If TJNW were to merchandise tee shirts, sweatshirts and caps at a modest price, the money raised could be put towards a worthy cause. Also members could recognize each other at jazz festivals and other events around the world.
Excellent idea, I am a 53 unknown musician of 45 years. I am a disabled music teacher/director of building youth teams for the Glory of GOD, who we all know has given us this gift of talent to share with this world. I will soon be going to Guatemala on January of 2010 and I'm in need of support to purchase or have instruments donated to the cause of teaching less fortunate orphans learn the love gift of music. I do teach Christian Gospel accompanied by the Word of Truth to these children. I teach English as a Second Language also. Is there any musician who has been blessed and prospered through God's gifts stand by this musician teacher willing to dedicate my life mending broken people with the spirit of music through the Truth of God's unfallible Word. Please direct any responses to my email JAZZ14MG@YAHOO.COM, and may God continue to bless your music careers as he has blessed and directed me to serve Him all the days of my life through the music, talent and gift of teaching. Blessings to all musicians of all music that God created through his creatures. Jesse Gallegos
I think its a wonderful idea and would like to collaborate with the selling of the merchandies here in Jacksonville FL. My wife and I have our own NON-PROFIT organization and are looking for fund raiser activities etc. I would also like to suggest a Jazz concert here with the proceeds helping my organization and that of the artists participating. In addition, we would sell the merchandise jto raise additional funds. We used to have a jazz radio station here (105.3/105.5 fm) but lost them a few years ago. So I believe and know there is a hunger for jazz here. I know a great venue for it so Im all ears.
Ideas are always great, but they are greater when they happen, not just talking about them.
JaiJai has her hands full trying to make the Jazz Network work, so maybe others can step in and plan this idea that I think is most promising because it gets the Network out to the general public.
As a graphic designer I have submitted some ideas to JaiJai, but she is so busy she can't follow through. I will be willing to share these designs with whoever wishes to take it on as a project.
To bring you all up to speed. Jaijai and I had moved on the fund raiser suggestion. I submitted a design that was pretty good (so we thought), but the charicature had legal issues that halted its acceptance. No one wants this idea to come to fruition more than I, however the call needs to go out further than to those of us who are willing to do the illustrative work. The accepted image will become a logo with trademark status. The magnitude of such a move could be quite sensitive if an outsider tries to hook into our idea. We need input from TJNW "family members" having attorney backgrounds to advise us on these ventures. Let's put the call out.
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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