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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Dunmall

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All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Dunmall's birthday today! After turning professional at seventeen and touring Europe for one year with progressive rock group Marsupilami he moved to America and lived there for three years playing with many musicians including Alice Coltrane and toured with Johnny Guitar Watson for one year. On his return to the UK he worked with folk musicians Polly Bolton/Kevin Dempsey and groupings worked around the Dando Shaft band... Read more...

RECORDING: Guitarist/Producer Mark Haskins Releases "African Heartbeat" on Mih Music

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Passion is something that some would argue is ingrained in us from those around us. That could very well be the truth when speaking about Mark Haskins and music. Encouraged by his late father who was a violinist, he was inspired by the sounds of m: Wes Montgomery and m: Miles Davis. At the tender age of seven; he became a pint-sized piano man. Mark, who after graduating as an electronics engineer, went on to further his music studies (jazz), at the Trinity College of Music in London. It was there that he took that childhood love of the greats and channelled them as he grew into his own modern day Jazz artist. Now an artist with almost four decades of experience behind him, he's built up an impressive resume of accomplishments. From playing around the world, touring with countless artists, to being on the bill of major Jazz festivals, to being featured on BBC -- -he's done it all and then some. He has also worked as a session/studio musician in jny: London, Ireland, France, America and Australia with some of the very best artists in the world...

EVENT: Boss Tenors Series a Regular Feature at New York's Zinc Jazz Club

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This spring and summer, In Touch Entertainment's Boss Tenors series will feature world-class saxophone players in a legendary New York jazz venue, Zinc. Boss Tenors is part of In Touch's music series which also includes Vocal Mania and Dangerous Rhythms launched earlier this spring. The latter program focuses on Latin jazz and is curated by bestselling author and jazz aficionado, T.J. English...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Stanley Cowell

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All About Jazz is celebrating Stanley Cowell's birthday today! Stanley Cowell can best be described as an intellectual pianist. From his early classical roots to collaborations with premier jazz artists to his creative solo career, Cowell's music has been defined by integrity and taste. With an agile left hand and a relentlessly imaginative approach to standards and his own compositions, his solo concerts are events to be savored. Stanley Cowell, was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1941... Read more...

RECORDING: Escape to the Alluring Sounds of Vintage Exotica on "Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies and Other Exotic Delights" on May 25

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In the late '50s to the mid-'60s, somewhere between Elvis' last Ed Sullivan Show appearance and the Beatles' U.S. invasion, a strange musical movement surfaced in America seemingly from some fantasy island in the South Pacific. Known as Exotica, the music blended together wildly disparate musical styles -- easy listening and lounge; jazz and surf -- to concoct a fizzy colorful sound that felt both marvelously mysterious and delightfully fun. While originally a rather short-lived phenomenon, Exotica (and its stars, such as Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, m: Esquivel, Yma Sumac, and Les Baxter), has never disappeared from the cultural radar...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 7, 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 Kurt Elling The Questions (OKeh) 285 272 +13 2 56 1 6 2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Ron Carter

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All About Jazz is celebrating Ron Carter's birthday today! Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music\'s greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Videos: Sacha Distel Duets

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In the 1960s, one of France's biggest heartthrobs was Sacha Distel. A TV variety-show host with movie-star looks and a gentle, romantic persona, Distel seemed to melt the hearts of female singers who appeared with him. As one French singer from that era told me recently, "Sacha was impossibly handsome," which she followed with a sigh...

FESTIVAL: 2018 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle

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The e: Ballard Jazz Festival returns with its 16th edition, May 16-19, in Seattle's historic Ballard neighborhood. m: Clarence Penn and Penn Station, a New York ensemble that includes pianist m: Geoffrey Keezer, saxophonist m: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, and bassist m: Yasushi Nakamura, will headline the festival's Mainstage Concert. Swedish trumpeter m: Oskar Stenmark will open the concert, which in turn celebrates the Grand Opening of the brand new Nordic Museum Auditorium...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Lewis

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Lewis' birthday today! The Modern Jazz Quartet managed that rarest feat of all: to make great art that pleased the serious listener as well as it did the general public. The M.J.Q., as they were known, featured vibraphone, bass, drums, and piano, and yet had the breadth of an orchestra and the intimacy of the most delicate chamber ensemble. Even when they played music written by others, it sounded as though it had been written for them... Read more...

RECORDING: Vic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova

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One of my favorite little-known bossa nova albums was recorded by a British big-band leader born in 1919. Inconceivable, but true. Vic Lewis Plays Bossa Nova at Home and Away was recorded in Los Angeles in January 1963 and in London for EMI in February as an RCA-EMI joint venture. The L.A. tracks were done with top Hollywood jazz artists while the balance was recorded with British jazz musicians. Many of the players in both cities had recorded with Lewis before. ...

