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TRENDS: R.I.P. Six Strings: Is the Death of the Electric Guitar Near?

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Fred Jacobs surveys market trends of the past several years, many of which (including the bankruptcy of Gibson) point to the dwindling popularity of that most iconic of instruments, the electric guitar. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Strategies Disruption impacts virtually every business and platform - including the guitar...

RECORDING: Recent Listening in Brief: Black Art Jazz Collective, Lynn Arriale

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Black Art Jazz Collective, Armor of Pride (High Note Records) Half of the Collective's members are leading lights among jazz artists in their forties and early fifties. They include trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery and pianist Xavier Davis. The younger trombonist James Burton III, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Jonathan Blake blend into a modern mainstream sextet inspired, at least in part, by Wayne Shorter's writing during his Art Blakey period (and since) and by Miles Davis's pre-electronic bands. Among the highlights are Escoffery's title tune alternating intricate passages with floating ones and featuring his burly tenor solo. Throughout, Pelt's trumpet solos soar and dip. Increasingly impressive as a composer, Pelt contributes a pair of ballads: 'And There She Was, Lovely As Ever' and 'Pretty,' which lives up to its name. With his witty improvisation on Davis's 'When Will We Learn,' trombonist Burton reinforces his growing reputation. On the same piece, the Davis reminds us what a substantial piano soloist he is, and has been since his 1990s debut with singer Betty Carter...

RECORDING: Russian Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko Celebrates His Creative Life Jubilee with "Ascension"

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Ascension was recorded with his long time band and includes Val Chernook on drums and Oleg Kanakov on bass. He is also joined by special guests: Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, Argentinian pianist Mario Parmisano, renown Floridian musicians Luis Alicea (drums) and Aron Ferre (keyboards), Danish virtuoso Henrik Andersen and world class percussionist Gumbi Ortiz...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Dawson

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All About Jazz is celebrating Alan Dawson's birthday today! Alan Dawson was a respected jazz drummer and widely influential percussion teacher based in Boston. He was born in Marietta, Pennsylvania and raised in Roxbury, MA. Serving in the Army for Korean War duty, Dawson played with the Army Dance Band while stationed at Fort Dix from 1951-1953. During his tenure, Alan explored the post-bop era by performing with pianist Sabby Lewis. After being released from the Army... Read more...

RECORDING: Sarah Benasouli Releases Enthralling New Single 'Thoughts'

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m: Sarah Benasouli's latest track titled 'Thoughts' is a refreshing fusion ofjazz and synth play. The single highlights the melodic progressions and changes which are perfectly balanced by Benasouli's building vocals featuring her adventurous scatting and narrative lyrical tendencies. 'Thoughts' accentuates the quartet's innovative writing style through its catchy hook, creating an impressive intersection between various genres which speaks to the track's exciting yet simple sequence...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: July 16, 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 1 1 Joey Alexander Eclipse (Motema) 315 285 +30 1 54 1 9 2 4...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Albert Ayler

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All About Jazz is celebrating Albert Ayler's birthday today! Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was born on July 13th 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He learned to play the alto sax at a young age. His father, Edward, encouraged his musical interests and was his first teacher. Albert Ayler continued his musical education at John Adams High School, where he played oboe, and at the local music academy. His first gig was with Lloyd Pearson and his Counts of Rhythm when has was 15 in 1951... Read more...

RECORDING: Duck Baker on Thelonious Monk

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Duck Baker Plays Monk (Triple Point Records) Duck Baker (Richard Royal Baker IV) may not be a household name among jazz devotees at large, but in his career of more than four decades he has become a hero to other guitarists. He has led or been involved in dozens of recordings of folk music from all over the world, and several varieties of ragtime, gospel, bluegrass and blues. Baker is an exemplary performer and teacher of what is often called fingerstyle or fingerpicking guitar. To oversimplify the approach, let's just say that he plays using his fingertips and nails rather than a pick held in the right hand. That creates not only technical challenges, but also harmonic opportunities that Baker masterfully exploits. In concentrating on music by Thelonious Monk, Baker melds his own imagination and daring with the deep harmonic and rhythmic implications of Monk's compositions. In his notes accompanying this Vinyl LP, he recalls that in his teens he graduated instantly from rock and roll to jazz when he heard Monk's album Misterioso. He writes, 'Within a minute two I was completely hooked...

