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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Antonio Adolfo

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All About Jazz is celebrating Antonio Adolfo's birthday today! Antonio Adolfo is an important composer, having written songs recorded by many Brazilian and International artists. He also had a noted role in the process of making important music available through independent production, through the creation of the pioneer independent label Artezanal. As an arranger, he worked for several musicians and singers. The son of Yolanda Maurity... Read more...

CAREER: Tech, Data, Music and Unintended Consequences

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In this piece, Bim Ditson looks at the collision of the life a musician with the harsh realities of capitalism, the consolidation of power online, and the dangers of life on the road. Guest post by Bim Ditson from CASH Music I was asked to write about the consolidation of power online. After a number of months researching and learning about the complex forces and systems at work. I wrote a technical paper about Google, Facebook, and Amazon. The paper outlined how their scale, and ability to make unilateral decisions, have reshaped our world. I felt there was something missing from my technical approach. So, instead of submitting that paper, I sent this one...

OBITUARY: Remembering John Perry Barlow - Grateful Dead Lyricist, Tech Futurist

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It's inadequate to call John Perry Barlow a product of the 1960's since he did so much to help shape it and the decades that followed. If being a lyricist for the Grateful Dead weren't enough, his "Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace", published 22 years ago this week, and his work as a founding member of both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation, cemented his status as an influential thinker...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Evans (Saxophone)

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Evans (saxophone)'s birthday today! Throughout his 20-year career as a solo artist, multi Grammy nominated saxophonist Bill Evans has explored a variety of musical settings that go well beyond the confines of traditional jazz, including hip-hop, fusion, reggae, Brazilian and slamming funk. Evans steps into more adventurous territory on Soulgrass, blending jazz, funk and roots music into a seamless and wholly unique hybrid of quintessentially American styles... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Bill Evans: Very Early '70s

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Bill Evans changed in early 1972. The pianist who had looked like a gaunt accountant in the 1960s sported a mustache by 1971. A year later, his hair was college-campus long. He also sounded different. Instead of playing with poetic patience and lots of space, Evans sounded more agitated in his keyboard attack. This visual and artistic transformation has been attributed to a wide range of factors, from fusion's atmospheric influence to his growing frustration with the pianos he had to play while touring more extensively and his increased use of cocaine. Whatever the reasons, a marked intensity and crankiness had crept into his music...

TECHNOLOGY: Top 9 Exciting Gear Releases from Namm 2018

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The annual National Association of Music Merchants (or NAMM) Trade Show tends to evoke a good amount of excitement among music industry gear heads, and 2018 was no exception. Here we look at nine of the most notable such releases from this year's show. Guest post by Rory Seydel of Landr Every year the gear announcements at the National Association of Music Merchants Trade Show (NAMM) are cause for a lot of bank balance check-ins and daydreams of new sounds floating through your studio...

CAREER: Youtube Launches Official Artist Channels

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For a long time official artist channels were found only on label-owned Vevo, but all that is about to change, much to the delight of Google-owned YouTube, which will now allows artists to upgrade their channels to "official" artist channels. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Up until now, official artists video channels were part of the record label-owned Vevo, much to the chagrin of Google-owned YouTube, but now the platform is fighting back by launching its own version of artist channels. Starting this week all unofficial channels will be consolidated into one YouTube artist destination...

RECORDING: Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Big Band Leader Bill Warfield Pays Tribute to His Late Mentor, Colleague, and Friend, Trumpeter Lew Soloff," on "For Lew," Due out March 9

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m: Bill Warfield's career as a trumpeter was launched the moment he heard m: Lew Soloff's immortal solo on the Blood, Sweat and Tears hit 'Spinning Wheel.' 'It just completely knocked me out,' says Warfield, who was 18 at the time and gigging as a pianist, having given up hope of earning a living as a horn player due to dental problems. 'I'd never heard anything like it. I decided at that point that I wanted to play the trumpet again...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie Locke

