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LIVE:Booking Agency Agents and Touring How do They All Synchronize together
Booking Agency Agents and Touring How do They All Synchronize together for one thing. The ARtist/Band or Group which is the Product for Sale and Income Wheels from Touring.A booking agent is half employment agent and half salesman. It's the booking agent's job to find work for his clients by convincing club owners/promoters that the band /group/artist .A booking agent spends his day in constant communication with managers, promoters, theaters, clubs and artists, booking gigs six months to a year ahead. In many cases, the agent is trying to assemble a regional, national or international concert tour for a band. This requires careful scheduling and routing to ensure that the band can get to every venue on time.
My guest for 10/01/14 is Merl Saunders, Jr.
Music is a birthright for San Francisco native Merl Saunders Jr.
Merl, the namesake of legendary keyboardist Merl Saunders, grew up in the heart of the Bay Area music scene with other well known “music families” like the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the Gospel Hawkins family.
From his first tour with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, to subsequent gigs with Michael Jackson, Robert Cray, David Crosby, and Frank Zappa, Merl developed a unique ability to excel in the music business.
As Director of Marketing and Artist Relations at Gibson Guitars, and as Senior Marketing Coordinator and Artist Relations with Dean Markley Strings, he led creative teams to produce successful campaigns and endorsements for many top GRAMMY® winners.
In 1994, Merl produced Gibson’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. Pulling together talent, Merl brought to the stage Country Joe and the Fish, Little Feat, Greg Kihn, Gregg Allman, Elvin Bishop, Hot Tuna, Moby Grape, and Bob Weir, as well as his dad, Merl Sr.
In July 2000, Merl was named Executive Director of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy. His mission was to help to promote music and arts education. Under his leadership, the chapter realized a 10 percent increase in membership annually, and achieved a greater audience in the music business.
In early 2013 Fenix Supper Club opened in San Rafael, CA and Merl was named Executive Director of Fenix Entertainment Group. Merl's objective, along with Fenix owner Laura van Galen, is to expand the Bay Area music scene by creating a state-of-the-art venue for live performances along with the technology to record and share music by streaming it to the world.
To find out more about Merl Saunders Jr. and Fenix Supper Club, you can visit the Fenix webiste at: www.fenixlive.com
Like many before him, South Carolina native Ricky Young traveled a long and winding road to Nashville. As a former University of South Carolina alum and baseball player, he spent five years after college in the minor leagues, playing gigs anywhere he could find a stage and the time.
If there is a “correct way” to come to Nashville, Young is textbook. He has established himself as a student of the craft of songwriting, securing coveted co-writes with Zac Brown Band, Lee Brice, Dave Gibson, Steven Williams and Stephen Allen Davis. He earned the respect of Nashville because of his pointed, damn-near-perfect lyrics.
Young’s first single “Could You Love Me Again” hit radio in February of 2013, and his army of fans have been buzzing about it for months. His YouTube channel has over a million views, the video for “Could You Love Me Again” went viral, garnering 100,000 views in its first week. Young’s next single “I Carry It With Me” is a duo with fellow Carolina crooner and long time friend Lee Brice, and is set to release in early next year.
This year, Young is releasing his follow-up EP, "Feels Damn Good," and is touring the southeast/midwest. The first single release on the EP is "Baby Wussup," a feel-good summer song featuring Bubba Sparxx that was released April 1, 2014. "Baby Wussup" and the other tracks on Feels Damn Good were written by Young and he feels his true affliction and creative style in music is breaking through in this album.
September has already proven to be QUITE different than we've previously experienced on "Hybrid Jazz!" Multiple guests, time changes and even DAY changes. But we MUST to accommodate our guests - and it's exciting to ponder - because this truly means a surge of musical activity! New CDS, gigs to share and clubs popping with the sound of creative artists.
One of THOSE in the Uber Creative category is the fabulously charismatic violinist, Chelsey Green. Born in Houston, Chelsey was immersed in the Jazz and Funk of her family - lots of musicianship there. So how is it the similarly inclined music lover gravitated to violin at age FIVE?! And steered toward an education in Classical studies? Chelsey will answer that question when she joins us in the third hour of the show on 9/17. And SOON - we'll have to call her Doctor Green - since she is doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland in College Park :) We'll hear tracks from her forthcoming CD - you had best believe it! "The Green Room" drops on 9/23!
Gil Parris is a truly respected guitarist, based in New York, and known for his seamless transitions within his playing. He prides himself on the fusion of Jazz, Rock and Blues - sometimes Country - in his repertoire. He was attending Berklee in Boston many years ago - when he was tapped to tour in Europe with "Jesus Christ, Superstar." Gil has never looked back since then! Grammy nominated, Gil has recorded six solo albums and has worked with an extraordinary number of artists - Dr. John, Toni Braxton, and Blood, Sweat & Tears - to name a few. Paul Shaffer and Randy Brecker have raved about him, as most of The Big Apple does. And he'll play there on Thursday night at B.B. King's! Which is why we've airing "Hybrid Jazz" on Wednesday ;) Join us!
Learn what goes on beyond the glamour and style at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week with a behind the scenes look from Freelance Hair Designer and Salon Owner, Stacey Ciceron! Stacey has realized a lifelong dream of not only working as a Hair Designer at Fashion Week, but being selected as the Lead Hair Designer! She shares how to prepare for the long days, what's in her kit, and what goes into creating the hair trends that complement the forward looking fashions. She also shares several key tips if your ultimate dream is to work at Fashion Week too! You may want to listen more than once to get all of the juicy life lessons that have helped her excel while juggling a husband, twins, her Hair Salon, The Stacey Ciceron Studio, and landing freelance gigs on Project Runway, MB Fashion Week and more! In short, Stacey is living her dreams and you can too - just listen in!
