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Jazz Karaoke anyone?

Read "Jazz Karaoke anyone?" reviewed by David Hadley Ray

Venues seem to want jazz karaoke more than jazz with attitude. With decibel meters, political correctness and noise laws, is the rebel music of Bird, Monk and Dizzy being snipped and manipulated into being safe for the masses? Do folks really want their jazz neutered, or genetically modified? (It may look and taste like jazz, but ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Trumpet Miming in Film: Mostly Jive

Read "Trumpet Miming in Film: Mostly Jive" reviewed by Steve Provizer

No surprise that filmmakers want to feature trumpet players in their films. After all, we are a complicated, sometimes volatile and, ahem, sexy cohort. I've written here about the odd character-illogical bent that movies show toward the species, but in this post, I'll restrict myself to analyzing how well filmmakers pull off the act of shooting ...

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Do Albums Ever Die? How Make Old Music Relevant Again

Do Albums Ever Die? How Make Old Music Relevant Again

Just because an album has been around for awhile doesn't make it irrelevant. The streaming age and the rise of playlist culture has provided a unique opportunity for artists to breathe new live and relevancy into their back catalog of work. Guest post by Chris Robley on DIY Musician 3 things you can do to breathe new life ...

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Why Can We Still Buy Music? [Thomas Euler]

Why Can We Still Buy Music? [Thomas Euler]

In this piece, Thomas Euler ponders the question of why it is that we can still purchase music. Will we soon live in a world where music cannot be bought. but only accessed, and what this would mean for not only labels but also the industry in general? Guest post by Thomas Euler, originally published on his blog ...

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Survival Of The Shortest: Did Streaming Kill Song Intros?

Survival Of The Shortest: Did Streaming Kill Song Intros?

While lengthy, dramatic intros used to be commonplace in the power pop ballads of a few decades ago, a recent study has revealed that the hits of today have significantly more truncated, something for which consumers shortened attention spans are likely to blame. Guest post by Misti Crane of The Ohio State University "It’s survival-of-the-fittest: Songs that manage to ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

NEA Dismantling: Let's Do The Time Warp Again

Read "NEA Dismantling: Let's Do The Time Warp Again" reviewed by Homer Jackson

In a response to the recent local and national actions demanding that President Trump rescind his proposal to dismantle the NEA/NEH/IMLS, I feel like I'm in a sorta twisted, time-warp.

Twenty years ago, in the midst of the 1990s, the very same debate to decimate the NEA by a Republican- empowered Congress took place. ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Chuck Berry: 1926-2017

Read "Chuck Berry: 1926-2017" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In the same spirit of the evolutionary question, “What comes after Music," I ask how does one simply acknowledge, if not pay homage, to what is beyond Greatness? The Saturday, March 18th New York Times did not do bad with:

“While Elvis Presley was rock's first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

New York Times Downsizes Jazz Coverage: A Response

Read "New York Times Downsizes Jazz Coverage: A Response" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The February 23rd report from the Salon website that the The New York Times has downsized its coverage of live and recorded jazz is quite a shock, and, in my opinion, a poor decision on their part which I hope they will seriously reconsider. Their iconic and highly competent reviewers, Ben Ratliff and Nate Chinen, have ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Hentoff helped pave way for jazz journalism’s acceptance

Read "Hentoff helped pave way for jazz journalism’s acceptance" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Nat Hentoff's passing last week left me feeling, well, old. Whenever we lose a mentor--a grandparent, a teacher, someone who encouraged us--it's a reminder of our own mortality, that we are, in the parlance of football coaches, the next ones up.

I don't feel anywhere near to ready or worthy or capable of assuming ...

NEWS: OPINION

James McMurtry On State of Texas, State Of The Music Business Plus The Digital Tip Jar [INTERVIEW]

James McMurtry On State of Texas, State Of The Music Business Plus The Digital Tip Jar [INTERVIEW]

In this interview Brad Auerbach speaking with singer-songwriter and proud Austin resident James McMurtry about the rapid evolution of the music industry, and his thoughts on digital “tip jar" and artistic philanthropy in general. Guest post by Brad Auerbach on Forbes James McMurtry is one of America’s songwriting treasures. Too often just out of the mainstream spotlight, he is ...


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