o When a musician embarks upon the path of jazz artistry now, it seems to be a calling first and a way to make a living second. It seems accepted that one must have a supplemental income stream beyond performing gigs. But, that seems to be the way it has always been.
o We often hear and read a wide range of criticism and opinion about the state of the jazz industry. There always seems to be areas for involvement and work.
- Jazz Education continues to be a positive.
- Living wage for jazz musicians continues to be of concern.
o Herbie Hancock received an honorary doctorate degree from the New England Conservatory.
INTERVIEW SERIES CONTINUES
JAN will profile and interview Dr. Rick Barnes – a musician who is an active jazz musician who also completed a career with military bands.
Dr. Barnes has been a Supervisor for Radio and Multimedia Operations at Voice of America (VoA) for nearly two decades, managing studio engineers and Central Recording technicians for the Radio and Multimedia Operations.
He has also been a Public Affairs Officer in the Maryland Defense Force since 2012. He plays the trumpet, string bass, electric bass guitar and valve trombone with the Maryland Defense Force Band, representing the militia of the state of Maryland under the command and control of the governor.
He has served as a PIO (Public Information Officer) with MEMA (the Maryland Emergency Management Agency) during disaster relief exercises, was a Commander at the Armed Forces School of Music, and a member of the U.S. Army Field Band for twelve years.
ONE-YEAR THIS SUMMER
Jazz Artistry Now (JAN) will celebrate our one-year anniversary in June and commemorate our relaunch of the magazine and website.
JAN was first published online in 2007 using the above logo.
When we relaunched in 2017, we decided to update the logo and basically “re-brand” the publication since the parameters of JAN have grown from our purpose a decade ago.
We are very pleased to have professional jazz journalists, Scott Yanow, David R. Adler and Christopher Burnett writing for JAN. Look for their upcoming articles and reviews.
- Mr. Yanow reviewed saxophonist Jon Irabagon‘s latest album: Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics.
- Mr. Adler is working on another historic review article.
- Mr. Burnett is continuing the JAN interview article series of composer and jazz hornist Mark Taylor.
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