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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jason Moran

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jason Moran's birthday today! Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. In almost every category that matters -- improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation -- Moran... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Global Language of Jazz

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The 38th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival is fast approaching. This year's concerts are scheduled Thursday, March 8 through Saturday March 10- with a matinee jam-style session scheduled on Saturday before the evening's finale. This year's event has an ambitious and interesting theme. It's called A World of Jazz. The festival will present a wide array of domestic and global jazz talent, with many first-time performers on the bill. This is a good thing...

RECORDING: Chicago Vocalist and Trumpeter Andrew Distel Releases "It Only Takes Time," January 20, 2018 on Jerujazz Records

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There's something of a tradition of trumpet players who are also singers. m: Louis Armstrong, m: Chet Baker, m: Till Bronner and m: Jack Sheldon are certainly among the best known of the lot, but there are quite a few others, including m: Andrew Distel, a mainstay on the jny: Chicago jazz scene. The multi-talented singer, trumpet player, composer, and arranger releases his second CD, It Only Takes Time. Although Distel plays trumpet on several tunes, the CD is a showcase for his modern vocal stylings. With his crystal clear vocals and flawless delivery that bring to mind m: Kenny Rankin and Michael Buble, he has been a popular, in-demand performer as a leader and a sideman in all the major clubs in and around Chicago...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Cobb

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All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Cobb's birthday today! Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all of the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy\'s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece "Kind of Blue", the most popular jazz recording in history. He also played on "Sketches of Spain"... Read more...

RECORDING: Recent Listening in Brief: Two from Wadada Leo Smith

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The music of trumpeter, composer and resolute individualist Wadada Leo Smith is absorbing. It often has a demanding density even when he is the only player -- as he is in one of these albums. It can bring rewards to the listener who accepts Smith's free jazz heritage and listens to him with open ears and open mind. As in his recent tribute to America's national parks, his paean to Miles Davis, duets with pianist Vijay Iyer and a succession of other albums over the years, Smith has a vision that embraces Lennie Tristano, Ornette Coleman, Chicago's AACM movement and John Coltrane, among other artists who as early as the late 1950s began liberating their work from standard jazz approaches...

CAREER: Does Your Email Newsletter Meet These 5 Important Legal Requirements?

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While it may come as surprise to some, any email newsletter you send out as a band or artist has number of legal requirements. Here we detail five such necessary elements for any above-board newsletter. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 You may not know it, but there are a number of things that are legally required in every email newsletter blast that you send out. While some email services automatically address these, it's still important to know what they are and why they're enforced in the first place. After all, you don't want your email blast to end up in the spam folder or be banned by an ISP...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Qobuz to Bring Ultra Hi-Res Audio Streaming to U.S.

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Spotify, Apple Music and other music streamers have been eyeing high resolution streaming music as a way to charge some users more. While they consider following Tidal and Deezer's lead into Hi-Res, French streamer Qobuz, which calls itself ' the highest resolution music streaming service in the world,' is launching in U.S...

TRENDS: Why Digital Music (and Not Just Streaming) is Booming

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In this piece music industry vet Seth Schachner weighs in on how he's seen the music industry change over the years, and how it's managed to crawl back from the precipice of destitution thanks to the rising of digital music. Guest post by Seth Schachner from Medium Dropping into a flashy, raucous major label event at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas recently, I felt like I'd landed on a new planet. I didn't see ice sculptures, giant dessert towers, or sushi served on live models. But I did sense a radical change from the last decade...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: January 22, 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 Pat Martino Formidable (HighNote) 270 237 +33 0 56 1 9 2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

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All About Jazz is celebrating Horace Parlan's birthday today! Horace Parlan has overcome physical disability and thrived as a pianist despite it. His right hand was partially crippled by polio in his childhood, but Parlan\'s made frenetic, highly rhythmic right hand phrases part of his characteristic style, contrasting them with striking left-hand chords. He\'s also infused blues and R&B influences into his style, playing in a stark, sometimes somber fashion... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Kenny Drew Jr. V. Dad

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Little is known about Kenny Drew Jr., one of jazz's finest pianists in the post-1960s era. Drew Jr. was the son of Kenny Drew, a superb bebop pianist who recorded with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Miles Davis, among others. He also was on John Coltrane's Blue Trane, Sonny Rollins's Tour de Force and Jackie McLean's Jackie's Bag, to name just a few great albums. He moved to Paris in 1961 and then to Copenhagen in 1964, dying there in 1993 at age 64...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Is Now Actually a Good Time to Invest in Music Royalties?

