COLLECTION:Live Celebrates Black History Month at The Grammy Museum

Check out February’s handpicked conversations and performances captured live from the GRAMMY Museum stage. It celebrates the iconic artists who have left their unique mark on music and history. All month long the museum will feature newly released conversations and performances on COLLECTION:live – the GRAMMY Museum’s official streaming service. Stream now on or




Dee Daniels
Let Freedom Ring (The Ballad of John Lewis)

David Garfield
Sea of Truth (official lyric video)

Chad Lawson
When The Party’s Over


At Your Best (You Are Love) (Sinead Harnett Cover)


Calculated Risk (Official Video)


Changes (Official Music Video)


Jenny Lewis & Serengeti
Vroom Vroom (Official Video)


Sara Watkins
Pure Imagination [Official Video]


Strictly Elizabeth
These Little Things (I get from You)





Barra Brown


Ensemble Mik Nawooj
Beethoven on Struggle


The word world in blue colors and green colers 


14th Annual Southern California Slack Key Festival (Full Version!)




Moodoïd & Stephanie Lange (of Saâda Bonaire)
Puissance Femme (Official Video)




Marina Matiss
El Perdón


Billie Eilish, ROSALÍA
Lo Vas A Olvidar (Official Music Video)

Major Lazer & Paloma Mami
QueLoQue (Official Music Video)



Text Special Mention 
Hiromi-Blue Note Tokyo

Bringing in 2021 as only she can, pianist Hiromi performed solo at the Blue Note in Tokyo that was webcasted/live streamed through the Blue Note in New York as a benefit show. The concert even had a special sign displayed, Blue Note Tokyo –> New York and originated in the early afternoon (Tokyo time) with a small audience to sync up with New York’s (est.) New Years Eve.

In her typical fashion, the Japanese keyboard wizard played impromptu and dashed around genres and moods. She led off playing bebop adorned by touches of stride and ragtime, with a line from Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” thrown in. For laughs boogie-woogie was thrown in, but much more elevated than Fats Domino, Fats Waller or even Pine Top Smith’s playing.

Shifting to contemporary styles Hiromi riffed on pop and R&B grooves through the lower keys on the piano. On the higher keys she played delicate classical forays with tinges of Latin, somewhat resembling Chick Corea. However, unlike Corea she displayed her affinity for New York by transcending into a Broadway-like melody. It was more oriented to emotions, rather than keyboard prowess. Along the same lines, was gospel-styled  “Black Bird” by the Beatles that came later in the concert. As would be expected, that mode didn’t last long and the pianist quickly evolved to post-bebop with dazzling flair and ingenuity that was astounding.

Unlike her normal concerts, Hiromi took a moment to speak, mentioning the difficulty of 2020 and how musicians all over the world have been affected by Covid-19. She additionally expressed gratitude to New York’s Blue Note where she debuted in 2003 for a Sunday matinee show. A year later she played a double-bill with trumpeter Wallace Rooney (died 2020). Subsequently, Hiromi did other combined dates with bassist Avishai Cohen and saxophonist Kenny Garrett, which led to her first weeklong engagement three years later.
Resuming playing, she delved into more classical and Latin flavored playing akin to Corea’s “Spain,” but with her own personality and intense energy that impressed the audience. Additionally, Hiromi served up an excursion into gospel and R&B that was delightfully soulful and nimbly played, with occasional grunts injected. During the last moments of the show the pianist played expressionistic and vibrant original with an accompanying video “BQE (Brooklyn Queens, Expressway).” It’s her favorite route when arriving in New York from the airport. Undoubtedly, it was different from traditional New Year’s Eve faire and for the encore she served up a very jazzy/gospel version of “Auld Lang Syne” that was a hard-pounding meshing of Erroll Garner and Allen Toussaint.



Panama Jazz Festival 2021




NPR’s YouTube Channel on
February 2
12 Noon EST

Father and Son

Present: Livestream CD Release Concert
February 6  2:30 pm EST 


Ben Rosenblum

February 7 at 1 p.m. EST via Ben’s YouTube or Facebook pages
February 28 at 1 p.m. EST via Ben’s YouTube or Facebook pages
Solo Live Stream events can be accessed at or

Douglas J. Cuomo’s Seven Limbs
featuring Nels Cline and the Aizuri Quartet

Feb 12

The Kurt Elling Quintet Confirms Special Valentine’s Day Concert Chicago’s Epiphany Center for the Arts

Artistic Director Philip Glass + Eddie Vedder, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard, Valerie June, Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Rubin Kodheli and many, many more!

The 34th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert
February 17


Biamp PDX Jazz Festival
February 18–27


Feb 04  Henry Solomon
Feb 11  Jonathan Pinson Quartet feat. Andrew Renfroe, Paul Cornish & David Robaire
Feb 18  Molly Miller Duo with Sammy Miller
Feb 25  Eric Revis

In case you miss the show while it’s live, you can watch ALL past Solo Session performances on the Sam First website


Just Jazz Concert Series

SF Jazz Fridays at Five & Alone Together        

Fridays at Five

Feb 05 Christian McBride’s New Jawn
Feb 12 SFJAZZ Collective: 50th Anniversary of Stand! & In A Silent Way
Feb 19 Kenny Barron Duos w/ Regina Carter, Eddie Henderson &Terri Lyne Carrington
Feb 26 Paula West: Great American Politic

201 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Living Jazz
Feb 28 Call & Response: Christian McBride, Andre Guess 4:00 PM

Living Jazz
1728 San Pablo Ave Oakland, CA 94612

Multi-Grammy Award Winner Marcus Miller and Entertainment Cruise Productions Launch New Original Streaming Concert Series
Saturday Night with Marcus Miller & Friends, with the Iconic George Benson as a Special Guest and Guest Bandmembers Patrice Rushen and Joey DeFrancesco

Village Vanguard
Concerts available on demand

Recorded Live At Birdland Theater

Feb 10 Radio Free Birdland Presents: The Marcello Pellitteri Quartet
7 PM

Feb 21 Radio Free Birdland Presents: Tierney Sutton and Alan Broadbent
7 PM

Birdland Jazz Club
315 West 44th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 581-3080


Kyle Madsen – Saxophone/Flute/Bass Clarinet
Ben Dillinger – Bass
Gustavo Cortiñas – Drums

Perform STEVE SWALLOW’s 1993 release REAL BOOK
Ryan Shultz – Bass Trumpet
Chad McCullough – Trumpet
Paul Mutzabaugh – Piano
Larry Kohut – Bass
Eric Montzka – Drums

