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CAREER: Promoting a Limited Time Special Offer: A How-to Guide

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Lately Patreon has been going the extra mile in trying help its users maximize potential on the site, including allowing its users to provide special limited time offers to their fans. Here Brian Hazard walks us step-by-step through the art of limited time offers, both generally and using Patreon specifically...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pledgemusic Reorganizes After Late Payment Problems

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PledgeMusic is reorganizing its executive team after months of payment problems. As we reported last week, CEO Dominic Pandiscia has stepped down. Now company executives are taking on new roles in an effort to turnaround the popular music crowdfunding site. Co-Founder Malcolm Dunbar has been elevated to Global President and COO, building on the success of the UK and European division. Co-Founder Jayce Varden has returned and Scott Graves has re-joined as President of the North American territory. Members of the finance team were replaced in recent months...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz at Princeton University Announces Dynamic 2018-2019 Season November 14, 2018 - May 11, 2019

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Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer m: Rudresh Mahanthappa, presents a dynamic and compelling 2018-2019 Season, November 14, 2018 - May 11, 2019. Highlights include performances by student groups joined by guest artists including Blue Note Records trumpeter m: Ambrose Akinmusire, legendary vocalist m: Nnenna Freelon, and Grammy winner and drummer m: Terri Lyne Carrington. In April, Jazz at Princeton will present Princeton University's first-ever outdoor Jazz Festival...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Thelonious Monk

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All About Jazz is celebrating Thelonious Monk's birthday today! With the arrival Thelonious Sphere Monk, modern music -- let alone modern culture -- simply hasn't been the same. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate. His musical vision was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in tradition... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Maynard Ferguson: New York, 1950

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In December 1950, the Stan Kenton Orchestra appeared on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town TV broadcast. While the variety show hosted by an awkward Sullivan aired on CBS, not many people saw the band's newest addition -- trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. Television was in its infancy then and few homes had one. Fortunately tapes survived of Kenton's first TV appearance and Ferguson's spectacular debut...

CAREER: The 3 Best Ways to Ensure Your Next Event is Sold Out

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No matter how much work you sink into a show or tour, it'll all be for not if no one shows up. Marketing is key to filling the house, and while it may seem difficult or intimidating, it could really be much worse. Here we look at three of the best ways to guarantee your next event is sold out. Guest post by Ronnie Higgins of Eventbrite...

CAREER: Getting Started with Email Newsletters as a Musician

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While most artists likely already have some presence on social media, a great way to strengthen your platform and better connect with fans is to implement an email newsletter into your strategy. Here we look at some tips and ideas for getting started. Guest post by by Freddie Tubbs of the Symphonic Blog...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz Mastery on Parade

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Classic jazz from New Orleans is essential to performances by singer Lisa Kelly and trumpeter JB Scott but the couple showed once again what a wide net they cast when digging into material from the jazz canon, Great American Songbook and vintage popular standards. In the Charlotte County Jazz Society's 2081-19 season opener on Monday, October 8, their sextet mixed in a lot of fresh material with six of their concert staples, five of them rooted in New Orleans. This was the band's third visit to Port Charlotte in five years...

RECORDING: Performance and Visual Artist Diane Hoffman to Release Third Album Do I Love You Produced by Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring a Dynamic Ensemble

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Vocalist and visual artist m: Diane Hoffman will release her third album entitled Do I Love You on October 9, 2018. On the recording, Hoffman once again chose to feature drummer/percussionist m: Ulysses Owens, Jr. with whom she previously worked and, who for this project, produced and assembled a formidable ensemble that includes m: Billy Test, piano; m: Jacob Kelberman, guitar; m: Yasushi Nakamura, bass; m: Yoshi Waki, bass; m: Daniel Dickinson, tenor saxophone; Vitaly Golavnev, trumpet; m: Eric Miller, trombone; and m: Joseph Doubleday, vibraphone...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Garrett

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All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Garrett's birthday today! Kenny Garrett is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in Detroit, MI in 1960. His father was a tenor saxophonist. Kenny\'s career took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then led by Duke\'s son, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra (playing the music of Thad Jones) and also the Dannie Richmond Quartet (focusing on Charles Mingus\'s music). In 1984... Read more...

