Bassist Ben Allison has been a force on the music scene, not only because of his musical prowess (most recently exhibited in his outstanding album, The Stars Look Very Different Today) but also in his work as an advocate for musicians. So posting a simple little video of his band performing last year at New York's Joe's Pub has a few more peccadilloes than a mere embed. Read Allison's essay about his YouTube experiment at his website. In the meantime, watch his stellar band play "Roll Credits" after the jump.
For decades, record labels have lobbied Congress to legislate on the subject of paying royalties to labels and performers for radio play of music; today, the US is one of the few nations to pay royalties for radio play to songwriters and music publishers only. But in the past week, decisions have been made, namely by Clear Channel, an immense radio broadcasting company, and Big Machine, a titan of country music recording companies, to settle the issue of royalties and radio outside of government. Clear Channel intends to reshape its business model in response to the increase of the digital streaming market, which was legislated for by government, and very expensive for the broadcasting companies. By settling directly with record labels, broadcasting companies might save money by skipping the federal rate.
This Sunday, August 8, I'll be performing with my band at the [Newport Jazz Festival]. I'm really looking forward to playing the granddaddy of all jazz festivals and I hope to see you there. If you can't join us in person, you can check out the [live stream], courtesy of WBGO, WGBH and National Public Radio from 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM (-5 GMT).