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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Haden

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All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Haden's birthday today! 'No other instrument in jazz is more essential than the bass, both backbone and heartbeat, and Haden is its master.' (Francis Davis /August, 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly) Time Magazine has hailed jazz legend Charlie Haden was 'one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz.' Haden\'s career which has spanned more than fifty years has encompassed such genres as free jazz... Read more...

RECORDING: Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story

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In August 1957, West Side Story opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre. The musical was fashioned after Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and was set on New York's Upper West Side in a neighborhood polarized by Puerto Rican and working-class white families. The show received positive reviews, and four years later the musical was adapted for the screen by director Robert Wise...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Airto Moreira

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All About Jazz is celebrating Airto Moreira's birthday today! Airto Moreira made an immediate impact on the American jazz scene by being the first Brazilian percussionist to be playing a lot of different instruments at the same time. He brought them all together with an avant-garde, progressive sensibility, and revolutionized the role of percussion, both in jazz and popular music. After him it was a wave, and he was at the forefront with his work with Miles, Weather Report, and Return to Forever... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Arjun at the Iridium in NYC on August 31st - One Night Only! Power Jazz Rock Trio - Jam Band!

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If you like m: Jeff Beck, m: John Scofield, m: Mike Stern...you'll love these guys! ARJUN The e: Iridium 1650 Broadway (at 51st St.) New York, NY phone: 212-582-2121 August 31 at 8pm- $20 Cover Reserve Now! New EP Due This Fall! ARJUN, the three-piece instrumental band from New York, has been trailblazing their own hybrid of rock and improvisational jazz since 2003. Featuring m: Eddie Arjun Peters on guitar, m: Andre Lyles on bass guitar and Michael Vetter on drums; ARJUN fuses the power of rock with improvisational alternative jazz, resulting in a delicate balance of intricately crafted melodies backed by powerhouse musicianship...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Louis Armstrong

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All About Jazz is celebrating Louis Armstrong's birthday today! By virtue of the role he played in its evolution during the first quarter of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong is regarded as the most influential jazz musician in history. This distinction is coupled with his stewardship of jazz around the world over the next five decades as the earliest and greatest ambassador of America\'s first true musical art form... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: 50 Years of Tower of Power

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This week, our video spotlight is focused on Tower of Power, who will be coming to St. Louis to perform next Saturday, August 11 at River City Casino. Touring this summer to celebrate 50 years as a band and to support a newly released album called Soul Side of Town, TOP under the direction of co-founder and tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo has maintained its signature sound through dozens of personnel changes and shows no sign of slowing down...

CAREER: Press Release and Beyond: Mastering Event PR

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While artists are likely to invest copious amounts of time and energy into building and maintaining their relationships with fans and sponsors, press often falls by the wayside. Media coverage is important however, and can often be your mealticket to a packed concert hall. Here we explore how to foster a positive and productive relationship with the press...

RADIO: Alexa, Do You Help or Hurt Radio?

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Since Amazon's Echo device dropped two years ago, the debate has been raging over whether or not these these voice command devices will help or hurt broadcast radio. Here we try to answer this question by taking a close look at the numbers. Guest post by Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media Since the Amazon Echo hit the scene a couple short years back, there's been all sorts of speculation about whether the advent of these voice command devices will be a plus - or a minus - for broadcast radio...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 6, 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 John Coltrane Both Directions at Once- The Lost Album (I...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Bennett

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Bennett's birthday today! No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. In the last ten years alone he has sold ten million records. The essence of his longevity and high artistic achievement was imbued in him in his loving childhood home in the Astoria section of Queens where he was born on August 3, 1926. His father died when Tony was 10 and his mother, Anna... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: David Binney

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All About Jazz is celebrating David Binney's birthday today! Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, saxophonist Dave Binney is one of the most prolific young jazz musicians on the scene today. Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, Dave was recently singled out by Jazz Times as one of a handful of "young players who have created an alternative jazz scene...all of whom are playing adventurous, original music... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Miss Fine

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Let's stick with Oliver Nelson today. In addition to being a high-impact modernist jazz arranger, Nelson was a sensational composer. Miss Fine is from Full Nelson, Nelson's second album as the leader of a big band. The album was recorded for Verve in 1962 and '63, and produced by Creed Taylor. The song, which has a Shiny Stockings feel, was named after and dedicated to Nelson's younger sister, Leontine LaCoste, who in 1963, when this album was released, was playing piano and singing at the Vanity Fair Night Club in St. Louis...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Jerry Garcia Music Arts Launches Indie Record Label, Celebrates His Birthday

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Jerry Garcia Music Arts LLC, a new mission-based music and arts entertainment services company, is commemorating the August 1st birthday of the late great Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia. To celebrate, the company is releasing a remastered live recording of 'Ripple' from the acclaimed guitarist's 1982 solo acoustic performance at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey. The free single will be made available to fans via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Napster, MediaNet, VerveLife, Tidal, Gracenote, Shazam, and 7Digital...

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