RECORDING: Tessa Souter: Picture in B&W

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Discovering something new about your ancestry has to be an awakening experience. I would imagine that learning the truth about your heritage would hit you like a bucket of cold water, instantly washing away past assumptions and putting your personal history in sharp focus. When singer Tessa Souter found out in 1984 that her birth father was from Trinidad, it changed her life dramatically. She quickly realized that she had roots in Africa, the Caribbean, ancient Britain and Spain -- all of which needed to be explored or at least considered. Born in London in 1956, Tessa studied piano and taught herself guitar at age 12. At 16, she left home, married, had a son, and in 1992 moved to San Francisco to pursue a journalism career...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How the Ep Killed the LP Star

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Shifts in the music industry have precipitated a new rapid fire format of music release, with artists constantly creating new music and releasing singles rapid-fire. In addition to other changes, this shift has caused the EP to begin edging out the LP as a dominant format of music. Guest post by Jon Chattman of Soundfly's Flypaper...

CAREER: 5 Key Priorities for New Artists

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For those fresh-faced artists just arriving on the scene, there are several important steps they must be sure to take in order to ensure they have at least a chance of success. Here we outline what the the top five priorities of new artists should be. Guest post from TuneCore [Editors Note:The following is an installment in our series of a partnership between TuneCore and students at Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University. In an attempt to offer new insight and educational content for independent artists, we're excited to give these music industry professionals of the future a journalistic platform...

RECORDING: Swiss Music Ensemble Sonar to Release New Live Album with Legendary Guest Guitarist

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Swiss music ensemble Sonar will be releasing their new live album Live At Moods with guest soloist/texturalist m: David Torn on November 16, 2018 on 7d Media. It was recorded live at Moods Jazz Club in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 24th 2018. Fusing a rigorous minimal concept with the power of a rock band and the sensitivity of a jazz combo, Sonar have quickly gained international reputation for creating a unique blend of music. With their slow-build approach to dramaturgy and avoidance of conventional forms, they focus on collective group efforts and a deeper kind of interaction amongst their members Stephan Thelen (guitar), Bernhard Wagner (guitar), Christian Kuntner (electric bass) and Manuel Pasquinelli (drums). Sonar's music is complex but still visceral, hypnotic but still dynamic. The ground feels as though it's continuously shifting beneath your feet in opposing directions as multiple motifs and rhythms flit about your head, circulating in different orbits...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Brasil to Bebop Celebration at D'Anbino Winery with Vocalist Julie Kelly and the Marshall Otwell Quartet!

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Vocalist/lyricist m: Julie Kelly, one of Los Angeles' finest interpreters of jazz standards and Brazilian music, will be bringing her considerable talents to D'Anbino Vineyards in Paso Robles, accompanied by the Marshall Otwell Quartet on Sunday, November 11th, for a celebration of the music of m: Antonio Carlos Jobim and m: Jon Hendricks...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Young

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All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Young's birthday today! A true innovator on the Hammond B3, Young took a different musical path than any of the other organ masters of his time: Although he started out drawing his major influences from the work of Jimmy Smith and the gospel and blues elements that other players employed, but eventually turned to a more complex, modal approach to the organ with sophisticated harmonic and chordal structure Larry Young was born on October 7, 1940... Read more...

RECORDING: Composer/Musician Wayne Horvitz Releases Two New Albums: The Snowghost Sessions (Songlines) and Those Who Remain (National Sawdust Tracks) Featuring Guitarist Bill Frisell

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Known for his multifaceted musical personality, composer/musician m: Wayne Horvitz displays his remarkably singular and distinguishable sound in two new recordings: his debut pianos/keys-bass-drums trio album The Snowghost Sessions (Songlines, October 5, 18) and his debut orchestral CD Those Who Remain (National Sawdust Tracks, October, 12 2018). Both are complemented by a nationwide tour culminating in a jny: New York City CD release concert at Brooklyn's Roulette, December 5, 2018. (Please scroll below for complete tour schedule.)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

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All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Whitfield's birthday today! Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston\'s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1987 where he studied composition, arranging, film scoring and conducting as well as all styles of guitar performance. Later on that year, he returned to his native New York, and immediately began his professional career. Within a few months, he had begun to perform and record with many well-known artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Class Action Filed Against Eventbrite over Ticketfly Hack

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Eventbrite is facing a class-action lawsuit in the wake of a highly publicized hack of the company's Ticketfly subsidiary that crippled dozens of major concert promoters and venues for days and compromised the data of 27 million users. In a class action lawsuit brought against Eventbrite in Chicago, attorneys for plaintiff Shanice Kloss accused the company failing to properly protect user's personal information, breach of contract, and negligence...

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