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OBITUARY: Jimmy Wilkins (1921-2018)

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Jimmy Wilkins, the trombone-playing brother of arranger-saxophonist Ernie Wilkins and the last surviving member of Count Basie's original New Testament Band launched in 1951, died August 24. He was 97. In recent years, Jimmy led a big band in Las Vegas using arrangements by his brother Ernie and Frank Foster. Jimmy and I spoke every six months or so. Our last conversation was in July. I'll miss him and his Count Basie stories. Here's my entire JazzWax interview with Jimmy...

TRENDS: Teen Social Media Cord Cutting - Should It Worry the Music Industry?

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Adults have been anxious about the smartphone usage of youths for some time, and it appears teens themselves are jumping on the concern train, with more than half of teenagers feeling they spend too much time on their phones. This raises the question, however, will efforts to combat this tech addiction help or hurt the music business...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: No Old Wine in New Bottles: Remastering Does Mean New Sound Recording Copyright, Says 9th Circuit

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The remastering of tracks has long created controversy in the music industry over whether these revampings necessitate the creation of a fresh copyright- a problematic notion to say the least. The 9th Circuit Court, however has decided a new coat of paint doesn't change things all that much. Guest post by Stephen Carlisle of NOVA Southeastern University...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz Legend Benny Golson to Appear at Baltimore's Jazzway 6004

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Internationally-acclaimed bebop/hard bop saxophonist, composer, and educator m: Benny Golson, who will turn 90 years old in January 2019, will appear at Baltimore's e: Jazzway 6004 on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The NEA Jazz Master and newly-inducted member of the DownBeat Hall of Fame will perform his famous tunes such as 'Killer Joe,' 'Whisper Not,' 'I Remember Clifford,' and 'Stablemates' in an intimate setting for one night only...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Goldings

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All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Goldings' birthday today! With his signature Hammond organ style and versatility on many keyboards, Boston native Larry Goldings has traversed not only the wide spectrum of jazz where he is perhaps best known, but also the worlds of funk, pop, and electronic/alternative music. High in demand as a sideman, Goldings\' sound can be heard on scores of albums by artists in virtually every musical genre... Read more...

RECORDING: Monday Recommendation: Luciana Souza

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Luciana Souza, The Book Of Longing (Sunnyside) Returning to recording, Luciana Souza is inspired by poetry. The Book Of Longing finds her drawing inspiration from poets of two centuries and singing three new songs of her own. Bassist Scott Colley and Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro accompany her, enhancing the album's moods, using counterpoint as commentary. Both solo with distinction. Colley is notably effective in Ms. Souza's 'These Things,' which has a nifty reference to Robert Frost. Pinheiro finds a rhythmic groove in Dickinson's 'We Grow Accustomed To The Dark' (1864). Ms. Souza's sources range from the 18th century to the 21st and include not only her work, but also Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson and the late singer-poet-novelist Leonard Cohen. Christina Rosetti's 'Remember' (1861) ends the album. It is a lyrical instruction for thinking -- or not thinking -- about her after she dies...

CAREER: Email is More Important Than Social Channels

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While it can be tempting to throw in your all with every shiny new social media platform that comes along, the stability and longevity of these platforms is notoriously unreliable, making a solid email marketing strategy with a good website to back it up the better way to go. Guest post by Jeremy Young of Soundfly's Flypaper...

TECHNOLOGY: Just Because the Internet Didn't Implode Immediately, Doesn't Mean Killing Net Neutrality Was a Good Idea

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Many may recall when the FCC ignored the pleas of just about everyone besides the telecom giants and opted to axe net neutrality, a decision which only went into effect as recently as June 11, and while Ajit Pai and friends are claiming the internet's continued functionality is proof dissenters fears were overhyped, the reality may be something quite different...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Lester Young

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All About Jazz is celebrating Lester Young's birthday today! Lester "Prez" Young was one of the giants of the tenor saxophone. He was the greatest improviser between Coleman Hawkins and Louis Armstrong of the 1920s and Charlie Parker in the 1940s. From the beginning, he set out to be different: He had his own lingo; In the Forties, he grew his hair out. The other tenor players held their saxophones upright in front of them, so Young held his out to the side... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jack Costanzo (1919-2018)

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Jack Costanzo, whose fierce bongo playing added drama and heat to hundreds of recordings and performances by jazz, pop and Latin artists starting in the late 1940s before moving on the TV and film, died August 18. He was 98. Costanzo wasn't the first to record jazz on the bongos. The instrument first appeared on Latin 78s as early as 1925 and on Afro-Cuban recordings by Machito in 1941. He also wasn't the first to record on the bongos in the post-war era. That honor in the late 1940s belongs to a long list of superb Latin players, including Chano Pozo, Lorenzo Salan, Diego Ibarra, Ramon Rivera, Emanuel Vaharandes, Jose Mangual, Sabu Martinez, Manny Oquendo, Bill Alvarez and others...

