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ALEXANDRA WORKS WITH ARTISTS IN BOTH SHORT AND LONG-TERM CONSULTING RELATIONSHIPS, BUT EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH A 90-MINUTE CONSULTATION. THIS SERVICE IS OFFERED AT A FIXED RATE AND IS DETAILED BELOW: 

90-MINUTE CONSULTATION - $275

Through a general questionnaire (see example below), an introductory 30-minute teleconference, and a thorough survey of your existing digital presence as an artist/band, Alexandra will prepare a comprehensive 90-minute consultation—to be delivered in person, via phone or via Skype—designed to help you find your next step and grow your career.

LONG-TERM CONSULTATION & COACHING 

Alexandra works with a handful of dedicated and exceptional artists in a long-term capacity. These relationships are unique and rates/fees are decided on project/relationship basis.

If you are interesting in working with Alexandra, click here to fill in a short questionnaire and email Alexandra@artslead.us to start the conversation and book your 90-minute consultation. 

APAP 2017 in New York City

ALLAN HARRIS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

2 Great Days of Jazz 
in the New York Suite
 
Click here for full lineup

on Saturday January 7 and Sunday January 8, 2017.  We are presenting over 25 of the finest jazz artists beginning at 9 AM and ending at midnight both days.  We are located on the 4th floor of the New York Hilton and we look forward to meeting you when you swing by the suite, please say hello to Alexandra Yabrov, Pat Rampolla and I as we host this marathon of jazz artists and their amazing talents. We know you will find the perfect fit for your venue whether it's a PAC, Museum, School, Club or Festival. Jazz is America's gift to the world and we have been presenting it for the past 13 years! 

This year we've gone and done it again, we've extended our jazz showcase series to Monday, January 9th...and we will feature some fantastic artists at one of the coolest new venues in Harlem, Farafina.

ArtsLead - Summertimes are over, it's time for an update !

Alexandra and Rosa, LaEscala, August 2016

Alexandra and Rosa, LaEscala, August 2016

Cala Montgo, LaEscala, August 2016

Cala Montgo, LaEscala, August 2016

The summer is over. It has been full of travels and new connections. Barcelona, a city that I visit every year for many reasons most of them personal, is becoming an important professional destination for ArtsLead.

A wonderful connection that I established last year during APAP 2016 is turning into a great collaboration!

Rosa Galbany, of Galbany Productions, has started a small Jazz Festival in La Escala, Spain. It’s called Jazz Al Port. Her line-up consists of Spanish musicians and guests from other European countries. I was able to visit Rosa this summer and had a great time learning about her work in Europe and her efforts at Jazz Al Port. I see possibilities there for touring American musicians that are in the area. La Escala is gorgeous, overlooking the sea, and the food is exceptional. Rosa is a jazz pro, she creates a great atmosphere, and anybody that goes there will feel taken care of!  

Barcelona: the city that has everything the artistic soul requires to thrive! History, architecture, beautiful people, music, great food. And all that is wrapped in an ideal climate.

In August, I was finally able to visit Jamboree, venerable Barcelona music venue where you can see the best of Jazz as well as a diversity of other music genres.  It is located in the heart of the Barrio Gotico (which can get very touristy) but the club setting is very hip and cool.

The high point of my Barcelona trip was a meeting with the incredibly talented and beautiful Giulia Valle. Giulia is a bass player, composer and a band leader. Her music represents the best of modern jazz in a beautifully orchestrated and emotional way, based on world and Spanish music traditions. Her projects are very diverse. Her project LIBERA, one of her recent composition, is a great example of her versatility.

I am proud to say that ArtsLead will be working with Giulia on several projects.

Since I returned to the States in September things are picking up:

Brianna Thomas is doing phenomenally as a leader of her own band, and in concerts with jazz luminaries such as DeeDee Bridgewater at the JALC on September 23. She will also perform with Catherine Russell and Charenee Wade at Zellerbach, Philadelphia on October 1

Artslead is getting stronger: I’m happy to announce that we have a new collaborator: Joseph Gordon Cleveland of The Shelter Agency. He is talented and has a diverse expertise as an Art Director, Producer, and Designer. Joseph will be part of our team and assist with digital production, photography, and more. We are happy to work with him on all things visual!

Last but not least, we are looking forward to attending APAP 2017. Brianna Thomas will take part in this conference and I will be at APAP HQ from January 6- January 8th. My collaboration with Pat Harris and her Showcases deserves a post of their own. Until then, enjoy your day and support your artists, go see live music! 

 

For the first time, and certainly not the last, ArtsLead.us is at JazzAhead, in Bremen, Germany

I'm really excited to be at Jazzahead 2016 in Bremen, Germany. Wonder what it is and what's happening? Read bellow!  

What is Jazzahead?


