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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

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Eveyone is having the same story about booking
at every level of playing. Another option I thought
of and have worked it a little across the pond
(Romania, Czech, Germany,) Is to use local musicians/bands.

I'm interested in setting up a network of musicians around the world
that are available to play concerts in their area for artist that are on tour
in their area (state/country).
The expense of traveling with a band and van full of gear is sometimes not
possible and one way to get around it is to have the featured artist travel
alone, and forward the music (MP3/Charts) ahead of time to musicians/bands.

This will require independent musicians that can work on their own, have
gear, transportation, reading music not required but, will be a plus, and work
in a band on the spur of the moment with say, 1 or 2 rehearsals, have a site
were people can hear/see them play. Myspace & YouTube page will be the places.
Would be great for bands that can back a singer/featured artist.

Hope you can get the picture of the network and it's value. That's all for now
until we get some responses to this, Pro's & Con's, as I'm sure there will be.

Please reply with comments, concerns, interests and so on.
Do you think it can generate work for musicians around the world ?

Steve Clarke ... Bridgeport, CT USA
Hear my music:
See me play:

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world"

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Sounds great ! Just when I posted this 7 months ago all these things were not available here and everyone has a video on Youtube/Myspace.
You have done a GREAT thing here and I enjoy being a part.
I will go check out these groups you mentioned as I have been going on tour in Europe every year for the past 10 years.
Thanks for writing
This is how we work! That's the greatest thing about Jazz - If you've got good players (good charts help too) it takes very little rehearsal time. I'd love to be a member of this International group. European tour sounds great right now!
FREEPORT is prepared and has backed up traveling artists. We can offer just about any combination of players needed. Contact us at and let's get started.
Hi, this is a cool concept. I often tried to organize tours with my own trio...but it was way too expensive! So if you need somebody in the Vienna(Austria/Europe) area pleas feel free to contact me via best Gerald
Thanks Gerald
Will definetly keep you in mind as I visit that part of the world every year. Played @ Tunnel in Vien last year. Back on CZ & SK to play in April/May, so will be close (Bratislava). Lets stay in touch...
Hi Steve,
yes -let's stay in contact... where do you play in CZ and SK? you can mail me at best Gerald
Hi Steve,
I love your idea and I think it is so practical....would be really cool to be part of that listing.
No need to start another network, this idea has been basically put in place. If you go to GROUPS, you will see that I have created a network for each state and one also for international and some countries. I will create those that you are looking to have as a contact point and I can send out a broadcast message to this effect for those musicians that want to jump on this bandwagon. Stanley Jordan's band went to Germany early on when I first started the network and their bass player got food poisoning, they jumped on The Jazz Network, keyed in 'bass player Germany' found a woman bass player who was available and slammed the gig is what I heard. The were so thankful for this sourcing at a moments notice. For those independent artists that feel comfortable using musicians in the area they are traveling to, this is a great source. So if you will, let me know the countries you would like for me to create and I'll do that for you and I'll send out a message for those to join those groups with their bios and preferably a link to hear their artistry so that these decisions can be made for the engagements that you speak of.

Contact me,
I live in the Riverside county area, I would like to network with people in my area. Does the jazz network have friends in the area?
Hi, Jai Jai ~

Thanks so much for all you do here! I will be heading to Cairo, Egypt in November for some shows. I would love see a Cairo group of jazz musicians to contact for gigs with me there.

I'll also be in Rome, Italy and Madrid Spain, but I think I have my players lined up there so far! Cairo would be great.

Keep up the wonderful work! We all love you ~

Warm Wishes,
Hi Steve,

You are right on point. Please put me in your network. I have a base in Berlin, Germany as well as in New York. Contact me via email; or call me at 646-319-8008
Please contact me and we can talk in detail. I´m in the states now.


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