           Micah Collier – Bass
Isaiah Collier – Saxophone
Devin Shaw – Piano
Vincent Davis – Drums

           Randy Trubitt – Alto
Christian Sanchez – Tenor
Andrew Moreno – Bass
Diego Rodriguez – Drums

performs HEART’s 1975 release DREAMBOAT ANNIE
John Dorhauer – Trumpet/Arrangements
Natalie Lande – Tenor/Flute
Josh Torrey – Trombone
Chris Parsons – Guitar
Dan Parker – Bass
Jon Wenzel – Drums

Chris Greene – Sax
Damian Espinosa – Piano/Keyboards
Marc Piane – Electric Bass
Steve Corley – Drums

Sally Blandon – Vocals
Victor Garcia – Trumpet
Tim Fitzgerald – Guitar
Colin Clossin – Keys
Joshua Ramos – Bass
Ernie Adams – Drums

Myles Hayes – Vocals
Amanda Wolff – Vocals
Victor Garcia – Trumpet
Dan Chase – Piano
Kurt Schweitz – Bass
Andrew Green – Drums


Paul Mutzabaugh – Bass
Mike Pinto – Electric Guitar
Jon Deitemyer – Drums

 Joe Clark – Trumpet
Tim Koelling – Bari Sax
Matt Davis – Trombone
Will Russell – Tuba
Zack Marks – Drums

Isaiah Spencer – Drums
Isaiah Collier – Tenor/Soprano
Chris Ali – Piano
Christian Dillingham – Bass

Erik Skov – Guitar
Dustin Laurenzi – Tenor Sax
Emily Kuhn – Trumpet
Euan Edmonds – Trombone
Kitt Lyles – Bass
Gustavo Cortiñas – Drums

CHRIS SIEBOLD GROUP perform FRANK ZAPPA’s 1974 release
Chris Siebold – Guitar
Matt Reed – Vocals
Aaron McEvers – Sax/Flute
Andrew Lawrence – Keys
Curt Bley – Bass
Frank Alongi – Drums
Joe Sonnefeldt – Percussion

Marques Carroll – Trumpet
Victor Garcia – Trumpet
Ryan Nyther – Trumpet
Amr Fahmy – Piano
Christian Dillingham – Bass
Isaiah Spencer – Drums

Ethan Philion – Bass
Max Bessesen – Sax
Devin Dropka – Drums

Sam Peters – Bass/Comp
Maddie Vogler – Saxophone
Bill Cessna – Piano
Neil Hemphill – Drums

Fulton Street Collective
1821 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago IL, 60622

National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Feb 2  Desert Island Discs: Antonio Hart on Bird
7:00 pm Facebook Live

Feb 16 Music on the Brain w/ Helen Sung
2:00 pm Facebook Live view event

Feb 23 Jazz and Social Justice: A Salon with Music Vol. 14: JD Allen – Who Owns This Culture?
7:00 pm Facebook Live view event

National Jazz Museum in Harlem


Van Gelder Studio, the legendary recording studio home to hundreds of jazz icons from John Coltrane to Herbie Hancock, has announced the launch of “Live from Van Gelder Studio,” a new virtual music series that will stream live from

Live from Van Gelder Studio is expected to continue through 2021 with a 10-show immersive and interactive program. The series will feature talent from original seminal recordings joined by multi-generational artists who will pay tribute to important records that were originally put to tape within the four walls of the studio. Tickets can be purchased directly on the site for $15. 2021 shows will be announced in the near future.

Performances will be live streamed using a new technology built from the ground up that is true to the Rudy Van Gelder sound. It will allow audiences to fully experience the unique studio and its sound in their homes. Upcoming experiences will be crafted to make the audience and musicians feel like they are at an actual live performance.

Live from Van Gelder Studio is created and produced by a team of jazz industry veterans including:

• Five-time Grammy Award-winner Don Sickler, who produced many Van Gelder-recorded artists including Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Cindy Blackman Santana.
• Phil Coady, producer of The Ultimate Blue Train, which was created while he was the lead producer in the Microsoft MS4Music Group and where he and Van Gelder first connected.
• Sam Kaufman, who as a talent agent worked with Van Gelder-recorded artists including Ray Charles, Pharoah Sanders and Jason Moran.
• Maureen Sickler, distinguished associate and long-time assistant engineer for Van Gelder, who now carries on the traditions forged in their 30+ year collaboration.

Live from Van Gelder Studio

Kat Edmonson  
New live shows every Sunday night:









Adam Hawley 
Back on FB Live: Adam will be back at the same time, same place this Mondays at 7pm PST/10pm EST.  He’ll be back with your requests, do another show-and-tell on his studio and recording process, and we’ll definitely see an encore performance from his wife and vocalist extraordinaire Kat Hawley.
Just go to his Facebook page!

Loston Harris
Live shows every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Jazz, Soul, Funk & World Music
During the entire quarantine period, Qwest TV also broadcasts a flagship program from its catalog every day at 9pm (CET) / 3pm (EST), available from the platform’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. Among the Qwest TV gems, Internet users will discover next week:
For more information on Qwest TV, visit


Jazz on the Tube 

Provides five free services:

1. A searchable archive of thousands of carefully hand picked and annotated jazz videos

2. A free Video-of-the-Day service. Love jazz? We deliver a great jazz video to your mailbox every day. You can subscribe here free.

3. The Internet’s only free up-to-date world-wide directory of jazz clubs, jazz festivals, jazz radio stations, and jazz organizations.

4. A podcast series, unique in jazz, that features in-depth interviews on the history – and future – of jazz with jazz scholars, educators, and presenters.

5. One of the most detailed educational resources available anywhere on the music of Cuba and other Latin countries and their under reported, and often under appreciated, impact on jazz past, present and future.




Tobias Meinhart
White Bear


Grace Kelly [w/special guest George Cables]
2020 Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Fest


Patricia Brennan
Solar, a free improvisation on vibraphone (in studio)


Monika Herzing & The Time Flies
Can I Borrow Your Vacuum




In response to the citywide closures, the Catalina Jazz Club has set up this digital tip jar in our fight to survive. Their doors have been closed since March 14th, and each day the fight grows harder to pay faithful staff, the talented tech crew and consummate chefs what they’re worth — which is everything. But there are some blues you just can’t sing away, so they humbly ask that you contribute whatever you can to help cover the rent of our Sunset hot spot and spare us from having to go dark for good. While great music can soothe the soul, it’s your gracious donation, no matter the size, that fills their heart.

