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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Carter

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All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Carter's birthday today! Benny Carter\'s long career was consistently characterized by high musical achievement, and he developed a unique and readily identifiable style as both an alto saxophonist and an arranger. He was able to double on trumpet and was also proficient on clarinet, piano, and trombone. His saxophone playing was pure-toned, fluid, and flawlessly phrased... Read more...

CAREER: 5 Free Ways to Promote Music Long Before It's Released

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In this piece Patrick McGuire details the importance of a solid pre-release program, and how it's necessary for building hype and excitement, growing your audience, and ensuring your release makes the biggest splash possible. Guest post by Patrick McGuire from the Landr blog Promoting your new music shouldn't start on the release date...

INTERVIEW: Industry Giant Brian Eno Talks Music, Global Politics

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Few creative forces in the music industry are held in as high esteem as Brian Eno, noted for not only his musical contributions but also his work as a producer, writer, and thinker in the music business. Here he sat down to discuss his innovative musical work, as well as his involvement in global political affairs...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Soundbetter Passes $10 Million Paid to Musicians, Producers

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SoundBetter, a marketplace for music production talent, announced that it has delivered over $10 million to artists and producers on the platform. "Most of that in the past 18 months," according to Shachar Gilad, SoundBetter Founder and CEO. SoundBetter helps artists create "release-ready" songs by connecting them with music producers, singers, songwriters sound engineers, while helping freelance music professionals make their services accessible to artists globally...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: WMG Sells All Spotify Stock, Pays Artists, Labels $126m

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Warner Music Group has sold its entire holdings in Spotify stock for $504 million and will begin payments to artists and labels this month, the company announced on an earnings call Tuesday. "In February 2016, we were the first major to announce a policy to share proceeds from equity in streaming services with artists,' said WMG CEO Steve Cooper...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Jazz-Fusion Meets 360 Virtual Reality

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Originally conceived back in 2016, the ViO 360 Sessions are the brainchild of Hungarian-born, Holland-based saxophonist m: Viktor Haraszti and are based on the idea of extending original music through the use of virtual reality. Musically speaking, the project is a mixture of jazz, fusion and groove originals -- influenced by the likes of m: Michael Brecker and m: Joshua Redman -- and features Remco van der Sluis (drums), Taco Nieuwenhuisen Segaar (bass) and Edgar van Asselt (keyboards) alongside Viktor...

FESTIVAL: Free Showcase to Feature Berkshires Musicians, August 25, 1-6PM in Pittsfield, MA

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Berkshires Jazz, Inc. presents five of the most popular regional bands in the first annual Berkshire Jazz Showcase, on the Pittsfield Common, August 25 from 1-6pm. The wide-ranging lineup for the jazz extravaganza will include: Gruppo Mondo; m: Andy Kelly Gypsy Jazz; the m: Benny Kohn Quartet; the m: Jason Ennis Quintet with vocalist m: Natalia Bernal; and The m: Lucky 5...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Rahsaan Roland Kirk

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All About Jazz is celebrating Rahsaan Roland Kirk's birthday today! Kirk was born Ronald Theodore Kirk in Columbus, Ohio, but felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first name to make Roland. In 1970, Kirk added "Rahsaan" to his name. Preferring to lead his own groups, Kirk rarely performed as a sideman, though he did record with arranger Quincy Jones, Roy Haynes and had especially notable stints with Charles Mingus. He played the lead flute and solo on Jones\' Soul Bossa Nova... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Freddie Slack in The '40s

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Pianist Freddie Slack led smart bands between 1942 and 1949. Many of them featured crafty arrangements that delivered a spectacular snap. They also had marvelous sidemen. Players at different points in time included guitarist T. Bone Walker, trumpeters Mannie Klein and Ray Linn, reed players Barney Bigard and Les Baxter, bassist Howard Rumsey and Harry Babison, arranger Paul Weston, guitarists Remo Palmieri and George Van Eps, bassist Clyde Lombardi, and drummers Irv Kluger, Nick Fatool and Ray McKinley. Singers were Johnny Mercer and Ella Mae Morse. ...

