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The Jazz Photographer: Philip Arneill

Read "The Jazz Photographer: Philip Arneill" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


I always find it fascinating when art forms collide. In this case, photography and music. Of course, each has their commonalities but they also have their differences. And, when an artist of one medium can intersect with another medium, their perspective is going to be very interesting. In this case, not only is there a crossing ...

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The Music Trustee: Dan Beck

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Hunter S. Thompson once said, “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side." With a reputation like that, it's easy to be cynical about this industry. But, occasionally, it does get ...

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The YouTuber: Andy Edwards

Read "The YouTuber: Andy Edwards" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


With the rise of the internet and social media, some new job titles have recently come into existence such as Influencer, Blogger, and YouTuber. And, just as these social media platforms inform the public's knowledge and opinions about everything else nowadays, they certainly have an effect on people's interactions with music. It's just as common now ...

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The Jazz Entrepreneur: Charles Carlini

Read "The Jazz Entrepreneur: Charles Carlini" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


The music business is a chaotic place. Charles Carlini definitely underscores that point throughout our interview. Like many, he's worn a multitude of hats in the business. It's not uncommon to find people who do that. It seems that in order to survive in the modern jazz business, you have to be versatile and you have ...

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Ryan Oliver: Zigging With A Jazz Maestro, His Secrets and Wisdom

Read "Ryan Oliver: Zigging With A Jazz Maestro, His Secrets and Wisdom" reviewed by Kerilie McDowall


Tenor saxophonist Ryan Oliver of Canada's The Cookers Quintet, is no stranger to the art of touring the globe. For years he was an integral part of The Shuffle Demons, an adored Toronto jazz saxophone group known for their mid-'80s hit single, “Spadina Bus," written in humorous reference to the Toronto Transit Commission's ...

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The Jazz Historian: John Edward Hasse

Read "The Jazz Historian: John Edward Hasse" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


Jazz is not simply a style of music; it is also a culture. The impact of this cultural force has had many ups and downs throughout the last century but, undeniably, has been felt worldwide across all nations and all languages. With such a storied past, it's important that an account of its beginnings and those ...

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Jazz With A Purpose: Franco Nannucci

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Sometimes it takes someone from the outside to shake up an industry. The case could be made that Franco Nannucci is just that sort of person who could shake up the jazz business. With his background as a successful textile entrepreneur, he's somehow made his way into the music business rubbing shoulders with top musicians, producers, ...

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The Jazz Critic: Neil Tesser

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For as long as there has been art and artists there have been critics to give their opinions about their work. There is even that famous joke about everyone having an opinion. But, clearly, some opinions are more informed than others and when it comes to being a competent jazz critic one needs to have a ...

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The Record Store Owner: Jim Eigo

Read "The Record Store Owner: Jim Eigo" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


The last couple decades have brought a revolution in every aspect of the music-making process. Technology has transformed the creation of music, the promotion of music, and of course the distribution of music. At the very end of this delivery pipeline there has been a variety of formats that includes bulky vinyl records and clunky CDs, ...

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The Musician / Entrepreneur: Eddie Roberts

Read "The Musician / Entrepreneur: Eddie Roberts" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


Throughout my Chats with Cats columns I've tried to seek out information and advice from professionals across the jazz spectrum to give musicians, like myself, the tools to forward their own careers. This is an unprecedented time where technology has put it all out there for the taking. I discuss all of this in my Mind ...


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