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The bernie's bootlegs podcast aims to explore the stories of successful musicians and share their perspectives on important aspects of being a professional artist in a digital age.

The bernie's bootlegs podcast aims to explore the stories of successful musicians and share their perspectives on important aspects of being a professional artist in a digital age.
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The bernie's bootlegs podcast aims to explore the stories of successful musicians and share their perspectives on important aspects of being a professional artist in a digital age.

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English


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#18 — Alex LoRe: Practical Thoughts on Technique, Moving to NYC, & Staying True to Yourself

11/12/2019
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In today’s episode we are speaking with saxophonist and composer Alex LoRe. We discuss his appearance in the YouTube series “The Working Musician,” his upbringing in Florida and mentorship under Bunky Green, his move to New York, practical tips for improving your technique, his advice for someone wanting to follow in his footsteps, and more. Support the Podcast: https://berniesbootlegs.com/support Connect with Alex: Website: https://alexlore.com/ Instagram:...

Duration:00:42:09

#17 — Kelly Green: Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, & How to Stay Positive in a Competitive World

11/7/2019
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How’s it going everybody, today I’m speaking with pianist and vocalist Kelly Green. We touch many topics, including her memories from Mulgrew Miller and Harold Mabern, the importance of mental health and self-care as being vital to your success, the positives and negatives of social media, how to stay positive in the face of difficulties, and much more. Connect with Kelly: Website: http://kellygreenpiano.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellygreenpiano/ Facebook:...

Duration:00:35:24

#16 — Nick Biello: Developing Your Ears, Shortcomings of College, & Forging Your Own Career Path

11/6/2019
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What’s up podcast, today I’m speaking with saxophonist Nick Biello. We discuss the shortcomings of jazz school, how to develop your ears, forging your own career path in the age of the internet, and much more. Connect with Nick: Website: http://nickbiellomusic.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/nickbiellomusic Connect with Bernie's Bootlegs: Website: http://berniesbootlegs.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/berniesbootlegs Facebook:...

Duration:00:39:03

#15 — Chris Bittner: How to Deal with Burnout, Create More Freedom On Your Instrument, and More

11/5/2019
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How’s it going everybody. Today I’m speaking with saxophonist Chris Bittner. We discuss his upbringing in North Carolina, what he practices to create a sense of freedom on his instrument, how he dealt with being burned out in NYC, and much more. Connect with Chris: Website: https://www.chrisbittnermusic.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/c_bitty Connect with Bernie's Bootlegs: Website: http://berniesbootlegs.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/berniesbootlegs Facebook:...

Duration:00:39:13

#14 — Sam Dillon: Mingus Band, How to Practice Efficiently, & Making Your Passion Your Career

11/4/2019
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What’s going on everybody. Today I’m speaking with saxophonist Sam Dillon. We discuss his time at UMiami and SUNY Purchase, how he thinks about big band playing, the importance of shedding in 12 keys, how he views his career in music, and much more. Connect with Sam: Website: http://samdillonmusic.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/sdsaxophone Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samdillonmusic/ Connect with Bernie's Bootlegs: Website: http://berniesbootlegs.com/ Instagram:...

Duration:00:48:03

#13 — Ken Fowser: Thoughts on Jazz School, How to Book More Gigs, & The Importance of the Hang

11/3/2019
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How’s it going everybody, today I am speaking with saxophonist Ken Fowser. We discuss his upbringing in the Philadelphia jazz scene, his thoughts on the necessity of jazz school, how to be more successful booking gigs, the importance of the hang, and much more. Connect with Ken Fowser: Website: https://kenfowserjazz.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenfowser/ Connect with Bernie's Bootlegs: Website: http://podcast.berniesbootlegs.com/ Instagram:...

Duration:00:52:18

#12 — David Binney: Composition, LA vs NY, Day Jobs & Making a Living in Today's World

11/1/2019
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Today I’m speaking with saxophonist and composer David Binney. Originally from Los Angeles, David lived in New York City for nearly 40 years until recently returning to the LA area. He has over 20 albums out as a leader, and has worked with an unbelievable cast of musicians in a wide array of circumstances. We discuss how he balanced having a day job with being a musician when he first moved to New York, how the advent of the internet has changed the music scene and recording industry, the...

Duration:00:46:23

#11 — Danny Janklow: The Importance of Legacy, How to be Versatile, What He Practices, & More

10/24/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) In this episode we are speaking with saxophonist, composer, and educator Danny Janklow. Now based in Los Angeles, Danny spent several years living & playing in Philadelphia where he was mentored by Dick Oatts, and other great musicians at Temple University. Since then, he has been an in-demand sideman in a wide variety of musical contexts, was a semi-finalist in the Monk competition, and has...

Duration:00:33:47

#10 — Chris Ward: Hipster Assassins, What College Doesn't Prepare You For, & the Value of Community

10/21/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) Connecticut native Chris Ward (@thesaxophonewarrior) began studying the tenor saxophone at a young age. Having been inspired by saxophonist-turned-movie director Nick Ordway and his Charlie Parker Omnibook, Chris was propelled to voraciously study the history of jazz through the music of Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker, and many...

