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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 ...

Facebook Pixel Basics For Artists, Labels

Facebook Pixel Basics For Artists, Labels

Not often discussed in the world of music marketing, Facebook pixels provide an excellent way for artists to reach fans directly and keep better track of who is visiting their website, as well as advertise to them directly. Guest post by Dan Servantes of GHStrategic Do you know which of your fans are most likely to ...

How To Succeed On Soundcloud

How To Succeed On Soundcloud

With hundreds of thousands of indie music fans using the platform, Soundcloud is an important way to build an audience. But with tens of thousands of artists active there, how do you not get lost in the shuffle? Fortunately, Soundcloud offers some tips. Make sure your profile is up to date Keep your profile pic current ...

Why EPs Are Still Important

Why EPs Are Still Important

EPs have existed for a long time as a great way for artists to test the waters before dropping a full length album. Here we look at the benefits of having an EP, how to use it, and the history behind the format. Guest post by Ellie Batchiyska of IndieOnTheMove “As an aspiring artist, you probably ...

Interview 2018: Marcos Valle

Interview 2018: Marcos Valle

Next week, the legendary bossa nova pianist, singer and composer Marcos Valle will make his only New York appearance this year at Birdland. Joining him will be singer Paula Morelenbaum and cellist Jacques Morelenbaum. They toured with Antonio Carlos Jobim between 1984 and 1994. The BossaBrasil spectacular at Birdland—from May 29 to June 2—is being produced ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Waller

Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Waller

All About Jazz is celebrating Fats Waller's birthday today!

Jazz music\'s first organist and one of the giants of piano jazz Thomas Wright “Fats" Waller was born on May 21, 1904 in Harlem into a musical family. His grandfather was an accomplished violinist and his mother was the church organist. His family had moved to New ...

The Road to Stan, 1961

The Road to Stan, 1961

Stan Kenton had a long and benefitical relationship with North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). His connection to the university's music program dated back to the 1940s. Worried about turnover in his orchestra and the need for a solid pipeline of young, gifted musicians eager to tour, Kenton understood early the benefit ...

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 ...

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 ...

Want To Write Music For TV? 4 Tips For Producers

Want To Write Music For TV? 4 Tips For Producers

Writing music for TV can be a great way to make steady money in the music industry, all the while exercising your creativity and getting your music heard. Here we look at four important things to know for starting out that will make the process smoother and more likely to be successful. By Jin Wooh of The Pro ...