Case Study: Jazz Sideman-Bandleader


Posted on March 15th, 2012 by Jean Cook in Financial Case Studies, Participant Data. 2 Comments

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PRIMARY GENRE
Jazz

SECONDARY GENRES
Contemporary Classical
World

ROLES
Performer
Composer
Bandleader
Sideman
Administrator
Consultant
Teacher

YEARS ACTIVE
1999 – present

TIME SPENT ON MUSIC
100%

INCOME DERIVED FROM MUSIC
100%

This case study examines the 2004-2010 income for a Jazz Sideman-Bandleader, who writes, records and performs his own works and leads and participates in multiple ensembles and projects. As a jazz composer, he writes primarily for his own ensembles to perform and record, though he has also written and performed music for film. As a performer, he leads his own bands, but also spends significant time playing and recording as a sideman for other jazz composer-bandleaders. He is also an administrator, serving as an artistic consultant for arts organizations and road manager and organizer for tours and festivals on behalf of other musicians.

He has a background that includes formal musical training, including a MA in composition. When he tours with his own ensembles they typically play jazz clubs, concert halls, large jazz festivals, and universities. He has released 20 records as a leader or co-leader, has appeared on over 57 recordings as a sideman, and has produced 12 recordings for an independent jazz label that he co-runs. He owns all of his publishing and sound recording copyrights.

Jazz Sideman-Bandleader is his own manager. He books his own tours in the US, but has a booking agent in Europe. He has had a multi-year relationship with three different independent record labels, and is actively involved in running one of them. He is a member of Chamber Music America and BMI. He has no pension, and only a catastrophic plan for health insurance.

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