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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Geography of Music: Tulsa, Oklahoma

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While not place necessarily associated with pop culture preservation, the University of Tulsa is teaming with a philanthropist to make the city home to an archive of documents and objects belonging to Bob Dylan and others. Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange Bob Dylan will remain in Tulsa forever...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Sustainability: The State of Streaming

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As streaming's dominance in the music business to grow, we're taking a moment to look at the current state of streaming, as well as where it might be headed in the near future. Guest post from Rethink Music by Allen Bargfrede, original article on Slush Music 'Alexa, play some Tom Waits.' That's how my children will grow up interacting with music. Streaming has changed the game, forever, and in a good way...

CAREER: Booking Your First National Tour (in 10 Steps)

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While your first national tour is likely to be devoid of any sort of glitz or glamour, it's an essential part of growing your career as an artist. Here we look at how to make the transition from playing locally to playing nationally as easy as possible. Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the ReverbNation Blog...

TRENDS: Indie Record Store Black Friday Sales up 13.8%, Reports Cims

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Black Friday sales reports from the Coalition Of Independent Music Stores are in and they were universally positive, according to Michael Bunnell, CIMS Executive Director. Less comprehensive data showed an up day on Small Business Saturday, as well. Sales reports from most Coalition Of Independent Music Stores show Black Friday sales increases ranged from +5% to an astounding +53%, with an average increase of 13.8%. Only two stores reported decreases from their 2016 sales, while a couple reported flat sales. Less comprehensive data from Small Business Saturday was also positive, ranging from flat to +19% over 2016 sales...

CAREER: Top 3 Things to Spend Your Marketing Budget On

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As independent musician, where you funnel your marketing budget is incredibly critical. According recent polls, the following are what people in marketing departments consider the areas in which they have seen the highest return on investment in for their precious marketing dollars. Guest post by Tim Brown of Symphonic Blog...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, December 2017

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Our spring-like weather will probably fade into winter&#151 after all, it is winter in minnesota! but falling temperatures (and perhaps the white stuff too) will be countered by rising heat from both local and visiting jazz artists as we count down 2017. this month we welcome such touring talents as earl klugh, brad mehldau, benny green, joey defrancesco, bobby lyle, chris speed, john raymond, and of course, ending the year as well as the original configuration, the bad plus. from our local scene, brandon wozniak kicks off the month in a leading role; traditions like White Christmas at the Heights with Maud and Rick and the Peterson Family "Jam Before Christmas" return; Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson again reprise their "Crosby-Clooney Story"; Laura Caviani releases her second recording in two months; Andrew Walesch celebrates Sinatra; JazzMN swings in the holidays; and a long list of young guns do their best to make winter break a "Jazz Futures" blowout...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: November 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 November, 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...

SPECIAL OFFERS: Blue Note at Sea '18 Special Double Offer: Two Can Sail for the Price of One on Veranda Staterooms and Inside Staterooms Are Now Only $700 Per Person

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Blue Note at Sea '18, which will sail from January 27 to February 3, 2018, continues to add to its initial slate of artists and activities to create a truly one of a kind experience for its guests, unlike anything that might be experienced at a single land- locked concert or festival. The second-year sailing of the cruise now will offer over 100 of hours of live music by over 75 musicians, including two Tony Award winners, the recipients of more than 50 Grammy winners, and four NEA Jazz Masters. The NEA Jazz Masters, all of whom are sailing on Blue Note at Sea for the first time, are among the most celebrated jazz artists of our time: 22-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master m: Chick Corea, NEA Jazz Master m: Charles Lloyd, triple Grammy- winner and m: Dee Dee Bridgewater, and m: Dr. Lonnie Smith...

RECORDING: WM Project Releases Debut from a Familiar Place Featuring Jeremy Pelt, Marshall Gilkes and Rafal Sarnecki

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WM Project has released their debut album From a Familiar Place on WM Records. While WM Project is a brand-new constellation, the musical masterminds behind it, pianist m: Andrzej Winnicki and tenor saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, go back a long way. They have played together in the fusion group Electric Breakwater, and have furthered appreciation of Polish composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda through their widely acclaimed Komeda Project. KP's Requiem, featuring bassist m: Scott Colley, drummer m: Nasheet Waits and trumpeter m: Russ Johnson, made the list of Top New Albums in The Village Voice Critics Poll: 2009...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack Sheldon

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jack Sheldon's birthday today! Along with Lester Young in the 30s, Dizzy Gillespie in the 40s, and Zoot Simms in the 50s, Jack Sheldon is one of the Original Lions of the West Coast Sound. Jack\'s a premier improviser, is one of only a handful of trumpet players throughout jazz history who has developed his own distinctive "signature sound". It\'s an inimitable sound that comes from his heart and soul, what Miles Davis called "a voice"... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Bill Evans in Umbria

