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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

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All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Whitfield's birthday today! Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston\'s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1987 where he studied composition, arranging, film scoring and conducting as well as all styles of guitar performance. Later on that year, he returned to his native New York, and immediately began his professional career. Within a few months, he had begun to perform and record with many well-known artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Class Action Filed Against Eventbrite over Ticketfly Hack

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Eventbrite is facing a class-action lawsuit in the wake of a highly publicized hack of the company's Ticketfly subsidiary that crippled dozens of major concert promoters and venues for days and compromised the data of 27 million users. In a class action lawsuit brought against Eventbrite in Chicago, attorneys for plaintiff Shanice Kloss accused the company failing to properly protect user's personal information, breach of contract, and negligence...

OBITUARY: Jerry Gonzalez is Gone

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It is sad to hear of the death of Jerry Gonzalez, the extraordinary bandleader, trumpeter and Latin percussionist. He died of heart failure at 69 after being overcome by smoke in a fire in his home in Madrid, Spain on Monday. He had lived in Madrid since 2000. In the late 1970s, Gonzalez and his bassist brother Andy established The Fort Apache Band, which quickly became one of the leading groups combining jazz and Latin music. Their album Rumba Para Monk melded music by Thelonious Monk with Latin forms and was an influence as musicians worldwide incorporated Puerto Rican and other Caribbean rhythms into their music. Gonzalez continued the innovation that began when he was a youngster growing up in the Bronx surrounded by Latin music and culture. He learned not only from his bandleader father but also by simply absorbing the music that was in the air during a time when bands like Machito's, Tito Puente's and Machito's were at their creative peaks...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Ceo of Troubled Pledgemusic Steps Down

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Dominic Pandiscia has resigned as CEO of troubled music crowdfunding and pre-sale platform PledgeMusic, a company spokesperson confirmed to Hypebot on Friday. He joined the startup in 2016 after serving at President of Capital Music Group's Caroline independent music distribution service. Pandiscia shared this week that he was restarting his Sunday Artists media consultancy. The PledgeMusic spokesperson told Hypebot that the executive had actually "resigned some time ago...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Recording Academy Invites 900 to Become Voting Members After Task Force Recommendations

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The Recording Academy has announced a Member Invitation Initiative based on the findings of its Task Force On Diversity & Inclusion. The Recording Academy is working to build a membership that reflects its diverse creative community, and to help the music community and industry thrive as a place where all voices are welcomed, supported, and nurtured to succeed...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: October 8, 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 Yellowjackets Raising Our Voice (Mack Avenue) 272 272 0...

FESTIVAL: Oceanfirst Bank Jazz @ The Point 2018 Festival Brings the Best of Jazz to South Jersey: Thursday, October 11 Through Sunday, October 14. Get Your All Access Pass!

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The South Jersey Jazz Society has once again put together a lineup of incredible Jazz artists to perform at this year's OceanFirst Bank Jazz @ the Point Festival Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14. Shows will be presented throughout various venues in Somers Point, New Jersey for fans of this great American art form to enjoy. Featured Jazz artists performing at this year's festival include m: Javon Jackson; m: The Four Freshmen; 3 of A Kind featuring m: Michael Pedicin, m: Larry McKenna and m: John Guida; 3hree For Louis- A Tribute to Louis Armstrong; The m: Don Menza Quartet; The m: Peter and Will Anderson Quintet; The m: Ken Fowser Quartet; The m: Jason Fraticelli Quartet; The m: Jared Gold Trio and Benedetto Guitar Artists m: Rodney Jones and m: Chico Pinheiro...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

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All About Jazz is celebrating Tord Gustavsen's birthday today! This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line. In the seven years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a popular and a critical success, Tord Gustavsen has toured extensively, crystallizing the musical approach and developing new compositions... Read more...

RECORDING: A Jazz Project with Important Messages

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Miami-based trumpeter and educator John Daversa's newest recording project is important on many levels that stretch far beyond jazz -- or music. American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom (BFM Jazz) was recorded by the John Daversa Big Band supplemented by 53 so -- called "Dreamers" -- undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as children and have grown up with American culture and values...

