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Jazz musicians love to talk about jazz. We talk about the history, the players, the theory and the future. It’s this last topic that sometimes leads to some heated discussions. I can’t tell you how many gigs I’ve been on with musicians both young and old where the topic of conversation invariably turns to the […]

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Why We Play

by Jason on June 6, 2009 · 5 comments

in Music, Thoughts

I was reading my friend Jason Palmer’s blog earlier today. Jason is a fantastic trumpet player from Boston and he and I have been internet buddies for a few years now. If you want to hear some really cool jazz music check out his album, Songbook. I’ve always dug Jason’s playing and more recently have […]

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Every Friday on this blog will be “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. The first installment features pianist Larry Fuller. Larry lived here in Seattle for a […]

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I’m still on cloud nine about receiving a grant from 4Culture to help finish the JPQ CD! Today I received the official press release and was able to see the rarefied company I’m in. Other recipient include trumpeter Cuong Vu, filmmaker Lynn Shelton, Senegalese master drummer Thione Diop, and pianists Wayne Horvitz and Jovino Santos […]

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Yesterday was a funny day. It started wonderfully when my business partner Josh showed up for a meeting with homemade granola and fresh fruit. Now that’s a good partner! Josh’s mom runs Wow Catering and every once in a while I get to reap the benefits too. After our meeting I was off to teach […]

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One of the most common questions I get asked, by friends and strangers alike, is what does a “normal day” look like for me. I put that phrase in quotes because, simply put, there are no normal days for me. That’s one of the things I like the most about my job. I realize that […]

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This is the second in a series of posts detailing how I’ve gotten to this point in my life. Click here for the first part of this series. After deciding not to continue as a Music Major, I went down to the campus radio station to see what was up. I had done a little […]

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Amazing News!

by Jason on May 31, 2009 · 2 comments

in Bands, Music, Recording

I have been applying for grants for years for a number of different projects. There are many wonderful organizations out there willing to fund arts projects but many, many more artists applying for those grants. I’m always disappointed when I don’t get funded, but even more amazed at all the quality artists out there who […]

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Merriam-Wester defines “schmoozing” as: to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections It is this skill that has helped me achieve most every success I’ve had in the music business. It’s a skill I learned during my years in the radio, and one that sets me […]

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When I’m not gigging myself I try to get out to support other musicians in town. I will admit that I don’t do it as often as I’d like, but last night I got to see not one but two great shows. I started the night at Egan’s Ballard Jam House to see my friend’s […]

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