Jazz

  1. Music Greats Sue For Back Royalties

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some of the biggest names in American music or their estates are suing Universal Music Group Inc. for more than $6 million, claiming the company has been cheating them out of royalties for years. The plaintiffs include Patti Page, and the estates ...

  2. Music Sales Acquires Russell Works

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publisher Music Sales Corp. has acquired the publishing rights to Harrison Music, containing the catalogue of 20th Century lyricist/composer Bob Russell. Russell, who died in 1970, worked with a number of collaborators during his career, inc ...

  3. Byte-Sized Gains: Digital Sales Add To Awards Show Haul

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Grammy Awards sales afterglow is burning brightly, with Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" and the official "2008 Grammy Nominees" album resonating with buyers th ...

  4. NBA Drafts Connick Jr., Marsalis For All-Star Game

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr. and classical saxophonist Branford Marsalis have been tapped to perform during the 57th NBA All-Star Game at the New Orleans Arena on Feb. 17. Marsalis will perform big band melodies with the Rebirth Brass Band dur ...

  5. Cuban Percussionist Güines Dies At 77

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Celebrated Cuban percussionist Tata Güines, known as "the king of the drum", died Monday in Havana, aged 77, according to family sources. Local TV confirmed his passing away in the early hours, 10 days after being admitted to hospital wi ...

  6. Take 6 Inks With Heads Up

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Crossover jazz label Heads Up International has added a cappella group Take 6 to its roster. The group's yet-untitled label debut is slated for August 2008. Encompassing a mix of jazz standards and original songs, the upcoming album will feat ...

  7. Miller To Host Playboy Jazz Cruise

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning electric bassist and songwriter/producer Marcus Miller (Luther Vandross, Miles Davis) will host the inaugural Playboy Jazz Cruise of the Caribbean when it sets sail in early 2009. Among the artists joining him on the cruise will be ...

  8. Norah Jones, EMI Pub Extend Deal

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing and vocalist/pianist Norah Jones have extended their partnership. Terms of the deal were not revealed. Jones has been signed to EMI Music Publishing since 2002. "Norah Jones is one of the most talented and accomplished yo ...

  9. Oscar Peterson Mourned By Jazz Colleagues

    December 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. His death brought forth tributes from jazz pianists spanning the generation ...

  10. Rare Recordings Of Jazz Greats Discovered

    December 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST With cocktail glasses clinking in the background, jazz singer Billie Holiday stood near a piano amid partygoers inside an apartment overlooking New York City's Hudson River. She began singing "Good Morning Heartache." It was Nov. 18 ...

  11. Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies

    December 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy fingers and musical genius made him one of the world's best known jazz pianists, has died. He was 82. Peterson died at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Sunday, said Oliver Jones, a fa ...

  12. Kenny G Goes Latin For Starbucks Debut

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran instrumentalist Kenny G has signed a new deal with Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Records, which will be inaugurated with the album "Rhythm and Romance" early next year. The set of Latin love songs will be available Feb. 5 a ...

  13. Return To Forever Heading Back On Tour

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return To Forever is reuniting for the first time in 25 years for a summer tour of North America and Europe. Beginning this June, the classic lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al ...

  14. Jazz Producer Dorn Dies

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran record producer Joel Dorn, who worked with such artists as Roberta Flack, Max Roach and the Neville Brothers, died of a heart attack on Monday in New York. He was 65. Dorn, a one-time disc-jockey at a Philadelphia jazz radio station, was p ...

  15. Hancock 'Shocked' By Grammy Album Nod

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Many artists interviewed after this morning's 2008 Grammy Awards announcement in Hollywood noted a diversity among the list of nominees. A clear example of this may have been the album of the year nomination for jazz veteran Herbie Hancock� ...

  16. Carlos "Patato" Valdes Dies

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Master conga player Carlos "Patato" Valdés, the man that Tito Puente once called "the greatest conguero alive," died the evening of Dec. 4 of lung failure, at the age of 81 years. Although Valdes lived in New York, he died in O ...

  17. Monk Institute To Honor Hancock, Readies Talent Contest

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Herbie Hancock will be honored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, for his contributions to the genre and the music industry, with an all-star tribute concert October 28 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. The tribute concert -- which will ...