Duration:00:51:24

#9 — Glenn Zaleski: Thoughts on Practicing, Composing, NYC, & How to Live Your Dreams

10/20/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) How’s it going everybody, today I’m bringing you my conversation with pianist and composer Glenn Zaleski. We discuss his early musical history, his introduction to jazz, moving to NYC, his process for assimilating new information, how he composes, his advice for younger musicians, and much more. For more episodes please visit berniesbootlegs.com Find...

Duration:01:06:51

#7 — Nick Finzer: Upstate NY, What to Practice, & How to Run A Label in the Age of Spotify

10/19/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) What’s up podcast, today I’m bringing you my interview with trombonist Nick Finzer. In addition to being an active performer, Nick is a professor at University of North Texas, and is also the CEO of the record label Outside in Music. We discuss his upbringing in Rochester New York, the most important things he has his students focus on, what it’s like managing a record label, and a lot more. For...

Duration:00:56:08

#8 — Chad LB: Philosophies on How To Grow Musically, Marketing Yourself, & Jazz Education

10/19/2019
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How’s it going everybody. Today I’m bringing you my conversation with saxophonist and educator Chad LB. Originally from upstate New York, Chad has played and toured with a wide variety of artists, ranging from Taylor Swift, Arturo O’Farril, Clarence Penn, Chris Botti and many more. Besides being an active performer, Chad is also a visiting artist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the co-founder of Jazz Lesson Videos. We discuss his early musical history, his thoughts on social...

Duration:00:26:31

#6 — Dave Pollack: Making Jazz Fun Again, the Life of an Educator, & More

10/19/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) Today I’m bringing you my conversation with saxophonist Dave Pollack. You may have seen Dave on his YouTube channel, where he uploads funny and interesting music content in addition to his own recordings. Dave is a professional educator in New Jersey, but is an amazing saxophonist in his own right, and I really enjoyed speaking with him. We discuss his time at William Paterson University, why he...

Duration:00:45:17

#5 — Charles Owens: NYC in the 90s, How to Embrace Self-Doubt, and a HILARIOUS Joshua Redman Story

10/12/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) What’s up podcast, today I’m bringing you my interview with tenor saxophonist Charles Owens. Currently based in Virginia, Charles lived in New York City from 1992 to 2004, and as such we discuss the New York jazz scene in the 90s, Smalls Jazz Club, two tenor bands, chordless trio, why you should embrace fear and self-doubt, and Charles tells an incredible story about Joshua Redman. You can find...

Duration:00:49:30

#4 — Andrew Gould: Lead Alto Playing, Video Game Music, & the Value of Mentors

10/11/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) What is up podcast, today I’m bringing you my conversation with New York City alto saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Gould. We discuss his musical beginnings, his time at SUNY Purchase and Manhattan School of Music, the value of mentors, how to be a great lead alto player, his latest projects, and more. You can find Andrew on his website at www.andrewgouldmusic.com About Andrew,...

Duration:00:48:01

#3 — Alex Claffy: Philly Jazz, Surviving Tours, & His Best Advice to Younger Players

10/10/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) Today we are bringing you my conversation with NYC bassist and bandleader Alex Claffy. After being brought up in the Philly jazz scene, Alex moved to NYC to attend the New School and subsequently entrenched himself as an in-demand bassist, gigging in-town and on tour with both his own band and others. He has performed or recorded with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Harold Mabern, Joey...

Duration:00:40:50

#2 — Taylor Eigsti: Origin Story, the GRAMMYs, McCoy Tyner, & the Golden State Warriors

10/9/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) Today we are bringing you an interview I conducted back in 2017 with GRAMMY award-winning pianist & composer Taylor Eigsti for a book that I was working on at the time. The book never came to fruition, so I've decided to share the audio here on the podcast. We discuss his early musical life, the 'prodigy' label, the GRAMMY awards, his favorite venues to play at, and Taylor shares an incredible...

Duration:00:58:52

BONUS: Jack Finucane (Boston Sax Shop): The Art of Saxophone Repair

10/6/2019
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Jack Finucane is a professional musician and saxophone repairman based in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from New England Conservatory in 2013 with a master's degree in saxophone performance, and is currently the owner of the Boston Sax Shop. He has performed work for David Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, and Billy Pierce, among others, and is currently the exclusive saxophone repairman for Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Tufts...

Duration:00:55:50

BONUS: Bret Primack (Jazz Video Guy): Jazz, YouTube, and the Digital World

10/6/2019
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Back in 2018 I had a chat with someone who I have been following since I've known about YouTube, and someone who I greatly admire—Bret Primack aka Jazz Video Guy. Bret has been creating excellent jazz videos since before I was born, and posting on YouTube since 2006. He has done a tremendous amount to keep jazz visible in our ever-changing cultural landscape, and I'm excited to share this interview with you. Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal...

Duration:01:33:41

#1 — Benny Benack III: Pittsburgh jazz, college degrees, & making it in NYC

10/6/2019
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Enjoy the podcast? Support the show with a one-time or monthly donation via PayPal (thank you!) At the age of 27, Pittsburgh-born, New York-based Jazz trumpeter & singer Benny Benack III has quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer”, Benack has a knack for delighting audiences with panache, in the spirit of classic crooners like...

Duration:00:54:32