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The road to here

With the official start of the festival only days away, the title of today's post might refer to the behind-the-scenes toiling required to get this year's festival ready for launch. But I hope you don't mind if I take a more personal tack today.

What makes a master?

In preparing for the Artistic Director's Guide to Jazz and for various media interviews, I've spent a fair bit of time over the past few weeks thinking about why the musicians appearing on our stages this year are important, and what makes their music great. Here are a few of what I found to be common traits:

How to write the best music ever (apparently)

So I spent some time today looking at lists of the worst pop songs of all time. (Never you mind why.) And I discovered this:

Talking about music

Over the past few weeks, I had the privilege of sitting opposite four outstanding local musicians in the Radio Regent studio to record the Artistic Director's Guide to Jazz - Live! Over four sessions, we chatted about 16 of the musicians performing at this year's festival - singers, guitarists, solo performers and R&B acts - but we also got into some of the fundamentals and philosophies behind music-making. Each of the conversations was fascinating in its own way.

Well THAT'S no good…

Overall, I left the event feeling pleased and looking forward to the final preparations coming over the next two months. Until about halfway through the drive back to the office...

Ready…set…launch!

And suddenly, it's time to reveal our 2014 lineup!

What a week!

Today I'm writing about where I'll be on Thursday night - and that's the Jazz Bistro, joining the CD release celebration for Beverly Taft meets the Nathan Hiltz Orchestra, the last in the latest round of TDJ Special Projects.

The cost of doing business

Postage, duplication, office supplies - these are unavoidable costs for independent musicians. The requirement to do this sort of self-promotion, although not a surprise, necessitates a bizarre kind of math.

Here come The Heavyweights...

This Thursday, March 6, we're pleased to support The Heavyweights Brass Band's CD release concert at Lula Lounge as part of our TDJ Special Projects initiative.

The Israeli Jazz Showcase

We're in for a treat next Thursday, March 6, when the Israeli Jazz Showcase takes the stage at The Rex Hotel.

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