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WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: May 2018

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All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in May, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

FESTIVAL: Skopje Cinema City Film Festival Fourth Edition Set for June 6-10 at Cinematheque of Macedonia--Focus on Jazz

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Taking place in Skopje, Macedonia, and now in its fourth year, the Skopje Cinema City (SCC) is a film festival dedicated solely to screening music documentaries. The program consists of documentaries that treat the subject of music in unique and creative ways. As such, it takes the best from the worlds of films and music to offer a different kind of experience to its audience...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Christian McBride

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All About Jazz is celebrating Christian McBride's birthday today! The finest musicians to spring from the world of jazz have clearly had an advantage when it comes to branching into other genres of music. Their mastery of composition, arranging and sight reading coupled with their flair for improvisation and spontaneous creation make them possibly the most seasoned and adaptable musicians in the art. Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, chameleonic virtuoso of the acoustic and electric bass... Read more...

FESTIVAL: Jazz This Week: Jazz St. Louis Students with Antonio Hart, "Miles Fest 2018," and More

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Post-Memorial Day, St. Louis' not-for-profit presenters mostly have wound down their season schedules and are transitioning to summer, but there still are some noteworthy jazz and creative music shows coming up in the next week. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, May 30 This week's "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" features saxophonist Jacob Alspach at The Stage at KDHX along with the jam session led by bassist Bob Deboo at the Kranzberg Arts Center and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor's band at The Dark Room...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Spotify is Killing Jazz, Soul, Classical Music

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Is it time for a Fair Streaming movement? Chris Rizik explores the structure of the new streaming economy and the way in which artists are paid could spell bad news for Jazz, Soul, Classical and other niche music genres. Guest post by Chris Rizik of Soul Tracks Two events happened recently that caught my attention: Lil Pump, a 17 year old Miami rapper, signed an $8 million recording deal with Warner Bros. Around the same time, one of the leading modern soul singers in the US celebrated on social media the one millionth stream of her latest song on Spotify. Her financial haul on it? Likely around $3,000. Though these two stories appeared unrelated, they are instructive of the strange new world of music streaming payments, and the inherent bias against soul, jazz, classical and other genres of music aimed at adult listeners...

FESTIVAL: 2018'S Newport Jazz Festival Juggle Nears

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The 2018 edition of the Newport Jazz Festival's three-day music marathon has quite the lineup in store at Fort Adams State Park August 3-5 With all sizes of ensembles and a range of mostly jazz styles, the event offers more than 60 musical groups on its four stages. Tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd turned 80 in March- and that significant birthday celebration will continue at Newport, where he will be featured with a different group each day. On Friday, he appears with his Sangam trio with tabla player Zakir Hussain and drummer Eric Harland. Saturday features Lloyd's New Quartet with pianist Jason Moran, bassist Ruben Rogers and Harland. Lloyd wraps up the birthday fete on Sunday with his Americana-styled band with singer Lucinda Williams, guitarists Marvin Sewall and Stuart Mathis, Moran, Rogers and Harland...

RECORDING: Guitarist Pete McCann Flexes Jazz-Rock Muscles on "Pay for It on the Other Side," Set for July 20 Release by McCannic Music

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m: Pete McCann's trademark infusion of post-bop jazz with roots-rock grit and energy reaches a new peak with the guitarist-composer's July 20 release of Pay for It on the Other Side (McCannic Music). McCann's sixth album, and his third with the quintet of alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher, pianist/keyboardist Henry Hey, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Mark Ferber, packs a hefty punch that emphasizes the confrontational aspect implied by its name...

CONTEST: Preliminary Judges and Side Personel for the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition from June 22-23, 2018 Announced!

