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Ralph Hepola’s Tuba Carves Out A Place For The Much-Maligned Horn In Modern Jazz

Ralph Hepola’s Tuba Carves Out A Place For The Much-Maligned Horn In Modern Jazz

Ralph Hepola’s Tuba carves out a place for the much-maligned horn in modern jazz. The virtuoso tuba player leads his quartet through a set of his freewheeling originals, playing with remarkable fluency as the lead instrument. While the tuba has often been stereotyped as a limited instrument that keeps time in marching bands, Dixieland and polka groups, Ralph Hepola on Tuba makes a strong case for his horn being the lead voice in a modern jazz combo. A brilliant player ...

Attention Jazz Musicians: Read the Jazz Journalists Survey Results conducted by JazzFuel and learn best practices for getting your music reviewed

Attention Jazz Musicians: Read the Jazz Journalists Survey Results conducted by JazzFuel and learn best practices for getting your music reviewed

If you want to get the news about your latest album release out into the world, jazz journalists (aka bloggers, music writers, critics, reviewers…) are one of the most effective ways of doing this. But if you decide to take care of this work yourself, as a musician, there can be a lot of uncertainty about the best way to do it: How long in advance should you pitch? Will journalists even work directly with a musician? How can you ...

Planning A Tour? 4 Expenses You Need To Keep In Mind

Planning A Tour? 4 Expenses You Need To Keep In Mind

Touring is often difficult and expensive, but through careful planning, there is a good deal artists can do to to at least mitigate the latter of these issues. Here we look at four major cost drains that artists need to prepare for in advance in order to avoid inviting financial destitution on the road. Guest post by Rich Nardo from TuneCore If there is one common theme in the DIY touring series of articles I’ve been writing over the past few months…it’s ...

5 Email Marketing Metrics You Need To Be Aware Of

5 Email Marketing Metrics You Need To Be Aware Of

Email newsletters might seem antiquated to some, but they continue to have incredible value, particularly when it comes to reaching interested fans. Whether you're just starting out with email newsletters, or have been doing them for awhile, here are the five most important metrics when it comes to email marketing. Guest post by Hugh McIntyre of the Symphonic Blog These days, so many musicians focus all their marketing attention on social media platforms, and while it’s absolutely a good idea ...

When To Book Gigs: The Ultimate Artist's Guide

When To Book Gigs: The Ultimate Artist's Guide

As with so many things, timing is everything in the music business, and while many artists may spend countless hours perfecting their pitch to venues, no amount of preparations is enough if you make your booking inquiries at the wrong time. Here, we look at the 'when' side of booking gigs, whether you're playing small shows or giant festivals. Guest post by Jeri Goldstein and Chelsea Ira of the TuneCore Blog [Editor’s Note: This article was co-written by Chelsea G. Ira and ...

Why Right Now Is The Best Time To Launch A Music Career

Why Right Now Is The Best Time To Launch A Music Career

While it's been a tumultuous past decade for the music industry, and things are showing no sign of calming down, all the chaos has created a tremendous amount of opportunity for artists across the music business spectrum. Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix The music industry is an absolute mess right now, and that’s good news for artists big and small. The music industry, as we know it, is roughly one-hundred years old. Comparing the business of music today to ...

Why Artists Who Don’t Cultivate Sustainable Lifestyles Stop Making Music

Why Artists Who Don’t Cultivate Sustainable Lifestyles Stop Making Music

In this piece we explore why artists with lofty goals of making music their full time career are so often brought down by their ambitions, and how artists can better advance their position in the industry through setting a series of achievable goals and focus ing on career sustainability. Guest post by Patrick McGuire for TuneCore It’s safe to assume the majority to people who will read this are musicians who began their careers with the goal of being able ...

The Upside To Releasing Your Music On Cassette

The Upside To Releasing Your Music On Cassette

As with so many trends, how we consume music can seem as cyclical as anything else,  as most recently evidenced by the resurgence of cassette tapes. Much like vinyl, this seemingly antiquated format has been making something of comeback of late, and there are a few good reasons why. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of Soundfly's Flypaper Everything that was once old becomes new again. First it was vinyl and now we want to make a case for a medium ...


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