JAZZFUEL BLOG

A collection of all the articles...

JAZZFUEL BLOG

A collection of all the articles...
Interview with Donna Schwartz

Interview with Donna Schwartz

Whilst reviews and interviews have long been a part of the jazz world, podcasts are a newer phenomenon which allow a deeper level of insight into the musician's story.  Here at Jazzfuel we're a big fan of these, both as listeners and as partners for press...

The 12 Week Album Set Up

The 12 Week Album Set Up

How long should you plan for an album launch campaign? Whilst it's not an exact science, here's our opinion why 12 weeks is a good mix of realistic and success... Working on more 50 album releases last year, we got to see a whole range of best (and not-so-best)...

15 New Albums: April Jazz Releases (2022)

15 New Albums: April Jazz Releases (2022)

Looking for some new music to check out this month? Join us for a pick of 15 jazz releases this April, as picked or recommended by jazz magazines, blogs and websites around the world... As always, Bandcamp is a great first stop if you want to support any of these...

Interview with George W. Harris of Jazz Weekly

Interview with George W. Harris of Jazz Weekly

For this edition of the Jazzfuel industry interviews series, we talk to George W. Harris who is editor & writer for US-based online magazine Jazz Weekly. With a site tagline of "Creative Music and other forms of Avant Garde" he covers both new international...

Interview with Nicky Schrire of The Jazz Session

Interview with Nicky Schrire of The Jazz Session

Nicky Schrire is a British-South African vocalist and composer based in Toronto, Canada. Alongside her performing and touring career, she has built a profile as a radio broadcaster and, in 2021 took over the reins at the long-running Jazz Session podcast.  With...

Ten of the Best Recording Studios in London

Ten of the Best Recording Studios in London

Join us as we take a look at some of the best recording studios in London, including the iconic Abbey Road, a completely solar panelled studio and many more. If you're a jazz musician looking to record your latest compositions read on for our top picks. The ten London...

1000 True Fans Unpacked | The Road To Jazz Freedom

1000 True Fans Unpacked | The Road To Jazz Freedom

Let’s start with the eye-catching, clickbait headline: in this article we’re going to look at how generating a 6-figure income as an independent jazz musician is within everyone’s reach…  …with one big caveat: It’s going to take a good plan, consistent hard work...

Jazz at Fira B [2021 Showcase Recap]

Jazz at Fira B [2021 Showcase Recap]

Whilst jazzhead in Europe and Winter Jazz Fest in New York are two of the best-known opportunities to showcase and network in the jazz world, there are plenty of other great international events shining a light on this genre.  Here we wanted to share an overview...

Best Jazz Albums Of 2021 [Journalist Picks]

Best Jazz Albums Of 2021 [Journalist Picks]

With so many amazing musicians in the jazz world, putting together a list of the best jazz albums of 2021 is probably an impossible exercise. However, that doesn't mean we can't shine a light on some top record tips that might have slipped under your radar... We don't...

The Best Website Builders for Musicians (2022 Guide)

The Best Website Builders for Musicians (2022 Guide)

The best website builders for musicians allow any independent artist to come up with a professional and stylish website in very little time. There’s a lot of choice out there though - each with their own advantages and disadvantages - so in this guide we’ve reviewed...

9 Stylish Musician Website Examples

9 Stylish Musician Website Examples

If you’re planning on building a new website for your band or project, it helps to look at what other musicians are doing right. In this article, we’ve pulled together 9 examples of musician websites which do a great job at keeping things simple, stylish and...

Bandcamp: The Power of Social Sales

Bandcamp: The Power of Social Sales

Why should you sell your music on platform like Bandcamp that takes 10-15% commission when you could sell it from your own website and keep everything?  The answer is social sales, which we're going to unpack in this article... Giving away money is usually...

A Jazz Musician’s Guide To Getting Things Done

A Jazz Musician’s Guide To Getting Things Done

It’s not easy being a 21st Century jazz musician, is it?!  Not only are you meant to be the best you can on your instrument and make great music, you almost certainly have to take on many of the business and ‘admin’ tasks including booking gigs, social media,...

