A couple weeks ago I was having an informal discussion with Mark Vrabel, one of the partners in SmoothChicago.com. His company is the area’s leading promoter of Smooth Jazz concerts. As we talked I realized there was quite a bit about his segment of the music business that I never knew about, even though I have been working with concert promoters since I started playing Smooth Jazz in 1987.
Mark happened to touch on several topics I get asked about by listeners and especially musicians trying to break into the genre. As I was jotting down Mark’s thoughts, it dawned on me that there were a few other questions I regularly get asked about. And, as was the case with Mark, I felt those would be best answered by representatives of two other segments of the industry: artist representation (agents) and the artists themselves. I decided to put those questions to Carol Ray, who has represented guitarist Nick Colionne for many years and Phil Denny, a Smooth Jazz saxophonist. My conversation with Miss Ray will be Part 2 in this series, Mr. Denny, Part 3.
For Part 4, which I’m calling “Radio’s Role,” I would like to answer any questions you might have about radio's involvement in the process. To get you started, here are a few that I get asked about a lot How do the tracks that make it to the air get picked in the first place? Why don’t you play more than just one or two tracks on a CD? What do I need to do to have my music played on your station? How should I send my material to radio stations?
What would you like to know about radio? Drop me a line (FmAm1@aol.com) and, when it comes time for Part 4 in this series, I’ll try and answer as many of your questions as I can.
Tomorrow (Thursday), we will begin with my Q&A with
Mark Vrabel. It will be Part 1 of our
series: Concert Promotion. I have a feeling you will find this and each of the segments over the next few days interesting and perhaps eye-opening. And, if you're an artist, I bet you'll pick up a few valuable suggestions along the way.
Our Smooth Video of the Day: Mark Vrabel’s company, SmoothChicago.com, is bringing Richard Elliot to the Montrose Room April 13. Here’s a preview.