Please contribute at
They’ll be sure to have your table ready.
All their love,
Catalina, Manny, and the Staff


Even a small donation could help Tom D’Angora, who is leading the effort for Birdland, reach their fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

See article by New York Time’s Nate Chinen, and how important this is:



Unfortunately, at the end of 2020 we lost the Blue Whale, the Little Tokyo institution and “cool no fuss hang.” Owner Joon Lee transformed Los Angeles’s jazz world with cool and unique shows, delicious drinks, tasty bites and most importantly—low to moderate covers! He and the club will be sorely missed and LA Jazz Scene extends well wishes to him and former staff…



Guitar legend Kenny Burrell took a fall two years ago. He is still recovering and on sabbatical from UCLA. Essentially, he is still unable to play and/or teach. Help is needed and welcomed. Here’s the link for donations setup by his wife Katherine:

Singer/lyricist/pianist Dave Frishberg is not doing well at all. If you who have enjoyed the gift of Dave’s music, please feel inspired to help him now that he needs it.


Under director of music programs Mitch Glickman, Jazz at LACMA is a celebration of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians and has featured such legends as Wayne Shorter, John Clayton, Johnny Mandel, Kenny Burrell, Les McCann, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval, and Ernie Watts. Jazz at LACMA concerts are broadcast on KJazz 88.1 FM every Sunday evening from 7-9 pm that includes an interview with the featured performer. The archives are available for two weeks following the broadcast.

February Special Guests for JAZZ AT LACMA

February 7   Benn Clatworthy and System 6
February 14 Anne Walsh
February 21 11th annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award – Joe LaBarbera
February 28 Angel City Jazz Festival featuring Jacob Mann

For more info go to:

The word Film with a film reel and film slate image


Since 1992, every year PAFF-LA showcases over one hundred fifty (150) quality new films and over one hundred (100) fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

In addition to films and art, PAFF presents the SpokenWord Fest and PAFF Comedy LOL, presenting America’s hottest wordsmiths and established and emerging comedians, respectively. PAFF includes special red carpet screenings and receptions as well as a variety of other special events such as PAFF Talks and the PAFF Institute, which feature Clips & Conversations, 1 on 1, workshops, and panels headed by industry professionals discussing various topics on acting, directing and other film industry related topics.

The 29th Annual
Pan African Film + Arts Festival

February 28th- March 14th, 2021
(310) 377-4737



New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation Departments feature an array of livestream and virtual concerts

Music Habit

My Music Master Class



The Jazz Education Network Conference

The biggest online jazz education event of the year featured over 125 exclusive performances, clinics, & presentations for all ages from the best in jazz, streaming directly to you on any device. Additionally, there were Dedicated Exhibit Hours with links to visit representatives online. And for members only there are on-demand replays of over 40 clinics.

Research presentations

Peggy Lee at 100: A Jazz Singer’s Artistry Revealed in Black Coffee and Mink Jazz by Tish Oney. Jazz diva Peggy Lee amassed 1100 recorded masters, but is often mistakenly pigeonholed as solely a pop singer.

A Selective Survey of Jazz Materials For The Elementary Music Classroom,
Donna Williams.

Doing Musical Detective Work: Finding and Editing Source Material for a Jazz Repertory Concert, Leigh Pilzer.

Master Classes, Clinics and Workshops

A Bass Masterclass with a focus on high school/collegiate level aspiring artists, Endea Owens.

Piano Skills for Singers – Empowering Vocalists at the Keyboard
Singers in the 21st Century need to be equipped with as many tools as possible in order to grow as artists and in their careers, Brenda Earle Stokes.

Drumset Masterclass, presenting a focus on high school/collegiate level aspiring artists, with Obed Calvaire.

Rethinking Essential Jazz Skills for Music Education Majors
Giving future band directors skills for introducing or sustaining a jazz program in their middle or high school is key to the quality of jazz education for generations to come, Natalie Boeyink.

Latin Without Fear
Latin styles are popular with students and audiences, and help attract and retain participation in your jazz ensemble, Michael Mossman and Amy Thomason.

Guitar Masterclass

A Guitar Masterclass with a focus on high school/collegiate level aspiring artists, Dan Wilson.

MOVING BEYOND: A New Take on the Ol’ Duet

A Musical Conversation with saxophonists Jeff Coffin & Derek Brown, who discussed and demonstrated their ways of collaborating, composing, and improvising together while exploring and breaking down the unique musical barriers.

Rehearsing the Jazz Band in Covid: Tips and Techniques

Mary Jo Papich and nationally recognized educators shared their tips and thought provoking approaches to the challenges that confront educators and

directors right now in rehearsals.

Tear down This Wall: How to Initiate and Sustain Musical Collaborations with the Classical Faculty at Your University
Jazz departments operating in university schools of music are almost exclusively departments that were added on to an existing music department that are traditional, Chris Fitzgerald.

Jazz Rhythm Section Equipment 101
This clinic aims to bolster the band director’s knowledge of the rhythm section with an equipment overview for each instrument, Fumi Tomita.

Jazz Vocal Phrasing: Parameters for Creating a Practice Routine
Jazz Vocal Phrasing Parameters for Creating a Practice Routine A Detailed Approach to Practicing Jazz Vocal Phrasing by Vocalist & Educator Marianne Solivan.

Saxophone Masterclass with Tia Fuller
She gave a saxophone masterclass with a focus on high school/collegiate level aspiring artists.

Trombone Masterclass with Marshall Gilkes
A Trombone Masterclass with a focus on high school/collegiate level aspiring artists.

Where Do Voices and Horns Meet?
Ed Neumeister Jay discussed and demonstrate the various rolls that can apply to creative interpretations of notated and spontaneous compositions, including Jazz Standards.

Record, Edit, Send, Get Paid: From Anywhere
Trumpeter/composer/arranger/producer Walter White presented a step-by-step guide to recording pro-level audio tracks from home or on the road and delivering them online.

Creating with Computers: Practicing and Performing Jazz Improvisation Using Digital Audio Workstations
Josiah Boornazian, Doctor of Musical Arts, highlighted today’s digital audio workstations (DAWs) that offer exciting new opportunities to transform.

Facing the Challenges of Music Education Post-pandemic: A Panel Discussion
Kelly K. Garner and a panel of educators, Lauren Kinhan, Alexis Cole, Kate Reid, and Lenora Helm discussed challenges faced in education post-pandemic.

Student Bassi-ics: A Primer for Developing Great Student Bassists
Are you passionate about improving your student bassist’s skills but aren’t sure how best to approach teaching the instrument examined by Juilliard faculty member, author, and veteran musician, Matthew Rybicki.

