- Philadelphia Jazz Project – A GREAT new organization that is REALLY active and doing great things to promote Jazz in Philly.
- MusicCares – The Grammy folks taking care of musicians all over America
- Philadelphia Clef Club There has been a lot more activity here lately. 3rd Sunday of each month SHOULD see the Legends of Jazz Orchestra.
- Mt. Airy Cultural Center (Looks like the only REALLY active Jazz organization in town.) Maybe Germantown/Mt. Airy has a history of activism. Maybe it’s small enough to be manageable. Maybe it’s the dedication of folks like Tony Williams, Wes Norton and Mike Boone. We need more of these.
- Jazz Journeys Educational Institute (Philadelphia)
- Wharton Jazz Club (Does not appear very active…or updated in years..)
- WRTI Temple University (90.1) plays Jazz from 6 P.M. to 6 A.M. 7 days a week, and from 9 A.M. until 2:PM on Sundays.
- WDVR and WRDV have some good jazz on. WRDV is in Warminster with repeaters in Phila., Bristol, Bensalem, and other places. WDVR is in seargentsville, NJ just above Trenton and much closer than Scanton.
- WUSR broadcasts from the campus of the University of Scranton at 99.5 FM. They play jazz weekday afternoons (and blues from 4-6pm), and Mark Webber’s program, Sunday Jazz, airs Sunday from 4-7pm. Sunday Jazz focuses on reissues from the 50s and 60s (although he usually plays a little Bird and/or Pres as well.)
- WMUH Allentown 91.7 FM – Look for Chuck Bolger’s show…Streaming on-line in RealAudio since 2000, also of note on Tuesday nites,6-8 pm Carl Snyder, Producer, veteran Playboy magazine jazz critic and performer….he is on hundreds of albums and he knows his stuff. Friday nights 6- 8 pm Tony Renwick, a griot in his own right. 20 years of jazz on Friday evenings.
- David Hull, a reader, reports that Princeton U.’s station, WPRB at 103.3 has jazz so check it out and let me know what you think !!
PROMOTERS AND AGENTS
In the Jazz business, promoters, bookers and agents help get gigs for musicians in exchange for a percentage of their performance fee. At best, they can recommend appropriate artists, and call upon many resources to put together an ensemble appropriate for your affair. It is rare for any one agency to have exclusive rights to a particular Jazz musician, so you will often see the same musician or group represented by several agencies. Although you might be able to shave off a few points by approaching the musicians directly, a good agent will know which players are reliable, and will make certain that your gig goes off.
In the long run, you’re better off relying on someone who does this for a living, since better artists are rarely astute businessmen.
Conventional Wisdom would question why anyone would spend countless thousands of dollars to learn to play a form of music where you might make a hundred bucks or so for four grueling sets of baring your soul to unappreciative audiences. Thank goodness Jazz musicians tend to be a little short on conventional wisdom, and generations of these characters are willing to pay for a pay scale which doesn’t seem to keep up with inflation.
Means of learning to play Jazz range from being born gifted to Graduate programs where students transpose Coltrane solos and spend countless hours justifying chord/scale relationships. There are no shortage of resources for players of every level who wish to learn more of the craft. While there is no substitute for embarrassing yourself in front of your peers and betters at Jam sessions, here a few suggestions for the more theoretical aspects of the art:
Jazz Education Resources
- jazzimprov.com – The best Jazz education deal going !!! Click link for a full review.
- Jazz Journeys Educational Institute (Philadelphia)
- Jazz Improvisation (University of Wisconsin)
- Visual Jazz Publications (lots of good freebies here)
- Practice Corner – Saxmania’s practice resources
- Changes 98 – A Massive encyclopedia of chord/scale relationships. Learn your bebop scales!!!
- EJMA – Excellent transciptions by Charles Schneider et Cie. (In French, but the music is Universal)
- Sher Publishers (legal Fake Books etc.)
