Chats with Cats

Guitarist B. D. Lenz chats with today's industry experts about career advice and approaches for today's jazz professional.


The Series Presenter: Jon Poses

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You know you're doing something right when it seems to only get stronger year after year. Such is the case for the “We Always Swing" Jazz Series which takes place in the heartland of America, jny: Columbia Missouri. Now in its 28th year, “We Always Swing" has grown from humble beginnings, even thriving during COVID, to a highly regarded jazz series that has presented hundreds of concerts over the years. It's so endeared itself to some of the musicians who ...


The Conference Producer: Peter Schulze

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Who would ever imagine that just being able to hold a professional conference would be a victory in itself? Post-Covid, that's true for all kinds of gatherings including one held every April in jny: Bremen Germany. Jazzahead is an international assembly of all facets of the jazz industry and a place for this niche community to meet face to face to conduct business, share ideas, and watch performances from bands that have traveled from across the globe. This small miracle ...


The Jazz Artist: Takao Fujioka

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Although music is an auditory art form, for some, there has always been a strong visual component to it, particularly when album covers were at a high point. It's hard to imagine some of the most famous albums without simultaneously visualizing their iconic covers. At their best, they contribute to the ambience of the experience and help set the stage for the music to follow. With that, it's important to not only acknowledge the musical artists who have made a ...


The Music Lawyer: Ron Bienstock

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If there's one thing we've seen about artists over the centuries is that they often have a hostile relationship with the business end of making their art. Musicians are no different and jazz musicians often exemplify this. It could be due to temperament, it could be from bad experiences along the way, it could even be the culture of their peers. Regardless of the reason, it's historically left many musicians poorer than they ought to have been. I discussed all ...


The Digital Content Producer: Joseph Vella

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We've all witnessed how quickly the explosion of technology has changed life in recent years. Arguably, the internet has revolutionized every facet of our life, including how we consume music. We tend to think of technology as some faceless machine that continually churns forward and forget that behind it all are passionate individuals who are pioneering this new frontier. While many people are understandably fearful and reluctant about this new world, it's interesting to hear the perspective of someone who ...


The Educator: Rich Thompson

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Jazz is a tradition and traditions can't be possible without the people who pass along its knowledge . That's why I really wanted to speak to an educator on the front lines of teaching the new generations of musicians who's hands this tradition will be passed to. In it's earliest days, jazz education happened on the streets. It was at jam sessions, after hours cutting sessions, and live gigs. In modern times it's been codified and moved in to universities. ...


The Jazz Emcee: Marcus Goldhaber

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In this episode of Chats With Cats, I caught up with Marcus Goldhaber who lives in a place with a very storied jazz history, the Harlem neighborhood in jny: New York City. To pin Marcus down to one job title is impossible because he does so many things. He's a singer, an actor, a club manager, an activist, an entrepreneur, and as of late, a podcaster. But because I had to narrow it down to one title for this article ...


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