CAREER: 9 Tips for Increasing Social Media, Streaming Likes

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Summer is the slow season for some, but Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR believes that it is a great time to connect with fans and gain new ones. Here she looks at generating more Likes across social media and streaming sites. By Areil Hyatt of CyberPR Summer is ON! And it's a great time to increase social media following and up your engagement. I know it's difficult to focus on interaction with fans of your music when all you want to do is treasure the sunny days of the season, but this is prime time to connect with your fanbase and increase likes...

CAREER: How I Raised $40k with My Email List of Fewer Than 2k Subscribers

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Indie musician Cheryl B. Engelhardt recounts how she successfully raised $40,000 with a record funding campaign, and why its important to change the "starving musician" mentality when it comes to your email list. By Cheryl B. Engelhardt from CD Baby's DIY Musician The first time someone (who didn't share my last name) contributed to my record-funding campaign, I was floored. And then I got serious anxiety...

TRENDS: Streaming is Now 75% of U.S. Music Consumption [chart]

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There were 403 billion on-demand music streams (video + audio streams) in the United States in the first half of 2018, according Nielsen's 2018 Mid-Year Music Report. Using the industry standard of 1500 streams equals one album sold, that means nearly 270 million albums sold in the last six month. As this Statista chart illustrates, streaming now accounts for 75% of music consumption in the U.S. compared to physical and digital music sales, up from 50% in the first half of 2016...

RECORDING: Multi-Grammy Artists Randy Brecker, Eumir Deodato and Tom Scott Featured on New Album by Drummer Isaiah Stewart

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Jazz-funk drummer and worldwide recording artist m: Isaiah Stewart announces the release of his fifth album Summer Beat, which features trumpeter m: Randy Brecker, keyboardist m: Eumir Deodato and saxophonist m: Tom Scott. Summer Beat is currently available at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and all other popular online retail and music-streaming services worldwide...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Gonsalves

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All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Gonsalves' birthday today! Although his reputation is often hung upon the mighty gallery-rousing performance he gave at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival with Duke Ellington, tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves was at heart an introspective balladeer. His true legacy is his recorded collection of love songs. Paul Gonsalves was born on 12 July 1920, in Boston, Massachusetts, which is where he had his first professional engagement... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: T-Bone Walker: T-Bone Blues

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In the early 1940s, when African-Americans in the South and Southwest moved north to the Midwest and west to Los Angeles in search of job opportunities at war-time factories, they packed their souls. As the Great Migration filled cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland and South Central in L.A., transplants from places such as Mississippi and Alabama longed for the Delta blues they heard back home. Once settled in cities, many of these migrants wanted the blues served up as dance music, providing them with a country sound seasoned with urban flavoring...

CAREER: How to Optimize Your Music Tour Logistics

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Regardless of how big your tour may be, it's important that your manage your tour logistics carefully, or else sabotage your bands chances before it's even had a chance to get off the ground. Here we look at how you can optimize your tour logistics for maximum effectiveness. Guest post by Anand Srinivasan of Hubbion...

RECORDING: Grammy Nominated Pianist Antonio Adolfo Releases 'Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica'

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Throughout the past 40 years, Antonio Adolfo has had a very busy career as a pianist, composer and arranger. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, his teachers included m: Eumir Deodato and Nadia Boulanger (in Paris). A jazz pianist since the mid-1960s in Brazil, Adolfo worked with such major singers as m: Leny Andrade, m: Flora Purim, m: Elis Regina and m: Milton Nascimento and has recorded more than 25 albums as a leader. A major name for decades, his music combines together Brazilian rhythmic styles with jazz. His previous recording, Antonio Adolfo HYBRIDO- From Rio to Wayne Shorter, was a 2018 Grammy finalist...

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