Author: Matt Fripp

July Playlist (Jazz Music Videos)

As I’ve written about already, a great music video can make a massive difference to getting booked for gigs.  Here are 8 videos from musicians I’ve been in contact with in the last few weeks via Jazzfuel.  The list features Gisela Horat, Nancy Ruth, George Burton, We Are Leif, Luca Manning, Flying Machines, Dominic J. Marshall (a new signing to my agency roster by colleague Maggie Samkova) & SuperUmbra. As an agent, I particularly like music videos that show a promoter exactly how the artist performs. That way, they can already imagine them on their stage and feel more...

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Q&A with jazz journalist Bruce Lindsay

  I spend a lot of time on my laptop checking out jazz and, when it comes to reviews, the name Bruce Lindsay is one that comes up a lot! Based in Norwich, UK, Bruce wrote his first album review in 1974 and has gone on to write HUNDREDS more in the years since, for publications including All About Jazz & Jazz Journal. When it comes to getting gigs, of course the music is key. But a great quote or insightful paragraph by a trusted source can make a massive difference to how seriously promoters even check out the content....

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Jazzahead Review
42 Musicians Give Their Feedback

2017 was my 8th time at the jazzahead! conference in Germany and, a couple of months before, I wrote an article about how musicians could make the most of the event, along with a competition for a free registration. It’s always a bit of a whirlwind of meetings and, as a booking agent & manager first and foremost, I spent a lot of time with promoters. I managed to catch up with a few musicians from around the world but wanted to get a better insight into how useful the weekend was for them. Below you can find comments and feedback...

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May Playlist (Jazz Music Videos)

As I’ve written about already, a great music video can make a massive difference to getting booked for gigs.  Here are 10 videos from the Jazzfuel community that I’m checking out this month. The list features Sebastian Spanache Trio, Areia e Grupo de Música Aberta, Korduroy, Roman Schuler, Fraser Smith, Emily Francis Trio, High Striker, Pat Bianchi, Run Logan Run & Orchestre National de Jazz...

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Czech It Out!
Interview with Jakub Zitko of Jazz Dock in Prague

Jakub Zitko – today’s guest – was already an established musician before he became programme manager of Jazz Dock. Dissatisfied with the tourist-oriented set ups of many venues in town – primarily restaurants with jazz on the side – he helped start a club where people would come to listen to music in the first place.  And so, Jazz Dock opened 8 years ago and he’s been the programme manager ever since. This Q&A is a bit different than normal because it’s not me asking the questions! A lot of my day-to-day work is spent booking shows for a roster of international jazz artists and, for...

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