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Jason Parker
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Hey all! Trumpeter from Seattle here. Looking forward to checking out tons of your music. My latest is a jazz remake of Nick Drake's "Five Leaves Left". I'd be honored if you'd give it a listen. You can download it for free or pay what you want
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Thanks! Looking forward to meeting some kindred spirits. 
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My 10 favorite tracks from the first 100 episodes of our podcast, Jazz Now! Seattle
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More great jazz from Seattle this week!
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I bet you didn't know what a killer jazz scene Seattle has? We preview 8 great shows coming up in the next week alone on the latest episode of Jazz Now! Seattle...
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Hey Yogi,

Thanks for sending your input along. It is greatly appreciated. 

+David Marriott, Jr. and I started Jazz Now! Seattle for that very reason - to spread the word about the amazing talent we have right here in Seattle and to hip people to all the great shows and happenings around town. We have always tried to be careful to represent the whole scene as best we can, and we regularly play straight ahead, avant garde, big band, vocalists, solos, duos, trios, young, old, known, up and coming, etc. In just the past few weeks alone we have spotlighted many of the lesser-known musicians you speak of, such as Jacob Zimmerman, Dan Marcus, Whitey James, Ask The Ages, Bill Horist, Any Clausen, Evan Shay, Tracy Knoop, Michael Owcharuk, Samantha Boshnack...and that's just the last month! I believe we've already "take[n] on the task of reporting on musicians other than the ones everybody already knows about" and we will certainly continue to do so. 

One thing that hinders our ability to cover all the shows in town is lack of music from the artists. We've tried hard to get the word out and make it as easy as possible for folks to get us their music, but every week we see some great shows happening that we can't feature because the artist hasn't sent us music. Sometimes we email and ask, but we just can't do that every time...it's just me and Dave and we don't have the time each week to reach out to 10 different musicians and manage their replies. We rely on the musicians like you and our fans to help us get to the musicians, because we can only play your music if we have your music!

We did an entire episode dedicated to some of the recurring weekly gigs that go on around town (Episode 60), but I don't think we've ever done one dedicated to the jam sessions. That's a great idea! We'll try to make that into one of our Special Episodes in the near future. 

Please let us know what else you'd like to see from Jazz Now! Seattle. We always welcome comments and suggestions.

Cheers,
Jason
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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you've probably already seen this. If not, here's a few thoughts I put down on my blog today about the music "industry". I'd love to know what you think!
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Jason, I got repeated "database errors" over at your blog, so I am posting this reply here.

I am somewhere between Jason and Rick Walker on this, as I feel both of them are telling the truth about the state of music. To produce a superior product takes money and other kinds of resources. Even after product is in hand, there are so many things that are NOT playing music that can make or break the artist. You have to be a hella marketer, you have to be an excellent people manager, you have to be able to bring people on board to work on your project, sometimes even when you can't guarantee payment. Club owners like to hire musicians they have had a successful relationship with in the past (hell, everyone wants to work with ppl they can trust, can you blame them for that?), but you can't schmooze every freaking club owner in town to get a gig.

Still in that process of building relationships, financing seems to rise and fall, finding the key people who can and WANT to complement my skill set to make an overall successful venture, etc...Even though I have a product that garners rave reviews and have enough cred to get really talented players, it's still a very uphill battle at this point.

But there is a way through it, I believe that, and I believe in NEVER GIVING UP and always be willing to learn and adjust to new realities. Like Jason, I think there's a path that will succeed for each of us, and if we haven't found it yet, the course is to stay in process, keep learning, and keep growing. Faith in your music is a big part of it, and in the end may be the the thing that keeps it alive and makes it succeed.
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Look, it's the 100th Episode of Jazz Now! Seattle! So happy to reach this milestone. +David Marriott, Jr. and I will be hanging out at the New Orleans tonight toasting our success and checking out Thomas Marriott's Flexicon band. Come down and raise a glass with us in celebration!
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Great milestone - congrats!
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Hey +Yogi McCaw - we're taking your suggestion and putting up a Special Episode of Jazz Now! Seattle spotlighted the jam sessions in town. Please let me know of all the sessions you know so that we don't forget anyone. Thanks!
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Jams - these two I know are good:
Paratii Craft bar in Ballard Monday Nights - world jazz jam.
Sunday Nights @ Darrell's Tavern in Shoreline

Local artists you may want to check out for future write-ups I know these artists and can vouch that they are quality performers:
New Brazilian Singer Adriana Giordano and her group Saudade Brasil at Vito's Thurs Aug 30th
http://www.facebook.com/events/406854846041183/
look up Pianist Ann Reynolds and her group Clave Gringa
Bassist Tim Carey (you probably already know Tim)
Rochelle House and the House Project (last played at the Royal Room - don't know their next gig)
Comfort Food - Miles Davis meets Fela Kuti (jazz w an African pulse)
My Band - the Yoginis World Jazz Band - @ Tula's Thurs Sept 13th
Jazz Vocalist Billy Brandt
Singer Nikki DeCairnes usually twice a month at Sorrento's (Jazz and Brazilian)

That's it for now. if i remember some other good ones, I'll send them.

Thanks for responding and asking about new unknown talent.
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Gypsy jazz, saxophone quartets, all female big bands, funky jammers and old-school swingers are all represented in this weeks show.
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Great new jazz music from Seattle!
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Check out some of the GREAT jazz music going down in Seattle this week!
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Jason! Hope all is well. I still need to get you your painting from the Nick Drake record. Shoot me an email with your address and I'll get it out to you.
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Hey look! We just posted the Jazz Now Seattle 2011 Christmas Special Episode. 10 great holiday tunes from Dawn Clement, Josh Rawlings, Katy Bourne, Don Lanphere, Tim Carey, Richard Cole, Thomas Marriott & a special treat!
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I'm a jazz trumpet player, educator and blogger from Seattle, WA. I blog about my life as a working musician at One Working Musician.com.

My band, the Jason Parker Quartet, has just released our fourth album, a tribute to the great British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. You can stream the whole thing for free, or download it and pay what YOU think it's worth, here.
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