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Jazz Near You House Concerts Kicks Off with The Jost Project on October 24

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An International Launch Takes Place In Philadelphia Area

Jazz Near You Home Concerts With The Jōst Project — October 24, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets available at Closeup.fm or EventBrite.

Philadelphia, PA – According to Michael Ricci, founder and owner of All About Jazz and Jazz Near You, the largest jazz web-based network in the world, jazz musicians need more performance opportunities. So, from his headquarters just outside of Philadelphia, he’s creating a network of affiliates around the world to host concerts in the intimate settings of their homes. Ricci will kick off the first Jazz Near You Home Concert at his own home in Lansdale on Friday, October 24, 2014 (7:00-9:00pm) with a local band that is respected worldwide, The Jōst Project. Comprised of vibraphonist Tony Miceli, vocalist Paul Jost and bassist Kevin MacConnell—The Jōst Project present innovative arrangements of classic rock performed in a jazz format with the goal of reaching new generations for jazz.

All About Jazz reaches over 500,000 monthly readers and its affiliate Jazz Near You has nearly 160,000 mailing list subscribers (who receive local event listings in over 250 cities worldwide). According to Ricci, “All About Jazz represents a 20 year-effort to promote jazz music online, and we furthered our mission by launching Jazz Near You—a powerful platform to help musicians freely promote their gigs to jazz fans across devices."

Ricci continues, “It's disappointing that jazz artists have so few venues to perform, which means less opportunities to earn a living. It's my opinion that the jazz demographic is a good fit for house concerts. Home venues ensure a comfortable, intimate setting, with good audiences. And there’s the convenience factor that goes along with it. People don’t have to travel far and parking is generally free.”

This is just the beginning of a much larger project. Ricci explained, “Jazz Near You will collaborate with facilitators and create revenue opportunities for all involved. We can coordinate house concerts on an international scale by leveraging the Jazz Near You platform, and through our relationship with Closeup.fm (a Knoxville-based start up), we can help support the house concert presenter by providing the ticketing platform, and by optimizing list placement at the Jazz Near You website and in the Jazz Near You weekly email newsletter.”

Music salons are not new. They are just rare. In Philadelphia, for over 25 years Andrea Clearfield has hosted a music salon in her home on a monthly basis. Her model is different from the Jazz Near You concept but the mission is the same. Make music more accessible.

Ricci’s career began as a software developer, though he's held a lifelong affinity for the arts, jazz in particular. His career in technology started when he co-founded Vision X Software. The result was ScreenThemes, a desktop and screensaver program that achieved success in part through licensing arrangements with Lucasfilm (Star Wars) and Paramount Pictures (Star Trek).

During that time (1995), Ricci started All About Jazz as a hobby and grew it organically through a global grassroots effort as a website dubbed “For jazz fans by jazz fans." As the platform evolved, the website's reach increased. He said, “All About Jazz was developed from scratch, long before content management systems like WordPress and Drupal existed. We've come a very long way, and our tireless efforts have made a difference for many musicians helping them secure gigs, establish tours, get reviewed, sell music, and find students."

Tickets for the first Jazz Near You Home Concert with The Jōst Project are $20 a person (BYOB) and can be purchased by visiting closeup.fm (preferred) or EventBrite. Once the ticket is purchased, the home address will be shared.

About The Jōst Project

The Jōst Project Trio is a Philadelphia-based band devoted to jazz, made up of very talented musicians, who have fans around the world. They are internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli, vocalist/harmonicist Paul Jost, and bassist Kevin MacConnell. Their CD Can’t Find My Way Home (Dot Time Records, based in NY and Europe) is classic rock in a jazz format and crowds are cheering at their unexpected interpretations of this music. They are reaching into the “baby boomer” and subsequent generations that came of age with rock and roll, the Beatles, hard rock, and other genres which are rarely played by jazz groups.

All seasoned musicians, they performed this summer in South Korea, which included an appearance at the Chilpo Jazz Festival. They have played as a group in New York at Iridium Jazz Club and they have performed throughout the Philadelphia region. They are honored that two selections from their CD are included in a new BFM Jazz Digital CD called Experience This: Reinterpreted Rock Classics. The CD is, also, consistently charted in Jazz Week and has been picked up by college and jazz radio stations all over the country and receiving regular airplay.

About Jazz Near You

Jazz Near You is a simple yet powerful way for fans to discover who is playing where and when. It's also is a free opportunity for musicians and presenters to list events while giving fans an opportunity to retrieve them from the web, their email and their phone. The Jazz Near You iOS app is available here.

About All About Jazz

All About Jazz is the leading and longest running jazz music website, attracting both enthusiasts and industry professionals since 1995.

A daily resource of impressive depth and breadth, All About Jazz aggregates, publishes and syndicates a variety of jazz-oriented content daily and is committed to raising the awareness of jazz's cultural significance and historical legacy while actively celebrating the creative leaders of today.

All About Jazz is the highest ranked jazz music website in the world and has received “best of the web” designations from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, the BBC, and is a 11-time winner of the Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) award for best website covering jazz.

What jazz musicians are saying about All About Jazz:

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“All About Jazz is a real resource on the web for the serious jazz musician. It's helped my solo projects reach a much larger audience." —Edward Simon

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