I am a professional jazz drummer and composer and bandleader and have been performing for 40 years……in Mass., NYC, and other areas and tours. I just saw your organization, and think it is a wonderful idea! Thank you for creating this great model! We have similar issues out here in Western Mass., where I am currently based. Venues trying to get musicians to play for the door, or well under priced wages, no real union support anymore, young music students who will play for free for exposure, leaving the professionals out of work, and more. We have no musicians emergency funds for disasters or health care issues, or aging. Myself, having come through and recovered from illness and unemployment and home loss and recently the death of my spouse, there is very little safety net. Most of the gigs in local venues here pay only $50-$75.00 and use tip jars. It is demeaning. I just wanted to thank you so much for this model, and wish you success and applaud your efforts! I hope we may be able to start something similar out our way to help jazz and everyone playing it. Bless you all! — Claire
What a cool organization, supporting local artists and putting on intimate events in “house concert” like settings. Last week in Piedmont, I heard the Peter Horvath Trio with bassist Jeff Chambers and drummer, Jason Lewis. And very fine music it was. Support your neighborhood musicians! — Michal Commanday
Just wanted to say thanks so much for having us as part of your excellent series.
And thanks for all you do!!
— Lisa Mezzacappa
Thank you for your support of the Stray Horns at the Musically Minded Academy Ellington celebration April 22nd.
It was gratifying to pay my musicians a respectable wage for their efforts.
Sincerely, David Slusser
Thanks Mario, and thanks for the great work you do at JitN!
Director of Instrumental Music