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FESTIVAL: 5th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival

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The 5th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival, a three day, FREE, mega-musical event will take place Friday, September 15, 6PM to 10PM in Flemington, Saturday, September 16, 1PM to 6PM in New Brunswick and Sunday, September 17, 1PM to 6PM in Somerville. All events are BYO seating and will take place rain or shine...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Launches New Ad Space Geared for Print Advertisers

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All About Jazz, an unparalleled model of technical innovation for jazz, has developed a new full screen advertisement option that appears in the stream of a photo slideshow. Presented at 1920x1080 pixels, the clickable "Slideshow" ad appears after every fourth photo in a slideshow. All About Jazz tracks how many times the ad is viewed and how many times it is clicked...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Rollins

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All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Rollins' birthday today! It's no state secret that Sonny Rollins has never been fond of the recording studio. Never mind that he's recorded his full share of gems there -- not only early, celebrated albums such as Saxophone Colossus and Way Out West, but also digital-era efforts such as Old Flames and This Is What I Do. The man often embraced as the greatest living improviser requires too much creative freedom to start playing, as he puts it... Read more...

FESTIVAL: Jazz This Week: Alton Jazz and Wine Festival, Koplant No, a Horace Silver Tribute, and More

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This week's calendar of live jazz and creative music in St. Louis features the return of a rising jazz star with local roots, a tribute to an iconic pianist and composer, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, September 6 The "Grand Center Jazz Crawl" presents guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Jacobs at KDHX's Magnolia Cafe; a jam session with bassist Bob Deboo and friends at the Kranzberg Arts Center; and trumpeter Kasimu Taylor and band at The Dark Room...

RECORDING: Spike Robinson and Harry Warren

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It should be noted from the outset that there are no bad Spike Robinson recordings. The tenor saxophonist had a bold swinging style, much like Al Cohn, but Robinson tended to pop up into instrument's higher register and linger there longer, likely a result of his early years on alto saxophone and clarinet. In this regard, he shares much in common with Stan Getz, both in tone and the lyricism of his playing and solo work...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Desktop Still Beats Phones for Youtube Viewing [new Survey]

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Social media is moving to mobile, but the desktop is still the most popular device to watch YouTube videos for consumers across generations. In its Q3 report, 'The Generational Debate,' Strike Social examined a year of YouTube campaigns across 25 verticals in the U.S. and found that desktop computers had the highest view rate across devices at 30.9% vs. 27.9% for phone and 27.8% for tablet...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify Could Have Dodged Songwriter Lawsuits if They'd Just Asked the Record Labels...

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Spotify and other streaming services have been making a fair number of headlines recently owing to lawsuits surrounding a failure to pay proper royalties. In this article we break down how such lawsuits could have been avoided, by simply asking labels. Guest post by the Editor of The Trichordist This is simply a story about intent. Daniel Ek is the co-founder of Spotify, he was also the CEO of u-torrent, the world's most successful bit-torrent client. As far we know u-torrent has never secured music licenses or paid any royalties to any artists, ever...

RECORDING: Blue Engine Records Announces the Release of "Handful of Keys" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

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Jazz at Lincoln Center's Blue Engine Records today announced the release of Handful of Keys on September 15, 2017, a live recording of performances that captured 100 years of jazz piano in one night in Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Today, the first single from Handful of Keys, 'The Strawberry,' is available for streaming and download on all mass-market digital platforms. The album is also available to preorder on Jazz at Lincoln Center's newly relaunched webstore, both as a standalone CD and as a deluxe bundle featuring limited-edition Jazz at Lincoln Center gear and a ticket discount for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 30th Anniversary Season-opening concerts...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Bolden

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All About Jazz is celebrating Buddy Bolden's birthday today! Cornetist Buddy Bolden is one of the premier legendary figures of jazz. Credited as the founder of "jass," later to be called jazz, he was the first player to pursue an improvisational style. Much is unknown about Bolden\'s life, however, and it has been difficult for jazz historians to separate myth from reality, and the legend continues to grow... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora, Smart Speakers and Other Surprises from the Infinite Dial Study

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For a number of years Edison Research has been conducting a study to measure media and tech consumptions in the US. The latest batch of info from the study reveals some surprising numbers regarding the use of Pandora and Smart Speakers. Guest post by Bobby Oswinski of Music 3.0 For 20 years Edison Research has been conducting its Infinite Dial study that measures media and technology consumption in the United States. As always, the latest edition has a number of interesting discoveries, but it also identifies the new trends that may be in front of us, yet we find difficult to see. Here are some of the highlights...

CAREER: The Reasons Why CD Artwork is Important to Your Band

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If you manage a band and you're looking to take it to new heights, it's important you market correctly. Your band may well have the talent to be the next Linkin Park or Foo Fighters, but if you don't get your band name out there, music fanatics from around the world aren't going to know you exist. Marketing isn't easy without the right artwork, though, so you need to consider professional design services if you're serious about your band. Have a look at some of the below reasons why CD artwork is just as important as all the other aspects when it comes to marketing...

RECORDING: Bill Evans: Another Time

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About a year ago, I received an email from Dr. Jan Dropvat in the Netherlands. Jan is a major Bill Evans collector, and he told me about a rare recording made of an Evans concert performance on June 22, 1968 at the Netherlands Radio Union (NRU) VARA Studio 8 in Hilversum. I have a vast Evans collection and knew nothing about it, which was strange, and I couldn't find any mention online...

RECORDING: Lucky Thompson: Paris 1956-59

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Eli "Lucky" Thompson was one of jazz's most confident and gifted tenor saxophonists. On recordings, his imagination on solos was so fast and bountiful that he filled virtually every spare space with warm tones. Over the course of his career, Thompson was most at home in Paris, as evidenced by his exhilarating slippery and smokey sound on recordings made there. In recent years, Thompson's Paris recordings have been released on a wide range of French and American labels that have have quickly gone out of print. Now, I'm happy to say that we have them all on two sets from Fresh Sound...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Why Didn't Google Shut Down Youtube-MP3 Sooner?

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Why did YouTube and Google let the RIAA take the lead in shutting down YouTube-MP3? Much like their own Lyor Cohen's recent missive defending low payments and blaming musicians and labels for the "disconnect between YouTube and the rest of the industry," in failing to work to shut down the top streamripper, YouTube keeps missing opportunities to gain the respect of the music community...

EVENT: George Kahn Jazz and Blues Revue, Celebrating Ten Years of Path Ventures on September 14 at Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles

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When things get tough financially, very often it is a matter of circumstance, not a matter of choice -- it could be an outsourced job, or a medical emergency, or a car accident when you have insufficient insurance. Whatever it is that takes you over that edge, things can happen when there are too many bills, too many creditors calling and not enough to keep a roof over your head...

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