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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...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Count Basie

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All About Jazz is celebrating Count Basie's birthday today! Bill Basie studied music with his mother as a child and played piano in early childhood. He picked up the basics of early ragtime from some of the great Harlem pianists and studied organ informally with Fats Waller. He made his professional debut as an accompanist for vaudeville acts and replaced Waller in an act called Katie Crippen and her Kids... Read more...

CAREER: Think About It: Alt Music Formats to Consider for Your Next Release

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While streaming has certainly risen to become the dominant form of music consumption, physical formats aren't in the grave yet. Here we look at four different physical formats to consider next time you plan to drop an album or single. Guest post by Hugh McIntyre from the TuneCore Blog For the most part, people stream the music they love these days, but that doesn't mean physical formats are dead! In fact, they still make up a sizable chunk of revenue when it comes to the music industry, and sales of CDs - either at shows or otherwise - are still important to many independent artists who might not be able to rack up millions of streams every week...

RECORDING: It's a Bird, It's a Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD on BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

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m: Randy Waldman's career spans more than 40 years, and he's performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&b worlds. his work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. randy has been m: barbra streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on many of her albums, movies, and live performances. he won a grammy for co-arranging "somewhere" on streisand's the broadway album, and he received a grammy nomination for best vocal arrangement for m: the manhattan transfer's track, "code of ethics" from their album bodies and souls. he also toured with m: george benson for seven years as his pianist, conductor and arranger. waldman has worked with the brightest stars in the music firmament, from m: michael jackson and m: paul mccartney to m: michael buble and m: Quincy Jones...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Rava

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All About Jazz is celebrating Enrico Rava's birthday today! Enrico Rava, born in Trieste in 1939, is undoubtedly the most internationally acknowledged Italian jazzman. In forty years of his career as trumpet player, and composer, he has produced more than ninety recordings, tweny-five of which as a leader. Being a great admirer of Miles Davis and Chet Baker, his career started at an early age, when he played in clubs in Turin. In 1962, he meets Gato Barbieri with whom... Read more...

RECORDING: Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne Team up Again in Eastern Standard Time

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Vocalists m: Mark Winkler and m: Cheryl Bentyne go together like champagne and caviar. Bentyne is a long-time mainstay of the iconic group The Manhattan Transfer. She is also a solo performer with over a dozen CDs under her own name. Winkler is a 2018 Downbeat Rising Male Vocalist and a popular lyricist. He has recorded 16 CDs, and his songs have been covered over 250 times by such artists as Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jane Monheit and Bob Dorough. Winkler and Bentyne have teamed up to record Eastern Standard Time, a sophisticated project of songs culled from known standards and several less familiar pages of the Great American Songbook, as well as a couple of originals by Winkler...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tim Hagans

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tim Hagans' birthday today! Tim Hagans (born August 19, 1954) is a hard bop trumpeter and composer. He grew up in Dayton, Ohio playing in school bands. His early inspirations included Miles Davis, Herb Alpert, Sly Stone, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. In his late teens, Hagans joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Hagans enrolled at Bowling Green State University, where he majored in music education. After the summer of 1974, however... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: A Lyrical Legacy Endures

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Johnny Mercer's imprint is all over The Great American Songbook. He's best known for writing the lyrics to more than a thousand songs- for Broadway, for Tin Pan Alley, for film, and for pop singers. Johnny Mercer's imprint also is all over Savannah, GA., the verdant and historic city where he was born. Any place live music is performed, Mercer's material seeps out at listeners...

