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RECORDING: Hammond B3 Player Jocelyn Michelle Releases "Live at Viva Cantina" on Tony Monaco's Chicken Coup Label

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Organist m: Jocelyn Michelle's newest CD, Live At Viva Cantina (Chicken Coup Records, June 8, 2018), is a toe tapping, festive project of serious music that doesn't take itself too seriously. Although she's lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for several years, she decided to record this CD back in Los Angeles, her old stomping ground, where she and her husband, guitarist m: John Rack, lived and worked for many years. Viva Cantina is a Mexican restaurant and music performance venue with two stages in Burbank. It has the kind of party atmosphere that Jocelyn thought would be a good fit for a live performance with her band...

RECORDING: Expressive Vocalist Gary Brumburgh Releases "Moonlight" on Cafe Pacific Records

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For vocalist m: Gary Brumburgh, the lyrics of a song are like dialogue from a play, and when he sings, he approaches the material much like an actor prepares for a role. The lyrics, along with the music, suggest to him a scene and a persona with distinct emotions and motivation. This technique allows him to pour himself into a song, creating a highly personalized interpretation of the lyrics. Thinking like an actor comes naturally to Brumburgh, who has a long stage and screen acting resume that dates back to the 1970s...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Dolphy

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All About Jazz is celebrating Eric Dolphy's birthday today! Eric Allan Dolphy was a jazz musician who played alto saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists; he is arguably the greatest jazz improviser on either instrument. On early recordings... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: The Eely One

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In January 1959, tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb was teamed with fellow tenor player Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, organist Wild Bill Davis, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Arthur Edgehill on a Prestige album called Blow, Arnett, Blow. On The Eely One, a walking blues by Cobb, the tough tenors open the clutch all the way and snake through their solos. Cobb takes the first, with smokey, slippery lines. Jaws takes the second with a brash slinky delivery. Both blues masters were backed by Wild Bill Davis's organ, its drawbars seemingly set to full skating rink. Hard to keep the knees still on this groove maker...

RADIO: Thought Streaming Royalties Were Bad? Radio Airplay Royalties Even Worse

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Almost since its inception, streaming has often been maligned in the industry for the pittance which it pays out to artists, and while this criticism is often merited, things are actually much worse in the world of old-school radio play. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Artists and songwriters have a tendency to rip on streaming for its low payouts, sometimes without understanding the scale and metrics of how it really works. While it's true that streaming royalties can seem absurdly low sometimes, it turns out that U.S. radio airplay is way worse...

AWARD / GRANT: Bill Bruford's Definitive Boxed Set Nominated for Progressive Music Awards Reissue of the Year

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Drum legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Bruford's recently released definitive boxed set Bruford 1977-1980: Seems Like A Lifetime Ago has been nominated for 'Reissue of the Year' by Progressive Music Awards. Containing the collected works of the band on one extraordinary 6cd/2dvd-a box set, Seems Like A Lifetime Ago is a magnificent testament to one of the UK's most inventive and important Progressive Fusion bands...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Hollenbeck

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Hollenbeck's birthday today! John Hollenbeck\'s versatility as a percussionist and composer is revealed in a body of work that challenges countless boundaries. Performances with Fred Hersh, Kenny Wheeler and Bob Brookmeyer have showcased Hollenbeck\'s melodic and sensitive small-group jazz drumming. His unique approach to big band work is evident as a member of Bob Brookmeyer\'s New Art Orchestra, the BMI Orchestra... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Monday Surprise: Seeing Bix

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For many aficionados of Bix Beiderbecke the surprise is not that there is so little film of the great cornetist, but that there is any. To the left, we see a frame of film shot in 1928 for Fox Movietone News of the Whiteman orchestra recording or rehearsing a piece called 'My Ohio Home.' When Beiderbecke died in 1931 at the age of 28, he had earned the admiration of his contemporary and friend Louis Armstrong and become an inspiration for generations of cornetists and trumpet players. The official cause of his death was pneumonia, his lifestyle strongly suggests that advanced alcoholism was a contributing factor. Beiderbecke was a primary model for Rex Stewart, Jimmy McPartland, Benny Carter and Bobby Hackett, among dozens of others. The influence of his tone, lyricism and phrasing continued well into the new century in players including Warren Vache, Ed Polcer and Richard Sudhalter. Sudhalter was also Beiderbecke's biographer...

VIDEO / DVD: Tito Puente'S Cha-Cha-Cha

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Yesterday, the temperature hit the mid-90s in New York. As the mercury climbed, thoughts turned to Tito Puente, the Les Brown of Latin dance music. In the 1950s, Puente was one of the so called "Big Three" mambo dance kings -- Puente, Machito and Tito Rodriguez. While Machito veered toward Latin jazz and Rodriguez, a vocalist, was a bit more commercial, Puente's orchestra was primarily a dance band. But oh, what a dance band. The musicianship was extraordinary, as were the arrangements. He also became a master of the cha-cha-cha...