Mailing Lists for Jazz Musicians: Incentives & Bribes

Mailing Lists for Jazz Musicians: Incentives & Bribes

As an independent jazz musician, how do you encourage fans to sign-up for your mailing list? Having an active list of jazz fans is valuable. It provides a base audience for new music, tickets to gigs, or anything else you happen to sell. But as anyone who has worked...

Press Campaigns | Spring 2021

Press Campaigns | Spring 2021

By Spring 2021, gigs were still largely on hold, but the number of great independent jazz albums only seemed to be growing! We ran press campaigns for 25 album releases (check them out here!) in the first part of the year and have pulled together some key takeaways...

3 Excellent Bandcamp Pages (Case Study)

3 Excellent Bandcamp Pages (Case Study)

Need some inspiration to get the most out of your Bandcamp page? I've found three jazz musicians who have done something great with their pages. Whether it's great merch or smart use of different features, they've found something powerful - and useful - about using...

Women In Jazz Media | Interview with Fiona Ross

Women In Jazz Media | Interview with Fiona Ross

For today's interview we welcome Fiona Ross, founder of Women In Jazz Media, a not-for-profit organisation created to help support and create an equal, diverse, safe and healthy Jazz Industry. WiJM is a team of writers, photographers, painters, musicians, presenters,...

Jazz Singles on Bandcamp [2 Common Mistakes]

Jazz Singles on Bandcamp [2 Common Mistakes]

When you think about releasing music on Bandcamp, do you think mainly about selling full albums? I bet you do... People often associate singles with Spotify and the big streaming platforms, rather than on more direct online stores. But that strategy of releasing...

Facebook: Personal Page vs Artist Page

Facebook: Personal Page vs Artist Page

Love it or hate it, Facebook has more than 2.6 BILLION users and we can only hope that some of those are jazz fans too.  Forget meaningless stats such as 'likes' and 'followers' - your challenge is to get your music in front of those potential fans, make them...

The Releasing / Gigging Cycle

The Releasing / Gigging Cycle

There's a strongly held belief amongst some musicians that there's no real point releasing music if you can't tour it. To be fair, that's what musicians have been doing for many years. But unless you're a headline act, do you really promote your music by being 'on the...

Dave Liebman – Interview with a Jazz Sax Master

Dave Liebman – Interview with a Jazz Sax Master

For today's interview we're joined by a real jazz legend with a career in contemporary music which stretches back nearly 50 years. NEA Master Dave Liebman emerged in the 70s performing saxophone (and sometimes flute) with artists including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones...

Interview with Don Lucoff of DL Media

Interview with Don Lucoff of DL Media

For today's interview we welcome Don Lucoff, a jazz music industry veteran who's worked with some of the biggest artists and labels in a career spanning more than 30 years.  Don Lucoff is the founder and president of the American PR agency DL Media Music. Since the...

Post-COVID Gig Booking

Post-COVID Gig Booking

This is a replay from the 1st Feb 2021 live Q&A session on post-COVID gig booking. Of course, no one can predict what's going to happen in the coming months, but here are some best-guesses and some focus on the things that we can be doing right now to better...

Interview with Ray Jefford, Manager to Avishai Cohen

Interview with Ray Jefford, Manager to Avishai Cohen

Avishai Cohen is one of the most in-demand and well known musicians of today. The Israeli bassist sells out large concert halls and has millions of listeners all around the world, all whilst playing what has been described as a sophisticated mix of post-bop and...

Press Campaigns | Autumn/Winter 2020

Press Campaigns | Autumn/Winter 2020

The worldwide lockdown of 2020 didn't seem to reduce the number of great independent jazz releases and, from what we hear, there are a lot more coming in 2021! For those projects that manage to grab some attention from the jazz press, they should be in a good position...

Best Jazz Albums of 2020

Best Jazz Albums of 2020

It's that time of year when magazines and blogs are publishing their round up lists of best jazz albums of 2020. Rather than put together an article of music we've been enjoying this year, we instead asked the Jazzfuel community to share their favourites of 2020. What...

