Archive for October 12, 2011

CD Baby, the largest digital distributor of independent music in the world, is proud to launch its new MusicStore for Facebook. This new, customizable store is the easiest way for musicians to sell downloads and CDs directly to fans on Facebook. With just a few clicks, the MusicStore integrates right into an artist’s Facebook Band Page, allowing fans to listen to, purchase, and share their music. CD Baby then handles the rest automatically, including the transaction processing, music delivery, customer service, and artist payout.

For CD Baby artists, the MusicStore App is free and requires no additional uploading, as song files, metadata, and bio information are already stored in CD Baby’s database. The MusicStore for Facebook shows fans all the relevant artist and product info. It also allows artists to choose between offering 30-second sample clips or full song streams when people click to hear the music before purchasing.

“I’m extremely proud of this release, which solves the problem of selling your music on Facebook,” says CD Baby president Brian Felsen. “Because we have all necessary artist content and information in our database, our new MusicStore for Facebook literally takes just 5 minutes to set up. It’s beautiful, seamless, and integrated. And I’m excited that artists are responding: in the first five days since our “soft” launch, without any promotion whatsoever, we’ve already deployed over 1,500 artist stores! It’s direct to fan, and CD Baby handles all the logistics: the credit card processing, the delivery of downloaded MP3s, the warehousing and shipping of CDs, the customer service, and the accounting – so artists can focus on what matters: writing, recording, and performing.”

The MusicStore for Facebook is FREE for existing CD Baby members. Artists can set up the MusicStore and start selling (and sharing) their music immediately on Facebook, simply by logging into their member accounts at http://members.cdbaby.com.

New artists interested in selling their music directly to their fans on Facebook can sign up an album on CD Baby for just $39, or a single for $9.95, and get the free MusicStore for Facebook at: http://members.cdbaby.com/sell-music-on-facebook.aspx

CD Baby is the largest digital distributor of independent music in the world. CD Baby distributes over 3.5 million tracks to dozens of digital music retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody, and Spotify, and pays artists weekly for their product sales. From their Portland, OR headquarters, they warehouse and ship over 360,000 independent CD titles to a customer base that spans the entire globe. The company also offers other services to musicians such as the ability to accept credit cards at shows, web hosting through their sister company Host Baby, and eBook distribution through BookBaby.

A contemporary jazz giant whose power and passion have made the soulful saxophonist into one of the genre’s most consistent chart-toppers in the 25 years since he released his solo debut, Richard Elliot salutes the instrumental jazz-funk legends from his formative years in the 1970s & 80s that influenced his brand of music on In The Zone, which was released yesterday by Artistry Music (Mack Avenue Records). Elliot wrote and produced his 16th solo album with fusion pioneer Jeff Lorber.

In The Zone is a continuation of Elliot paying recorded tribute to his roots. His 2009 release, Rock Steady, which debuted at #5 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz album chart, was a nod to the R&B artists from the 1970s & 80s that most inspired him. On the new collection, Elliot again revisits his seminal years, but this time casting appreciative eyes towards musicians such as Grover Washington Jr., Bob James and David Sanborn.

Lorber was also a young, cutting-edge adventurer during that era, and since he and Elliot have been collaborating on projects for the past ten years, the keyboardist became the perfect producing and songwriting partner for In The Zone. Together they wrote nine new songs and recorded a deep-pocketed version of the gritty Marvin Gaye topical protest anthem “Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler).” Joining them in the studio were guitarists Dwight Sills, Michael Thompson and Tony Maiden, bassists Nate Phillips and Alex Al, drummers Lil’ John Roberts and Tony Moore, percussionist Lenny Castro, and horn player and arranger David Mann.

Losing none of his hallmark fervor and dynamic energy, over the years Elliot has matured and cultivated a sense of control, restraint and balance, qualities that emerged as he found peace and happiness in his personal life. “When things are dialed in and everything is clicking, be it on stage or in life, that’s what ‘in the zone’ feels like to me,” said the Scotland-born, Los Angeles-reared musician. “My original motivation for doing In The Zone was the opportunity to reconnect with my earlier self, the musician I was when I first started out back when I was 18. The songs remind me of listening to my heroes in those days and seeing them perform live, feeling incredible joy and enthusiasm about the possibility of following in their footsteps. The wonderful thing is, so many years after I began performing professionally, I still feel that excitement.”

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Join us for The Autumn Jazz Concert Series

Featuring the best Live Jazz and R&B from the hottest musicians in the region!!!

October 16, 2011 Doors Open 4pm / Showtime 5pm

The Smooth Funk Jazz Sounds of…

H. Wade Johnson

It’s the perfect way to relax, unwind, meet new people and most of all…

Enjoy Live Music! Great Drinks – Great Food!

$10.00 General Admission

Latin Palace 509 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

443-858-9781