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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

B.J. Jansen: Common Ground

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Cincinnati-born baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen's tenth album is titled Common Ground for good reason: his sextet consists of NEA Jazz Master trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, drummer Ralph Peterson, trumpeter Duane Eubanks, pianist Zaccai Curtis, and bassist Dezron Douglas--all of whom revel in improvisation. His group's shared affinity for jazz in the straight-ahead vein compelled Jansen to employ a “hands-off" tactic as leader, prompting the end product's great diversity of playing and style. The album has its post- bop pieces, hard bop ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

B.J. Jansen: Ronin

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Baritone saxophonist B.J. Jansen demonstrates his versatility as a composer and performer on Ronin, his third release as a leader. The nine originals that comprise the album cover a gamut of styles while remaining firmly in the jazz mainstream. On the boppish “Manhattan Trane'in" for instance Jansen wields his horn with agility as he intricately embellishes the melody and deftly navigates its harmonic structure. “Diamonds for Lil," meanwhile, showcases his subtle and emotive balladry as his thick smooth ...

IN THE BIZ

The New Artist Development Model: Growing your Brand from the Ground Up

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So you are a jazz musician trying to navigate the complex path to build yourself into a sustainable brand? Where do I begin? What are the steps in the New Industry Model? How can I move forward? How can I survive? How can I cut through the clutter? These are all common questions I get constantly from artists and industry veterans alike, who are just overwhelmed by this new environment. So, it is from ...

IN THE BIZ

The Future Record Label Model = Brand Marketing Collective

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Several months ago Michael Ricci approached me with the idea of starting a column dealing with the business of jazz. During our subsequent conversations we both agreed that jazz musicians needed more tools, more ideas and more education on how to successfully monetize their music and strengthen the jazz scene as a whole. Given my formal educational background (recently completing an MBA), business knowledge (forming Pitch Artist Services) and experience, (over a decade as an actual performing jazz artist and ...


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