Interview with jazz journalist Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther

Interview with jazz journalist Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther

Today's interview guest is German-based journalist Ferdinand Dupuis-Panther who currently writes for the Jazz'Halo magazine. He's been a active on the European jazz scene since the 1970s and, as such, has seen firsthand the influx of talented musicians performing on...

Press Campaigns | Summer 2020

Press Campaigns | Summer 2020

As you may know, one of the main done-for-you services we offer at Jazzfuel are press outreach campaigns. It's been satisfying to see so many new releases over the last 6 months, despite the obvious problems around the world. And, even better, so many journalists...

8 Reasons Bandcamp Is Valuable For Jazz Musicians

8 Reasons Bandcamp Is Valuable For Jazz Musicians

If you're somehow not too familiar with Bandcamp, it’s probably best described as the biggest [virtual] record store in the world. Except with every band hanging out there and selling their own stuff direct to fans. In fact, CEO Ethan Diamond recently noted that if...

Thoughts on the next 24+ months

Thoughts on the next 24+ months

As far as the music industry goes, we’re in possibly the most uncertain times ever. Even now, when some countries start to tentatively book gigs, everyone is waiting anxiously for the next set of rules, the next wave of the virus… I confirmed a few shows this week,...

Jazz Radio Stations Around The World

Jazz Radio Stations Around The World

Are you, like us, a fan of discovering great music on the radio? Join us for a round up of more than 50 jazz radio shows around the world, from the biggest stations in Europe and North America, so independent, online platforms broadcasting cutting edge jazz and...

21st Century Jazz Record Labels

21st Century Jazz Record Labels

You might not *need* a record deal in 2021 to get your music heard, but that doesn't mean there aren't independent jazz record labels out there releasing great music and giving you ideas for how to make the most out of your next album. We've put together this list of...

Knowing your network

Knowing your network

When it comes to building a sustainable, long-term career as a creative jazz musician, the strength of your professional network plays an important role. But whilst there's a lot of talk (from me included) on growing your network, there's something to be said for...

Interview with Kim Macari

Interview with Kim Macari

From Kurt Rosenwinkel talking about his early days phoning Spanish jazz clubs to pianist Alan Benzie running through how he booked a 16-date European tour, some of the most-read Jazzfuel interviews and guest articles have involved musicians who've done the industry...

Audience Development for Jazz Musicians

Audience Development for Jazz Musicians

Did you see the story a few months back about the American funk band Vulfpeck? They sold out Madison Square Gardens (13,000+ people) with no manager or record label. And, on top of that, they did it with no advertising budget: they announced it to fans on social media...

Best American Jazz Websites and Blogs [Updated]

Best American Jazz Websites and Blogs [Updated]

Jazz blogs and websites around the world are a great source of information if you're looking to discover new music that fits your taste.  As the home of jazz, America of course has its fair share of writers and, in this guide, we've highlighted some of the best from...

Talking music videos with Dan Redding

Talking music videos with Dan Redding

Great video content is one of the most effective 'tools' a jazz musician has when it comes to convincing a promoter, winning a new fan or motivating a journalist. As a jazz booking agent I've experienced first-hand the effect a simple but well-produced video can have...

Niche European Jazz Blogs & Websites To Discover

Niche European Jazz Blogs & Websites To Discover

There are blogs that write about the great famous jazz musicians who we all know and love - those who release under ACT, ECM, Blue Note, etc - but there are also some brilliant local, niche jazz blogs that give a lot of space to artists who are not internationally...

10 Great Jazz Magazines

10 Great Jazz Magazines

Here's the Jazzfuel rundown of 10 of the best jazz magazines from around the world that you can still read in a physical format. Whilst there are many jazz websites and blogs out there providing the latest gig listings, album reviews and news from around the world,...

British Jazz Blogs & Websites

British Jazz Blogs & Websites

Whether you're looking to discover some new music or to figure out where you'll go for your next gig, there are a bunch of great British jazz blogs to help out. Through our work running press campaigns for jazz musicians, we have worked with some of the best and have...

