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WEBSITE: Member Page vs Musician Page: What's the Difference?

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If it has been a while since you last updated your musician page, you may find the All About Jazz member page and musician page relationship confusing. We're here to help. To clarify, everyone signs up at All About Jazz and creates a member account. Musicians take an extra step and create their professional (musician) page. We email you the how-to instructions when you sign up at the website...

RECORDING: "Moving Day," 2nd CD by Bassist/Composer Mark Wade and His Trio, Set for February 2nd Release

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On their 2015 debut, Event Horizon, bassist/composer m: Mark Wade and his trio displayed an uncanny empathy and earned a warm reception from press, radio, and fans. Moving Day, his sophomore recording which will be released February 2 by his label Mark Wade Music, showcases the evolution of the trio's tight, seemingly telepathic interplay...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Brookmeyer

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Brookmeyer's birthday today! Bob Brookmeyer has an unusually varied and extensive background in all forms of improvised and composed music. He was born December 19, 1929, attended Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he won the Carl Busch Prize for Choral Composition. He arrived in New York playing piano with Mel Lewis and Tex Benecke, staying there to perform the music of Eddie Sauter with Ray McKinley, free lancing with musicians such as Coleman Hawkins... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What Pandora's Genome Can Tell Us About the Sounds of 2017

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Here we look at breakdown of popular music on Pandora from a genre-based angle and how streaming, in addition to bringing in a majority of the revenue in music, is also reshaping the music itself, and allowing a more diverse group of artists and musical influences to reach listeners. Guest post by Emily Blake of Next Big Sound...

CAREER: Digital Marketing Tools, Resources for Independent Artists [part 1]

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In part one of this two piece article, we break down some of the tools available to independent artists to employ as they balance their role of both musician and marketer, and what resources they can utilize to put themselves ahead of competitors when it comes to digital marketing. Guest Post by Raj Shah of the TuneCore Blog...

AWARD / GRANT: Doris Day Christmas Album

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Each December for the past 10 years, I've carefully chosen a different album for inclusion in my annual JazzWax Vintage Holiday Album Hall of Fame. I established this yule repository in 2008 to steer you to great old-fashioned favorites that may be unknown to you or have been forgotten. I'm a shameless fan of holiday music, provided it meets my criteria: smart song choices and arrangements...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: Warren Benbow's New Book, "A Drummer's Story" Now Available!

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A Drummer's Story by Warren Benbow is now available. Jazz is one of the major forms of musical expression. In the 1970s, jazz was moving away from strict acoustic instruments and was adding electric instruments -- turning its style toward rock music. Warren Benbow, who has been playing drums since he was young, details the changes jazz music underwent in his artistic memoir, A Drummer's Story...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wadada Leo Smith

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wadada Leo Smith's birthday today! ISHMAEL WADADA LEO SMITH trumpet-player, multi- instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in the creative contemporary world music for over thirty years. His theory of Jazz and World music was significant in his music development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith\'s early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen... Read more...

OBITUARY: Keely Smith (1929-2017)

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Keely Smith, a vocalist best known in the 1950s at nightclubs and on TV as the stone-faced half of a husband-and-wife comic duo in which she impatiently waited out and mocked the rubbery crooning style of mate Louis Prima before delivering a sincere pop rendition of her own, died on December 16. She was 89...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: James Booker

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All About Jazz is celebrating James Booker's birthday today! The Piano Prince. As a pianist from New Orleans, he has no peers,though there is legion of those who have tried to imitate, duplicate and emulate his phenomenal approach on the keys. James Carroll Booker III was born in New Orleans on December 17, 1939, son of a minister, who played piano. It was his sister's music teacher who taught him piano scales and to read music. He was known for his musical gifts at an early age... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Abercrombie

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Abercrombie's birthday today! Over a career spanning more than 40 years and nearly 50 albums, John Abercrombie has established himself as one the masters of jazz guitar. Favoring unusual sounds (he played electronic mandolin on McCoy Tyner\'s 1993 album 4x4) and nontraditional ensembles (recent quartet recordings have included violinist Mark Feldman), Abercrombie is a restless experimenter... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/Spring 2018 Jazz Preview, Part 1

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With 2017 winding down, it's time for StLJN's winter/spring preview, offering a look via video at the jazz and creative musicians who will be coming to perform in St. Louis in the first part of the new year. Going, as usual, in chronological order, tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman will be the first well-known jazz visitor to St. Louis in 2018, checking in with his quartet for four nights of performances from Wednesday, January 3 through Saturday January 6 at Jazz at the Bistro...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sound Diplomacy: Improving Music Cities Worldwide

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For a music community to develop and thrive, it needs a city to grow in. So what is about iconic cities like London, Chicago, and Nashville that allow a local music culture to thrive, and how is this culture affected by governments and business? Sound Diplomacy seeks to answer these questions. Guest post by Leticia Trandafir of Landr...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 18, 2017

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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 1 1 Gregory Porter Nat King Cole and Me (Blue Note) 290 343 -5...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Palmieri

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All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Palmieri's birthday today! Eddie Palmieri, known for his charismatic power and bold pioneering drive, has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of both Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Eddie began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late Salsa legend and pianist, Charlie Palmieri. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie's generation, music was a vehicle out of El Barrio. At age 11... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

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Oscar Peterson was an exceptional jazz pianist, especially in front of a live audience. His rousing playing style and robust sense of swing swept up everyone in a concert hall. My favorite live period for Peterson is from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Here are three recently posted videos from this era...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Live Music Today: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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In this piece Joe Rinaldi reflects on the state of the live music industry, and how the rise of the streaming age and the drop off in retail sales has further increased the necessity of live performance for artists looking to make it in the music industry. Guest post by Joe Rinaldi, Managing Partner at San Diego's Music Box...

WEBSITE: Support the Jazz Near You House Concert Project

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All About Jazz, a constant innovator for jazz online, continues to stretch the boundaries of its platform with the impending launch of a jazz house concerts website. The goal of the house concert website is to create more alternative venue performance opportunities for jazz musicians and generate greater turnouts for home concert presenters. We'll also encourage and provide guidance to anyone with the interest in hosting a home concert: from preparation to finding and booking a band...

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