June 2009

I finished the mastering for my new CD with the Jason Parker Quartet and I couldn’t be happier! I spent two afternoons with Mark Guenther of Seattle Disc Mastering watching him tweak dials and push buttons and still know next to nothing about the process. What I do know is that the disc sounds amazing! […]

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“My job is all about listening, and my aim, really, is to teach the world to listen. That’s my only real aim in life.” – Evelyn Glennie My new Twitter friend Andrew Goodrich from Artists House Music posted an amazing talk today (see below) that I had to share with you. This talk features Scottish […]

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Every Friday on this blog is “Makin’ it Happen Friday”, where I feature another musician who’s found a way to make a living playing music. I am constantly inspired by others, and hope to pass that inspiration on to you. Normally I would use this space to spotlight another musician who is Makin’ it Happen. […]

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I’m in the process of mixing my new CD with the Jason Parker Quartet. It’s been an intense and introspective time and I’ve learned so many things about myself, both as a musician and as a human being. In a way it’s been like therapy only cheaper (at $45/hr. for the studio vs. $120/hr. most […]

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Every Friday on this blog is “Makin’ it Happen Friday”, where I feature another musician who’s found a way to make a living playing music. I am constantly inspired by others, and hope to pass that inspiration on to you. Today’s featured musician is pianist/composer/accordionist/bandleader Michael Owcharuk. Mike is a friend and colleague of mine […]

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More on Entertainment

by Jason on June 18, 2009 · 6 comments

in Thoughts

If you’ve read more than one post on this blog you’ve probably sensed a theme. I hope that there will be many themes as we delve deeper into what it means/takes to be a working musician. But the early life of this blog is starting to come together around the idea of entertainment. I’m a […]

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I found a most excellent post today by Peter Hum, the author of Thriving on a Riff, a great jazz blog out of Ottowa Canada. In it Peter details a TON of web-based music marketing ideas. This post is a must-read for any modern musician. Find it here: Using the Web to Snare Jazz Fans. […]

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I should’ve posted this before the event happened, but I just got done watching the webcast of The White House Music Series and their first jazz concert! Sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and First Lady Michelle Obama, this was the inaugural concert of the series, and they couldn’t have chosen a more […]

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I almost never play for free. I believe that as professional musicians we have to have enough self respect and self-worth to charge for our services. We put in countless hours of practice and preparation to get us to each gig and should not take that time lightly. If we don’t think of ourselves as […]

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As a gigging musician, my hope is that there will be a huge crowd at every show clamoring for our music. And often this is the case. But there are also gigs where you can hear the crickets. Today was just such a gig. I played a Sunday Brunch with my partner-in-crime Josh Rawlings at […]

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