The Jazz Journalists Survey (2020)

The Jazz Journalists Survey (2020)

If you want to get the news about your latest album release out into the world, jazz journalists (aka bloggers, music writers, critics, reviewers…) are one of the most effective ways of doing this. Something we've seen from our own press outreach campaigns is that,...

The Lockdown List

The Lockdown List

With most of the world on lockdown - or at least severely restricted - many of our usual work-related activities are no longer an option. Gigs, tours, teaching, rehearsals... all cancelled. But for those of you who are healthy and not dealing first hand with the...

3 Gig Booking Timesavers

3 Gig Booking Timesavers

One of the biggest challenges musicians face in booking gigs is the amount of time it takes.  You already have to practice your instrument, rehearse, teach, compose, do social media, send invoices… But if your goal is to tour more, both at home and internationally,...

Interview with Christian McBride

Interview with Christian McBride

Over the last 3 decades, Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride has become one of the most requested, most recorded and most respected figures in the music world. On top of a busy touring & bandleader schedule, he also works as a radio host, producer, educator,...

How to write an effective music press release

How to write an effective music press release

If your goal is to get more gigs and sell more music, recording and releasing great music it is only the start. Persuading magazines, blogs, websites and other media outlets to spread the news for you is vital in building your profile and one of the best ways to get...

Your record label options (+ what to AVOID!!!)

Your record label options (+ what to AVOID!!!)

We’re lucky in 2021 to have so many ways to record & release a new jazz album. The time from recording studio to a fan's headphones is shorter than ever and the costs involved in many of the steps in-between are getting lower.  But with great choice comes...

2 Things You HAVE to Do For Your Next Album Release

2 Things You HAVE to Do For Your Next Album Release

If you’re releasing music, I’d assume that making some money, winning new fans, getting reviewed and, as a result, getting more gigs, are pretty high on your ‘win’ list. Assuming that’s the case, there are two little things that you could – and probably should – build...

Making Spotify Work For YOU

Making Spotify Work For YOU

Spotify gets a bad rap in some circles for the percentages it pays out and the millions of streams you need to see any serious, direct, income.  But today we're going to put that aside and look at some of the ways you can get some real value from Spotify if your music...

Jazz Video Premieres | Jazzfuel

Jazz Video Premieres | Jazzfuel

Video Premiere: May 2022 Kalaha + Hilal Kaya with Aarhus Jazz Orchestra 'Deva' (April Records) Vocalist Hilal Kaya tells (sings) a story about long gone love and the sadness it brings. Supported by the sound of Kalaha and the big band Aarhus Jazz Orchestra which plays...

New Releases Jazz Playlist | Jazzfuel

New Releases Jazz Playlist | Jazzfuel

This jazz playlist is made with the pretty much the opposite approach to Spotify. The streaming giant tries to recommend exactly what they think you'll like, or to categorise the music into sub-genres so you know exactly what to expect. Knowing how discerning jazz...

Interview with Mike Flynn of Jazzwise Magazine

Interview with Mike Flynn of Jazzwise Magazine

As the UK's biggest selling jazz monthly, the award-winning Jazzwise magazine covers everything from the cutting edge of contemporary jazz, mainstream, fusion and free-jazz to jazz electronica and world music. And with features such as 'Taking Off...' they play a big...

Keeping Momentum With Your Tour Booking

Keeping Momentum With Your Tour Booking

More than 300 musicians on the Jazzfuel mailing list recently took part in a survey to answer questions about their careers: where’re they’re at, what they've got planned, the successes they’ve had so far and the challenges they face with tour bookings, releasing...

Booking Agent vs Music Manager (the jazz musician guide)

Booking Agent vs Music Manager (the jazz musician guide)

In an ideal world, you'd probably have an excellent booking agent and a highly effective music manager overseeing every step of your career as a gigging and album-releasing jazz artist, right? To get to that stage, you'll almost certainly need to do both of those jobs...

Promoting your new album without a jazz publicist?

Promoting your new album without a jazz publicist?

Whether you can't afford a jazz publicist for your next release, or you just want to fill in the gaps in countries they're not covering, this article looks at how you can do some DIY PR for your new music. If you’ve ever looked into hiring a jazz publicist, you’ll...

