Take Five With Mark Rapp
It provides the opportunity for jazz elements to be heard by massive audiences who gain positive associations of jazz and their favorite bands. Festivals should utilize online technologies and iPhone applications (look at what the Masters Golf Tournament did this yearlive video streaming right on the iPhone for free!). These are just a few examples that will engage a broader demographic and support the jazz industry.
What is in the near future? Shows in California (Sonoma Jazz Festival and Yoshi's), Europe (Jazz Time International Festival Rijeka 2009, Croatia; Jazzland Club, Vienna), New York (opening for Maceo Parker) and more.
My debut release, Token Tales has been doing fantastically. It charted #20 on the Jazz Week Jazz Charts and the sales have been good. In this economy, they've been great!
I just recently recorded arrangements of Billy Strayhorn music with Don Braden, Gerald Clayton, Sachal Vasandani, Rene Hart and Greg Gonzales. It was a killer session and I'm telling you, you haven't heard such hip and unique arrangements of Strayhorn before. Look for this record to come out later in the year.
Practice trumpet, practice golf, drink wine.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: PGA Tour Player.