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Marshall University -- a leading institution of higher education in West Virginia and the Nu Jazz Agency, have announced a 'Who's Who' list of Preliminary Judges and Side Personnel for the inaugural Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition during the Huntington International Jazz Festival June 19- 23, 2018 in Huntington, WV (U.S.A.)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Goodman

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All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Goodman's birthday today! Benjamin David Goodman was born on May 30, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the eighth child of immigrants David Goodman and Dora Grisinsky Goodman, who left Russia to escape anti-Semitism. Benny\'s mother never learned to speak English. His father worked for a tailor to support his large family, which eventually grew to include a total of 12 children, and had trouble making ends meet. When Benny was 10 years old... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Tranein' In

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From time to time, I intend to focus on a single track that I find electrifying and represents a definitive work by a significant jazz artist. The purpose of such a narrow focus is to separate one song from an artist's body of work, put it in context with the time in which it was released, and offer a gateway into an artist's discography for those who may be less familiar with him or her...

VIDEO / DVD: Grant Green: Funk in France

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Blue Note Records probably owes Grant Green's family an apology. The guitarist was the finest jazz guitarist of the 1960s, topped only by Wes Montgomery. Today, virtually Green's entire discography has made it into the digital age. But it may surprise many that a good number of his albums for Blue Note weren't released during his lifetime, including his first. By my count, nine as a leader were shelved for reasons that escape me. These albums include First Session, Remembering, Gooden's Corner, Nigeria, Oleo, Born to Be Blue, Blues for Lou, Matador and Solid...

CAREER: An Expert's Tips on Music Business Networking

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While networking's value as a tool for getting ahead in the music industry has long been established, how to do it effectively, and what is exactly it is are somewhat harder to define. In this piece we hear some tips from a pro on what exactly makes for good networking. Guest post by Jason Blume of BMI...

TRENDS: Google Home Smart Speaker Sales Soar, Great News for Youtube Music

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Two analysis of the smart speaker market paint a somewhat different picture. But both point to two trends: smart speaker sales are soaring and Google Home smart speakers are gaining ground on Amazon. That's good news for all music streamers, particularly YouTube Music. A new Strategy Analytics survey concluded that Amazon shipped 4 million Echo speakers for a 43.6% market share globally in Q1 2018 and Google shipped 2.4 million Google Home speakers to capture a 26.5% market share. But analyst Canalys believes that Google shipped 3.2 million smart speakers in Q1 2018 to grab a 36.2% market share with Amazon shipping just 2.5 million smart speakers for a 27.7% market share...

RADIO: Reigniting Our Love of AM Radio

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Once an integral part of the nighttime listening experience, AM radio has since fallen out of favor somewhat, as with many traditional forms of media consumption. The medium is far from dead however, and in this piece, Fred Jacobs explores a plan to rekindle our love of AM Radio. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media...

CAREER: Jazz Fusion Drummer Bob Holz to be Featured on Jazziz Magazine's Summer CD and Recording with Guitar Legend Mike Stern

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Roy Holland Productions announced today that renowned jazz fusion drummer and composer, Bob Holz has a busy Summer 2018 schedule with a featured song on Jazziz Magazine's Summer CD, a concert in jny: Detroit, a recording session in jny: New York City with jazz great m: Mike Stern and a series of record dates in jny: Los Angeles...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wycliffe Gordon

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wycliffe Gordon's birthday today! Wycliffe Gordon enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. His trombone playing, hailed as "mixing powerful, intricate runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Claudio Roditi

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All About Jazz is celebrating Claudio Roditi's birthday today! This Brazilian composer/arranger and trumpet artist has fourteen critically acclaimed albums, a Grammy nomination, and a busy international touring schedule that includes the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. Claudio Roditi was born May 28th, 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his musical studies when he was just five years old... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Memorial Day 2018

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It is Memorial Day in the United States, a time for parades, picnics and family gatherings across the land. This is the perfect occasion on which to honor the US armed services by acknowledging and displaying the accomplishments of their bands dedicated to the music that is the primary stock in trade of Rifftides. We begin with the Airmen of Note, the jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. The arrangement of 'Cherokee' is by Alan Baylock...

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