Bebop lives! My prevue of Royal Bopsters @Motema CD release show tonite @birdlandjazz w/ @JonHendricksJz, 94 today! https://t.co/wLFWnJAeUa
— Allen Morrison (@amorrison2) September 16, 2015
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!
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.