Developing a Successful and Personal Practice Routine
This clinic will detail my personal approach to practicing for jazz performance, and the relationship between my practice routine and my onstage performances, Rahsaan Barber.

Percussion Masterclass with Fran Vielma
A Percussion Masterclass with a focus on high school/collegiate level aspiring artists.

Flute/Doubling Masterclass with Erica Von Kleist
Flute and piccolo are the great equalizers in the jazz woodwind doubling scene and Kleist has been a woodwind doubler for twenty five years.

Secrets of Success” for Your Vocal Jazz Ensemble
A fast-paced, round-robin-style discussion by a panel of professionals and educators from the vocal jazz industry featuring various rehearsal techniques, Ryan Fredrick Howe.

Writing Better Drum and Bass Parts
This was a session to help arrangers and composers write simple, practical, and effective parts for bassists and drummers, including examples, Jim Rupp.

Kicks and Comping for the Young Drummer – How to Teach It
If you find it difficult to get your young drummers to play effective swing time patterns and to handle the band figures in a big band chart, this session broke it down, John Larson.

Piano Masterclass
with Helen Sung
A Piano Masterclass with a focus on high school/collegiate level aspiring artists.

Hidden Gems: Melodic Voice Leading Techniques for the Jazz Pianist
Nice chord changes. Where’s the melody? Knowledge of chords and voicing is essential for the jazz pianist. What is the next step? How do we create and develop melodic lines? Gary D. Motley.

Vocal Masterclass with Johnaye Kendrick
A Vocal Masterclass with a focus on high school/collegiate level aspiring artists.

Building Jazz Vocabulary
Sharel Krista Cassity presented a systematic, tangible method of assimilating and incorporating jazz language that goes beyond the “plug and play” approach.

Ella Fitzgerald Sang Bop Boo Day: A Joyful Approach to Teaching Young Children How to Improvise
Ella Fitzgerald’s beboppin’ voice is here to stay. She bopped along the track “On a Train Called A” and sang “Bop Boo Day!” Louise Rogers

Covering the Bassics: Beginning Tips for Playing Jazz Bass
The bassist’s fundamental role is to reconcile the metronomic and the tonal areas of the musical texture. This is to assist directors seeking to foster reliable rhythm sections for their ensembles, Nathan Santos.

Vocal Jazz in the Choral Classroom
Directing a vocal jazz ensemble can raise a myriad of questions such as, what vocal warm ups should be used, what is appropriate repertoire and what vocal technique is best suited for each song, Lara M. Moline.

A Cool Approach to Jazz Theory
Educator and performer Erica von Kleist and her book A Cool Approach to Jazz Theory have been helping beginner improvisers break into the study of harmony and theory for years.

Advanced Jazz Articulations for the Brass Player
Much of the brass repertoire in both jazz and classical require the use of some sort of double tonguing to perform the piece at a high level, David Phy.

Creating the Optimal Sound: Voice Matching Methods for the Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Order of Presentation: *Demonstration vocal jazz ensemble: The Standard Vocal Jazz Ensemble from Kansas City Kansas Community College 1, John Stafford.

Developing Your Middle and High School Jazz Band Trumpet Section
This presentation will focus on the challenges band directors have in developing their trumpet sections. It will include focus on chair designation, lead trumpet challenges and more, Eddie Severn.

The Academic Bass Council & covid19.

The Country’s Top Bass Departments Unite to Create Best-practices for Educating Our Students, Steve Bailey.

Healthcare Through the Jazz Lens of Purpose, Listening, Improvising, and Leading with Empathy and Respect in the Time of a Pandemic)
Gene Beyt and panelists: Chris Beyt, JB Dyas, Stefon Harris, Bart Marantz and Harry Pickens discussed as the world faces the pandemic, frontline healthcare workers turn to the arts to uplift their spirits.

Jazz for the Uncommon Band: Creating a Successful Arrangement with Less Than Ideal Instrumentation
Hard to fill your ensemble with full instrumentation? Well, You needn’t! Different ability levels and non-traditional instruments in your group? It could happen to you, Jamie Roth.



The Musicians Career Guide: Turning Your Talent into Sustained Success
An Engaging and Accessible Guide to Achieving Sustained Success in the Music Industry As a musician, how can you blend art and survival and still keep loving the being a musician, Ulysses Samuel Owens, Jr.

The Secrets of Successful Band Leading; From Trio to Quintet, Big Band and Beyond
Sherrie Maricle is Co-Founder, Music Director and Drummer for The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, FIVE PLAY, The 3D Jazz Trio and Music Director for Broadway Star Maurice Hines.

It’s Not About Getting the Gig, It’s About Enjoying It! The Happy Musicians Panel Discussion
What if instead of pursuing fame, talent, and social media followers, we focused on being as happy, healthy, and fulfilled with our music as possible? Podcast host and BAM drummer, Tanner Guss.

Self-produced Jazz Series: An Answer for Cities Lacking a Jazz Club
Like many similar sized cities, Lexington, KY was often passed over by touring jazz artists and local musicians had limited options to perform their music, Eli M. Uttal-Veroff.

Jazz and the Pandemic: Where Do We Go from Here?
John Edward Hasse, PhD and panelists: Ann Meier Baker, Randall Kline, Sean Jones and Todd Stoll talked about how COVID-19 having a profound impact on jazz.

Back-to-basics Hands-on Marketing Workshop for the jazz Industry and Jazz Musicians
Participants will learn how to get the right marketing message to the right people at the right time, spending the right amount of money in the right places and more, Paul Simeon Fingerote.


A Conversation with LeJENds of Jazz EducationClarence Acox, Dr. Professor James Hardy Patterson, and Phil Wilson, with JEN President
Sean Jones

Griots Corner: Barry Harris
Chair and Moderator: Trineice Robinson-Martin, Barry Harris and Nnena Freelon conversed about memoirs of the Griot and their Influences on Jazz: Past, Present and Future.

A Conversation with LeJENd of Latin Jazz Pete Escovedo with Jose Diaz, after percussionist, bandleader and educator received the JEN LeJENds of Jazz Education Award.


Dizzy Spellz
Sean Jones and Brinae Ali

Jeremy Monteiro and the Singapore Jazz All Stars

University of Nevada Las Vegas Honors Jazz Trio
Directed by Dave Loeb, Director of the Division of Jazz and Commercial Music, with pianist Patrick Hogan, bassist Ruben Van-Gundy and drummer Michael Hoffman.

