Author: Matt Fripp

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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Inside a Jazz Booking Agency
(How & Why Each Artist Is On My Roster)

My main day-to-day job is working as a manager and/or agent for a roster of jazz musicians who are touring internationally. As all agents, I get a lot of emails from bands looking for representation. SO many of these are really interesting projects from excellent musicians, but I have to turn down a lot just because there are not enough hours in the day… and, with bands that are ‘new’ (internationally, at least), it can take a lot of time to get things moving. And, even then, there are no guarantees of any real success. So for all those great musicians...

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Hacking Songkick (for busy jazz musicians)
video guide

If you are a gigging jazz musician, you need a simple but clear way to publish these gigs onto your website, social media and beyond. Songkick’s (free!) tourbox service is a great place to put your gigs, because not only do they give you the tools to post them onto your sites, they are push them to Spotify so fans are notified when you are playing nearby. The only problem which comes up for jazz musicians – who traditionally play in multiple projects – is that you cannot easily show different projects in the same account. I needed a...

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