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RECORDING: Vocalist Tiffany Austin Celebrates the Resilient Spirit of African-American Culture on Her Sophomore Recording "Unbroken," Set for June 1 Release

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With the June 1st release of Unbroken, on her Con Alma Music imprint, Tiffany Austin further solidifies her standing as one of the leading vocalists on the current international jazz scene. Austin was propelled onto the national stage in 2016 when her debut recording, Nothing But Soul, received rave reviews from media outlets such as DownBeat and NPR's Fresh Air as well as airplay on jazz radio stations across the U.S. With her sophomore CD Unbroken, Austin has raised her artistry to a higher level both conceptually and musically. Her silky smooth voice has gained an earthy smokiness and a gravitas ideally suited to expressing her broadening, deepening artistic vision...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Avishai Cohen

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All About Jazz is celebrating Avishai Cohen's birthday today! Bassist/Composer Avishai Cohen, born April 20, 1970 in Israel, a musician who has been called a 'jazz visionary of global proportions' by DownBeat, and was declared one of the 100 Most Influential Bass Players of the 20th Century by Bass Player Magazine, is renowned around the world as an influential double bassist and profound composer, and has received a deluge of critical praise for his recent recorded output and live performances... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Ascap Paid Songwriters, Music Publishers More Than $1b for First Time in 2017

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ASCAP announced record revenues and distributions of $1.14 billion in 2017. After 11% operating expenses this marks the first time that the 660,000 members of the performing rights organization have split revenue in excess of $1 billion. ASCAP is distributing $1.007 billion to its songwriter, composer and music publisher members. Total ASCAP revenues increased by 8^ and distributions were up 10 percent year-over-year. Revenues from ASCAP's licensing efforts in the US grew nearly 11% in 2017 to $846 million, up $86.9 million over 2016...

CAREER: Getting Your Songs on More Spotify Playlists

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With streaming becoming the dominant form of music consumption, landing one of tracks on an official Spotify playlist has become the white whale of many artists. Here we look at some steps to follow in order to increase your chance of landing a coveted playlist slot. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo, founder and CEO of Muddy Paw PR and Infectious Magazine...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How Music Journalists Deal with All Those Albums - One Writer's Process

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Sending music has now become so easy that music writers are constantly inundated with a constant deluge of new albums to listen to. Here we go behind the scenes to look at one writers process for dealing with so much material. Guest post by music journalist Adam Bernard Back in the days of physical album mailings, opening your mailbox to see ten CDs meant you had a lot on your plate. Today, writers can easily receive ten links to albums in an hour...

CAREER: Google Services: Your Band's Best Friend

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Free and available to everyone, Google services are fantastic resources for running your band's business. Here we look at thirteen of these services and how the can be used to help your band's career. Guest post from the Legit Musician One of your band's best friends should be Google services. They offer lots of free resources that can be powerful for running your band's business. Did I mention these are FREE? Plus, these resources can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. Let's talk about how you can use these to help your band run more smoothly...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Capitol Music Group Launches Music Innovation Center

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Capitol Music Group, has launched the Capitol Innovation Center to help drive future innovation in music and the music industry. Housed in the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood, it will house a collaborative workspace and songwriting studio aimed at fostering innovative ideas, bridging the gap between content creators and the tech community, and developing the next generation of leaders in music...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Solo Piano Artistry - And then Some

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Pianist Bobby van Deusen is a master of the keyboard, blessed with an astonishing musical range in terms of genres, sound dynamics and sheer artistry. And those elements were all on display on Friday, April 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice. The Philadelphia native, now based in the Florida Panhandle, is best known for his work in the ragtime, stride and Dixieland genres. But his reach goes much deeper and wider...

EVENT: Of Poland, Kids and Stingrays - Jazzahead! 2018

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On 19 April, jazzahead!, the jazz world's international trade fair opens in Bremen, Germany. The programme of events is now completely in place, with specific focus on partner country Poland, the German Jazz Expo, plus panel sessions on the marketing of jazz. The Polish Jazz Scene - on Show in Bremen Poland is at the heart of jazzahead! 2018 as partner country, starting with the official opening ceremony of jazzahead! 2018 at 5 p.m. on April 19, which also includes a short concert by the over 20-piece World Orchestra: A symphony orchestra and a jazz-ethno ensemble rolled into one, featuring rarely-heard instruments - kaval, duduk and kantele amongst others. "Music is our planet's only universal language," says band leader Grzech Piotrowski. His ensemble will take the audience on a brief journey - which will nonetheless be brimful of emotion, subtlety and magic...