The system went down and we lost 30 minutes of the podcast so Jimmy and Jon were good enough sports to hang, re-record and then some.
We discuss how to deal with hecklers, the worst kind of hecklers, and some bad heckle stories...Including a near fight Sam got into.
We discuss, what do we consider success in comedy? Also, we talk some rough casino gigs. As Jimmy puts it, “every once in a while a comic and crowd get together that shouldn’t.”
We also talk about why it’s so hard to portray comics on TV.
Twitter: @sammorril @jonnyfisch @jimmyfailla
Jewlz is a dynamic artist in the music industry today.
Her soulfullness and natural funk ignites sparks every stage she performs. A natural performer,singer,songwriter,dancer, actress,comedian,model, and entrepreneur.
Jewlz began her love for music as a toddler singing at local family events and the epic home video. Jewlz continued to grow on stages with dance recitals, local dance tv shows, open mic,talent shows,and various school music and dance shows.
Jewlz found success in various theater groups in NYC and night club solo gigs. Jewlz can be found in TV/film and is seeking that oscar role. Jewlz has her debut music video on Youtube.com/jewlzvideos, "MISERY GAME" a collaborative work with fellow hip-hop artist KANDYMAN. Jewlz has a great time writting music with fellow artists and is always in the studio working on a new project. Jewlz debut album is set to launch early spring 2012!
Hour one: Gigwalk. Gigwalkers can make extra cash with their smart phones! Gigwalk is a mobile app for Android and iOS that allows you to find quick jobs (Gigs) in your area. Each individual Gig is represented by a pin on the map in their mobile application. These Gigs can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours to complete and pay anywhere from $3 to $100!
Hour two: Craig and Ben do Computer and Technology News, brought to you by Slimware Utilities, the Official Optimization Software of Computer America, and answer your computer questions!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 8/27/14 - AT 8 PM EST -SOME GOOD CRAIC PRE LABOR DAY PARTY . Featuring the music of The McLean Ave Band , Jamesons Revenge and Kitty Kelly . All 3 bands will be performing at The Blackthorne Resort in East Durham N.Y. this Labor Day Weekend . There will be the usaul Craic . A chat room. Announcements on upcoming gigs. The call in number is 714-868-0746
The I.D.s formed in 1964, with Founding Members: Gerrianne Lewis (Brizan), Joan Sitkowski, Linda Joy Mitchell, Roberta Dilts, and Cecille Flaim (Lopez). Additional members include: Penny Green, Vanesa Saco, Barbara Bullied, and Jean Ishizuka. All members were raised in the Woodside Projects. The I.D.s were influenced by the British invasion, blues, R&B and Motown. Their original songs include: "Beatles Come On Back", "Don't Come Knockin' (at my door)", and "Five Guys". Instrumentation included: lead guitar, two rhythm guitars, bass, lead vocals, and drums. They had gigs at the New York World's Fair of 1964 at the New York State Pavillion and United States Pavillion and at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Operation Head Start, and The Cafe Wha. Joan and Linda met as toddlers. Gerrianne met Joan in 3rd grade. Linda and Gerrianne met in Girl Scouts. Their manager got their picture in the paper. Vanesa, Barbara, and Jean came as a package deal. The band was set. They practiced at each others' houses and the music kept them grounded, creative, and out of trouble. They had an opportunity to audition with the Stones' manager but Roberta gave up the drums. They disbanded in 1968, because they went to college. Joan and Gerriane continued writing music into the late 1970's and early 1980's. Linda, Cecille and Gerrianne became teachers and used music in their classrooms, over the years. They were unique in that they were all different colors, yet, got along well with each other.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 8/13/14 AT 8 PM EST . Some Good Craic is LIVE and will be speaking to Jonny Ra and Paddy Ryan of the Ryans Irish Band. They will be calling in LIVE from RiRa pub in Burlington Vermont where they are performing during their USA tour. No other guest scheduled at this time - just lots of tunes and some news on upcoming gigs around town.
With three platinum and five gold albums, Najee is one of the pioneers of what is commonly known as Contemporary Jazz. A combination of jazz improvisation and R&B, this genre forms a bridge from the jazz fusion of the 70s to the jazz pop of the mid 80s.
A native of Jamaica, Queens, New York, Najee shared all of his musical dreams-and later, many professional gigs-with his brother Fareed, a guitarist who was a year younger. Their father passed away when they were very young, but their mother encouraged a deep exposure to jazz via recordings by artists as diverse as the Miles Davis Quintet, Junior Walker and Mongo Santamaria. Najee showed an early interest in the sax but a grammar school teacher steered him towards clarinet when there were no sax chairs available in the school band.
Najee, along with his brother Fareed, attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a concentrated study in performance and composition.
Najee left the Conservatory after three years and moved back to New York, where he immersed himself in the club scene. One night when he was out playing straight ahead jazz, Lesette Wilson, keyboardist and musical director of Chaka Khan-who was hot at the time with her trademark hit “Ain’t Nobody”-came in and loved what she heard. She called him to audition for the singer’s upcoming tour, and in no time Najee found himself on the road for a year with the legendary diva, playing alto sax and flute. Najee’s good fortune transferred to Fareed’s career as well when Chaka’s longtime guitarist Tony Maiden failed to show up for a rehearsal. Fareed plugged in and was hired to play alongside Maiden for the tour.