  18. Coltrane Home Gets Historic Distinction

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The home of legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane has been added to both the New York State and the National Register of Historic Places. The Dix Hills, Long Island home was the residence of Coltrane, wife Alice and their family from 1964 to 19 ...

  19. Jazz Legend Joe Zawinul Dies At 75

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Joe Zawinul, who soared to fame as one of the creators of jazz fusion and performed and recorded with Miles Davis, died early Tuesday, a hospital official said. He was 75. Zawinul had been hospitalized since last month. A spokeswoman for Vienna� ...

  20. Verve Names Cohen A&R VP

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mitchell Cohen has been named VP, A&R for the Verve Music Group. Cohen will be based in New York and report to Bruce Resnikoff, president and CEO of Universal Music Enterprises and the Verve Music Group. Most recently, Cohen was senior VP of A ...

  21. Legendary Jazz Drummer Max Roach Dies At 83

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Acclaimed be-bop drummer and composer Max Roach died in his sleep early this morning (Aug. 16) at age 83 in New York, according to a spokesperson from Blue Note Records. The cause of death was not announced. Considered one of the most influential ...

  22. Antcliffe Becomes Royal Albert Hall Pres

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT John Antcliffe, founder/CEO of U.K. public relations group Smithfield Consultants, has been appointed as the new president of music-venue operator Corporation of London's Royal Albert Hall. He replaces Charles Fairweather, who oversaw the com ...

  23. ECM Records Goes Digital With EdelNet

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ECM Records, the jazz and classical music label founded by German jazz great Manfred Eicher in 1969, has entered a long-term digital-distribution deal with edelNet, a digital-music service provider and a subsidiary of German label edel Group. The ...

  24. Quincy Jones Hits Branding High Note

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Quincy Jones is looking to leverage his status as a perennial icon of musical cool with his own lifestyle products and digital media. In a major branding initiative kicking off at this week’s Licensing International trade show in New York, the 27- ...

  25. Playboy Jazz Fest Grooves With James, Kidjo, Botti

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Singers Etta James and Angelique Kidjo, bassist Marcus Miller and trumpeter Chris Botti stood out as crowd-pleasers at the 29th annual Playboy Jazz Festival. Holding court once again at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the two-day festival (June ...

  26. Rollins, Reich Receive Polar Prize

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Seminal jazz artist Sonny Rollins and innovative minimalist Steve Reich were awarded the 16th annual Polar Music Prize on Monday (May 21) by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. The prestigious prize was presented during a nationally televi ...

  27. Helene Blue Musique Expands Jazz Reach

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Helene Blue Musique has acquired administration rights to the jazz catalogs of Lynnstrom Publishing and Jatap Publishing. With this acquisition, the publisher now controls nearly 1,000 commercially released songs that make up the two imprints of I ...

  28. Blue Note To Sponsor Jazz Tent At Bonnaroo

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Bonnaroo Music Festival is adding a jazz tent to its sprawling festival, sponsored by the renowned Blue Note label. Among the performers slated to perform at the festival, scheduled June 14-17 on a 283-hectare farm about 100 kilometres southea ...

  29. Dimensional Jobs Unaffected By Sale

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Details on the sale of Dimensional Music Publishing, first reported by Billboard.biz , are now in. First State Media Group, a joint venture between a management team led by Steve McMellon and Colonial First State Global Asset Management, led the a ...

  30. SaveNetRadio Enlists Jazz Artists

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SaveNetRadio, a coalition formed after the Copyright Royalty Board set new webcaster royalty rates in March, has enlisted jazz legends, artists and educators to urge Congress to knock out the new rates . In a letter to House Judiciary chairman Joh ...

  31. U.K. Parliamentary Jazz Awards Handed Out

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Pianist Gwilym Simcock was named jazz musician of the year, one of the top honors at last night's All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Awards. Other winners included Jez Nelson for jazz broadcaster of the year, Jazzwise as the publ ...

  32. Exclusive: Quincy Jones Q&A

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Producing music for a production music library seems like an unusual gig for someone like Quincy Jones. After all, most composers and producers for this type of music are relatively unknown. But Jones inked a deal to produce a nine-CD series for F ...

  33. Belgian Jazz Expert Simons Dies

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jazz journalist and radio producer Sim Simons died March 20. Simons, who had suffered from a long-term illness which forced him out of radio work in 1999, was 68. Simons debuted with the Belgian national broadcaster VRT in 1968 with his radio show ...

