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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby McFerrin

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby McFerrin's birthday today! Bobby McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the music world. A ten-time Grammy Award winner, he is one of the world\'s best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, the creator of "Don\'t Worry Be Happy", one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, and a passionate spokesman for music education. His recordings have sold over 20 million copies... Read more...

RECORDING: Andrew Rathbun Releases New Jazz Orchestra Recording on Origin Records Composer-Arranger Sets Margaret Atwood Poems to Music on 2-CD Set

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Continuing a prolific streak over the past two decades, saxophonist-composer-arranger Andrew Rathbun premieres three new suites of moving, meaningful music on his triumphant large ensemble debut for e: Origin Records. Two of the suites, 'Two Islands' and 'Power Politics,' are set to the evocative poetry of Margaret Atwood, who has enjoyed a rediscovery in the wake of the popularity of the Golden Globe-winning original series on Hulu, The Handmaid's Tale, based on the Toronto native's darkly dystopian and some would say prescient novel published in 1985 set in a near-futuristic totalitarian society. Rathbun's extremely ambitious 2-CD set, Atwood Suites, includes music from a third five-movement suite. Recorded in just three days in New York, it documents the composer's most accomplished and compelling writing to date, performed by a stellar crew of the Big Apple's finest, many of whom are leaders and composers in their own right. Anchored by drummer m: Bill Stewart, who's propulsive drive and interactive instincts color the proceedings in wholly unique ways, this mammoth undertaking features the brilliant flugelhorn playing of m: Tim Hagans and showcases the wistful, alluring vocals of Rathbun's longtime collaborator m: Luciana Souza, who breathes new life into the Atwood poems 'Excerpt From Circle/Music Poems' on the 'Two Islands' suite and 'We Are Hard On Each Other' on the 'Power Politics' suite. 'Luciana does such a great job,' he said. 'The project really can't be realized without her in a lot of ways. Of course, she did a record of poems by Pablo Neruda and another set to the poems of Eliza- beth Bishop, so she really knows what's involved. She's a pivotal part of this recording...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bix Beiderbecke

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bix Beiderbecke's birthday today! As a boy, Bix Beiderbecke had a few piano lessons, but he was self-taught on cornet and developed an unorthodox technique by playing along with recordings. His family disapproved of his interest in jazz and sent him to Lake Forest Academy in 1921, but the opportunity to play and hear jazz in nearby Chicago caused frequent truancy and eventually his expulsion. After several months working for his father in Davenport... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on the Thing

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Today, let's check out some videos featuring The Thing, who will be in St. Louis later this month for a show presented by New Music Circle on Thursday, March 22 at Off Broadway. With an energetic, extroverted style that's sometimes been called "Action Jazz" (after their 2006 album of the same name), saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, and bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten draw as much inspiration from punk rock and various world musics as they do from the jazz tradition...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Washington State Laughs in the Face of FCC Attempt to Prevent States from Protecting Net Neutrality

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Although the FCC recently repealed net neutrality on a national level, states are taking matters into the own hands, and while incumbent ISPs and the FCC are doing their best to prevent this, states like Washington don't seem particularly perturbed. Guest post by Karl Bode of Techdirt from the Unicorns-at-the-FCC dept In the wake of the FCC's net neutrality repeal, nearly half the states in the union are now in the process of passing new net neutrality rules. Some states are pushing for legislation that mirrors the discarded FCC rules, while others (including Montana) have signed executive orders banning states from doing business with ISPs that engage in anti-competitive net neutrality violations. Of course incumbent ISPs saw this coming, which is why both Verizon and Comcast successfully lobbied the FCC to include language in its repeal that tries to "preempt" state authority over ISPs entirely. But this effort to ban states from protecting consumers (not just from net neutrality violations) rests on untested legal ground, which is why some ISPs are also pushing for fake net neutrality laws they hope will preempt these state efforts...

RECORDING: The Maguire Twins -- Drummer Carl and Bassist Alan -- Display a Mastery of Their Craft That Belies Their Age on "Seeking Higher Ground," Due out March 30

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m: The Maguire Twins' mastery of their craft as jazz instrumentalists and composers is in sparkling evidence throughout their U.S. debut recording, Seeking Higher Ground, which will be released by Three Tree Records on March 30. Drummer Carl Seitaro Maguire and bassist Alan Shutaro Maguire, who'll turn 22 on March 19, take their place in the lineage of jazz brothers that includes such illustrious last names as Heath, Farmer, Montgomery, Mangione, Brecker, and Marsalis...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: March 12, 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 2 1 Jeff Hamilton Trio Live From San Pedro (Capri) 274 278...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Ornette Coleman

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All About Jazz is celebrating Ornette Coleman's birthday today! Early on in his career, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, recorded an album entitled, The Shape of Jazz To Come. It might have seemed like an expression of youthful arrogance- Coleman was 29 at the time- but actually, the title was prophetic. Coleman is the creator of a concept of music called "harmolodic," a musical form which is equally applicable as a life philosophy... Read more...

