News Feeds

VIDEO / DVD: Red Mitchell and Tony Fruscella

All About Jazz -

After my post last week on trumpeter Tony Fruscella, reader Don Frese wrote and asked if knew of bassist Red Mitchell's vocalese rendition of Fruscella's recording of I'll Be Seeing You. That song appears on Fruscella's Tony Fruscella, recorded by Atlantic in April 1955. I wasn't aware of Mitchell's vocal so I tracked it down and gave a listen. I was astonished. Before I share with you how this recording came to be, let's listen to the two tracks...

CAREER: 5 Small Business Tips for Music Industry Pros

All About Jazz -

Small businesses make the music industry go round, and whether you're a record label, marketing agency, or management company, we here offer five essential tips for achieving success as a small music business in 2018. Guest post by Jeanette Keats of Symphonic Distribution and the Symphonic Blog Small businesses keep the music industry running. If you own a management company, record label, event company, or anything else, you are important! We want to help you make 2018 your best year ever, so we put together a list of five tips to keep in mind as you grow your business, and create a larger impact...

RECORDING: 'That's Right!,' the Recording Debut of Trumpeter Brad Goode's Quintet Featuring Tenor Titan Ernie Watts, Set for October 19 Release by Origin Records

All About Jazz -

That's Right!, the recording debut of trumpeter Brad Goode's quintet featuring tenor titan m: Ernie Watts, documents the virtuosity and versatility of one of the tightest working bands on the contemporary jazz scene. Set for October 19 release by e: Origin Records, the album is a powerful showcase for Goode's ideal quintet as well as the soloing chops and writing skills of each of its members...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack McDuff

All About Jazz -

All About Jazz is celebrating Jack McDuff's birthday today! Brother Jack McDuff, was one of the handful of leading exponents of the soul jazz style created on Hammond organ by Jimmy Smith in the late 1950s. The instrument at the heart of the soul jazz style was the Hammond B-3 organ, usually in the company of electric guitar, drums, and often tenor saxophone. The emergence of Jimmy Smith as a major star on the instrument sparked its widespread use in jazz and pop music in the early 1960s... Read more...

OBITUARY: Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018)

All About Jazz -

Cecil "Big Jay" NcNeely, the father of the R&b tenor saxophone whose stamina and extravagant stage act starting in the late 1940s included playing on his back, setting the tone for rock 'n' roll and soul artists who followed, died on sept. 16. he was 91. big jay had several significant r&b hits in the late 1940s and '50s, including the deacon's hop (#1), wild wig and there's something on your mind. but his output included so many jump-blues singles that wound-up live audiences and jukebox listeners. these records included nervous, man, nervous; Big Jay Shuffle; Blow Blow Blow; Big Jay's Hop; Mule Milk; The Goof and The Deacon Rides Again...

RECORDING: Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker" out September 28th

All About Jazz -

When a 24-year-old m: Blue Lu Barker stepped up to the microphone at Decca Records studio in Manhattan in 1938 to record Don't You Feel My Leg, she had no way of knowing that that initial recording would turn out to be such an enduring piece of blues artistry. An immediate hit, the song instantly established Barker as a leading female blues vocalist, fueling a recording career that continued unabated throughout dozens of blues and jazz releases on Decca, Apollo, and Capitol Records. m: Billie Holiday once told an interviewer that 'Blue Lu Barker was my biggest influence...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Byrd

All About Jazz -

All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Byrd's birthday today! Charlie Byrd jammed with Django Reinhardt, recorded with Woody Herman, studied with the great Segovia, and with Stan Getz introduced the Brazilian bossa nova to international audiences. He then proceeded to form a super guitar trio with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis... Read more...

EDUCATION: King Crimson Guitar Legend Trey Gunn Presents Intro to Modes 8-Week Music Course - October 15 to December 8, 2018

All About Jazz -

Work directly with Trey Gunn on a weekly basis in this group course. For all instrumentalists and singers. In this course we will break down one of the basic building blocks of music- the modes- into digestible parts, both sonically and theoretically, so they can be used with ease. This course will: Help you to immediately find your ground in a piece of music Give you flexibility when improvising Give you greater color choices when developing your own compositions Help you grasp command of the core material of music Give you a long-term pathway to hear deeper into the relationships of the notes This course is designed to work for all players: Beginning players- We'll start with the basics. Intermediate players- Hone the fundamentals in your hearing for improved playing and writing Advanced players- Find the gaps in your melodic hearing. Apply practices to close the gaps and take your playing further Learn to play confidently while capturing the unique quality of each mode in your improvisations and compositions. This ease only comes from the deep exploration based on how you hear, in your own particular way. This course breaks down that exploration into its core essence, step-by-step...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley

All About Jazz -

All About Jazz is celebrating Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's birthday today! Both as the leader of his own bands as well as an alto and soprano saxophone stylist, Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was one of the progenitors of the swinging, rhythmically robust style of music that became known as hard-bop. Born September 15, 1928, into a musical family in Florida, Adderley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He became leader of the 36th Army Dance Band, led his own band while studying music at the U.S... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify, Nielsen Deal May Mean More Money for Artists