RECORDING: A Family Feeling: Temple University Jazz Faculty Record New Music by Bruce Barth

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In June, six members of Temple University's noted jazz faculty gathered in Bunker Hill Studio in Brooklyn to record eight tracks of new music composed by m: Bruce Barth. m: Terell Stafford, director of Jazz Studies at Temple, lead the charge and the result, Family Feeling, is a reflection on the warm camaraderie between Terell Stafford (trumpet); m: Dick Oatts (also/soprano saxophone); Bruce Barth (piano); m: Tim Warfield, Jr., (tenor/soprano saxophone); m: David Wong (bass); and, m: Byron Landham (drums) that has been forged over many years of touring and teaching side by side. This is the first time they have recorded together as a group...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz is Looking For Jazz Musicians to Tell Their Story

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Do you entertain your jazz and non-jazz-loving friends with wild stories of life on the road, or that crazy fellow student or band member you were forced to spend some time with? That moment when you met one of your jazz heroes? When you first gigged, or got to play with a great band? What's the worst gig you ever had to do and why? What have you learned from your experiences as musician? Have you been surprised to learn that something that seems so personal to you is something others have experienced too? Emily Remler once said she got so fed up with male band leaders hitting on her she decided to play at all girl festivals for a while, only to have lesbians hit on her instead. What kind of experiences have you you had learning and playing jazz? If so, we want to hear the stories you tell your fellow musicians when you're kicking back...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Branford Marsalis

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All About Jazz is celebrating Branford Marsalis' birthday today! Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands... Read more...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC on Georgetown University Press, Now Available!

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The familiar history of jazz music in the United States begins with its birth in jny: New Orleans, moves upstream along the Mississippi River to jny: Chicago, and then by rail into New York, before exploding across the globe. However, the rich history of jazz in the nation's capital is often overlooked. Some of the most important clubs in the jazz world have opened and closed their doors in Washington, DC, while some of its greatest players and promoters were born there like m: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown and m: Charlie Byrd. Several DC institutions are imperative to the national support of this iconic American form of music, including Congress, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. A network of local schools, churches, informal associations, music venues and jazz clubs keeps the music alive today...

EVENT: Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer Pittsburgh's Inaugural Jazz Week Commences with Great Success August 10-19, 2018

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An initiative came together in the Pittsburgh Jazz community to create a ten-day series of events for the city. The program called Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer was developed by the committee that grew out of the JazzHubs America project. jny: Pittsburgh was selected along with jny:Phoenix, AZ; jny:Portland, OR; and Washington, DC to hold a series of summits for their regional Jazz ecosystems. The JazzHubs America project concluded at the end of 2017; however, the Pittsburgh Jazz community formed a committee to further the initiatives outlined during the JazzzHubs Pittsburgh summits. This committee, comprised of 21 individuals including presenters, independent musicians, music educators and media, have continued to meet and plan not only the Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer but other initiatives. One such initiative that was launched during the Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer is a partnership with AllAboutJazz.com and JazzNearYou.com to create a comprehensive listing of Jazz events around the Greater Pittsburgh region. The website is pittsburgh.jazznearyou.com. JazzNearYou.com also has a mobile app and a weekly newsletter for Jazz lovers to stay informed of everything happing in Jazz around Pittsburgh. The partnership with AllAboutJazz.com also gives Pittsburgh a connection to other markets across the county...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Shorter

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Shorter's birthday today! Born in Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933, Wayne Shorter had his first great jazz epiphany as a teenager: 'I remember seeing Lester Young when I was 15 years old. It was a Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic show in Newark and he was late coming to the theater. Me and a couple of other guys were waiting out front of the Adams Theater and when he finally did show up, he had the pork pie hat and everything... Read more...

RECORDING: Montreal-Based Pianist Andres Vial Launches Series of Recordings Exploring Thelonious Monk's Music with "Sphereology Volume One," Sept. 28

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Pianist m: Andres Vial (pronounced Vee-al) launches a series of recordings offering new perspectives on the oeuvre of Thelonious Sphere Monk with the September 28 release of Sphereology Volume One on Chromatic Audio Records. It's a project the Montreal native has been working on since 2005, when he organized an annual Thelonious Monk Festival in Montreal. 'My band played four nights of Monk's music there,' says Vial. 'I transcribed about 50 of his tunes for those gigs, and the festival ran for four years...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 27, 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 John Coltrane Both Directions at Once- The Lost Album (I...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Glenn Zaleski

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All About Jazz is celebrating Glenn Zaleski's birthday today! Glenn Zaleski is one of the most in-demand pianists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Boylston, MA, Glenn has made a name for himself playing with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Ari Hoenig. His debut album, My Ideal, was released in March of 2015 on Sunnyside, and has been receiving critical acclaim: Downbeat Magazine named it 'sublime', Jazz Times called it, 'an engaging set by a talent worth watching... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jean Kittrell 1927 - 2018

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Pianist and singer Jean Kittrell, who performed traditional jazz, swing and ragtime in St. Louis and around the world from the 1960s into the 2000s, died on Tuesday, August 14 in Edwardsville, IL. She was 91 years old. A native of Birmingham, AL, Kittrell began playing piano as a youth in church, and went on to earn a degree in music theory at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi...

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