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In the holiday spirit, jazz style.

In the holiday spirit, jazz style.

Guitarist Nate Najar’s Jazz Holiday has become a seasonal tradition in Southwest Florida. He started the concert in St. Petersburg, where the 13thannual edition was held last night at The Palladium Theater's Hough Hall. Ex-Ellington bassist John Lamb, drummer Mark Feinman and trumpet marvel James Suggs are regulars in this event, with Nate drawing on an array ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

American Pop Loses Global Crown, But Christmas Music Still Can’t Be Beat

American Pop Loses Global Crown, But Christmas Music Still Can’t Be Beat

In this piece, Bobby Owsinski observes how US pop hits which once permeated the world over have given way to more local music in every area except when it comes to the holidays, where American Christmas classics from the '50s and '60s still reign supreme. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 One of the ways I ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Nancy Wilson: 1937-2018

Nancy Wilson: 1937-2018

Nancy Wilson, a sassy and sultry jazz-pop singer with extraordinary vocal and visual performing talents who emerged in 1959 just as the pop charts were starting to be dominated by soft Brazilian voices, vocal harmonies by beach bands, British invaders and back-beat soul from Detroit and Memphis, died yesterday. She was 81. Nancy was first and foremost ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Nancy Wilson Is Gone

Nancy Wilson Is Gone

Sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy Wilson. She was 81 and died yesterday at her home north of Los Angeles in the California desert community of Pioneertown. The singer achieved fame in the 1960s after Cannonball Adderley heard her in a Columbus, Ohio, club and recommended her to Capitol Records. An album she made ...

NEWS: TRENDS

Indie Label Market Bigger Than Ever And Continuing To Grow

Indie Label Market Bigger Than Ever And Continuing To Grow

It appears as though an ever increasing number of bands and artists are avoiding traditional record label and instead taking the indie path, sometimes by choice and sometimes because of difficulty of signing with a major label. Whatever the reason, indie labels are soon set to contribute to 40% of the global music economy, with no ...

NEWS: CAREER

Placemakers: Why Midsize Cities Are the Next Music Hubs [Kyle Bylin]

Placemakers: Why Midsize Cities Are the Next Music Hubs [Kyle Bylin]

Hypebot contributor Kyle Bylin writes about the rise of midsize cities. He believes these places are the next platforms for music ideas. Local residents are choosing to build their businesses where they live rather than relocating to pursue their dreams. These small businesses, fused with state personality and pride, are poised to reshape the music landscape in ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Jaki Byard: Anything for Jazz

Jaki Byard: Anything for Jazz

Back in the early 1980s, I'd head down to Barry Harris's Jazz Cultural Theater on New York's Eighth Avenue in the 20s to hear Jaki Byard & the Apollo Stompers. As I recall, you never knew who you'd see in the band. There often were guys in the trumpet section who played Broadway shows. But the ...

NEWS: CAREER

New Data: When, Where To Send Your Event Invitation Emails

New Data: When, Where To Send Your Event Invitation Emails

While emails certainly do a lot for driving ticket sales, it's easy to wonder if they could be doing more, and artists frequently vacillate between sending too few emails, and bombarding their market base and over-saturating them. Here we look at new data on how to get it right. Guest post by Rachel Grate of Eventbrite You know ...

NEWS: EVENT

CD Baby DIY Musician Conference 2019 Moves To Austin

CD Baby DIY Musician Conference 2019 Moves To Austin

CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference is moving from Nashville to Austin “ to connect with a fresh community of musicians in another deeply musical city." Presentations, workshops, mentoring, jam rooms and more will be held at the downtown Hilton August 16-18, 2019. “CD Baby pays close attention to what our artists need,” explains Kevin Breuner of ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Music Metadata: Why You Need To Get It Right

Music Metadata: Why You Need To Get It Right

Metadata (aka data about data) has become a huge part of achieving musical success in the digital age. So huge, in fact, that to ignore it, or to have incorrect metadata, can ruin your chances of keeping your head above water in the streaming era. By Chris Robley of CD Baby from the DIY Musician blog. What is music metadata? Metadata ...