Q&A: Wayne Shorter and Daniel Rotem At The Playboy Jazz Festival

By Devon Wendell On Saturday, June 13th; Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and young players from The Monk Institute Of Jazz Performance Ensemble will be performing at the 37th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday at The Hollywood Bowl. I recently had the amazing opportunity to interview Wayne Shorter on his upcoming performance… Read More Q&A: Wayne Shorter and Daniel Rotem At The Playboy Jazz Festival

Humor: The Top Ten Words And Phrases Over Used By Rock/Pop Journalists.

By Devon Wendell Growing up as an aspiring musician, besides practicing the guitar, bass and harmonica obsessively like a geek, I also read a lot of books, articles, reviews, and interviews on all kinds of music. In doing so I found myself most aggravated by the writing in the “major” music publications like Rolling Stone, Spin, etc. There were… Read More Humor: The Top Ten Words And Phrases Over Used By Rock/Pop Journalists.

Humor: 24 Things Producers Don’t Want To Hear But Always Do

Once again, we’ve had a message from iRoM’s Grammy-winning producer/composer/musician  friend, providing us with another sage commentary about what it takes to survive in the record business: 24 Things Producers Don’t Want To Hear But Always Do 1. “I think we need a trombone” 2. “Did you know my wife sings?” 3. “I am doing… Read More Humor: 24 Things Producers Don’t Want To Hear But Always Do

Advice to an Unhappy Jazz Piano Accompanist

The following was submitted by a prominent Grammy Award-winning producer/composer/musician who wishes to remain anonymous. It offers novel solutions for the insufferable lounge gigs that an Indian pianist has to endure. — CD Every night find a rationale to play, including wild fantasies and vendettas. Re-harmonize as much as possible all the time, to the exclusion of… Read More Advice to an Unhappy Jazz Piano Accompanist

Humor: Jazz musicians Look to Federal Budget For Bailout Support

Here’s an excerpt from a recent post by jackzucker at The Gear Page (www.thegearpage.net) that tells it like it really is.  To read the entire hilarious post, click here: http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=480598 Washington, D.C.  In light of the recent downturn in the American economy, the nation’s jazz musicians have joined the long line of lobby groups looking… Read More Humor: Jazz musicians Look to Federal Budget For Bailout Support