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RECORDING: Drummer/Composer Reggie Quinerly Reveals a New Aspect of His Musicianship with the April 20 Release of "Words to Love"

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Hailed by DownBeat as the embodiment of 'style, substance, soul, and swagger,' m: Reggie Quinerly is just the kind of drummer to take on a first-time challenge -- like writing an album's worth of songs featuring vocalists. 'As a drummer, I'm always trying to write things you wouldn't expect,' says Quinerly. On Words to Love, his third album as a leader which is set for April 20 release by Redefinition Music, Quinerly composed music and lyrics for eight songs exploring the many facets of love...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sarah Vaughan

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All About Jazz is celebrating Sarah Vaughan's birthday today! In the 1940s, when most women singers adorned big bands as stage attractions rather than legitimate members of jazz ensembles, Sarah Vaughan, along with her predecessor Ella Fitzgerald, helped elevate the vocalist\'s role as equal to that of the jazz instrumentalist. A woman known for her many vicissitudes, Vaughan\'s outspoken personality and artistic eloquence brought her the names "Sassy" and "The Divine One.' A talented pianist... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Oscar Peterson: Hello Herbie

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Oscar Peterson first heard guitarist Herb Ellis in the spring of 1953. Ellis was playing at a club in Buffalo, N.Y., with the Soft Winds, a trio featuring Ellis, Johnny Frigo doubling on bass and violin, and Lou Carter on piano. Peterson and Ellis met briefly between sets, and the pianist filed away Ellis's name. And it's a good thing he did. That summer, tired of relentless touring, guitarist Barney Kessel, left the Oscar Peterson Trio to take on a growing list of recording commitments in Los Angeles. Before he left, Kessel recommended Ellis. [Photo above of Oscar Peterson with MPS Records' Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer in Germany courtesy of MPS...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Listen: First Album Composed by Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence has hit a number of milestones of late. Forget self-driving cars and microbots, the music industry has just seen its first album composed using artificial intelligence. Guest post from FrtyFve, powered by TalentAI insights 'Hello World' is the first full-length album composed using artificial intelligence. The project released by SKYGGE aims to illustrate that AI 'can be used to create new, compelling music, generating fresh musical material...

CAREER: 5 Great Ways That You Can Market Your Music

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The world's most successful musicians haven't achieved their fame and fortunes through sheer grit, determination, and talent alone: each and everyone of them have supplemented the raw materials at their disposal by expertly advertising their music. Guest post by Victoria Greene Advertising your music is a case of how, not if. There are a huge number of ways you can get your music out there and it's important that you select the ones that work best for you...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: A Magical Afternoon of Jazz

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Singer Alexis Cole wound up a three-stop Florida mini-tour on Sunday, March 25, treating the Firehouse Cultural Center audience in Ruskin to a rather unusual source of material for a jazz band. Quite simply, it was all about what she called "The Magic of Disney Love Songs." She mined the Disney songbooks extensively to find these heart-felt ballads from Disney-produced films, including Aladdin, The Aristocats, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Great Mouse Detective, Jungle Book, Lady and the Tramp, Pete's Dragon, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Pocahantas, Robin Hood, Snow White, and even The Parent Trap...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: James Moody

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All About Jazz is celebrating James Moody's birthday today! For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded lovers with his signature song Moody\'s Mood for Love an improvisation on the chord progressions of I\'m in the Mood for Love. Born in Savannah, Georgia on March 26, 1925, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, James Moody took up the alto sax, a gift from his uncle, at the age of 16... Read more...

RECORDING: Susan Krebs Chamber Band Releases "Spring: Light out of Darkness" on Greengig Music

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Spring: Light Out of Darkness is m: Susan Krebs' sixth album as a leader and the second CD project for the Susan Krebs Chamber Band. "Spring" is the follow-up to the Chamber Band's 2015 acclaimed release, Simple Gifts, taking the chamber band concept even further on this new project. Chamber music is defined as 'music composed for small instrumental ensembles and performed without a conductor. Traditionally intended for performance in a room or reception hall, often solely for the performers' own pleasure.' The idea for the jazz chamber band grew from salons hosted by jazz vocalist Krebs at her home. She calls these salons 'ThemeScenes,' in which she and a small group of her close friends get together in front of an invited audience to explore various motifs through wide-ranging music, poetry and spoken word...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Cecil Taylor

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All About Jazz is celebrating Cecil Taylor's birthday today! "One of my wishes has been realized. I found love. It was difficult, but I found it. Because when Billy Holiday sang, 'You don't know what love is,' great singers will tell you... it's a partnership. It's a sharing"....&#151-Cecil Taylor November 10, 2010 "Practice, to be studious at the instrument, as well as looking at a bridge, or dancing, or writing a poem, or reading, or attempting to make your home more beautiful... Read more...

