To mark the end of 2017, here’s a quick look back at each of the jazz industry Q&A’s from this year, with a key takeaway from each, that we can use to make 2018 the best year yet for getting gigs and building careers. (note: if you can’t listen/watch the videos right now, I’ve included a key quote – and a link to the full article – next to each video) Interview with Kurt Rosenwinkel “In the beginning, I booked my own gigs; I got the phone numbers of all the clubs in Spain and called them all up...Read More
Author: Matt Fripp
As an independent jazz musician, it’s not easy to know how to reach festival and club promoters and – when you do – to know exactly what they are looking for. As always, the best way to get some more insight into this is to ask the promoters themselves! So, I recently put together a super short survey which 40+ promoters around the world were kind enough to take part in and I just wanted to share the results in this article, along with some actionable tips which we can pull out of them… IT’S JAZZ, NOT SCIENCE…...Read More
Dave Douglas is a trumpeter, composer and educator with more than 50 recordings as a leader, including projects with Joe Lovano (Sound Prints), Uri Caine (Present Joys) & Mark Guiliana (High Risk). He founded his own label – Greenleaf Records – in 2005 to release both his own projects and those of other musicians. All this, on top of a busy international touring schedule – saw Frank Alkyer – publisher of Down Beat – hail him as “the unassuming king of independent jazz, a model of do-it-yourself moxie, initiative and artistic freedom.” In a [jazz] world where musicians are increasingly needing...Read More
Michael Fagien founded leading US jazz magazine Jazziz in 1983 and has been involved with the jazz industry ever since, both through publishing and other music-related ventures including record labels and venues. I was introduced to Michael when I worked in the agency department of Jamie Cullum’s management company. Jazziz Magazine had been strong supporters of Jamie early on and I wanted to introduce Michael to the singer-pianist Anthony Strong who I manage. I’ve e-met various people on the Jazziz team since then and it’s a great mix of good jazz & good business – something I think every...Read More
Eva Frost is a project manager at JazzDanmark, the national organisation in Denmark responsible for supporting jazz musicians both within their country and with exporting Danish music around the world. A lot of countries have these organisations, but in my experience these Danes are some of the most proactive I’ve ever met in the jazz world! I was invited to be a judge for the 2017 ‘Sounds of Denmark‘ festival which takes place in London this September and I got to run a workshop with the final musicians. So I know first hand the excellent range of musicians coming...Read More
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