RECORDING: Vocalist and Composer Johnaye Kendrick Releases Flying on Johnygirl Records

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Attending the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in the late 2000s, vocalist and composer m: Johnaye Kendrick had the opportunity to learn from and work with legendary jazz masters m: Terence Blanchard, m: Wayne Shorter, m: Herbie Hancock, m: Danilo Perez, m: Kurt Rosenwinkel and m: Brian Blade. While studying with Blanchard, her class was often encouraged to write original music for their assignments. 'I was relatively shy about performing my music while in the program, because it was so personal,' says the San Diego born and bred, Seattle based artist. 'It felt like performing journal entries, as the pieces were always so honest and literally based on my experiences. I suppose one day I just decided it was time to let people hear my voice...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: John Escreet

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All About Jazz is celebrating John Escreet's birthday today! Over the course of his career, John Escreet has earned a reputation as one of the most active and diverse pianist/composers working in jazz and improvised music. His prolific output is reflected over the course of 6 diverse and critically acclaimed albums- the most recent being Sound... Read more...

RADIO: Radio Issues an Ironic Plea for Fairness [op-Ed]

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In a welcome twist, a group radio broadcasters recently got together and penned a letter supporting the national Association of Broadcasters' goal of deregulating the radio industry. Op-Ed by Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange On Monday, a group of radio broadcasters penned a letter in support of the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) push for deregulation of the $14 billion radio industry. Their letter was based on the NAB's petition to the FCC this past June, in which the NAB sought to allow expanded broadcaster ownership of radio stations (i.e., increased consolidation) throughout the country. The NAB's justification: broadcasters must adjust their business model to the realities of the new streaming world...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sony, Universal Earn $500k Every Hour from Streaming

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While streaming is often slammed for how little money it brings in, it turns out that this is more an issue for the artists, and the major companies behind the music like Sony and Universal are pulling down plenty of cash from streaming. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The naysayers have always been so negative on the fraction of a cent payout that comes from a music stream, but it's never been so evident that those small bits add up to something huge. Music Business Worldwide did the math after looking at both Sony Music and Universal Music Group's financials for the beginning of this year and found that between the two they were making more than a half-million dollars per hour...

RECORDING: Vocalist Olivia Foschi to Release Sophomore Album Fleeting Windows Produced by Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring Acclaimed Producer/Accordionist Gil Goldstein and All Star Line-Up

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Italian-American vocalist m: Olivia Foschi will release her sophomore album entitled Fleeting Windows on August 24, 2018; the official record release concert is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. that evening at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY. The record was produced by m: Ulysses Owens, Jr. who plays drums/percussion on all tracks and features m: Gil Goldstein, accordion/piano/Rhodes; m: Billy Test, piano/Rhodes; m: Alex Sipiagin, trumpet/flugelhorn; m: Daniel Dickinson, bass clarinet/flute/tenor sax/alto sax; m: Joseph Doubleday, vibraphone; m: Yotam Silberstein, guitar; and m: Marco Panascia, bass...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 20, 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: Ike Quebec

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All About Jazz is celebrating Ike Quebec's birthday today! 'This incontestably superior musician has been almost totally ignored in the chronicling of the musical form to which he has contributed so much. Quebec was a tenor man of the Hawkins school with a big tone and firm, vigorous style. I hope this new perspective of the contribution Ike Quebec has made to jazz will help to bring a little lightness to his soul and much more recognition to his name... Read more...

OBITUARY: Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

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Aretha Franklin, long considered the undisputed 'Queen of Soul' and one of America's most emotional and spiritual interpreters of pop, jazz and soul songs, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76. The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer. My Franklin obituary and appreciation for The Wall Street Journal can be found here. Yesterday, I spoke by phone with singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson about her feelings for Franklin. Valerie, who began in New York as a gospel singer and crossed over to secular recording, wrote many of soul's most important songs with her husband Nickolas Ashford...

TRENDS: Discogs Analysis Shows Continued Vinyl, Cassette Growth

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Discogs has released their 2018 Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis and Database Highlights. The report emphasizes physical musical sales for both catalog and new releases, comparing them to broader industry stats from Neilson. The Discogs Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis compares data from the Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report offering a unique comparison of Nielson's B2C and online music marketplace Discogs' data, which includes C2C re-sales...

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