Category Archives: Motema Records

Bebop Lives! 3 generations of Royal Bopsters play Birdland tonight

London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross

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Filed under Amy London, Annie Ross, Birdland, Bob Dorough, Darmon Meader, Downbeat, Dylan Pramuk, Holli Ross, Motema Records, Music Writing and Clips, Royal Bopsters

These Cats Can Sing!

These cats sing their asses off! I’ll be telling their story in an article to be posted shortly at DownBeat.com.  The new album, The Royal Bopsters Project features guest appearances by vocal jazz legends Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross (two-thirds of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan and Bob Dorough. Can’t wait to hear them live at Birdland this week!

 

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Filed under Amy London, Annie Ross, Birdland, Bob Dorough, Darmon Meader, Downbeat, Dylan Pramuk, Holli Ross, Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, Motema Records, Music Writing and Clips, Royal Bopsters

Can Jazz Musicians Make Money in the Age of Spotify?

Navigating the Digital Jungle

These days, it’s easier than ever for jazz artists to record, but harder than ever for them to monetize their recordings. For this article, published in the April 2015 DownBeat, I spoke with leading indie artists (e.g., guitarist Dave Stryker and drummer Willie Jones III), label executives and industry analysts. I wanted to find out how musicians are surviving in an age where music consumers prefer to stream their music for free, or nearly so, rather than buy CDs or download MP3s. Surprise: the news is not all bad.

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Filed under Allen Morrison, Dave Stryker, Downbeat, Jana Herzen, Jazz, Motema Records, Music Business, Music Business, Music Writing and Clips, Willie Jones III