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All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie Locke's birthday today! Eddie Locke was an American jazz drummer. Eddie Locke was a part of the fertile and vibrant Detroit jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, which brought forth many great musicians including the Jones brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Burrell, Lucky Thompson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, and so many others. He eventually formed a variety act with drummer Oliver Jackson called Bop and Locke which played the Apollo Theater... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: On CDs, LPS, Henderson and Horvitz

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In the 1950s when UCLA football coach Red Sanders (pictured right) said, 'Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing,' he could not have known that his sports philosophy would be adapted to virtually every human endeavor. Being number one is the overriding aim not only in sports, but also in politics and international relations -- as we keep hearing from the White House -- and in business and the arts. Hence, there is consternation at this week's news trumpeted in Billboard magazine that sales of CDs are so far down that the Best Buy chain will stop carrying them and Target stores may not be far behind. At the root of the change, of course, is the digital revolution; music downloaded from the Internet seems to be replacing music embedded in spinning discs...

VIDEO / DVD: Chico O'Farrill: Latin Modernist

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Looking back, 1951 and '52 were groundbreaking years for jazz. Bebop was still lingering, cool jazz had already begun in '49, the R&B-influenced hard bop was just emerging and so was the relaxed sound of West Coast jazz. But these years also were important for Latin jazz and the dominant role played by Chico O'Farrill in its development...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Soundcloud's Uncertain Future

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A unique and valued platform for both creators and consumers of music since its creation in 2007, SoundCloud has grown to become an integral part of the world of digital music. Once expected to surpass a billion dollars in value, however, the service's future has now become uncertain. Guest post by Alexander Stewart from Berklee's Music Business Journal...

INTERVIEW: Pandora Data Journalist Emily Blake on Artist Development Trends [interview]

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Here data journalist and music curator Emily Blake of Next Big Sound shares her thoughts and insights on finding trends in music, as well as how artists can and should use data for leveraging success. Guest post from the Pandora Amp Playbook You would be hard-pressed to find an artist that Emily Blake hasn't heard of yet. Emily is a data journalist for Next Big Sound, and each week she curates three exciting charts - Pandora Predictions, Pandora Trendsetters, and Pandora Top Spins. Emily is at the forefront of what's up-and-coming in the music industry, so we asked her to share her insights on discovering trends, best practices for artists using data, and her favorite features of Next Big Sound...

CAREER: 6 Essential Youtube Metrics Everyone Needs to Watch

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Besides acting as a platform from which to showcase your content and allow your fans to access your brand, YouTube also has important analytics tools that offer artists important feedback on how viewers are reacting to the content they post. Here we look at six such metrics. Guest post by Allison Johnelle Boron of Soundfly's Flypaper...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eubie Blake

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All About Jazz is celebrating Eubie Blake's birthday today! Ragtime music, with its syncopated, polyrhythmic style, was born, in the 1890s in the black saloons and brothels of southern and mid-western cities like Baltimore and St. Louis. It was at the center of American popular music from the end of the nineteenth century until the 1920s. One of the most enduring ragtime pianists was Eubie Blake, who took that music well into the 1980's... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Roger Guerin: Paris Meeting

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Paris in the 1950s was a special place. Unlike most urban areas in Europe, the city had endured little physical damage during World War II. Miraculously, it was spared German and Allied bombings during its capture, occupation and liberation. The toll on its population was a different story. City residents lived in harsh conditions under Nazi control, enduring cruelty, deportations and deaths at the hands of the Gestapo and German occupiers. When Allied forces liberated Paris in August 1944, residents could barely contain themselves, expressing admiration and gratitude. It was a party that lasted not for days but weeks...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Lino Raises $20m to Build a Blockchain Driven Youtube

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Cupertino, CA based Lino has raised $20 million to build a blockchain driven YouTube competitor. Many analysts believe that the delivery, tracking, transparency and micro-payments enabled by blockchain offers the perfect platform to build a more open and egalitarian YouTube alternative. Lino today announced a $20 million investment led by China's top seed investor Zhenfund. Other investors include the crypto-currency focused investment vehicles, FBG Capital, DFund, and INBlockchain...

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