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74: How To Host A Successful Event with Drummer Paul Hall

In this episode we talk about what it takes to host a successful event. You will learn what it takes to go from your idea of having an event to actually hosting an event that your audience will want more of. Paul Hall is our guest and just the right person to teach us on this episode. Press Play. Enjoy. Share


73: How To Create A Create Resources Online with Brent Vaartstra of Learn Jazz Standards

Here is a great introduction to an online resource for learning jazz called "Learn Jazz Standards" dot com. In this episode you will learn a good layout for creating your own resource online with special guest Brent Vaartstra. Press play. Enjoy. Share. Brent acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Performance at the City College of New York, where he studied with world-renowned guitarists Peter Bernstein, Vic Juris, and Steve Cardenas and other respected musicians. He has played in groups...



Rufus Bonds Jr. is our special guest today! Rufus is an accomplished actor and director in the musical theater profession and a recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. There are several parallels in the acting and music profession so I wanted to have Rufus as a guest because he is at the top of his game. Press play, Enjoy, Share


70: Musical Theater Series Part 2: The Music Contractor with Sean McNeely

This is part 2 of our Musical Theater Series where we speak with Contractor Sean McNeely about how he came to be a contractor.


69: Musical Theater Series Part 1 with Director and Actor Tom Vendafreddo

In this episode Tom Vendafreddo is our guest. Tom is an actor and director that I recently had the privilege of working with on Jesus Christ Superstar. Tom is a strong and versatile performer with an undergraduate degree in classical voice (Eastman School of Music) and a graduate degree in musical theatre (San Diego State University). He also has made his presence known in the Chicago cabaret scene, performing sold-out shows annually at venues such as Davenport’s Piano Bar and the Logan...


68: Wynton Marsalis Talks About Leadership, Team-Building, Making Vision Reality

Wynton Marsalis joined us for Behind The Note Podcast today! We talked many things including leadership, building a team, and turning vision into reality. Rate Behind The Note Podcast on the platform you're using right now to read this script and to listen to the show. Press Play. Enjoy. Share. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is Wynton's Bio straight from his website: Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer,...


67: How To Get Up When You Fall with Thaddeus Ford

In this episode we hear from trumpeter Thaddeus Ford who is a 6th generation musician from New Orleans which makes him royalty in the world of music! Thaddeus teaches us how we can get up after we fall because Thaddeus had a heart attack, nearly lost his life. But, he was able to recover back to good health and start his music career anew! Press Play, Enjoy, Share!


66: "ReInvest In Your Content" with Austin Ellis

Austin Ellis was a past contestant on NBC's The Voice but that is not the best part of his career. Austin someone that has figured out how to truly earn a living as a musician and in this episode he shares what has worked for him. This will give you some ideas. A little bonus here is how he actually sells his music.


64: How To Build A Loyal Audience and Other Amazing Tips with Rick Barker

More We cover a lot in this 45 minute episode with Rick Barker, Taylor Swift's first manager. Some questions we answer are: • When is a good time to hire a manager • How to build a loyal audience • And of course, Advice For A Successful Music Career ;) Grab a pen and paper, take notes, and then get to work! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rick Barker strives to teach artists how to be artists. With major changes in the music...


62: The Presidential Suite with Kabir Sehgal (Part 3/3)

This is part 3/3 where we talk about The Presidential Suite written by Ted Nash. Today's guest is executive producer Kabir Sehgal. Kabir is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best selling author as well as a Grammy Award winning producer. He has created organizations that give back to musicians and to the community. Kabir, quite simply, is a renaissance man and in this episode we talk about how he put his expertise to great use to help create The Presidential Suite. Press Play,...


61: The Presidential Suite with Ted Nash (Part 2/3)

This is part 2/3 for The Presidential Suite by Ted Nash. Today, Ted Nash is our guest and gives us an inside look to the work that went into creating this great album. Ted is best known for his work with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and this is his 12th album as a leader. Presidential Suite is available at and you can see more about this episode at Press Play, Enjoy, and Share!


60: The Presidential Suite with Herschel Garfein (Part 1/3)

Herschel Garfein is a Grammy Award winning composer and is also known for his work as a director of stage plays and for writing libretto. Herschel teamed up with Ted Nash and Kabir Seghal as the producer of Ted Nash's newest work called The Presidential Suite which features The Ted Nash Big Band. The Presidential Suite is available on September 9th and can be ordered right now at


57: Inside Look To My CD Release Concert

We talk about my cd release concert! I tell you about what I used to help make it a successful night and I tell you what can be improved for next time as well. Use this episode coupled with episode 47 to help you with your own release. Press Play. Enjoy. Share


56: How To Spot A Bad Gig Before It's Too Late

If you have ever accepted a gig that ended up being something you wished you had nothing to do with then press play on this episode. We'll talk about signs to look out for from the first point of contact that may help you protect yourself in the long run. Press play. Enjoy. Share


55: Geoff Keezer How To Walk Out Your Dream

What happens if you dare to dream, write down your dream, talk about it and then walk it out? You'll win! With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter,...


54: Become Better: In Clinics, Rehearsal, and Audience Interaction with Lynne Arriale

Today's guest is, pianist, Lynne Arriale. A devoted educator and Yamaha artist, Lynne Arriale is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at The University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She has served as a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, the Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Workshop, the Thelonious Monk Institute in Aspen and numerous clinics and workshops worldwide, including the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Brazil and South...


53: Command Your Local Market with Saxophonist Chris Greene

This is a cool talk with Chicago saxophonist Chris Greene. Chris has been on the local scene for over a decade and probably closer to two. We talk about how he as been able to keep his band together, get great media support, and build his fan base . Press play, enjoy, share.


52: Marketing To Crush Your Competitors

Today we talk with Fabienne Raphaël from Marketing To Crush Your Competitors about . . . marketing. Press play, Enjoy, Share


51: The Time I Was Fired

Enjoy this solo episode where I share the story with you about the time I was fired. I hope that this is entertaining for you but most importantly I hope you learn from my mistakes so that you won't have to learn the hard way. Press Play, Enjoy, Share


50: Celebrate 50! Review of Behind The Note Podcast

Introducing Mrs. Davis and celebrating 50 episodes! This is a review of the first 49 shows just in case you missed some. Press play, enjoy, and share!


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