OBITUARY: Hamiet Bluiett 1940 - 2018

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Hamiet Bluiett, a native of Brooklyn, IL who co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet and redefined the capabilities of the baritone sax in improvised music, died the morning of Thursday, October 4 at St. Louis University Hospital. He was 78 years old. Bluiett, whose birthday was September 16, had been gravely ill for some time, and according to a Facebook post from his daughter Anaya, was taken off respiratory support last week...

CAREER: How One Promoter Used Two Simple Marketing Tools to Sell More Tickets

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Here we delve into the case study of how the downtown dining and music venue Hamilton Live in Washington DC was able to use two simple marketing techniques to massively boost its ticket sales. Guest post by Bill Leigh of Eventbrite A music venue needs a rock-solid marketing program to stand out in a music scene as lively as Washington DC. That's why standing out with their marketing was a challenge for Hamilton Live, a downtown music and dining venue which opened in 2011...

CAREER: How to Collect All Royalties Due After a Release

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There are a plethora of income streams available to artists in the current music economy, but owing to the convoluted way in which the industry operates, many musicians don't know where or how to collect their hard earned money. Here we look at some key steps to take to ensure you're getting your due...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Musicians' Guide to Networking in the Real World [cyber PR]

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An artist simply will not make it in music without mastering live networking. That's one of the problems with all of the digital tools available to us: Too many artists believe they can hide behind a screen and launch the careers of their dreams without ever talking to other humans face to face. Ariel Hyatt and her team at CyberPR offer some solutions...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Juanito Pascual and the New Flamenco Trio Fall Tour

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Lovers of great guitar can look forward to the return of Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio to venues in various cities on the East Coast and the Midwest. His sound is a truly masterful and organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco plus influences ranging from m: Jimi Hendrix and the m: Grateful Dead to m: Miles Davis and J.S. Bach, performed with virtuosity and passion...

RECORDING: Abigail Rockwell "Autumn Noir" CD Release is 10.10.18, Featuring Saxophonist Harry Allen and More!

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Abigail Rockwell Autumn Noir CD Release: October 10, 2018 Featuring Saxophonist m: Harry Allen and More! Sultry tones tell the story. Cinematic jazz: a fresh blend of originals and standards. Abigail Rockwell's first album as a singer/songwriter Why Noir? That haunting sax solo line running through Taxi Driver, the distant blow of a conch and those voodoo drums from I Walked With A Zombie... shadings of light and shadow... music and images that left a stamp of recognition on me like a raised brand I couldn't get rid of. That post-war, atomic age desperation still ripples that dark lake off Highway 2. Femme fatale, Lady Fate, I never know quite what she has in store for me. All I can do is surrender and go for a ride. She drives like the night, blinded but knowing, to a destination of her own choosing...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Swallow

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All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Swallow's birthday today! Steve Swallow was born in New York City in 1940, and spent his childhood in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Before turning to the acoustic bass at age 14, he studied piano (with Howard Kasschau, who also taught Nelson Riddle) and trumpet. His otherwise miserable adolescence was brightened by his discovery of jazz. He took many of his first stabs at improvisation with Ian Underwood (who subsequently became a Mother Of Invention and an L.A... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Sol Yaged: Clarinet Swing

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In 1955, clarinetist Sol Yaged was playing at New York's Metropole at Seventh Avenue and 48th Street. In 1960 he was at Nick's on Seventh Avenue South and 10th Street. In the early 1970s, Yaged led a quartet in New York with pianist Marty Napoleon at Jimmy Weston's on 54th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. And in the 1980s, he was routinely at the Red Blazer Too on West 46th Street and at Dino Casini's on West 32nd Street. [Photo above, from left, of Sol Yaged, Joe Thomas and Rex Stewart at New York's Pied Piper in 1947 by William P. Gottlieb...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora, Soundcloud Partner for Us Ad Sales

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SoundCloud today announced a partnership that makes Pandora its exclusive U.S. advertising and sales representative starting next year. The two streamers reach an ad audience of more than 100 million, creating the largest digital audio advertising marketplace in the U.S. There is reportedly only a 13% overlap in audiences between the two streamers. The new agreement will enable advertisers and brands to purchase SoundCloud's U.S. ad inventory directly through Pandora, leveraging the company's direct sales capabilities, targeting data and recently launched audio programmatic product...

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