Jazzahead! is the most important international jazz trade show and integrated showcase festival in Europe. In 2015, there were 929 exhibiting companies from 55 countries and 16,000 visitors, of which 3,010 were industry attendees including European promoters, festival programmers, agents, managers and record labels. The broad audience program includes the Jazzahead! Club Night, the partner country program and the showcase concerts – all open to the general public. The showcase festival features the best jazz from Germany, Europe and beyond and has established itself as one of the most important international networking spaces for jazz musicians and their representatives. Jazzahead! is proof that jazz isn't just a niche art form but a commercial, lively, active and productive music form of our time played and celebrated all over the world. (Source: Jazzahead and JazzUK) 

#jazzahead2016

 

Matt Baker to Perform at Scullers Jazz Club, April 14th, 2016

Pianist Matt Baker - Thursday, April 14 at Scullers Jazz Club
Pianist Matt Baker to Perform Ahead of
His Upcoming Release, Almost Blue
Available June 24 on JazzElm Music 

Thursday, April 14 at Scullers Jazz Club 


Matt Baker / piano 
Joel Frahm / tenor saxophone
Jim Cammack / bass
Darrian Douglas / drums 

Thursday, April 14
Performance at 8:00pm 

Scullers Jazz Club 
400 Soldiers Field Rd.
Allston, MA 02134
Phone: 617-562-4111
Pianist Matt Baker's new recording, Almost Blue (via JazzElm Music), is his fifth as a leader, but only his second since 2010 when he moved to New York City from Sydney, Australia. Baker abandoned a comfortable career to position himself in the pool of big fish who leave an international array of smaller ponds to test their mettle in the jazz capital. That it was a wise decision is evident: Now approaching 40-years-old, Baker (well-known in Australia and Europe during the '00s for an approach deeply informed by Oscar Peterson, his idol and first influence in matters of intention, execution and time feel) interacts seamlessly with young New York A-listers Luques Curtis on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums, placing his exhaustive knowledge of chords and scales and stylistic dialects at the service of swinging melody without letting you see him sweat. Master guitarist Lage Lund augments the unit on six selections, while formidable tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm projects his singular instrumental voice on three.


About Matt Baker
Born in 1976 in Sydney, Australia to a father who played jazz trombone (and had a good record collection) and a mother who played piano, Baker started on piano at five and began jazz lessons at 12. At 15, he took a once-a-week gig "at a café close to my school that had a piano," which he retained until his twenties. During his final year at the Sydney Conservatory, he spent several months in New York, where he encountered and took lessons from such piano heroes as James Williams, Benny Green and Jacky Terrasson. "Friends in Sydney were forcefully telling me I had to get to New York," Baker recalls. "I started to realize what I didn't know and what I had to learn, and I felt pressure--in a good way--to up my game and not get comfortable." 

After returning home in 1999, Baker recorded his first album, I Got It Bad, with drummer John Morrison (the brother of the eminent trumpeter James Morrison) and bassist Phil Stack. Baker recorded his second album, Talkin' Soul Food, with Stack and Morrison a week after returning to Sydney from another trip to New York, taken with the express intent of hearing every set by Peterson during a week-long engagement at the Blue Note.

In 2007, Baker spent six months in London and upon his return, with a year's savings as a cushion, spent his first year in New York networking at jam session hubs like Smalls, Fat Cat, Cleopatra's Needle and Smoke, where he "hung out, listened, gave out the business card, and had stacks of people not call me," while also studying with pianist Taylor Eigsti, whom he met on a 2009 New York visit.

"I really wanted to have a solid career beneath me when I did my next album," Baker says, and he's achieved that aspiration. His sideman credits include engagements with 7-string guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli, tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Marco Panascia, and vocalist Tierney Sutton, among others. In 2015, he began serving as musical director for the legendary folk singer Judy Collins, and has fulfilled that role for the Italian pop singer Patrizio Buanne since 2013. In addition to refining his presentation of Oscar Peterson repertoire, which he has presented at Birdland and different venues in North America and abroad, Baker has played numerous trio engagements that feature his own repertoire conception in diverse rooms like Birdland, The Blue Note, Cleopatra's Needle, Gin Fizz, Iridium, Kitano, Bemelmans, Le Cirque and the Zinc Bar.

 
Matt Baker · Almost Blue
JazzElm Music · Release Date: June 24, 2016

For more information on Matt Baker please visit: MattBaker.com.au

  
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CARLOS AVERHOFF JR. DEBUTS HIS OWN CUBAN-JAZZ HYBRID SOUND

If musical talent was encoded in our DNA, Carlos Averhoff Jr. inherited a genetic boon. Born in Havana to Cuban saxophone legend Carlos Averhoff Sr., his official bio playfully claims that he learned to play in the womb, and one can easily envision his father tapping rhythms against his mother’s belly. This week, Averhoff brings those rhythms, as well as new ones he’s learned along the way, to Miami as thekick off performance of Miami Light Project’s 26th Season (...). Read More