CAREER: Adrev Payments to Artists, Publishers Passes $100m

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AdRev, the music rights administration service and platform, announced today that they have paid out over $100 million to their growing roster of artists, publishers and TV and film production libraries. The company represents music rights found in over 320 million videos on YouTube. 'Music rights holders handing over YouTube claiming rights to their distributors hoping for the best, generally are missing a large part of their online video income,' says AdRev President Noah Becker...

INTERVIEW: 6 Major Takeaways from Spotify Ceo Daniel Ek's Fast Company Profile

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Fast Company has published the first in depth interview with Daniel Ek in three years and the first behind the scenes look at the world's biggest streaming service since it went public. While there are no big reveals, it offers a well sourced portrait of a company deeply committed to and quite capable of truly transforming the music business...

CAREER: 10 Rules of Music Business Networking

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No matter how talented you are, you won't be able to advance your career unless someone else knows. Here we look at the challenge of networking, and how to implement the ten best practices for personal networking. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Regardless of how much talent you may have, unless someone hears about what you're doing you'll end up creating in your bedroom your whole life. One of the keys to getting ahead for many of us is by networking. While this comes easy and natural for some, others find it unbelievably difficult, but you might not find it so challenging after reading following list from my upcoming book The Music Business Advice Book. It provides an outline for effective social networking...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Haden

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All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Haden's birthday today! 'No other instrument in jazz is more essential than the bass, both backbone and heartbeat, and Haden is its master.' (Francis Davis /August, 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly) Time Magazine has hailed jazz legend Charlie Haden was 'one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz.' Haden\'s career which has spanned more than fifty years has encompassed such genres as free jazz... Read more...

RECORDING: Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story

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In August 1957, West Side Story opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre. The musical was fashioned after Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and was set on New York's Upper West Side in a neighborhood polarized by Puerto Rican and working-class white families. The show received positive reviews, and four years later the musical was adapted for the screen by director Robert Wise...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Airto Moreira

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All About Jazz is celebrating Airto Moreira's birthday today! Airto Moreira made an immediate impact on the American jazz scene by being the first Brazilian percussionist to be playing a lot of different instruments at the same time. He brought them all together with an avant-garde, progressive sensibility, and revolutionized the role of percussion, both in jazz and popular music. After him it was a wave, and he was at the forefront with his work with Miles, Weather Report, and Return to Forever... Read more...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Arjun at the Iridium in NYC on August 31st - One Night Only! Power Jazz Rock Trio - Jam Band!

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If you like m: Jeff Beck, m: John Scofield, m: Mike Stern...you'll love these guys! ARJUN The e: Iridium 1650 Broadway (at 51st St.) New York, NY phone: 212-582-2121 August 31 at 8pm- $20 Cover Reserve Now! New EP Due This Fall! ARJUN, the three-piece instrumental band from New York, has been trailblazing their own hybrid of rock and improvisational jazz since 2003. Featuring m: Eddie Arjun Peters on guitar, m: Andre Lyles on bass guitar and Michael Vetter on drums; ARJUN fuses the power of rock with improvisational alternative jazz, resulting in a delicate balance of intricately crafted melodies backed by powerhouse musicianship...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Louis Armstrong

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All About Jazz is celebrating Louis Armstrong's birthday today! By virtue of the role he played in its evolution during the first quarter of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong is regarded as the most influential jazz musician in history. This distinction is coupled with his stewardship of jazz around the world over the next five decades as the earliest and greatest ambassador of America\'s first true musical art form... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: 50 Years of Tower of Power

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This week, our video spotlight is focused on Tower of Power, who will be coming to St. Louis to perform next Saturday, August 11 at River City Casino. Touring this summer to celebrate 50 years as a band and to support a newly released album called Soul Side of Town, TOP under the direction of co-founder and tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo has maintained its signature sound through dozens of personnel changes and shows no sign of slowing down...

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