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Get Special Gigs Listed

Band leaders affiliated with PRJC can get their special gigs listed on the “All That Jazz” page of this website at no cost. Send e-mail to prjcweb@prjc.org. The “All That Jazz” lists gigs for several months out.


   Trad Jazz band leaders or managers may also submit YouTube video clips of their bands for consideration for the monthly PRJC Band of the Month spotlight on the PRJC Main Page”. Send PRJC an e-mail at prjcweb@prjc.org for consideration. Only Trad Jazz videos, please. Priority is given, but not limited, to PRJC-affiliated bands. Please include the embed code or video link.

   In addition, band leaders or managers may submit gig info for publication in “The American Rag,” a monthly newspaper serving traditional jazz and ragtime music fans throughout the country. Instructions: To ensure accuracy of these listings only gig information submitted by bandleaders/managers who are “American Rag” subscribers and who contact the “Rag” directly will be included. Mail non-festival related gig information to Don Jones, Publisher, 20137 Skyline Ranch Drive, Apple Valley, CA 29308-5035, or by phone to 760-2478-5d145, or e-mail don@americanrag.com. Information must be received by the 5th of the month preceding the event. Gigs are listed by the state where the performance will be.

Want to Jam? Come Along. Bring Axe.

The PRJC organizes a monthly open jam session at Normandie Farm Restaurant in MD from 3-6pm, providing opportunities for novice or accomplished dixieland jazz musicians, and all skills in between, to get together and play in a relaxed setting. The jam session starts with the Washington Conservatory Traditional Jazz Band opening and closing the set with a Jam in the middle. Free to musicians with their axes and other instruments. For all non-jammers, a $10 donation is requested. Get details and date for this month's jam at: All that Jazz, "Upcoming PRJC Events," on the right.

Starting a Record Label

NOTE: The following information, sent to the PRJC Web site, may be of interest to musicians trying to break into the independent recording business. This is not an endorsement by PRJC.

   “In the Right Direction” - A Beginner’s Guide To Starting A Record Label (3rd Edition) by Samuel D. Gilleylen; $16.25. Future Mix Publications; ISBN 0972304207

   If you are trying to break into the independent recording business this book may help. Learn to promote, market and sell your own independent CDs. A book for young songwriters, aspiring recording artists, studio owners and music producers.

Taking Your Band to the UK?

The following information is based on an item which originally appeared in “The American Rag” in the column “Sticks & Stones” written by A.C. Stone:

   The UK (England) Jazz Services initiated a free, jazz search facility for bands planning UK tours. Go to the club’s web site at http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/

   The service is accessed from the “services” link of the site. It allowes bands from anywhere in the world to select and print contact details for thousands of UK jazz musicians, venues, tutors, festivals and much more.

   This service is not only of benefit to bands contemplating a UK tour, but also useful for any jazz fan who plans travel in that part of the world.

Tips for CD Producers

Hoping for airplay for your latest CD? Make the job of the radio announcer easier. How? Here are some tips from the host of a well-known jazz radio program. Include the following on your CD card insert:
  1. The track numbers.
  2. The run time of each track.
  3. The date the recordings were made.
  4. The full name(s) of the tune’s composer(s).

Used Musical Instruments Needed

The Common Denominator, “Washington’s Hometown Newspaper,” has a feature in its November 17, 2003 edition on the lack of funds, uniforms and instruments for the DC High School Bands, once the pride of their neighborhoods. You can access this story at http://www.thecommondenominator.com.

   According to “CHIME” (Community Help in Music Education), which promotes music education in District of Columbia schools, the kids are doing their best to raise their own funds, helped by donations from the teachers’ own pockets, but this cannot overcome a school budget so squeezed that there is no money in it for instruments, instrument repairs, uniforms, or, for that matter, for music instruction, other than as an option in competition with other needed school “enrichment” optional activities.

   The benefits to children and to the city of supporting school music, bands in particular, are well known, yet ignored at funding time, CHIME says. “The politicians have let the schools down, despite all the rhetoric, and so the Community must step in to help.” CHIME, which is mentioned in the article, has been collecting and distributing donated instruments in good repair to DC public schools for four years. But this year the organization would like to make its instrument drive more widely-known, and involve other partners in the effort, so that “every child with an interest can get in a band and have a decent instrument to play.”

   Besides band instruments, CHIME is also interested in donations of pianos in good condition, 1/2 and 3/4 size violins (for a new string program at Amidon Elementary School), and rhythm instruments for very young children.

   Those who would like to join in working on this drive, have an instrument to donate, want to make a donation to purchase or repair instruments or buy uniforms, or want to help with any other CHIME program, may contact the organization at info@chime-dc.org, or visit its Web site http://www.chime-dc.org, and click on the CHIME In! page.

DCjazz Offers Websites to Local Musicians

Local musicians ought to check out the DCjazz website which offers to build them a website and promote them. The site welcomes new artists and says it now has 2,500 visitors a day. Its mailing list now has more than 7,500 names. DCjazz offers artists an opportunity for hosting, sales and promotion. Click on “Jazz Links” at the top of this page and find DCjazz under “Miscellaneous.”

Wanted

The Traditional Jazz Educators Network (TJEN) has issued a call to all musicians and record collectors to share their LPs, CDs, and unpublished arrangements with young musicians through the TJEN Resource Library. The TJEN Resource Library makes a variety of resources available to educators for use with their students at no charge. Arrangements for traditional jazz band (five to eight pieces) are needed at all levels of difficulty. Also needed are traditional jazz recordings for study by young musicians learning the genre.

   “If you would like your band to be heard and studied by young musicians, please consider donating copies of your recordings to the TJEN Resource Library,” says Dave Robinson, TJEN founder. “Even better,” says Dave, “donate copies of some of your band’s written arrangements for the use of young players! Lack of good arrangements is a major inhibitor to many beginning youth groups.”

   Donated items will be made available at no charge to jazz educators who request them. Unpublished arrangements will be provided for the use of youth groups only; they will not be disseminated to any adult group. The borrower will agree to acknowledge the arranger each time the youth band performs the arrangement.

   “It’s an easy, painless way to help the cause,” says Dave. Materials may be sent to Traditional Jazz Educators Network, 5537 Belle Pond Dr., Centreville, VA 20120. For more information about TJEN, visit the TJEN website at www.prjc.org/tjen.
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