- Temple University Boyer School of Music (Jazz Studies Program)
- Rowan University Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz Studies Director Denis DiBlasio will get you hitting those high notes!!
- Settlement Music School Lots of our young lions come out of this place !!
- University of the Arts On the Avenue of the Arts – Broad Street
- Tim Price – World-Renowned sax teacher from the Reading area (also teaches in NY). Email Tim at : mailto:email@example.com
- Roger Prieto – Roger is an excellent trumpet man. His students speak very highly of his patience, and ability to transfer his vast knowledge of the Jazz tradition. Email me and I’ll get you in touch
- Larry McKenna is among the most gifted teachers out there for advanced students.
There are hundreds of interesting links to the City of Brotherly Love. These are good to get you started.
- Brownie Speaks – A documentary on Clifford Brown
- All About Jazz in Philadelphia has arrived.
- National Public Radio features Philly Musicians
- Cheesesteak Town
- Philly Blues
- Sound of Philadelphia – Philadelphia’s #1 Jazz record store for 25 years!!!
- CTM Photography – Great local shots
- Minor Gourmandry – Great Philly food site
- Philly Jazz Blog – LoHo’s blog about Jazz in Philly
- Jazz Journeys Educational Institute
- Philadelphia Music Alliance – Visit the “Walk of Fame” online !!
- University City District (West of 30th Street…Drexel, Penn etc.)
- GO Phila
- Dreambox Media/ENCOUNTER Philly Jazz! – A Philadelphia co-op for the independent production of great Jazz CD’s
- Patrick Simione Photography
- Philly Music (more than just jazz)
- Philadelphia Music Conference
- Phillies Fan Union
- Tom Sarrichio’s Philly Page (with photo gallery)
- Greater Philly.COM – an index to Philly Resources
- PA Arts and Music
- PAontheweb.com – PA Website Directory
RECORD COMPANIES / DISTRIBUTORS / RECORDING STUDIOS
- Dreambox Media / Encounter CD’s (A Philly Co-Op)
- Zinnia Records (Tristano Associations)
- Both Feet Records Some hot players including NY’s Valery Ponomerov
- Morning Star Studios (some of Philly’s greats record here.)
- Sound of Market Philadelphia’s #1 Jazz record store for 25 years !!!
- Jazz Inside Magazine (published out of Elkins Park)
- Danny Luciano – Lots of Philly / AC area content
- Tri-State Jazz Society
- Honolulu Jazz Scene – Say “Aloha” to the folks who play jazz in paradise!!!!
- Jazz Valley – I don’t know HOW they do that !!!
- Jazz Clubs Worldwide – Wherever you roam, find a Jazz club to call home.
- Fells Point (Baltimore)
- Havana Swing Band (they are from Scotland as you might have guessed)
- Jazz Institute of Chicago (More than just Chicago stuff ..a VERY SCHOLARLY and hip site )
- Pittsburgh Jazz Society (the OTHER side of Pennsylvania)
- Justin Time Records (Lots o’ Canadians)
- Jazz @ the Ten Spot (Upstate NY Jazz radio)
COOL JAZZ SITES
- AllaboutJazz.com – The granddaddy
- Illumatunes – Reading Jazz fan makes lamps from real instruments
- Jazz Day cards – Send an e-greeting to fellow jazz fans or musicians
- Mercury Center Jazz (Great perspectives on lots of Musicians)
- Keith Henson’s Jazz Page (this is a RIOT !!)
- Jazz Discography (Commercial Site)
- JazCraft Philosophical musings on Jazz,Dance, Theatre
- Jazz Review (Reader’s Reviews)
- Dead Musicians Directory (not just Jazzmen, but we sure gotta lotta dead ones !!)
- Anatholi Bulkin (Swedish Guitar Whiz)
- (World Jazz Club Listing) – old
- Jazzworld.com (a pretty commercial site, but some valuable info)
- Mediabureau.Com (Some Jazz content)