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B.D. Lenz

Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and has studied with such masters as Mike Stern, Vic Juris, and Charlie Banacos along the way. Lenz has released 9 highly-acclaimed recordings as a leader featuring greats such as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt, & Mark Egan and his music has been featured in hundreds of TV shows globally including "Breaking Bad" (AMC), "Catfish" (MTV), and "Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations" (Travel Channel) to name a few

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Festival Presenter: Danny Melnick

Read "The Festival Presenter: Danny Melnick" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

For this edition of Chats with Cats I interviewed a festival presenter and was lucky for the opportunity to speak with someone who really has seen and done it all. Danny Melnick has booked the biggest names at the most prestigious of venues. As a musician always looking to better my own booking skills I, of ...

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Jazz DJ: Sheila Anderson of WBGO

Read "The Jazz DJ: Sheila Anderson of WBGO" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

In this edition of Chats with Cats I interviewed an on-air host at one of the world's leading jazz radio stations. Sheila Anderson is someone who has worked in many communication mediums but I wanted to find out the status of jazz radio in particular, from someone who is at the center of the jazz broadcasting ...

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Club Booker: Albert Dadon of Bird's Basement

Read "The Club Booker: Albert Dadon of Bird's Basement" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

For this column I was given the great opportunity to interview Albert Dadon who's an accomplished man both inside and outside of the music world. Albert is not just a club owner/booker, he's a musician and can understand both sides of the booking relationship that can sometimes be at odds with each other. With very high ...

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Booking Agent: Matt Fripp of Jazzfuel

Read "The Booking Agent: Matt Fripp of Jazzfuel" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

So many jazz musicians often face the same cruel task: doing their own booking. It can be a frustrating and discouraging endeavor, but it's necessary to maintain a career. I've had a lot of experience with it and discuss the basics in my column, Mind Your Business: Booking 101, but it's important to get advice from ...

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Publicist: Scott Thompson

Read "The Publicist: Scott Thompson" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

My previous column at All About Jazz called, Mind Your Business, covered the aspects of managing your own music career as a DIY jazz artist. Throughout that twelve-part series I covered such topics as booking, promotion, and touring. I've had to learn all of these skills on my own and figured there were artists in the ...

ARTICLE: CHATS WITH CATS

The Radio Promoter: David Avery of Powderfinger Promotions

Read "The Radio Promoter: David Avery of Powderfinger Promotions" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

In the second edition of Chats with Cats I spoke with a radio promoter. I've actually used David Avery's services in promoting a few of my own recordings. Each time I embarked on a radio campaign I was reminded how much work it is and how detail oriented it can be considering the number of radio ...

ARTICLE: MIND YOUR BUSINESS

Part 12, Just be nice!

Read "Part 12, Just be nice!" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

I've truly had a great time writing these “Mind Your Business" articles and want to thank you if you've been following along. I genuinely hope that people have gotten some useful information and inspiration from them. This will be my final installment in this series as I feel like I've covered everything I wanted to say ...

Part 11, Be Prepared

Read "Part 11, Be Prepared" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

When I was younger I was a Boy Scout. I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from doing it. Probably one of the most important lessons I learned from scouting is one the simplest. The Boy Scout “motto" is be prepared and following that has helped in many situations I've faced as a bandleader. ...

Pt. 10, Video and the Evolution of the Press Kit

Read "Pt. 10, Video and the Evolution of the Press Kit" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

I first started booking gigs for my band during the days of mailing tapes: manually copying cassettes and their inserts, then delivering an armload of clunky packages to the post office. If someone had the ability to burn CDs on their own computer and mail something digital, that was a big deal! Then came the rise ...


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