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Lecture with Jeff Levenson - Connecting the Dots: The Business of Jazz

CONNECTING THE DOTS: THE BUSINESS OF JAZZ - a view of the professional landscape beyond graduation

Lecture with Jeff Levenson

December, 12th, 2017, 11.30. - 13.30 Spielraum

Apply at: office@jammusiclab.at pre-registration, application via email required.


My seminar is titled, “CONNECTING THE DOTS: THE BUSINESS OF JAZZ,” designed to provide a view of the professional landscape beyond graduation.

It is usually 90 -120 minutes in length.

I provide a basic overview of the music industry:

  • the role of the individuals who work within the system;
  • the opportunities for instrumentalists, singers and composers;
  • the best way to create a professional persona;
  • development of musical ideas and projects;
  • how to construct submissions for competitions;
  • what goes into successful recordings;
  • the state of recording and streaming technology.

About Jeff Levenson

Jeff Levenson is a label executive, writer-producer, consultant and jazz columnist. His affiliations, past and present, include posts at Half Note, Sony, Warner Bros, Downbeat, Billboard and the Blue Note jazz club in New York. He currently produces the annual Thelonious Monk Competition in Washington DC, and has authored and/or produced events for the NEA, the US State Department, the White House, the New School for Social Research and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. His collaborations include projects with McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Conrad Herwig, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Esperanza Spalding and Bill Frisell, with production and/or supervision credits on 13 Grammy albums - 2 winners, 11 nominees. Levenson has served the Blue Note management team, advising on club programming and international development. He recruits North American representatives for Jazzahead in Germany. He contributes a column, Ears New York, to JazzFM91 in Toronto, chairs the National Jazz Committee for the Grammys, administers grants and awards as Recording Academy Trustee, and enjoys the company of musicians.

November 3rd, 2017
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