Chuck Owen & Resurgence

A new platform for Owen’s evocative, often genre-bending compositions. Featuring members from his Grammy-nominated Jazz Surge, with Sara Caswell-violin and Corey Christensen-guitar.

Twenty Years of Trio East
Trio East Clay Jenkins-trumpet, Jeff Campbell-bass, Rich Thompson-drums Trio East celebrated its 20th Anniversary in fall 2020.

Brecker Plays Rovatti
Randy Brecker co-leads with saxophonist and composer/arranger Ada Rovatti featuring works by Ada herself.

Brianna Thomas Qt.

The jazz singer, vocalist, composer, songwriter, band leader, and percussionist made her debut JEN performance.

The Dave Liebman Big Band Celebrating the Music of John Coltrane
NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman and his big band under the direction of Gunnar Mossblad celebrate the music of John Coltrane in commemoration of Coltrane’s 95th birthday year.

The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra, Co-led by Bijon Watson (tpt) and Steven Feifke (pno) joined forces to bring together a big band featuring some of the most talented musicians.

The Dena DeRose Trio
Matt Willson-drums

Lynn Seaton-bass

Special Guest, Jeff Lederer-sax

Shawn Purcell Group featuring Darden Purcell
They performed Purcell’s original compositions ranging from hard bop to contemporary fusion from his recent release, Symmetry.

Hermanos Latin Jazz Band
Rob Nickerson’s Hermanos Is an Eccentric and Captivating 6-Piece Latin jazz ensemble dedicated to pairing great melodies with pulsating rhythms.

Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic with the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra
Led by CJP Artistic Director Orbert Davis

Patrick Lui Jazz Orchestra
John Beasley’s MONK’estra
With trio Teron Gully-drums and Benjamin Shepherd-bass, they performed originals “Sam Rivers” and “Five-Spot” on the bandleader’s patio in Venice. With full band recorded at the Blue Whale, Monks “Evidence” and “Round Midnight” were played.

Renee Rosnes-piano/musical director
Anat Cohen-clarinet
Melissa Aldana-tenor saxophone
Ingrid Jensen-trumpet
Noriko Ueda-bass
Allison Miller-drums

Jeff Coffin Trio
Jordan Perlson-drums
Viktor Krauss-bass

Tribute to David Baker: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Jazz Ensemble
Led by Brent Wallarab

Marcus Lewis Big Band Brass and Boujee
Brass and Boujee is the newest collaboration between trombonist and arranger Marcus Lewis and emcees Kemet the Phantom and Kadesh Flow,

combining hip-hop and big band jazz.

Rodger Fox Big Band from New Zealand
New Zealand’s premier big band leads by jazz-big band, trombone legend Rodger Fox and covers all bases.


Rahsaan Barber Quintet
Featured music from his most recent recordings.

A unique and eclectic ensemble that takes features accordion, banjo, tuba and drums. Its performances feature a repertoire that draws from jazz compositions, indie rock and liturgical music.

Cincinnati Public Schools Elementary Jazz Orchestra Performance
Director: Isidore L. Rudnick, the Jazz Orchestra is made up of students in grades 4, 5 and 6 grades.

Camel Walk with Guo Yazhi and Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra
Camel Walk is a joint venture project between Boston-based Guo Yazhi, acclaimed Chinese wind player and improviser, and L.A.-based jazz composer Alan Chan that is inspired by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

Bird Like by Richard D. Johnson
Richard D. Johnson-piano



Roxanne Stevenson and The Chicago State University Community Jazz Band presented jazz through multiple styles that represent Chicago’s contribution to music.

Chris Coles’ Nine Lives Suite
The Nine Lives Suite is a 42-minute production that uses animation, dance, music, and spoken word to honor the victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Christian McBride
One of the few live performances, McBride from his home in Montclair, New Jersey emphasized the importance of knowing lyrics when playing tunes with them. Included was “Fly Me to The Moon” “Stella By Starlight” and “Alone Together.”

Arturo O’Farrill

The New York Voices
A virtual concert by the award winning vocal group, presenting a variety of videos ranging from live footage to new videos that the group has recorded during 2020.

Drew Zaremba & Friends

Performer: Brinae Ali

The U.S. Army Blues
Facilitator: Graham Breedlove

Jerry Tolson Sextet:
The Latin Side of Jazz
Louisville-based Jerry Tolson Quintet played original music from their recent recording Black Sand Beach, which explores the Latin side of jazz.

Nduduzo Makhathini: Imithandazo YakwaNtu Project
Makhathini explored sound’s relationship to prayer and being within an African context.

Pat Coil & Friends
Pat Coil and Friends features an entourage of artists in this beautiful collection of Pat’s compositions.

Thelma Yellin Vocal Big Band Israel
Director: Eli Benacot and Thelma Yellin’s Vocal Big Band is an exceptional group of 30 talented high school students.

University of Louisville Jazz Ensemble with Bobby Floyd
Director: Ansyn Banks and Emmy Award winner Floyd-piano, keyboard & organ.

Jeff Pifher & Socrates’ Trial
Pifher with his band, Socrates’ Trial have released four recordings since 2018: Socrates’ Trial (2018), Alternate Futures/Past Realities (2019), Anthem (2019), and Live at The Blue Whale (2020)

Ryan Middagh Jazz Orchestra
Comprised of world-class musicians based in Nashville, Tennessee, Middagh and his Jazz Orchestra seek to show that Music City is a great home for the large jazz ensemble.

Young Composer Showcase
Chair and Moderator: Ryan Middagh Performers: Michael Clement Hatsune, Hirakura Lola Miller and Henline Katelyn Vincent

Live Remote Jam Session
Sean Jone-trumpet
Stevan FiIefke-piano
Rudy Royston-drums
Alexis Tarantino-sax
Martin Wind-bass,
They play “Alone Together,” “Confirmation”  other tunes.

Ambrose Akinmusire

Michelle Nicolle Quartet
Recorded live at the Jazzlab, Melbourne (Australia) November 12th 2020. After a seven month lockdown Michelle, her quartet and a Covid limited (and very happy) audience celebrated together.

Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra
Maricle & The DIVA Jazz Orchestra is a powerhouse of virtuosity, creativity and excitement.

Berklee Global Jazz & Gender Justice Institute Ensemble with John Patitucci & Kris Davis
Davis’ Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute and Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice presented a collaborative performance of original repertoire by students and teachers.

Jazz Beyond Borders – The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra with Guest Artist Kurt Elling in Tokyo 2019

Kennith R. Kimery

Part of SMITHSONIAN JAZZ at the National Museum of American History, they explore America’s ideas and ideals to help people understand the past in order to make sense of the present.