CAREER: How to Submit Music to Radio Made Simple

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When submitting music for radio, musicians will, at some point in the process, hit a brick wall. Here we look at straight forward breakdown of how to submit your music in a way that increases your chances of it getting picked up. Guest post by D. Grant Smith of the Symphonic Blog Music submissions for radio can be simple or they can seem impossible. What's your experience been...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Are Tech Companies the New Record Labels?

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[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression. Guest post by Michel Lambot. This article originally appeared on the [PIAS] blog...

TRENDS: Sony Predicts Growth Slowdown for Music Industry

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The recorded music industry has been on the up and up for the past few years, seeing double digit growth thanks to the magic of streaming. As with so many good things, however, doomsayers at Sony are predicting this precipitous growth will soon come to an end. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sue Raney

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All About Jazz is celebrating Sue Raney's birthday today! Sue Raney has one of the most beautiful voices in music. She is always in-tune, displays complete control over her vibrato, and has the rare gift of being able to interpret lyrics with such deep understanding that she makes them sound fresh, even if the words are familiar. Raney would be much better known today if she did not spend most of her time as a well-respected voice teacher, living in the Los Angeles area... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Steve Lacy and Whitey Mitchell

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Mention the soprano saxophone, and most people think first of Sidney Bechet, Lucky Thompson, Pony Poindexter, John Coltrane and Dave Liebman. But in the 1950s and beyond, the artist who did more to demonstrate the instrument's versatility across multiple jazz styles was Steve Lacy. He began in the early 1950s as a New Orleans-style player, using the instrument as a clarinet. Then he shifted to progressive jazz in the mid-1950s before becoming an early pioneer of avant-garde jazz with Cecil Taylor starting in late 1956. Lacy also was smitten with Thelonious Monk and was among the first to feature an album of Monk's music and recorded Monk's songs on many of his albums...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Harold O'Neal "Piano Cinema" Launch Event on July 6 in NYC - Free!

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Harold O'Neal's "Piano Cinema" Hudson Yards NYC Free with RSVP Only Album Launch Event Date: Friday, July 6th from 7-9pm Location: SAP Leonardo 10 Hudson Yards, Floor 48 New York, NY 10001 Attire: Smart Casual Admission: Free with RSVP only RSVP Now About Piano Cinema Piano Cinema is the second solo piano release for Harold O'Neal. He says it is his statement of a signature piano style that he calls by the same name. Piano Cinema was released on May 14, 2018 (Omomuki Foundation)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Scott

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Scott's birthday today! Tony Scott, a distinguished jazz clarinetist who in the 1950s helped steer his instrument out of the swing era and into the sax-infested waters of bebop. With Buddy DeFranco, Mr. Scott was considered one of the leading bebop clarinetists. (The two men were often described as the only major clarinetists to take on bebop, a style thought to be incompatible with the instrument's soft, sweet sound.) Mr. Scott, who also played the saxophone... Read more...

FESTIVAL: Celebrate Valentine's Day Weekend 2019 with Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, and More Aboard the Latin Love Boat

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Latin Cruise Events is proudly announcing "Latin Love Boat" Valentines Weekend Jazz Cruise. The luxurious Carnival Imagination will depart on Thursday, February 14th sailing from Long Beach, California to Ensenada Mexico and returning February 17th, 2019 (Thursday to Sunday). This 3-Day Music Festival Cruise will include: Legendary Jazz artists, m: Poncho Sanchez, m: Pete Escovedo, as well World Famous "SaSoul Godfather" Joe Bataan, PLUS Southern California's own The B-side Players and Northern California's Mike Torres Band and more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tom Harrell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tom Harrell's birthday today! Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on the L.A. Swing Barons

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This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring the L.A. Swing Barons, who are coming to St. Louis for a performance presented by the St. Louis Jitterbugs this coming Thursday, June 21 at the Intersect Arts Center. The event is part of an ongoing Thursday night swing dance series sponsored by the Jitterbugs. So far the series has featured mostly recorded music spun by DJs, said co-owner Christian Frommelt, but plans are to present a live band at least once a month, plus jam sessions led by local musicians...

CAREER: How to Give Your Album the Perfect Flow

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In this piece Michael Hahn explores the art of album sequencing, why it's important, and how an artist can assemble their tracks in such a way as to create a compelling and successful album and album release. Guest post by Michael Hahn of Landr You're done your album mixing and you're almost ready for album mastering. All that's left now is to arrange your song order just right...

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