RECORDING: Vivi Hu Becomes New Creation on New Ep

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Don't tell singer, songwriter, and bandleader Vivi Hu that fairy tales never come true. Once upon a time, a young girl was born in Xiamen, China, where she grew up studying traditional Chinese music, along with vocals and flute. After her first exposure to jazz at a festival in Shanghai, she ambitiously determined to infuse jazz into traditional Chinese music. This determination led her to study in jny: New York City, where she earned a master's in music with a focus in jazz performance for voice, formed her own fusion band, and released her recorded debut...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Richard "Groove" Holmes

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All About Jazz is celebrating Richard "Groove" Holmes' birthday today! Richard Arnold "Groove" Holmes, Born Richard Arnold Jackson (Camden, New Jersey) was a jazz organist who performed in the hard bop and soul jazz genre. He is best known for his 1965 recording of "Misty," and is considered a precursor of acid jazz. Holmes burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s (his first album, on Pacific Jazz with guest Ben Webster was recorded in March 1961). An African-American... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: Erin Bode, Joe Policastro Trio, "Swing Symphony," Peter Martin, Jeremy Davenport, Dweezil Zappa, and More

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This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music features jazz played by a variety of ensembles, from intimate duos and trios to a full symphony orchestra and big band teaming up to present the St. Louis premiere of a large-scale work from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Let's go to the highlights...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: The Music Industry Doesn't Need to be Saved

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In this piece Bobby Owsinski refutes the idea that technology will "save" the music business, arguing that as long as people want to hear music, there will be a business around it, and that things like blockchain tech can only be so beneficial. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 If I read one more gratuitous click-bait headline that says, 'Streaming Is Saving The Music Business,' or 'Blockchain Is Going To Save The Music Business' I think I'm going to scream. The recorded music business surely is facing many problems now, had them in the past, and will have them in the future, but to say that it will be saved from them by a technology is ignoring its rich history with technology...

TRENDS: Record Store Day 2018 Break Sales Records (Pun Intended)

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Record Store Day 2018 broke many sales records and proved that U.S. vinyl sales are not tapering off any time soon. The 733,000 LPs sold during Record Store Day week 2018 set an all-time high, according to Nielsen Music. Independent record stores set other all-time Record Store Day week highs including Vinyl LPs sold, at 580,000; industry share of physical album sales in a week, at 39%; and total albums sold (all formats), at 799,000 albums, the highest non-holiday week sales total since July 2005...

RADIO: Deezer, Jazz FM Partner to Honor Iconic Record Labels

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Deezer has announced a partnership with Jazz FM in honor of International Jazz Day. The streaming service has joined forces with the radio station on a new series called 'Jazz Stories,' which will focus on the history of five iconic jazz labels: Impulse! (Universal), Blue Note (Universal), Columbia (Sony), Atlantic (Warner), and ECM (Universal)...

EVENT: The Music of Nina, Miriam and Great Ladies of Piano Featuring Robbi Kumalo at Rockwood Music Hall on May 20

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Jazz has not one Great Lady, but a few including impassioned performance artist m: Robbi Hall Kumalo who pays homage to many of them in "Ladies of Piano: My Great African-American Songbook.' Kumalo includes Miriam Makeba with her clicking tongue and breathy syncopations, rocked our world with ancient rhythms and stories of South Africa. Kumalo connects to the spirit of Nina Simone who lit the world on fire with a vibrato that stirred souls and moved mountains. Experience the African-American Songbook's most popular hits with Kumalo at the piano interpreting them with conviction at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 in New York City. Aiding and abetting is percussion legend Leopoldo F. Fleming, side man for Simone, Makeba and Kumalo. Also Peter Fritz on bass and Wayne Dunton on drums...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Billie Davies Announces Perspectives 2 Performance at Art Klub Theatre in New Orleans on June 1

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Billie Davies Perspectives at e: Art Klub Theater 1941 Arts Street jny: New Orleans, LA 70117 June 1, 2018 at 8 pm $18 general admission $15 for artists seniors students teachers Perspectives II Billie Davies announces her Perspectives project finale performance, 'Perspectives II'. The performance will be recorded live for sound by Mike Davies and video filmed by Marion Hill and her team and will be produced as a digital only release (music) and Digital Streaming Video/DVD (music/video) and is slated to be released in the fall of 2018...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Shirley Horn

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All About Jazz is celebrating Shirley Horn's birthday today! Shirley Horn remembered playing her grandmother\'s piano when she was four years old. Uninterested in playing with the neighborhood children, Horn enjoyed nothing more than to play that piano, and would close herself off in her grandmother\'s parlor, which was kept for guests and was chillier than the rest of the house. After several years of this, her mother, who admired classical music, enrolled the girl in piano lessons... Read more...

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