Author: Matt Fripp

Should You Really Be Releasing An Album?

If you’re a jazz musician looking to build your profile and get more gigs, there’s actually a pretty good argument that releasing EPs or singles, frequently, could actually make more impact than albums. Bear with me, I know it’s a sensitive subject… …because I know that since the very beginning of your love affair with jazz, you’ve thought, talked & studied in terms of albums, right? Transcribing solos on Kind of Blue. Discussing the highlights of the ’64 concert. Learning the tunes from Mingus Ah Um, The Shape of Jazz To Come, Giant Steps and many more. Sifting through...

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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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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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