EVENT: Bestselling Author T.J. English to Host New York Latin Jazz Series

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Bestselling author and Latin music lover T.J. English is hosting and curating In Touch Entertainment's Dangerous Rhythms series held in a legendary New York venue, Zinc. The next program of the series, which focuses on Latin jazz, will take place on April 19 and feature m: Gerardo Contino Y Los Habaneros, named in 2015 by NPR/WNYC stations as the Best Band in Manhattan...

FESTIVAL: 35th Edition of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

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e: Jazz em Agosto celebrates its 35th edition this year with a program entitled 'John Zorn Special Edition', for 10 days, from 27 July to 5 August, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For the first time in the festival's history, the entire program of Jazz em Agosto is organised around a single musician, the North- American John Zorn, celebrating one of the most inspiring, inspired and intriguing figures, who is constantly leaving a deep personal mark on innovative music of our time...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Dick Cully

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All About Jazz is celebrating Dick Cully's birthday today! Cully, Dick (Richard) was born on April 19th, 1949 in Manhattan, New York to his parents, Richard born 1917 and Jeanette born 1921 in New York. In 1955 they moved to Lyndhurst, New Jersey where he began his musical career at the age of 16 studying with James Rago, Julliard School of Music graduate in percussion... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Four Videos: Elek Bacsik

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Elek Bacsik was a Hungarian Gypsy jazz guitarist who today is virtually unknown. The cousin of Django Reinhardt, Bacsik was born in 1926 and began playing the violin at age 4. After studying at the Budapest Conservatory in the '40s, he taught himself the guitar, playing Gypsy and classical music. In the post-war 1940s, he left Hungary for Vienna and then Switzerland. In Bern, he played in light-music groups fashionable at the time in cafes, returning to Hungary to record in the late 1940s...

CAREER: Best Email Marketing Services for Artists

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For artists with a fanbase, email marketing is often one of the most neglected marketing resources available. Here we look at some of the best services available for you to begin targeting a mailing list of fans to alert them of major events. Guest post by Jeanette Kats of the Symphonic Blog Email marketing can be one of the most underutilized promotional tactics for musicians. If you use any sort of download gate, then you probably have a collection of fan emails already. If not, then it's easy to get started! Once you begin to collect a list of emails, you'll want to reach out to your fans every time you have a major announcement. Since the average person spends less than 15 seconds reading an email, you'll want to keep your emails short and sweet - just make sure to include a call-to-action for your announcement, whether it's a link to your new release, tour dates or anything else you are alerting your fans about...

CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN: A Singer with Legendary Roots Announces Kickstarter Campaign

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What's it all about? Celebrating legends of Chicago and bringing roots to life. Lila Ammons, granddaughter of m: Albert Ammons, famed boogie woogie pianist and Blue Note artist, and niece of tenor saxophone titan, m: Gene Ammons, intends to create her own legacy honoring jazz, steeped in its roots from then to now. This campaign will support production of her CD Genealogy honoring Albert and Gene, as well as her unique styling of both classics and new music...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Hal Galper

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All About Jazz is celebrating Hal Galper's birthday today! In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of the most surprising and satisfying pianists alive. Galper is at the forefront of players reaching audiences through the time-tested magic of swing while integrating adventurous rhythmic and harmonic concepts... Read more...

FESTIVAL: Jazz This Week: Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, the Sunset Stomp, "Bach and Jazz," and More

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It's a big week for big bands in St. Louis, as the calendar of upcoming jazz and creative music events in St. Louis features a couple of famed large ensembles as headliners of the annual Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival. There's also a retrospective of the Harlem Renaissance and a look at how Johann Sebastian Bach influenced jazz, plus plenty of other performances in jazz styles ranging from vintage to modern. Let's go to the highlights...

VIDEO / DVD: Danish Radio Big Band Box

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In the years preceding the mid-1940s, the powerful American Federation of Musicians prohibited records from being played on sizable radio stations. The union had no problem with records being sold in stores to consumers or being played on jukeboxes. Consumers paid for the right to play them at home as often as they wished, and jukebox companies collected nickles each time records were played. The union collected a piece of that action. ...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Gigs No Longer Just for Musicians: How a Society of Starving Artists is Being Created by the Gig Economy

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In this piece George Howard explores how the music industry, the original gig business, should serve as a cautionary example to the other industries as they begin to shift towards a gig based economy. Guest post by consultant, teacher and author George Howard from Forbes As the world moves toward a gig economy, the music industry -- where the original "gigs" took place -- offers a cautionary tale about how it may end up for everyone.(Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: A&R Meets Ai: Why Your Next Label Rep Could Be a Robot

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While record label talent scouting may have seemed like one bastion of the industry that was safe from artificial intelligence, Warner Music Group clearly feels differently, having recently acquired Sodatone, a startup which uses technology to identify unsigned talent. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

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