Author: Matt Fripp

Getting the internet generation excited about jazz
(Interview with the Good Music Company)

Rotterdam-based agents Mike Bindraban & Jurjen Mooiweer only set up Good Music Company a few years ago but have already been responsible for bringing a whole host of jazz and jazz-related talent – not least Grammy-winners Snarky Puppy – to massive audiences across Europe. Although Good Music Company is primarily a booking agency, they get involved with most of the areas that are important for a 21st century touring jazz musician including strategy, marketing, programming & artist management. Get The Free Jazzfuel Newsletter I asked Mike & Jurjen a bunch of questions aimed at giving more of an insight into how careers are built,...

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jazzahead! 2017: The Musicians Guide

UPDATE: MAY 2017 The jazzahead! registration was won by Danish musician Jon Døssing Bendixen and the conference is now over for another year!  The information below should still be useful if you have an upcoming showcase or conference anywhere in the world and, as a follow up, I got feedback from 42 international jazz musicians for the unofficial jazzahead! review.   How often do you have the chance to sit face-to-face with a whole bunch of jazz promoters, agents, record labels & journalists and talk about your project? Or better still, perform for them..? The final week of April marks...

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Interview with Kurt Rosenwinkel

“one of the most influential musicians of his generation!”

Hailed as the most influential and strikingly original guitarist-composer of his generation, Kurt Rosenwinkel has been at the forefront of the jazz and contemporary music scene for more than 2 decades. As someone who toured early on with legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, caught the tail-end of major label jazz promotion when he signed to Verve and, eventually, relocated to Europe, he has seen first hand how the industry has changed. Get The Free Jazzfuel Newsletter As Kurt launches his own label Heartcore Records and marks a radical leap in musical direction with release of the album Caipi, I asked him some questions about...

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Helping Jazz Musicians Win Online
Q&A with Digital Expert Nadja von Massow

London-based Nadja von Massow combines her passion for jazz with a background in the world of marketing, digital strategy and web design to support artists in areas such as website development, social media, email strategy and promo materials. We met about 7 years ago when I was booking a project featuring Joe Locke – who she manages – and I got to see her design skills in action. Through her company, Nadworks, she has worked in various creative capacities with a whole host of international artists and record labels, helping them maximise their potential as gigging musicians. In my...

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9 Tips From 9 Jazz Industry Experts

A whole bunch of agents, promoters, journalists, musicians and PRs have taken part in the Jazzfuel Q&A in 2016 and, as we approach the end of the year, I wanted to look back at some of the highlights. Each one of them answered around 10 questions specifically related to their area of expertise and I’ve picked out a few personal favourites here. I’ve enjoyed reading their answers – some great inspiration for my own booking & management work – and I hope you as career-building jazz musicians have found them useful too! If you haven’t read the full articles, you can check...

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