All About Jazz -

One of the most valuable types of data for artists and labels is demographic information on exactly who is listening to their music. This is why a new deal being struck between Spotify and Nielsen Research could have implications for not just advertisers, but also artists. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

TRENDS: Bmi Has Record Year, Revenue Tops $1b, Digital up 32%

All About Jazz -

BMI has reported record revenue of $1.199 billion for the fiscal year ending June 30th. The PRO distributed and administered a record $1.118 billion in royalties to its songwriters, composers and publishers, an increase of $95 million, or 9% higher than the previous year. The $1.118 billion in total distributions includes domestic and international royalties, as well as royalties from direct deals that BMI administers on behalf of its publishers. Distributions from these direct deals totaled $53 million, a $17 million increase over the previous year, account for about 5% of the PRO's total distribution for the period...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 17, 2018

All About Jazz -

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 Verve Jazz Ensemble Connect The Dots (Lightgroove Media)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Oliver Lake

All About Jazz -

All About Jazz is celebrating Oliver Lake's birthday today! Born in Marianna, Arkansas in 1942, Oliver moved to St. Louis at the age of two. He began drawing at the age of thirteen (and paints daily, using oil, acrylics, wood, canvas, and mixed media), and soon after began playing cymbals and bass drum in various drum and bugle corps. At 17, he began to take a serious interest in jazz. Like many other members of BAG and its Chicago-based sister organization... Read more...

RECORDING: Pianist Anne Sajdera Celebrates Creative Renewal, Cross-Cultural Inspiration with "New Year," Set for Nov. 2 Release

All About Jazz -

m: Anne Sajdera's remarkable acumen as both a pianist and a composer finds rejuvenation on New Year, set for November 2 release on her own Bijuri Records. The album hits close to home for Sajdera -- her ancestral home, that is, of the Czech Republic and its storied capital, Prague. A 2014 trip to Europe's 'Golden City' was the catalyst for the album's creation...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mel Torme

All About Jazz -

All About Jazz is celebrating Mel Torme's birthday today! Mel Torme was among the most enduring singers from the big-band era, maligned by some as the epitome of lounge singer, acclaimed by many more as one of a talented and serious vocalist. Legend has it that Torme began singing for his supper a Chicago restaurant when he was four and was working the vaudeville circuit soon after. He worked as a child actor on radio, and began writing songs in his early teens. In the early 1940s... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Tony Fruscella: Lost Trumpet

All About Jazz -

Tony Fruscella is among the least known trumpeters of the cool jazz movement. His dry tone sits somewhere on a sliding scale between Miles Davis and Chet Baker, with touches of Art Farmer. Yet Fruscella's sound was plenty distinct. With Fruscella, there were no piercing or bent notes or a fleshy romanticism. His improvised lines were highly melodic but his tone was introspective and dry, like fine sand. When you listen to him, you hear a horn expressing nocturnal introspection free of flash or showmanship. It's understated, sensitive and pure, with his lines more like a sketch than a fully rendered illustration. ...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Quincy Jones Joins Jammcard $1m Funding Round to Expand 'Linkedin for Musicians'

All About Jazz -

Quincy Jones has led a $1 million seed funding round in music tech startup Jammcard. The music industry professionals network has been called the "LinkedIn for musicians" by Forbes. Jammcard connects the music community via an invite-only social network for vetted pros and exclusive, members-only events. The app is credited with assembling live bands for Gwen Stefani, Zedd, Maren Morris, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jason Derulo and Grace VanderWaal. In addition, Jammcard curates a signature monthly live event called the JammJam, which have included takeovers of Tower Records and Capitol Records...

RECORDING: New Orleans Drummer Billie Davies Announces Her New Release, "Perspectives II" by Billie Davies Trio, for September 27, 2018

All About Jazz -

About Perspectives II "All of my music is improvisational... a conversation between musicians and musical instruments. A joint emotional expression inspired by a certain common feeling, thought or perspective in an instinctual, unpredictable, freely expressed improvisation exploring authentic feelings and inspirations that is being communicated to an audience, a listener, a community." -- Billie Davies...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brian Lynch

All About Jazz -

All About Jazz is celebrating Brian Lynch's birthday today! Brian Lynch GRAMMY AWARD WINNER; 4 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS; 2017 TRUMPETER OF THE YEAR, RECORD OF THE YEAR (Jazz Journalists Association) 'This is a new millennium, and a lot of music has gone down,' Brian Lynch said several years ago. 'I think that to be a jazz musician now means drawing on a wider variety of things than 30 or 40 years ago. Not just to play a little bit of this or a little bit of that... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: A Primera Vez

All About Jazz -

Two Jims and Zoot (1964) is a spectacular album that began as guitarist Jimmy Raney's idea. For some time, he had wanted to record an album with two guitars. When guitarist Jim Hall became available, the pair added tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson. On the album, the quintet takes on A Primera Vez (For the First Time) by Guy Mardel and Ralph Bernet. The ensembles opens the song swinging, with Sims taking the first solo. Next comes an extraordinary solo by Raney, followed by Hall's jagged attack. If you don't already have this one, it's a must own. Here's A Primera Vez...

Pages

Subscribe to Cafe Le Hibou Recollections aggregator