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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Branford Marsalis

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All About Jazz is celebrating Branford Marsalis' birthday today! Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands... Read more...

BOOK / MAGAZINE: DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC on Georgetown University Press, Now Available!

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The familiar history of jazz music in the United States begins with its birth in jny: New Orleans, moves upstream along the Mississippi River to jny: Chicago, and then by rail into New York, before exploding across the globe. However, the rich history of jazz in the nation's capital is often overlooked. Some of the most important clubs in the jazz world have opened and closed their doors in Washington, DC, while some of its greatest players and promoters were born there like m: Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown and m: Charlie Byrd. Several DC institutions are imperative to the national support of this iconic American form of music, including Congress, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. A network of local schools, churches, informal associations, music venues and jazz clubs keeps the music alive today...

EVENT: Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer Pittsburgh's Inaugural Jazz Week Commences with Great Success August 10-19, 2018

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An initiative came together in the Pittsburgh Jazz community to create a ten-day series of events for the city. The program called Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer was developed by the committee that grew out of the JazzHubs America project. jny: Pittsburgh was selected along with jny:Phoenix, AZ; jny:Portland, OR; and Washington, DC to hold a series of summits for their regional Jazz ecosystems. The JazzHubs America project concluded at the end of 2017; however, the Pittsburgh Jazz community formed a committee to further the initiatives outlined during the JazzzHubs Pittsburgh summits. This committee, comprised of 21 individuals including presenters, independent musicians, music educators and media, have continued to meet and plan not only the Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer but other initiatives. One such initiative that was launched during the Pittsburgh Jazz Days of Summer is a partnership with AllAboutJazz.com and JazzNearYou.com to create a comprehensive listing of Jazz events around the Greater Pittsburgh region. The website is pittsburgh.jazznearyou.com. JazzNearYou.com also has a mobile app and a weekly newsletter for Jazz lovers to stay informed of everything happing in Jazz around Pittsburgh. The partnership with AllAboutJazz.com also gives Pittsburgh a connection to other markets across the county...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wayne Shorter

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All About Jazz is celebrating Wayne Shorter's birthday today! Born in Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933, Wayne Shorter had his first great jazz epiphany as a teenager: 'I remember seeing Lester Young when I was 15 years old. It was a Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic show in Newark and he was late coming to the theater. Me and a couple of other guys were waiting out front of the Adams Theater and when he finally did show up, he had the pork pie hat and everything... Read more...

RECORDING: Montreal-Based Pianist Andres Vial Launches Series of Recordings Exploring Thelonious Monk's Music with "Sphereology Volume One," Sept. 28

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Pianist m: Andres Vial (pronounced Vee-al) launches a series of recordings offering new perspectives on the oeuvre of Thelonious Sphere Monk with the September 28 release of Sphereology Volume One on Chromatic Audio Records. It's a project the Montreal native has been working on since 2005, when he organized an annual Thelonious Monk Festival in Montreal. 'My band played four nights of Monk's music there,' says Vial. 'I transcribed about 50 of his tunes for those gigs, and the festival ran for four years...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 27, 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: Glenn Zaleski

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All About Jazz is celebrating Glenn Zaleski's birthday today! Glenn Zaleski is one of the most in-demand pianists on the New York City jazz scene. Originally from Boylston, MA, Glenn has made a name for himself playing with the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Ari Hoenig. His debut album, My Ideal, was released in March of 2015 on Sunnyside, and has been receiving critical acclaim: Downbeat Magazine named it 'sublime', Jazz Times called it, 'an engaging set by a talent worth watching... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jean Kittrell 1927 - 2018

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Pianist and singer Jean Kittrell, who performed traditional jazz, swing and ragtime in St. Louis and around the world from the 1960s into the 2000s, died on Tuesday, August 14 in Edwardsville, IL. She was 91 years old. A native of Birmingham, AL, Kittrell began playing piano as a youth in church, and went on to earn a degree in music theory at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi...

VIDEO / DVD: Electrifying Track: Cathexis

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In February 1964, pianist Denny Zeitlin recorded Cathexis, his first leadership album for Columbia. Denny was joined by Ben Tucker on bass and Ben Riley on drums. The title track is a word found in psychoanalysis to mean an acute amount of psychic energy directed toward a person or thing. At the time of the album's recording, Denny was studying medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, en route to becoming a psychiatrist...

FESTIVAL: Poncho Sanchez to Headline Free Tucson Downtown Jazz Fiesta on MLK Day 2019!

