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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora Cuts 5% of Staff in $45 Million Restructuring

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Pandora announced an organizational restructuring today that includes layoffs in some departments as part of a $45 million in cost cutting "designed to prioritize its strategic growth initiatives and optimize overall business performance." 5% of Pandora's workforce is being cut today as the unprofitable music streamer pledges to cut $45 million in expenses. An SEC filing estimated the severance and benefits cost of the layoffs at between $6.5 and $8.5 million...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Yonder: On the Rise Music Streamer You've Never Heard

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From the ashes of the Beyond Oblivion, the flashy yet unlaunched $174 million music tech startup, comes Yonder, a free music service that's gaining traction, in large part because it is building in markets that are off streaming's beaten track, writes MIDiA's Mark Mulligan. By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry Blog...

TECHNOLOGY: Emergence of Blockchain Technology for Music

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In this piece, Mo Jalloh of Zimmi breaks down what blockchain tech can be defined as, and how the emergence of blockchain tech will affect artists and music industry in the near future. Guest post by Mo Jalloh of Zimrii The emergence of BlockChain Technology has been described as the greatest technology invention since the dawn of the internet, but for a good many people the concept is still quite alien...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Top 10 MP3 Downloads: January 2018

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All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 30 tracks featured in January, these ten represent our personal favorites. We also included the top ten reader favorites as indicated by total downloads. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here...

RECORDING: Trombonist Chris Abelen Releases "Songs on the Eve of Dismissal" -- Commentary on Present-Day Office Life

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Songs on the eve of dismissal, as the title suggests, is a project about working in an office, and the main emotions involved in present-day office life: fear and loss of individuality. With millions of people worldwide trying to survive the next reorganization while doing their job, this is a serious subject which connects to a large group; at the same time, not many songs have been written about it -- up to now, that is! Sad songs, but high-spirited ones as well: like the one they sang going to their last off-site, or the respectful but frank "Prayer to the shareholder." The project consists of about 22 pieces (two sets), nine of them with vocals. The other compositions (for a 7-piece line-up) have already been published in the 2016 instrumental album A day at the office. The instrumental compositions will also be used as a background for spoken contributions by Bastiaan Geleijnse...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Hackett

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby Hackett's birthday today! Bobby Hackett, one of nine children, was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. At an early age he played the ukulele and by the time he was twelve played guitar and violin, and had bought his first cornet. He left high school after his freshman year to take a steady job with a band that performed seven days a week at the Port Arthur- a local Chinese restaurant... Read more...

CAREER: Avoiding Burnout as a Musician

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Here Angela Mastrogiacomo tackles the pervasive issue of burnout for musicians and other working in the music industry, examining where it stems from and how it can be overcome or avoided altogether. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of Soundfly's Flypaper As I write this, I'm currently facing my own version of burnout. It's Friday afternoon, and it's been an especially long week of fielding emails, putting out fires, managing mini-crises, and trying to find time to actually build my business and look to the future. Did I mention also working in three miles of walking my dog each day, yoga, trying to eat right, and really, really, wanting to catch up on Bates Motel if I could just find the time to sit down, relax, and get my mind to stop racing...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Producer Quincy Jones Proposes a Music Stock Index Fund

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While there have long been index funds built around media and tech stocks, there has never been an index fund created specifically around music, something which famed producer Quincy Jones is hoping to change. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 One way to invest in the stock market reasonably safely is by investing in an index fund, which is a type of mutual fund with a portfolio constructed to match or track a market index, such as the Standard and Poor's 500 Index (S&p 500). advantages of an index fund include broad market exposure combined with very low operating expenses, so it becomes sort of a 'set and forget' type of investment. Up until now there are been funds created around media or tech stocks, but none specifically around music, and legendary producer Quincy Jones thinks the time is now right for it to happen...

