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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...

ADVOCACY: States, Congress Battle FCC over Net Neutrality End

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Dozens of attorneys general filed a petition Tuesday challenging the Federal Communication Commission's recent decision to roll back net neutrality rules. A coalition of major tech companies has also promised court action; and Congress appears ready to take action, as well. The petition, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, would block the rollback which FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, has championed since being appointed by President Donald Trump last year...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Cedar Walton

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All About Jazz is celebrating Cedar Walton's birthday today! For over 25 years, pianist Cedar Walton has enjoyed an up-tempo career, which never seems to slow down. Maintaining a non-stop itinerary, Walton has accompanied a litany of Jazz greats while also fronting his own successful groups. Born January 17, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, Walton set his sights on a career in music at an early age. An after- hours gig at the Denver Club introduced him to notable musicians like Charlie Parker... Read more...

CAREER: How to Use Word-of-Mouth to Drive Music, Ticket Sales

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As consumers become increasingly bombarded with advertising, that advertising gets increasingly easier to ignore, meaning bands and artists need to seek new (or in some cases old) ways of promoting their event. Thanks to the rise of social media, word-of-mouth promotion is seeing something of a resurgence...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Distrokid Adds Lyrics Delivery, Shares Major Milestone

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DistroKid has added lyric delivery to its low cost digital music distribution service. The company is the first indie D.I.Y. distributor to offer the service, with iTunes and Apple Music at launch. "With the transition from CDs to streaming, what we've gained in convenience we've lost in immersion," says DistroKid founder Phil Kaplan. "Lyrics, artwork, and CD booklets have taken a back seat to digital menus and skip buttons. DistroKid's goal is to help our artists form stronger bonds with their listeners. One step toward this, is to help our artists get their lyrics into streaming apps...

TRENDS: 3 Factors Shaping the Music Industry in 2018

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With 2017 already having been a busy and reformative year for the music industry, 2018 looks to be headed in a similar direction. Here we visit three important factors which will have a major effect on the industry in the coming year. Guest post from the Royalty Exchange blog Last year was a transformative one for both Royalty Exchange and the music business at large. We're not big on milestone-type posts, but allow us to share a few internal numbers for the sake of illuminating what we think are some broader, macro-industry trends we all should be following in the year ahead...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Aldo Romano

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All About Jazz is celebrating Aldo Romano's birthday today! Aldo Romano was born in France in 1941, the son of Italian immigrants. His first instrument was the guitar, but he decided to switch to drums in 1961. Essentially self-taught, he nonetheless benefited from the advice of Michel Babault and Jacques Thollot. He admired Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Ed Blackwell, and Billy Higgins... Read more...

OBITUARY: Marlene Verplanck (1933-2018)

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Marlene VerPlanck, a polished jazz vocalist who began her recording career in 1955, had a strong second career in the 1960s and '70s as a prolific jingle singer, sang backup on Frank Sinatra's Trilogy album and had a third career recently as she toured and performed to critical praise, died January 14. She was 84...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: How to Boost Ticket Sales with Broader Distribution

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While purchasing tickets has become significantly easier for consumers than in pre-internet days, there is still a lost opportunity when it comes to distributing your event across the web. Here we look at how sales can be boosted by promoting them via commerce sites. Guest post by Katie Sawyer of Eventbrite...

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