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The NAMM Show, normally held in Anaheim, CA was completely online for all sectors of music products, pro audio and entertainment technology industries; and NAMM Foundation education for music educators and administrators, nonprofit professionals and college-aged students and faculty, among others. Education and training tracks include Business, Audio Production and Technology, Entertainment Technology and Artists, as well as others.

In total, Believe in Music Week offered 150-plus interviews; professional development and training sessions through a variety artists to unite and support the people who bring music to the world.

Here are some of the conference’s highlights:

Chick Corea In Conversation With Jefferson Graham

Jazz luminary, pianist, and composer, Chick Corea, is the fourth-most-nominated artist in the history of the GRAMMY® Awards, with 65 nominations, resulting in 23 Awards. He’s also earned three Latin GRAMMY Awards, the most of any artist in the “Best Instrumental Album category.” In this intimate conversation with journalist Graham, Corea talked about the importance of making-music, creative inspiration, and his new project, The Chick Corea Academy, which seeks to “encourage and inspire creativity throughout the world.”

Interview: Patrice Rushenon Being Prepared

In this interview with Public Enemy’s Brian Hardgroove, she discussed her many years as a musical director for multiple awards shows, her hit songs as a solo artist and her views on preparing for success.

Oral History Vignette: Women Innovators.

This vignette highlights ten influential women who not only have assisted in breaking the glass ceiling in the music industry, but have inspired others to follow.

Premiere of Ernie Watts Oral History Interview

Saxophonist Watts discusses his passion for Jazz at an early age and shares some career highlights, including his work with Frank Zappa.

A Visit With Suzanne Ciani

Audio industry journalist and raconteur Mr. Bonzai interviewed electronic music pioneer Ciani, whose work with such explorers of electronic music as Max Matthews, John Chowning and Don Buchla led to her pioneering sound design for television advertising with her Ciani/Musica production company. From there, she branched out to scoring films, including Lily Tomlin’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman (the first solo female composer of a Hollywood film), creating the sounds for the Bally Xenon arcade game and producing a series of albums that have touched the hearts of listeners around the world.

Martin Taylor In Conversation With Jefferson Graham

Virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator, and GRAMMY(R)-nominated musician Taylor, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator, and musical innovator who has been called THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation.   Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing. In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur, and Gary Burton.

Allee Willis Oral History Interview

In 2018 songwriter Willis shared how growing up near Motown inspired her amazing career as a songwriter. Dan and Suzanne Del Fiorentino share a few stories of their visit with Allee at her home.

Nathan East In Conversation With Jefferson Graham

East is considered one of the most recorded bass musicians in the history of music. In this interview with journalist Graham, East talks about music education, his collaborations with other musical greats and completing musical sentences, and future plans. He’s a founding member of contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay and known for his musical collaborations with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Ringo, George Harrison, BB King, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, and Daft Punk with Nathan’s bass line driving the worldwide hit song “Get Lucky”.

Bill Bruford Oral History Interview, back in 2011 drummer Bruford discussed being in the band YES and how his unique style is rooted in his love of jazz.

Premiere of Jamal Batiste Oral History Interview

Drummer Batiste shares how his family inspired his passion for music and the fantastic projects he is involved in currently

Ravi Shankar Oral History Interview

In 2009 Sitarist Shankar discussed his role in bringing Indian music to the world and being a musical ambassador.

AR Rahman Oral History Interview

In 2013 Musician, Composer and Producer, Rahman discussed his early passion for music growing up in India and shares the contributions he has made in award-winning films.

Eric Dahl is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, TV/Radio show host, freelance magazine writer, guitar collector, author, winemaker, and Harley enthusiast based in Nashville. He came to national attention in 2009 when he purchased and returned B.B. King’s previously stolen 80th Birthday Lucille from a Las Vegas pawn shop. King then allowed him to write a book on all of his Lucille’s titled B.B. King’s Lucille and the Loves Before Her, which he released in 2013. A 2nd Edition of the B.B. King Lucille book is set to be released soon. Dahl is a contributing editor for The Blue Book of Electric and Acoustic Guitar Values and provides instrument values for pawnshops, music stores, and individuals around the world.  After moving his family to Nashville in 2011, previously residing in Las Vegas for ten years, Eric launched the FOX 17 Rock & Review on FOX 17 This Morning. The interviews began in 2012, and over 500 music-based segments have broadcast so far. In these interviews, Dahl focuses on musical artists, bands, and music-related authors of all genres of music.


The word Film with a film reel and film slate image

Topowa! is the inspirational story of 12 talented young musicians, many of whom grew up as street children in some of the toughest slums in Uganda. From the dusty dirt roads of the Katwe slum, to the iconic Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, and a residency at the world-famous Cheltenham Music Festival. The film follows Julius, Sumayya, Tadeo, Gilbert and the Brass for Africa musicians as they are welcomed to the UK for an unforgettable experience that will transform their lives forever and empower the next generation of musicians to follow their dreams – TOPOWA! Never give up!

Performances and Product Demos

A Conversation with Ron Carter, John Patitucci and David Gage owner of David Gage String Instruments and inventor of The Realist transducer for acoustic stringed instruments. Gage, Carter and Patitucci talked about their real life and real time strategies for creating their sound, both live and recorded.

Legend tonewheel Organ by Joey DeFrancesco
The great Joey DeFrancesco did a Legend Organ demo on the Viscount Legend by Keyb. It provides the perfect portable organ solution, premium waterfall keyboards and the latest in tone wheel organ modeling technology.

Doug Wimbish’s Virtual WimBash featuring him and Skyler Acord.

They have both forged their own musicals paths throughout their careers and had a in-depth conversation about basses, technique, tone and more.

Leland Sklar Demonstrates His Famous Basses

With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, Sklar remains one of the most prolific and popular bass players in modern music. In the early ’70s he teamed up with the young James Taylor. Since then, his bass touch has graced the work of such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Barbra Streisand, Billy Cobham, Phil Collins, Clint Black, Toto, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson and others.

Ibanez Signature Model Unveiling with John Scofield Interview.

Scofield covered his more than two decades playing Ibanez and introduced his new, 20th anniversary signature guitar.

Play Ukulele with Jake Shimabukuro!

Uke master Shimabukuro taught and performs live from Hawaii, and discussed his brand new book/video for young beginners.