RECORDING: David Cross and David Jackson Release New Album

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During the 1970s David Cross was a member of King Crimson and David Jackson was a member of Van der Graaf Generator. Now much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, the duo have teamed up for an amazing new album titled Another Day! Released via Cherry Red Records, the 12 new tracks on this album showcase the talents of Cross and Jackson and will appeal to the fanbases of both artists and the bands they have been in. It's an innovative meeting of minds. This new studio album also features Mick Paul on bass, Craig Blundell on drums and was produced by Jake Jackson...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Douglas

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Douglas' birthday today! Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously. His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two GRAMMY nominations... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on the Baylor Project

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This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on The Baylor Project, who will be making their St. Louis debut starting next Wednesday, March 28 through Saturday, March 31 at Jazz at the Bistro. Fronted by singer Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor, her husband and a native of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, they released their first album The Baylor Project (The Journey) in 2017 and were nominated for Grammy Awards this year in the categories of Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: It's Time for People to Learn How Streaming Really Works

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Despite it being the fastest growing form of music consumption, many people still don't fully grasp how streaming works or, as this article maintains, doesn't work. Guest post by Faza of The Cynical Musician Odd as it may seem, people apparently still don't understand how streaming music works. Spotify has been a thing for years and there's a fair number of competitors these days, as well. Despite the vast trove of experience available to anyone with a stake in the music biz (or an internet connection), everyone seems dead set on getting it wrong. Again...

RECORDING: Jazz Vocalist, Rebecca Angel, to Release "What We Had" on Timeless Grooves Records with Production by Grammy-Winner Jason Miles

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Four quick 's' adjectives come to mind when you first hear Rebecca Angel, making for some nice descriptive alliteration: smooth, soulful, sensual and sultry. Listening to her soulfully produced and exquisitely arranged debut What We Had, we can top that off with sexy and unabashedly sentimental as well. The emerging NYC based singer makes every emotionally compelling track an invitation - to dream, to love, to reminisce wistfully about beautiful times gone by which infuse every waking thought of today. With every swaying breeze of her distinctive voice, whether she's singing romantic lyrics or sharing her artful sense of vocalese, Rebecca tempts us to explore her cool and edgy contemporary update on the deeply exotic vibe of classic artists like Sade and Brazilian greats Bebel Gilberto and m: Astrud Gilberto...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: March 26, 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 Jeff Hamilton Trio Live From San Pedro (Capri) 277 301...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Stefon Harris

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All About Jazz is celebrating Stefon Harris' birthday today! Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as "one of the most important young artists in jazz" (The Los Angeles Times). He is unquestionably developing what will be a long and extraordinary career. Stefon Harris\' passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics alike... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora Buys Adwizz Platform Used by Spotify, Deezer

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Pandora is ramping up its digital advertising push with the acquisition of digital audio ad platform AdsWizz. The addition will upgrade Pandora's ad tech capabilities, providing its advertisers with greater audience reach, and expand the company's revenue opportunities. Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn are all currently AdsWizz clients...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: A Great Day in Venice

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Nearly seven years ago, former broadcaster Morrie Trumble was asked to start a jazz club in Venice for music fans who loved mainstream swing and a bit of bebop. It started small with scattered concerts and regular jam sessions. Before long, the South County Jazz Club, set up to serve the southern end of Sarasota County, was serving up helpings of jazz with season-long series of concerts generally running from October through April...

FESTIVAL: Lineup Announced for Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 17th Edition June 22-30: Nine Days, 300+ Shows, 20 Venues, 94 Free Events

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Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the complete lineup for the festival's 17th Edition. The nine-day festival returns to Rochester June 22 to June 30 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 300-plus shows at 20 venues...

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