WEBSITE: All About Jazz Improves Premium Musician Profile Service; Adds Three Facebook Services

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All About Jazz, a staunch supporter of and innovator for jazz, has added two new features to their Premium Musician Profile service and has introduced three Facebook related services that result in greater event distribution while saving data entry time. New and improved services include: Premium Musician Profile We added two significant features to an already feature rich service intended to help musicians promote events, sell music, and drive traffic. Bundled with the Premium Musician Profile Service is the Facebook Events Import (sold separately for $20/year). All About Jazz will import events uploaded to your Facebook page, saving data entry time at Jazz Near You. Musicians can also link up to 12 external articles (reviews, interviews, etc.) of their choosing. $30/year. View features...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Eldridge

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All About Jazz is celebrating Roy Eldridge's birthday today! Roy David Eldridge was a jazz trumpet player in the Swing era. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, resulted in him sometimes being seen as the link between Louis Armstrong-era swing music and Dizzy Gillespie-era bebop. Roy\'s rhythmic power to swing a band was a dynamic tradmark of the Swing Era. Eldridge was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His nickname was Little Jazz... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: The Basie-Ites: 1956 And '59

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Count Basie held onto his band through the 1950s because he didn't hold on tight. Rather than insist that musicians play only with him, Basie let them record as leaders or behind other artists whenever the band had extended time off. As a result, virtually all of his bandmembers recorded alone and together during the '50s and early '60s...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What is the Music Modernization Act and Who Supports It?

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The Music Modernization Act is poised to reshape music copyright and compensation for a generation. But what exactly is the MMA, and how will it impact songwriters and publishers? We will be exploring these questions all this week on Hypebot with "The Music Modernization Act: Peril Or Promise?," a series of articles and guest posts designed to explain and dissect the legislation. We begin with this simple question: What is the Music Modernization Act and who supports it...

CAREER: Shooting a Professional Music Video - A Look Inside

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In this interview with Jon Farley of the high-end music video production group The Famous Company, he answers questions about what goes into what an artist should know and prepare when looking to have professional music video made, and how to identify if a high-end production is something they're ready to invest in...

AWARD / GRANT: 60th Grammy Awards: Jazz Winners

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And the winners of the 2018 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo (For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.)...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Derek Bailey

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All About Jazz is celebrating Derek Bailey's birthday today! Bailey was born in Sheffield, England. A third generation musician, he began playing the guitar at the age of ten, going on to study with John Duarte among others. As an adult he found work as a guitarist and session musician in clubs, radio, dance hall bands, and so on, playing with many performers including Gracie Fields, Bob Monkhouse and Kathy Kirby, and on television programs such as \'Opportunity Knocks\'... Read more...

RECORDING: Wes Montgomery: Paris, '65

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Wes Montgomery was puzzled. Like most leading jazz musicians in 1965, the guitarist didn't think much of the pop-chart scene. Many top jazz artists felt the music was painfully repetitious and that many lousy musicians were making a lot of fast money. Geared to the kid market, the music, jazz musicians felt, lacked substance. Hence, jazz musicians who covered the stuff sounding like silly sell-outs. So when Verve producer Creed Taylor turned up at Montgomery's gig at New York's Half Note in September 1965 and played him Little Anthony and the Imperials' Goin' Out of My Head, Montgomery scoffed. "'Creed, you must be going out of your head. I can't do that kind of stuff...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: California-Based Jazz Singer Builds His Fan Base One Gig at a Time

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Jazz singer Kenny Washington has it all, musically. The diminutive vocalist, based for more than two decades in Oakland, California, has range, fluidity and a natural sense of swing. He grew up singing gospel music as a child in New Orleans- and that music's passion fuels his soulful artistry. His creativity- singing, scatting and even whistling- was on full display on Saturday, January 27 when he was the featured guest with the Dan Miller-Lew DelGatto quintet at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.The band includes Miller on trumpet, Del Gatto on tenor sax, Joe Delaney on piano, Don Mopsick on bass and Tony Vigilante on drums...

RECORDING: Aussie-NYC-Based Saxman Evan Harris Delivers with "Skylines"

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Skylines Debut Release by Evan Harris All Originals with Wisdom of the Masters Australian Tenor Saxophonist Earns Respect in NYC! As Featured On the International Program "ABC Jazz" Debut album Skylines from New York-based Australian saxophonist Evan Harris, documents a deeply personal journey by a young saxophonist at the top of his game breaking into the toughest music scene in the world, jny: New York City. The haunting yet uplifting melodies and incredible improvisations from this cast of truly international heavyweights, gives the listener an insight into the exciting future of Australian Jazz by a dynamic musician making waves abroad. Beautifully recorded at 'Systems Two Studios' in Brooklyn by multi-Grammy winning engineer Mike Marciano at 96k hTz, Skylines is available on CD, Vinyl and hi-res download from 54records.com.au and specialty music stores from early 2018...

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