Best Practices for Learning to Play the Ukulele Online:

The International Ukulele Teaching Symposium due to COVID-19 has necessitated a massive switch to virtual learning. Over the past 10 months, ukulele teachers and festival organizers have evolved and developed in their use of technology to make this teaching format more effective. The discussion included the historical perspective of teaching the ukulele in the Hawaiian culture and examine teaching and learning as is offered at festivals throughout the world.

Performance Session with TAMA Artist Peter Erskine

Erskine followed up his very special announcement with a stirring performance.

Casio artist and master pianist Steve Weingart,

Weingart performed on his Privia and Celviano Grand Hybrid with special guests including – Simon Phillips, Hussain Jiffry and Sarah Thawer.

European Music Industry between East and West Germany Oral History Spotlight.

The interviews told the story of makers of musical instruments in the heart of Europe from the onset in the 17th century, the turmoil’s of war, separation, new beginnings, and reunification.

Avery*Sunshine – Showcase Performance for Pig Hog Cables & Reunion Blues

Pig Hog cables & Reunion Blues artist Avery*Sunshine & band performed live.

Isaiah Sharkey: Shape of His Sound and Tone

An interview and musical performance with Sharkey, who fuses his background with rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul.

Global Livestream Believe in Music Week

Featured a day-long video stream on January 20 highlighting the rich diversity of musical performances from around the world, with more than 40 emerging and established artists from 23 countries and six continents joining together for 12-hours of livestream concert performances.

A Dixon Drums Roundtable with Gregg Bissonette – Time On Our Hands  Dixon artists Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr and his All Star Band), Jerry Gaskill (King’s X), John Mader (Hamilton and John Fogerty) and Jules Radino (Blue Oyster Cult) participated in a roundtable discussion.


Featured Vinnie Colaiuta, Cat Myers and others join the Roland V-Drums Team for this inaugural episode to discuss all things drums and explore new horizons with young rocker, Myers.




Past recipients include: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Andy Summers, Steve Vai, Danny Kortchmar, and Yngwie Malmsteen.


KORG Roundtable: Herbie Hancock, Greg Phillinganes, James Poyser, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper
This was a once in a lifetime discussion about keyboards, technology, performance and production with some of the most sought after names in keyboard history! Herbie Hancock, Greg Phillinganes, James Poyser, Terrace Martin & Robert Glasper virtually did a live conversation about their approach to music and their Korg instruments.

Wooten talks about Life at Home and announced his New Upcoming Audio Book. He also talked about different types of DR Handmade Strings and how they are made, more about Music and how he strings up his bass guitar. Furthermore he performed and went over 10 different parts of music that are important to know.

Hand Drumming and Meditation Author and music therapist, Christine Stevens UpBeat Drum Circles

She gave instruction on breathing and a rhythmical practice using the frame drum to invoke the five elements of earth, fire, air, water, and space, as tools for your personal wellness. Christine Stevens

Pop, R&B and Gospel Drumming with Chris Johnson

Known for his recording and touring credits with Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Camila Cabello, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and more, Johnson gave tips, techniques and more as a top in-demand drummer.

Intermediate Blues Progression on the Ukulele

This intermediate ukulele lesson facilitated by Ukulenny! It cover blues progression and soloing on the uke.

LungTrainers is quickly becoming the leader in breathing devices to produce better breathing for ALL individuals. Through innovation and development, LungTrainers’ has created several new products to help.

Founder & President Jody Espina introduced and demonstrated all the company’s latest products being launched during Believe in Music week. New JodyJazz products include the new HR* CUSTOM DARK Soprano mouthpieces and the new POWER RING HRS1 and HRS1S models. New Chedeville models include the Elite Bass Clarinet model, the company’s first Bass Clarinet mouthpieces. Jody will also explain what is new and different about the newly revamped Rousseau mouthpieces now that they are under his ownership.

Introducing the cool portability of the Drummers Dream Kit, with 70% reduction in weight, 75% reduction in footprint, and 80% savings in time setting up and breaking down


Guitarist Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd on the EBS Stanley Clarke Acoustic Preamp. How well does the EBS Stanley Clarke Signature Acoustic Preamp perform with an acoustic guitar? Flamenco virtuoso Robert ‘Robi’ Svärd plugged a microphone into the pedal, tapped the line signal from the Stanley Clarke Acoustic preamp. The output went to an EBS Session 60 combo that was also miked for a second signal to blend with.

Cubase 11: Reach Your Full Creative Potential

Do you want to start creating your own music, bring your production up to a professional level, or streamline your workflow for short deadlines? Whatever you need, Cubase helps you to reach your full creative potential. Learn valuable music production techniques for hip-hop, EDM, pop, rock, film composing, and more, regardless of your skill level.

Sequencing in Studio One and Ableton Live with ATOM SQ
The ATOM SQ is a ground-breaking hybrid instrument, combining powerful step sequencing capabilities with a highly expressive, pressure-sensitive pad controller. PreSonus Software Specialist Gregor Beyerle demonstrated how to use the ATOM SQ to its fullest potential in the two DAWs that take full advantage of its unique controls: Ableton Live and Studio One.


Roland Facet Grand Piano Special Performance by Pianist Miyuji Kaneko. Kaneko, an acclaimed classical pianist born to a Japanese father and a Hungarian mother, performs on the Roland Facet Grand Piano. This special performance was filmed at the Roland Corporation R&D Center located in Hamamatsu, Japan.

EW Voices of Soul Walkthrough

The official walkthrough for Voices of Soul, featured the thrilling vocals of C.C. White. Vocal stylings include a blend of soul, reggae, Southern blues, gospel, R&B and razz. This vocal product will be your new secret weapon for modern day pop production.

“The King” cello project

Maestro Violin Maker Andrea Varazzani presents the work behind a great reproduction of his own.

A Snarky Approach to Drumming Past & Present

Snarky Puppy drummers Robert Sput Searight, Larnell Lewis, JT Thomas, and Jamison Ross talked drumming concepts, trends, and gear during this roundtable discussion

Rick Latham: Advanced Funk Studies

Latham talked through and demonstrates concepts from his legendary book Advanced Funk Studies, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2020.

Henrik Linder and The Effect – mini-concert

A live video recording took place in Stockholm on January 13 featuring Henrik Linder, the bass player from Dirty Loops, with a fusion project called The Effect. The Effect is a trio including Henrik, drummer Jonathan Lundberg, and guitarist Carl Mörner Ringström.  The performance was recorded on the first take and consists of four original songs by members of the band. The newly awarded EBS 802 bass amp delivers the bass sound in this video.

