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Jazz Musician of the Day: Sun Ra

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sun Ra

All About Jazz is celebrating Sun Ra's birthday today!

Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that ...

Oscar Pettiford: 1955-'58

Oscar Pettiford: 1955-'58

In the spring of 1956, bassist Oscar Pettiford (pictured above with cello), in tandem with producer Creed Taylor, began assembling musicians and arrangers for what would become one of the hippest and sexiest big bands of the mid-decade period. Two albums were recorded a year apart for ABC-Paramount, where Creed was head of jazz A&R. Back ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Florence's birthday today!

For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958\'s “Name Band 59", it seems that he has reached an absolute ...

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 19-26

The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, May 19-26

It seems that we're getting a break from our perfect weather, but music around the Twin Cities continues nonstop. Rain or shine, we get the best here in the metro. Big Gigs This Week Friday, May 19. Jazz Central hosts a long-overdue gig with the Phil Hey Quartet, one of the seminal jazz bands in the ...

Why You Should Incorporate Playlists Into Your Social Media Strategy

Why You Should Incorporate Playlists Into Your Social Media Strategy

When it comes to marketing and promotional strategies, artists tend to focus on how they can get their music on other people's playlists. This article looks at approaching it from the other end, with artists themselves acting the curator. Guest post by Bas Grasmayer of Music Tech Policy The emphasis of playlist strategy is usually placed ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A birthday tribute to Miles Davis

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A birthday tribute to Miles Davis

With the 91st anniversary of Miles Davis' birth coming up next Friday, May 26, it's time for StLJN's annual tribute to the most famous and influential jazz musician ever to come from this area. In an encore post from last year's celebration of the trumpeter's 90th natal date, here are nine videos from throughout his career—one ...

JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 22, 2017

JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 22, 2017

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 5 1 Steve Nelson Brothers Under The Sun (HighNote) 272 232 +40 5 60 ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Fortune

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Fortune

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Fortune's birthday today!

When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy- but well deserved- for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Lucky ...

Remembering Dave Pell’s Devotion To His Hero

Remembering Dave Pell’s Devotion To His Hero

Saxophonist and bandleader Dave Pell, a prominent figure in the west coast jazz of the 1950s and ’60s, died on May 8. He was 92. Pell recorded extensively with his octet and the tribute group Prez Conference. Over the years the collective members of those bands included Art Pepper, Red Mitchell, Harry Edison, Mel Lewis, Benny ...

Spotify Acquires Music Machine Learning Startup Niland

Spotify Acquires Music Machine Learning Startup Niland

During yesterday's Music Biz conference, Spotify's Troy Carter shared that Spotify was becoming an “anticipatory" service, delivering the right music at the right moment. Carter's prescience was likely driven by Spotify's acquisition of music machine learning startup Niland, announced this morning. Spotify has acquired Paris-based  music machine learning startup Niland. Details of the deal were not ...


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