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While shelling out cash in the music industry is nothing new when it comes to purchasing merch or paying for Spotify, the idea of a more traditional investment has also been gaining traction of late. Here Cherie Hu explores the viability of investing in music royalties, and one sort of ROI one might see for doing so...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: What's Driving the Music Business? VR, Ai, Blockchain, Smart Speakers, More [bas Grasmeyer]

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As we move forward in 2018, Bas Grasmayer takes moment to reflect on the leaps and bounds forward which music industry tech has made, and how these advances will shape major industry trends in the coming year. Guest post by Bas Grasmayer from Music Tech Future I am typing this article on my phone in an airport. Therefore this piece is going to be a bit different than my usual MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE post...

CAREER: Soundcloud Adds Real Time Stats

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SoundCloud has added real-time updates for artist stats including plays, likes reposts, comments and more. It is available through a new 'Today' custom view on SoundCloud Pulse and on the web. With real-time updates, SoundCloud creators can now see real-time performance stats for their track, connecting them faster to the feedback of SoundCloud's community after a new release or during a promotional push...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Broom

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby Broom's birthday today! Most musicians would be happy to experience one artistic breakthrough. Thirty-two years into his distinguished, wide-ranging career in jazz, guitarist Bobby Broom seems to have an endless supply of them. His 2009 album Bobby Broom Plays for Monk hit an artistic high-water mark with its 'daring arrangements' (JazzTimes) and 'small gems of musical discovery' (DownBeat). Featuring his long-standing Chicago trio... Read more...

OBITUARY: Marlene Verplanck is Gone

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From New York comes news that the singer Marlene VerPlanck died today at 84. She reportedly had pancreatic cancer but managed to keep the illness a secret from nearly everyone. Beginning in the 1960s Ms. VerPlanck worked closely with her husband Billy as a studio musician, singing in commercial jingles. In the 1970s she began singing in jazz clubs and at festivals and appeared at Carnegie Hall. Billy VerPlanck died in 2009. By then his wife's career as a jazz performer had blossomed. She was in demand in the US and became popular in Europe, particularly in Great Britain, appearing at Ronnie Scott's club in London and touring in England and on the continent...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Jazz This Week: The Bad Plus V 2.0, Storm Large, "Winter Jazz Fest," and More

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It's a big week for jazz and creative music in St. Louis, with one performance that's literally drawing international attention, the debut of a new festival, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Thursday, January 18 Guitarist Todd Mosby's New Horizons Ensemble performs at Sky Music Lounge; The People's Key will play at the Chase Club; and saxophonist Ben Reece's Unity Quartet returns to The Dark Room...

VIDEO / DVD: Oscar Peterson: Sinatra Portrait

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A zillion jazz tributes to Frank Sinatra have been recorded over the decades. One of the first and best is Oscar Peterson's A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra. The album"s marathon recording session was done for Verve in a single night in Paris in May 1959. The album featured what would become the classic Oscar Peterson Trio -- featuring Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b) and Ed Thigpen (d). Thigpen had been added months earlier to replace guitarist Herb Ellis, who threw in the towel on Peterson's relentless touring schedule...

VIDEO / DVD: Red Garland: The Quota

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Pianist Red Garland is best known as the pianist Miles Davis hired in 1955 when pianist Ahmad Jamal turned him down. Davis admired Ahmad's modernist, bluesy swinging style on the keyboard, so much that he recorded songs such as Surrey With the Fringe on Top, A Gal in Calico and Billy Boy with Garland playing virtually the same way as Ahmad's earlier recordings...

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