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PLUS THIS DYNAMIC LINEUP INCLUDING: TROMBONE SHORTY, KATHLEEN GRACE WITH LARRY GOLDINGS, UA STUDIO JAZZ ENSEMBLE WITH TERELL STAFFORD, AND SHEILA JORDAN WITH CAMERON BROWN ON SALE AUGUST 24! The line-up for the 5th annual e: Tucson Jazz Festival, scheduled for January 11-21, 2019, continues to take shape with the announcement of Poncho Sanchez headlining the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta on Monday, January 21, 2019 (MLK Day). Last year the Jazz Fiesta drew more than 12,000 people downtown. Funding for the concert is provided, in part, by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Rio Nuevo...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Brad Mehldau

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All About Jazz is celebrating Brad Mehldau's birthday today! Pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau's most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio. Mehldau also has a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle, and a record called Places that includes both solo piano and trio songs... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Candoli, Rosolino + Scott

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In May 1973, trumpeter Conte Candoli, trombonist Frank Rosolino and Tony Scott on baritone saxophone were on tour in Rome backed by a local big band. The orchestra included Conte Candoli, Oscar Valdambrini, Cicci Santicci, Alvise Verzella, Beppe Cuccaro, Al Corden (tp); Frank Rosolino, Dino Piana, Ennio Gabbi, Mario Midana, Ernesto Pumpo, Gennaro Marullo (tb); Tony Scott (cl,bar); Attilio Donadio (as); Giancarlo Barigozzi, Salvatore Genovese (ts); Santino Tedone, Gianni Basso (saxophones); Carlo Zoffoli (vib); Antonello Vannucchi (p); Enzo Grillini (g); Giorgio Azzolini, Giorgio Rosciglione (b) and Vincenzo "Enzo" Restuccia (d)...

TECHNOLOGY: Google Overtakes Amazon in Smart Speakers

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Fresh research has revealed that Google has pulled ahead of Amazon in the smart speaker department, the latest move by the tech giant in its quest to be the best in the biz at tracking users and building speech recognition tools. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy According to the Canalys research outfit, Google has taken the lead over Amazon for the first time in the acquisition of biometric identifying data-aka 'smart speakers'. It should come as no surprise that Google is vastly more interested in acquiring 'phonemes' by which to identify users and track them through a variety of means...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Malachi Favors

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All About Jazz is celebrating Malachi Favors' birthday today! Malachi Favors- acoustic bass Malachi Favors was the mainstay bassist in a remarkable group that combined traditional elements of jazz and blues, West African music, chanting, ritual, abstract sound and silence. The Art Ensemble of Chicago was one of the landmark groups of experimental jazz. But with all its theatricality the rudiments were not slighted. Favors, a concise, direct and eloquent player... Read more...

OBITUARY: Jack Costanzo, 1920-2018

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The percussionist Jack Costanzo was so closely identified with his instrument that early in his career he became known as 'Mr. Bongo.' Costanzo died over the weekend at his home near San Diego, California. He was 98. During his long career he worked with Stan Kenton, Nat Cole, Charlie Parker and dozens of other musical stars. He was frequently featured in motion pictures and television programs in duets with celebrities including dancer Ann Miller, singer Judy Garland and actor Marlon Brando -- a fellow bongo player who studied with Costanzo...

VIDEO / DVD: Video: Count Basie at Birdland

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If you were lucky enough to see Count Basie live in New York in the 1950s, you probably saw him at Birdland, where his band was in residence for several months of each year. I can't even imagine how the Basie band must have sounded in that tight room, especially playing April in Paris. Fortunately for us Steve Allen did a segment on Basie and the band and took his show's TV cameras down there for the music...

CAREER: Why Every Indie Needs a Developer Ninja

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In this latest piece from indie.ninja, two industry experts with experience in both software development and the music business outline some important rules for successfully implementing effective project development into your work. Guest post by Constantinos Mavromoustakos and Ray Canapini of Indie.ninja...

CAREER: What Makes for a Great Musician Website?

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For any band or artist, having a strong web presence is key to your success, particularly when it comes to your website. In this piece we look what components make for a good website, and how you can work to improve yours. Guest post by John Hull of Soundfly's Flypaper We've got a brand new free course, made in partnership with our friends over at Bandzoogle, called How to Create a Killer Musician Website. And in the process of making it, we spent a ton of time looking at artist websites, and we're pleased to share some quick information about what we think makes a big impact on potential fans. But first, here's course instructor Delaney Gibson's take...

EVENT: International Jazz Composers' Symposium Set for May 16-18, 2019 at the University of Northern Colorado -- Featured Artist Lineup Announced!

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The fourth International Jazz Composers' Symposium, co-sponsored by the University of Northern Colorado and the International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC), will be held in the new School of Music facilities at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO from May 16-18, 2019. The Symposium is designed as a forum to bring jazz composers of all ages and nationalities together for an informal exchange of ideas, information, and inspiration...

WEBSITE: Jazz Near You Platform Improvements: Summer 2018

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The Jazz Near You platform continually improves resulting in an ever-growing list of concerts and venues while boosting event attendance and ticket sales worldwide. Some recent improvements include: Jazz Festival Directory Sorted by Date Festival? Add your 2018 or 2019 dates to your Jazz Near You festival page. When you do, your festival information will appear on our new International Jazz Festival Listing page. Festivals are sorted by event date and you must own your festival page to add your date(s). If you don't own your festival page, claim it...

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