TRENDS: Americans Listen to 200 Billion Minutes of Audio Weekly

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A new set of data from Nielsen has revealed that the average US dweller is listening to a massive amount of audio on weekly basis, although not all of it seems to be coming from sources which you might expect. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Ever wonder how much we listen to audio programming in a given week. Nielsen Research actually keeps track of this and has some very interesting data that shows that Americans. listen to a tremendous amount of audio, but not all of it comes from the sources that you might think. With streaming at the forefront of everybody's minds (not to mention the news) these days, you'd think that's where we'd get most of our audio pleasure. Not so, however...

CAREER: Music Distribution in the Age of Smartphones

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Sound recording is younger than you might think- it was only invented around 130 years ago. Over this time, it has evolved from physical to magnetic, then digital, ultimately losing the need for a physical medium. Today, the majority of sound recordings, no matter if they are speeches, noises or online slots to fit music genres, exist as strings of ones and zeroes in cyberspace, so to say...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Roni Ben Hur Brings His Trio to Blues Alley on March 20

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Critically acclaimed guitarist Roni Ben-Hur will perform with his trio, featuring bassist Harvie S and drummer Sylvia Cuenca, at e: Blues Alley on March 20. Ben-Hur- born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, based in jny: New York City -- has recorded more than a dozen albums as leader or co-leader. The Blues Alley show is partially sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. 'Roni is an extraordinary musician. It is a pleasure and an honor to welcome him to Washington,' said Delphine Gamburg, Cultural Attache at the embassy of Israel in Washington...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: David Haney and Bernard Purdie Bring New York Jazz Stories to Joe's Pub on April 6

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On April 6, pianist and composer m: David Haney and legendary drummer m: Bernard Purdie will bring another performance of New York Jazz Stories to e: Joe's Pub. New York Jazz Stories combines swinging, electrifying music, featuring Bernard Purdie and company along with some highly entertaining stories retold by David Haney. These are real stories told directly to Haney, transcribed and brought to life with a sound track by 'Pretty' Purdie, bassist m: Adam Lane, m: Steve Swell on trombone; violinist m: Jason Kao Hwang, Melanie Dyer on viola, m: Tomas Ulrich on cello and m: Hilliard Greene on bass...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dick Hyman

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dick Hyman's birthday today! Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early \'50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. While developing a masterful facility for improvisation in his own piano style, Mr... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: The Free Soul of Ornette

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Abstraction came late to jazz. New York's abstract expressionism art movement emerged in the late 1940s and flourished throughout the 1950s. By contrast, free jazz didn't coalesce until the late 1950s, though there were inklings of the style in the music of Lee Konitz in the late 1940s and early '50s. Not until alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman and his sidemen did free jazz begin to become a jazz genre in 1959. While the music can be difficult for listeners accustomed to structure and familiar songs and scales to grasp, it is breathtaking once you calibrate your head and open your mind to a new set of rules and expression...

RADIO: Iheartmedia, 855 Radio Stations Go Bankrupt at 11:59 PM CST Wednesday

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UPDATE 2- The court gave iHeartMedia, its 855 radio stations and creditors until 11:59 PM Central time, Wed. March 7th to agree to a reorganization that would reduce its debt by $15 billion, according to papers filed Monday. As of 8PM CT, no settlement had been announced. The clock is ticking... A proposal filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday would reduce iHeartMedia's debt from $20.6 billion to under $5.8 billion, as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, iHeart's billboard division, would be spun off, and debt holders will receive both stock in Clear Channel and equity in a newly recapitalized iHeart...

TRENDS: 47 Million U.S. Adults Have a Smart Speaker at Home

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I'm one of many who believe that smart speakers will accelerate the adoption of music streaming, bringing it full into the mainstream. Getting an Alexa-enabled Sonos One doubled the amount of music played in my house simply by making playing whatever tracks or albums I'm in the mood for absurdly easy. So, in my view,, news that smart speaker use is exploding is also good news for musicians and the music industry...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Indies Demand Spotify Stock Profit Share, Sony Responds

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While the major labels have promised to pay their artists a share of any proceeds from the sale of their stock in Spotify, the independent music community is demanding that a corresponding share be passed on the many labels the major label owned companies distribute. All three major label groups have committed to sharing revenues from the sales of Spotify shares with the artists directly signed to their companies. Now indie trade organization, The Worldwide Independent Music Industry Network (WIN) is calling on Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and Universal Music Group to give the independent labels distributed by them, and therefore those artists they represent, their fair share of any payout...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Apple Deleting Itunes LP Format: Beginning of the End?

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Apple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018." Apple is killing the iTunes LP format, and some are seeing this as the rumored beginning of the end for paid downloads on iTunes. But the iTunes LP format, which includes lyrics, photo, liner notes and more, never really caught on...

EVENT: Highlights in Jazz Presents the Millennials Meet the Masters on Thursday, March 22, 2018 8PM at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center

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Something magical happens when outstanding jazz players ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s take to the stage and create common ground. That's what you'll experience at Highlights In Jazz's upcoming 'The Millennials Meet The Masters' concert, featuring saxophonists/clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson, trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Buster Williams, trombonist Steve Turre, and pianist Tardo Hammer...

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