Interview with Michael Fagien of Jazziz Magazine (USA)

Interview with Michael Fagien of Jazziz Magazine (USA)

Today's interview is with Michael Fagien, the founding editor of America's Jazziz Magazine. With over 30 years of experience in the jazz industry, he's seen first hand how things have changed and gives his insight on building your audience and connecting with jazz...

Interview with Eva Frost of Jazz Denmark

Interview with Eva Frost of Jazz Denmark

Eva Frost is a project manager at Jazz Denmark, 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?

Should You Really Be Releasing An Album?

​EPs instead of 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...

Q&A with jazz journalist Bruce Lindsay

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,...

How To Get Reviewed by a Jazz Journalist

How To Get Reviewed by a Jazz Journalist

Getting your latest project reviewed by the jazz press is key to getting more attention for your music. But if you're taking the DIY approach to music PR, it's not always clear how to get the best results. In this article, British music journalist Matthew Wright has...

Musician’s guide to the jazzahead! conference

Musician’s guide to the jazzahead! conference

The annual jazzahead! conference in Germany is one of the highlights in the jazz calendar if you're looking to connect with agents, manager, promoters, journalists, record labels & other musicians. In this article, I'll take you through everything you need to know...

Jazz Industry Interviews: Talking Facebook

Jazz Industry Interviews: Talking Facebook

More than 40 booking agents, promoters, journalists, musicians and publicists have taken part in the Jazzfuel interview series over the last few years and, more often than not, social media is mentioned as an important 'detail' of the jazz musician puzzle. More...

Just Released a New Jazz Album? Do these 10 things!

Just Released a New Jazz Album? Do these 10 things!

Releasing a new jazz album is a great opportunity to reach more promoters, press & music fans. But too often, musicians aren't squeezing every possible bit of attention out of new music. In this article, I'm sharing 10 things you can do in the weeks that follow a...

Q&A with British Jazz Promoter Tony Dudley-Evans

Q&A with British Jazz Promoter Tony Dudley-Evans

British jazz promoter Tony Dudley-Evans is a well-known figure on the European jazz scene, having booked more than 1,000 gigs over the last 20 years. He's been involved with the internationally renowned Cheltenham Jazz Festival since it's beginnings and is currently...

Interview with German Jazz Promoter Carsten Tradowsky

Interview with German Jazz Promoter Carsten Tradowsky

Carsten Tradowsky is part of the booking team for a jazz club & jazz festival in Karlsruhe, southwest Germany. As well as presenting regular jazz gigs throughout the year, the jazz club also runs a festival every autumn featuring a mix of international and German...

Booking Experimental Music  Q & A with Kat Jarby

Booking Experimental Music
Q & A with Kat Jarby

Kat Jarby runs Copenhagen-based Kaja Management and works with experimental/avant garde music. I met her back in 2016 when we did a panel - along with German agent Matthias Wendl from Artribute Booking - at the InJazz Conference in Rotterdam. The theme of our...

Musician Websites 101: Is Your Site Doing The Job?

Musician Websites 101: Is Your Site Doing The Job?

If you're planning on designing a new website for your band or project - or even just tidying up an existing one - this guide will show you why websites for musicians still play an important role in building your career as a touring, record-selling artist.  If...

Why great promo photos will get you more gigs

Why great promo photos will get you more gigs

In today's world of information-overload, it's worth considering the old saying that 'a picture is worth a thousand words' - it's truer than ever. Great promo photos grab attention and get more people to check out your music. From jazz promoters & agents to...

How To Set Up Your Facebook Artist Page

How To Set Up Your Facebook Artist Page

As one of the most visited websites in the world, Facebook is used daily by pretty much everyone - and that includes jazz promoters, agents, journalists and record labels. So, it's important that when they search your name on the site, they find a dedicated Facebook...

4 Ways To Get A Jazz Booking Agent

4 Ways To Get A Jazz Booking Agent

If you're like most professional jazz musicians who don't yet have a booking agent, getting one to hook you up with international gigs and festivals is pretty high on your to-do list. Today I want to share 4 things that I came to realise (as a jazz booking agent...