. Here we offer advice to artists on how to get their music discovered in the digital age by consulting with industry experts on where they go to find new music. Guest post by Jeremy Young of Soundfly's Flypaper...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Nils Petter Molvaer

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All About Jazz is celebrating Nils Petter Molvaer's birthday today! Nils Petter Molvaer (NPM), Norwegian trumpet player, composer and producer, connects multiple music styles -- jazz, ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip hop, rock and pop music -- and effortlessly melts them into convincing soundscapes of deep intensity. Born in 1960 on the little island Sula (Norway), NPM was introduced to jazz from an early age by his musician father... Read more...

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