VENN Advanced Synthetic Reeds-Q&A with Kevin Garren

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Director of Product Development at D’Addario Woodwinds, did a Q&A with the D’Addario Woodwinds artist community about the newest addition to the company’s reed portfolio.

Saxophonist and Composer – Hailey Niswanger (MAE.SUN) and the Aerophone Pro Digital Wind Instrument

By 2016, the Portland, Oregon-born Niswanger had already studied at Berklee College of Music; won the Mary Lou Williams saxophone competition; received (at age 19) plaudits in JazzTimes magazine from esteemed writer Nat Hentoff; performed at the Blue Note, Smalls, and other jazz hot spots; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, and others; and released three albums under own name. With her band MAE.SUN she performed and showcased the Aerophone Pro AE-30.

Christopher Bill Showcase, hosted by Edgware Brass Maintenance Products

Bill is best known as the most subscribed brass musician on YouTube. He’s a trombonist, arranger, and marketing consultant based outside of NYC. Chris’s all-trombone arrangements of popular songs amass millions of views, and he has even independently released an original pop album called Half Man, Half Machine which mixes acoustic sounds with electronic instruments. He is the Youth Workshop Director of the International Trombone Festival and a marketing consultant for the International Trombone Association. He shared the range of brass instrument maintenance products by Edgware Products and showcase of some of his work.



How to Increase Sales With Facebook, Instagram and Google Digital Ads

Tracy Hoeft, founder and president of Amplify 11, has managed more than 100 million ad impressions in the last year. In the rapid-fire session he shared what is working best, applicable tips and a framework you can use to improve your online advertising and get more customers into your store or onto your website.

The Art of the Rider

A rider is more than a list of food demands, such as only green M&Ms. It’s a written document specifying every detail a local promoter needs to know to get an artist’s show on stage. It can also spark actionable change in the areas of touring crew wellness, environmental sustainability and inclusion. This session delved into this topic with tangible takeaways for all levels of touring, including clubs, arenas and festivals.

Careers in Music Summit Featuring Grace Kelly

What does it take to have a successful career in the music industry? This special session, hosted by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond included a series of up-close interviews, Lamond spoke with a diverse lineup of music industry professionals, including singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and band leader Grace Kelly; Laura Penrose, Owner, Nick Rail Music; Marcus Blackwell, Jr. CEO & Founder, Make Music Count and Kit Culpepper, Director of Channel Strategy & Programs, Martin Guitar & Strings. They will discuss their career trajectories and share practical insights for long-term success.

The Art of Your Deal: Explaining the Contract Language You See Every Day

A contract consists of only three things: an offer, acceptance of that offer and some consideration, which is usually payment. After that, the devil is in the details. Entertainment lawyer and ESA Vice President Steve Adelman explained why your contracts look the way they do, what the key provisions mean and why the boilerplate provisions at the end of the document really matter.’

The 7 Business Skills Every Music Teacher Needs to Create and Grow a Thriving Music Program

Have you ever noticed that there’s a lot more to running a thriving music program than just teaching music? This session exposed the 7 business skills music educators must learn to optimize their music program- especially if they need to recruit, could us more funding, or need to advocate for their program. Presented by The NAMM Foundation in collaboration with NAfME.

Helping the Whole-Musician Develop and Prepare for Success in the Real World

Traditionally, music classrooms have been a place where instructors impart and test on important information pertaining to a subject matter. However, the mere acquisition of information does not adequately prepare students for success as persons or musicians outside of the educational institution. Incorporating person-centered approaches and teaching principles in educational settings can greatly improve student learning.  Kristen Bromley · Brigham Young University and Kristen R. Bromley Music, LLC

Opportunity in Crisis.

Sonic storyteller Sean Giovanni explored solutions for discovering opportunity in times of crisis. Giovanni shared lessons from the journey of starting his career in a jobless market to running a thriving recording studio, and how those experiences prepared him to find a path to increase revenue through the pandemic. He revealed techniques that you can implement in your career to find prosperity when unexpected

5 Creative Ways to Manage Cash During a Pandemic

How can you manage, and maybe even improve, cash flow during these turbulent times? Music industry financial experts demonstrated how to do it. They drawed on emerging best practices and ideas that have proven to work for their most successful clients. Some were non-traditional, even unpopular, but all of them are vital for 2021.

Hanging out with Music Director & Drummer Quinton Q Robinson / Live Demo + Gear

Official Pig Hog & Reunion Blues artist, music director, programmer and popular drummer Quinton Q Robinson did a live demo, on what accessory brands he takes on the road & more!

Real-time Rehearsal and Performance Over the Internet is Possible

The JackTrip Virtual Studio facilitates ultra-low latency audio connections over the internet. The cloud-based platform uses a standalone hardware interface incorporating both JackTrip and Jamulus software to provide the most efficient audio transfer possible. This combination of cutting edge technologies allows for both large and small ensembles to rehearse in real time, currently serving groups ranging in size from 2 to 100 musicians. A panel talked about the present and future of this exceptional technology.

Best Practices for Diversity in Marketing

Smart Women in Music (SWIM) explored the best practices for diversity in marketing and social media. They gave expert tips on reaching a diverse marketplace, along with tangible steps to take when marketing to a diverse audience. SWIM was founded in 2018 to expand diversity, inclusion and support for women in the industry. The SWIM Fund supports women in the industry in the development of their leadership proficiencies and aspirations.
Kristen Cho · Reverb
Lisa Cruz · Red Shoes Inc.
DeDe Heid · Heid Music

The Music Industry’s Guide to Podcasting

Tom Webster, Edison Research senior vice president, explained the current state of podcasting and how musicians and the businesses that serve them can profit from this growing consumer trend. Webster focused on the music industry’s opportunities in podcasting and look at the latest developments from Spotify, Pandora and other streaming platforms as the line between “show” and “podcast” continues to blur. He also looked at podcasting as an engagement medium for both fans and customers, and presented the latest research and best practices.

Developing the Musician Entrepreneur – Pedagogical Models for Performing Musicians in Higher Education

Being exceptional performers is a basic professional expectation, and higher education has always prepared their students based on this premise. However, 21st-century musicians also need entrepreneurial competencies to build successful and lasting careers in the context of today’s music industry. In this presentation, the author suggests curricular and extracurricular pedagogical models for developing the marketing, branding, leadership, and networking skills of college students in the performance track.

Developed and applied in his own piano studio at Millikin University, some of these pedagogical models include entrepreneurial approaches to applied juries, degree recitals, and student presentations, as well as active project-based leadership roles in specialized student organizations.
Silvan Negrutiu · Millikin University

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