  34. Nominations Revealed For U.K. Parliamentary Jazz Awards

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, guitarist John Etheridge and pianist Gwilym Simcock will battle it out in the musician category at this year's All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Awards. Other categories include best CD, ...

  35. Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup Unveiled

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The lineup for the 29th annual Playboy Jazz Festival was revealed today (Feb. 22), with such acts as Etta James, Buddy Guy, trumpeter Chris Botti and the Phil Woods Quintet slated to perform during the June 16-17 event at Los Angeles' Hollywo ...

  36. Koch Forms Jazz Division

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Koch Records has formed a new jazz/adult division and named Chuck Mitchell as the head of the unit. Mitchell, who was a former president of Verve Records, will join Koch as VP of jazz and adult music. He will be based in New York and report to Bob ...

  37. M. Ward To Discover New Audience Through Jones

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Opening for such acts as the White Stripes, Cat Power, Bright Eyes and My Morning Jacket is nothing new for indie rock singer/songwriter M. Ward. But being handpicked to warm the stage for Grammy-winner Norah Jones is something different. This spr ...

  38. Norah Jones Sets Amazon.com Record

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' third album, "Not Too Late," had the largest pre-order in Amazon.com's history, according to the online retailer. While Amazon didn't specify how many copies were ordered, sources say that the figure is in the ...

  39. Mitchell, Ferland Inducted Into Canadian Hall of Fame

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Canadian singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell and Jean-Pierre Ferland were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame last night (Jan. 28) at Toronto's John Bassett Theatre. Revered Montreal-born Quebec legend Ferland was recognized in p ...

  40. Jazz Performer Alice Coltrane Dies

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane, has died. She was 69. Coltrane died Friday of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said her sister, Marilyn McLeod. For ne ...

  41. Influential Tenor Saxophonist Michael Brecker Dies

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Michael Brecker, a versatile and influential tenor saxophonist who won 11 Grammys over a career that spanned more than three decades, died Saturday (Jan. 13). He was 57. Brecker died in a hospital in New York City of leukemia, according to his lon ...

  42. Ropeadope Launches Digital Imprint

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Brooklyn-based indie label Ropeadope will make digital-only releases its focus for 2007, launching an online-only label in February. Thus far, 25 digital albums are planned for the remainder of the year. The label's physical releases will con ...

  43. Stacey Kent Signs With Blue Note

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz singer Stacey Kent to a worldwide recording deal. Kent previously recorded six albums on U.K. label Candid Records. She also featured on "The Lyric" (Token), the album released in 2005 by her husba ...

  44. Stacey Kent Signs With Blue Note

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz singer Stacey Kent to a worldwide recording deal. Kent's new album will be recorded next spring in London, where she lives, and is due out in September 2007. Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz sing ...

  45. Stacey Kent Signs With Blue Note

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz singer Stacey Kent to a worldwide recording deal. Kent's new album will be recorded next spring in London, where she lives, and is due out in September 2007. Blue Note in Paris has signed U.S. jazz sing ...

  46. JAZZ NOTES: BLANCHARD GOES WITH THE 'FLOW'

    November 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST In "Flow: Living in the Stream of Music," the just-premiered documentary spotlighting trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard's music and travels, the musician says, "We feel jazz is a cutting-edge ... I In "Flow: Living in t ...

  47. London's Ronnie Scott's To Host Jazz Awards

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Renowned London jazz club Ronnie Scott's is to host its own, branded jazz awards ceremony in 2007. Renowned London jazz club Ronnie Scott's is to host its own, branded jazz awards ceremony in 2007. The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards wil ...

  48. London's Ronnie Scott's To Host Jazz Awards

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Renowned London jazz club Ronnie Scott's is to host its own, branded jazz awards ceremony in 2007. Renowned London jazz club Ronnie Scott's is to host its own, branded jazz awards ceremony in 2007. The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards wil ...

  49. French Jazz Artist Luter Dies

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Clarinet player symbolized post-WWII jazz scene. Clarinet player symbolized post-WWII jazz scene. News ...

  50. French Jazz Artist Luter Dies

    October 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT French jazzman Claude Luter died on Oct. 6 near Paris, at the age of 83. Born July 23, 1923 in Paris, Luter is considered by many as the chief ambassador of New Orleans-style jazz in France. With cla French jazzman Claude Luter died on Oct. 6 near ...

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