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Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

All About Jazz is celebrating Mike Westbrook's birthday today!

Born in High Wycombe in 1936, Mike Westbrook grew up in Torquay and was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock. He formed his first band while studying painting in Plymouth in 1958, moving to London in the early 1960s. He has led and composed for a succession of ...

Pandora Adds 'Modes' For Custom Lean Back Listening

Pandora Adds 'Modes' For Custom Lean Back Listening

Pandora has added Modes, a new feature for both free and premium users to customize the listening experience on Pandora stations. New are selectable modes within stations including “Crowd Faves” (most thumbed-up tracks by other listeners), “Discovery” (hear more songs by other similar artists) and “Artist Only” (songs only by the station artist). Some stations also ...

Could You Be Making A Record Almost No One Will Hear?

Could You Be Making A Record Almost No One Will Hear?

You can pour your heart and soul into a record and create some of the best work of your life, but creating good music in no way guarantees anyone will hear it. Here we look at five common pitfalls artists make when releasing new music, and how can avoid making them. Guest post by Janelle Rogers ...

Perfect Album: Louisiana Slim

Perfect Album: Louisiana Slim

One of my favorite 1970s Hammond organists is Leon Spencer Jr. Along with Melvin Sparks (g) Idris Muhammad (d) and Buddy Caldwell (cga), Spencer was a virtual house organist for Prestige during that decade. In addition to recording behind Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons, Spencer was on several Blue Note albums by Lou Donaldson. In between, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marian McPartland

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marian McPartland

All About Jazz is celebrating Marian McPartland's birthday today!

Marian McPartland has made jazz piano duets into something of an art form. Sure, it\'s been done before, but not very often. There are the Pete Johnson/Albert Ammons duet sessions that made both boogie pianists stars, but save for the occasional live performance where a couple of ...

The Art Of Spending Your Music Money (Part 2)

The Art Of Spending Your Music Money (Part 2)

In part two of this five part series on how to effectively allocate money in the correct places in order to benefit your music career, we look at a visual framework for self-investment, and how artists can use it as a series of checks and balances when developing their business. Guest post from AWAL This is ...

The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive.  Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry. em>By Mike Masnick from Techdirt

A key claim by ...

Meredith D'Ambrosio in 1981

Meredith D'Ambrosio in 1981

One of my regrets about my college years in Boston during the 1970s is not going to see Meredith D'Ambrosio perform around town. Back then, I was either at the Harvard “Coop" buying jazz LPs, at Paul's Mall and the Jazz Workshop at night during the week and at discos on the weekends. Soon after I ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eliane Elias

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eliane Elias

All About Jazz is celebrating Eliane Elias' birthday today!

Pianist/singer/songwriter Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and her sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. Made in Brazil, scheduled for release on March 31, 2015 on Concord Jazz, marks a ...

Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever

Skip Rates: Why The First 30 Seconds Matter More Than Ever

With the album on the wane and attention spans shorter than ever, the first 30 seconds of of a song matter more than.  Not only do they need to capture the listener's attention, but in streaming, they determine if the songwriter is going to get paid at all.  Skip rates can make or break a song, ...