Here are a couple of promotional resources for Jazz artists, followed by a lengthy list of general jazz resources for jazz musicians, students, educators, and aficionados.
Most fans of internet streaming audio are familiar with Pandora. Accujazz.com is an internet jazz radio site that allows you to segregate by instrument, styles, eras, etc. The site claims 400,000 unique listeners per month.
If you are an artist (or represent a record label) and you’d like them to play your music on the site, here is the contact information for AccuJazz:
Or you can mail your CDs and promotional material to:
400 N. Wells St., Suite 408
Chicago, IL 60654
AllAboutJazz.com is a leading website for jazz articles, CD reviews, profiles, events calendars, etc. Musicians can create profiles, events calendars, and post videos to the site. This site is one of the most popular jazz sites on the web, with over 800,000 unique visitors per month.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education is the leading arts education organizations, working to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC has a jazz education website with a number of links
Jamey Aebersold Jazz. Educational products and links.
Jazz improvisation resources Univ. of Wisconsin.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Numerous online resources.
The Stan Getz Library at the Berklee College of Music.
Jazz Corner. News, resources, forums.
JazzBeat.org. Links and resources.
Jazz.com. Articles, reviews, more.
Rifftides. “Doug Ramsey on jazz and other matters.” A blog.
RedHotJazz.com. Essays on jazz before 1930.
Jazz Review online magazine. Reviews and news.
And finally, credit and thanks to MusiciansWay.com for the heads up on a number of these sites. The website is the companion site to the book The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness by Gerald Klickstein, published by Oxford University Press.
Tonight I watched the PBS Special Dudamel: Conducting a Life in which Tavis Smiley profiled the young, charismatic Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel, a product of the very successful Venezuelan program “El Sistema” which exposes impoverished children to classical music. The program looked at the broader issue of music education and its role in education reform.
It’s always great to hear confirmation of the concepts and opinions expressed in this forum regarding the benefits of music and music education. Here are a few of the notable excerpts (paraphrasing) from the discussion that I found noteworthy:
- “It’s not about creating musicians. It’s about creating the sensibilities of an artist that can be used in any vocation.” (Dudamel)
- “Sometimes we focus on physical poverty. There’s also a poverty of hope and of dreams. That’s what music involvement gives low-income children.” (Dudamel)
- “There are benefits of music education and of sports. In sports, however, a lot of kids sit on the bench. Music programs tend to be more inclusive and more participative.” (Berklee Fellow participating in the program designed to replicate El Sistema)
- “I feel like the doors of heaven have just opened up to me. I’ll let out all of my emotions in those drums.” (Young boy involved in a program in the U.S. modeled after the El Sistema program)
- “Kids are like a Polaroid. They just need exposure to develop. And they should be exposed to the best in order to develop into complete adults.” (Smiley)
- “It’s going to take something radical to reform education. Shouldn’t something so universally accepted as music be a part of that education reform equation.” (Educator)
Survey data regarding salaries for musicians is difficult to ascertain. Many musicians and artists in general are reluctant to respond to survey data if they are not making it full-time in the arts, and often income is sporadic. While this report regarding U.S. Salaries for Music Positions contains wide ranges in salaries, Berklee should be commended for compiling this report and providing some information and benchmarks as a starting point.
Nice article from SoundTree regarding Music Education Advocacy resources by Assistant Professor at Berklee by Stefani Langol. Thanks to Stephani for mentionin my book as a resource.
Award-winning children’s music artist and Dean of Continuing Education at Berklee College of Music’s online extension school has a blog entitled Kid’s Music Matters. In a recent blog post, she deconstructs the recording of a song by posting the audio files of each individual instrument/track. (Link)