Jazz showcases at jazzahead! and beyond

One of the best ways of getting more gigs, is performing in front of people working in the industry (journalists, promoters, agents, etc) who will spread the news of your performance with colleagues and contacts. Whether as part of a competition, festival or showcase,...

Before, during & after jazzahead! 2018

If you don’t have a booking agent or manager, the single most important thing if you want to get more gigs and build your profile is to be able to directly connect with promoters & journalists. The jazzahead! conference helps you with this in 2 main ways, but both...

An introduction to jazzahead! 2018

April 2018 sees the 13th edition of jazzahead!, one of the biggest jazz-focused conferences in the world. I’ll be there in Bremen, Germany, for the 9th consecutive year – along with more than THREE THOUSAND promoters, agents, journalists, musicians and record labels...

Video Q&A with Phil Woods of Jazzlines Birmingham

As part of the Jazzfuel How To Get More Jazz Gigs Course, I hosted a live Q&A with British jazz promoter Phil Woods, who's worked for both Cheltenham Jazz Festival & Jazzlines in Birmingham. This video is a short clip from that interview, where he talks about the...

Q&A with Michael Fagien of Jazziz Magazine

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...

Q&A with Eva Frost of JazzDanmark

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...

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…...

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...