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On July 19, 1978, pianist m: Bill Evans was at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Terni, Italy. He was accompanied by bassist Mark Johnson and drummer Philly Joe Jones. A few weeks ago, 28 minutes of the trio playing that night was uploaded to YouTube. The songs are "The Peacocks," "Theme From M*A*S*H," "Midnight Mood," "Nardis" and an incomplete "Solar," featuring alto saxophonist Lee Konitz...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: This North American Indie Record Store Chain Grew from 8 to 82 Stores in 2017

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Much like the recorded music industry, record stores are making a comeback. While the gains are modest, some new stores are opening successfully with a mix of vinyl, merch, used music and more. One independent chain has grown to 82 stores, fueled by the vinyl resurgence and guided by technology. Independently owned music retailer Sunrise Records, whose history dates back to 1977, grew to an 82 store Canada-wide operation in 2017. The firm launched its expanded operations with a belief that the music business could not only survive but thrive with its offerings which include a heavy dose of vinyl...

CAREER: 10 Free Tools for Automating Your Social Media

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A lot of artists may not have the either the time or the patience to meticulously curate their social media presence across a multitude of different social media platforms. In such instances, these handy automation tools can help make the job that much easier. Guest post by William Grigsby If you are tired of routine tasks and endless media marketing tips, you are in the right place. We are tired of them too. All we want is to teach people how to improve their ratings faster and easier, how to make efficient decisions, and how to improve work quality. Simple as that. No endless stories on how to be better at marketing, no tips on how to master the art of sending emails...

RECORDING: Jazz Guitarist Tom Guarna Leads a Dream-Team Quartet-Featuring Keyboardist Jon Cowherd, Bassist John Patitucci and Drummer Brian Blade-on "The Wishing Stones"

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Tom Guarna -- a guitarist whom DownBeat magazine has praised for the 'emotion, tension, surprise and passion' in his music -- assembled what he calls 'a dream team' for The Wishing Stones, his seventh album as a leader, and his first for Destiny Records. The album, to be released on November 10, 2017, features Guarna leading a quartet with keyboardist m: Jon Cowherd, bassist m: John Patitucci and drummer m: Brian Blade, each player a renowned virtuoso and band leader in his own right. Guarna's previous album, the hard-grooving Rush (released by Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records in 2014), garnered wide acclaim. All About Jazz said about that album: 'An unequivocally modern record that focuses on both Guarna's compositional acumen and broad textural palette.' Referencing how this guitarist's guitarist deserves wider recognition beyond his considerable rep with his peers, All About Jazz added: 'It's about time that the secret already known among musicians finally becomes public knowledge.' The Wishing Stones is primed to make that happen, with its 11 hook-laced Guarna originals performed with warmth and elan by his all-star quartet. The sessions, produced by the guitarist, were captured at New York's Sear Sound, the site of historic studio sessions for artists from David Bowie and Wynton Marsalis to Steely Dan and Sonic Youth...

RECORDING: Guitarist Joe Caro and the Met Band to Release New Recording 'Every Dog Has His Day' (Innsbruck Records)

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When you hear the cover songs on Joe Caro and the Met Band's Every Dog Has His Day -- classics from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Carole King and one Great American Songbook standard -- your first thought may very well be, I've never heard those songs played like that before! Then it occurs to you that the original compositions by Caro -- the acclaimed guitarist and vocalist who's been an in-demand session musician in New York for decades -- are equally exciting and original, pumped with soul and adrenaline and sharp arrangements and some of the most virtuosic musicianship imaginable! You immediately wonder, just who is this guy...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Chuck Mangione

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All About Jazz is celebrating Chuck Mangione's birthday today! For more than five decades, Chuck Mangione\'s love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from the stage. Mangione first attracted attention with his brother, Gap, in a mainstream jazz band, The Jazz Brothers, in which he played trumpet much like that of the man who he refers to as his musical father-Dizzy Gillespie... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Jane Monheit, Douglas Ewart and the STL Free Jazz Collective, Battle Trance, Holiday Jazz Begins, and More

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This week's busy calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes a return engagement from one of the most popular female vocalists in jazz; a couple of shows featuring adventurous woodwind players; the first few of what will be many holiday-themed concerts for the season; and more...

RECORDING: Leo Richardson: The Chase

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News this week that Britain's Prince Harry's will marry American actress Meghan Markle in May isn't the only good word about British-American relations. Yesterday, I listened to British tenor saxophonist Leo Richardson's new album. It pays tribute to American hard bop. I'm happy to report that the musical coupling is a perfect match...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Solving the Music Startup Catch-22

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The difficulty, time and cost of licensing music has stymied an untold number of startups and scared off countless more investors. Crunch Digital has created a solution. Their Digital Music Sandbox will offer music startups a direct conduit to limited term music licensing without advances or minimum guarantees; and founder Keith Bernstein shares an advance look at this much needed service...

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