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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Holland

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Holland's birthday today! Amid endless choices, the sound of a Dave Holland bass line compels attention. A master of tone and rhythm, the bassist, composer, and bandleader is now in his fifth decade as a performer and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. One of Holland\'s mentors, the affably sage-like saxophonist Sam Rivers, gave him a tip once. "Sam said, 'Don\'t leave anything out?"play all of it,\' " Holland once told a radio interviewer... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Steve Swell

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This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring trombonist Steve Swell, who will be making his St. Louis debut and kicking off New Music Circle's 2017-18 season with a concert on Saturday, October 7 at at The Stage at KDHX. Swell will be joined by an all-star assemblage of avant-gardists, including pianist Dave Burrell, known for his solo work and as an associate of major free-jazz artists such as Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders; alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, a longtime collaborator of pianist Cecil Taylor and also a bandleader in his own right; drummer Chad Taylor, who's worked with Sanders, guitarist Marc Ribot, and trumpeter Rob Mazurek's Underground projects; and William Parker, the veteran bassist who has recorded more than 50 albums as a leader and also been a key part of the bands of Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, Peter Brotzmann, and many others...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: September 2017

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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 September, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total downloads. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Rich

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All About Jazz is celebrating Buddy Rich's birthday today! Arguably the greatest jazz drummer of all time, the legendary Buddy Rich exhibited his love for music through the dedication of his life to the art. His was a career that spanned seven decades, beginning when Rich was 18 months old and continuing until his death in 1987. Immensely gifted... Read more...

CAREER: Guide to Livestreaming Your Concert or Event on Youtube

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With live video now functioning as an established and important component of event marketing, more attendees now expect livestreaming to be available at major functions, and platforms like YouTube Live make it easy to do- especially with a little help from us. Guest post by Rachel Grate of Eventbrite...

CAREER: Why Every Musician Should Be Playing More House Concerts

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While the dream of many aspiring musicians may be playing a packed stadium, getting to that point is a lengthy process, and playing any official venue, even a small one, has countless other expenses and challenges built in, one of the many reasons a house concert can seem so appealing. Guest post from the ReverbNation Blog...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: New England Conservatory's Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Performances and Events for 150th Season

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New England Conservatory's (NEC) internationally renowned Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation (CI) Departments announce nearly 100 concerts for the celebratory 150th anniversary season. The 2017-2018 season continues to build on NEC's rich legacy featuring 150 years of innovation showcasing the work of the first fully accredited jazz studies program at a music conservatory as well as the pioneering CI department. The new season showcases diverse musical offerings from today's most talented artists performed in NEC's renowned concert halls, including three new state-of-the-art venues at the Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC)...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 2, 2017

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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 Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It (Mack Avenue) 290...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jean-Luc Ponty

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty's birthday today! Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undispute master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Ponty was born in a family of classical musicians on September 29, 1942 in Avranches, France. His father taught violin, his mother taught piano. At sixteen... Read more...

TECHNOLOGY: Music and Technology: 4 Disrupters You Must Pay Attention To

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As the music industry continues its second year of promising recovery following the disruption of the digital marketplace and embraces streaming as the dominant form of music consumption, the question is already being raised -- what technology will be the next industry disruptor. Guest post by Sergey Bludov, Senior Vice President of Media and Entertainment Practice at DataArt...

ADVOCACY: Bill Frisell Offers Special Download to Benefit Houston's Mayor, Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

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Worldwide release date: September 18, 2017 American guitarist, Bill Frisell, one of the most sought after voices in contemporary music is offering a special download to benefit Houston's mayor, Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Harvey relief fund. 100% of the profits will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund which was created by Turner, as a direct response to individuals and corporations asking how they could help the city. On Monday, August 28th, three days after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Turner who is also a lawyer, announced in a press conference that he would personally represent any undocumented people who faced deportation as a result of seeking help because of the storm...

RECORDING: Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" with Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers on This Cassette Release

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All About Jazz writer c: Jakob Baekgaard recently called m: Matthew Golombisky a modern 'renaissance man'. He is a forward moving, fast acting, and busy artist. Between his acoustic/electric bass performing, commissioned compositions (including his work on Australian singer/songwriter Via Tania's latest album, featuring his Tomorrow Music Orchestra, his film scoring contributions to Argentine director Alejo Dominguez's feature film, La Sonada, or creating improvisation teaching supplements for the Institute for Creative Music), directing, filming and editing music videos and/or release trailers (ie. m: Nate Lepine, Tomorrow Music Orchestra, Quintopus, m: Matija Dedic, blink.), creating layout design work and/or photography for websites and albums (earsandeyesrecords.com, m: Matija Dedic, Hood Smoke, Pedway, Quintopus), conducting, directing and composing for at-risk youth orchestra, Orquesta Creer Es Crear in Buenos Aires where they performed in the tango-famed Teatro Roma, founding/directing Chicago-based indie label, ears&eyes records (2017 marks ten years), curating weekend- long music/art/film festivals, in the past dj-ing chicago's WNUR 89.3FM, and now releasing his newest double EP cassette, Cuentos Vol. 1 and 2, just maybe he can back All About Jazz's forceful claim...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Kirkland

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All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Kirkland's birthday today! Beginning his career as a teacher of classical music, Kenny Kirkland next became a jazz musician. Later he emerged from his jazz chrysalis as a practitioner of exotic pop/rock music and finally shed his wings to follow the mundane but financially more stable profession of studio musician. Kirkland was an associate of Wynton Marsalis... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: A Tribute to Art Blakey, Tap Dynamics, Route 66 Jazz Orchestra, and More

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This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music events in St. Louis features a little cabaret, a little tap-dancing, a tribute to one of the most influential drummers and bandleaders in jazz, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, September 27 Singer and actor Kyle Dean Massey, a Missouri State University graduate who's appeared on Broadway and in ABC-TV's show Nashville, performs a cabaret-style show for the first of two nights at Jazz at the Bistro...

RECORDING: Count Basie and Kay Starr

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Count Basie fans tend to focus on his hard-driving "Super Chief" bands of the 1940s and his stylistic "New Testament" bands of the 1950s. And rightly so. But often overlooked is Basie's output during the 1960s, when he recorded more than 30 albums, many of them slam-bang swingers. Coming off his Roulette Records contract in the summer of 1962, Basie began to record for Reprise, starting with his first album with Frank Sinatra in October '62. Then he alternated between Reprise and Verve until 1966, when he recorded one-offs for ABC-Paramount, Command, Columbia, Brunswick, Dot and MPS...

TECHNOLOGY: 280 Is the New 140: Twitter to Double Character Limit

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News came late yesterday that Twitter was doubling its character limit to 280. Various sources call it a test, a beta and a slow rollout. But whatever the pace of the character expansion, it's clear that 280 is about to become the new 140 on Twitter. Can't fit your Tweet into 140 characters? We're trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up. https://t.co/C6hjsB9nbL...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bud Powell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bud Powell's birthday today! Bud Powell is generally considered to be the most important pianist in the history of jazz. Noted jazz writer and critic Gary Giddins, in Visions of Jazz, goes even further, saying that "Powell will be recognized as one of the most formidable creators of piano music in any time or idiom." His first recordings were made in 1944, when he was a 20 year old pianist in the Cootie Williams Band... Read more...

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