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Where are you located?
Washington, DC
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Educator, Clinician
Tell us a little about your background...
I'm Ron Kearns, Music Producer/Educator/Performer. More information may be found on my Ron Kearns page.

How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Jaijai Jackson
What Instrument do you play?
Saxophone
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.ronkearns.com
Articles are posted in The Jazz Network Mentoring Group. The purpose of this group is to provide a space for those who have questions about the music business to come and ask questions that will direct them to resources that will aid their career development. Over the past 35 years I've been involved in mentoring, producing and representing some of the biggest names on the Jazz scene today. It is my hope that some of the things I learned through trial and error will help others avoid the pitfalls of this business. Feel free to pose questions about the business. I won't necessarily answer your question individually but I will group similar questions together to give an answer that will help others as well as you. Of course, the best one on one can and should be done with someone who knows your career goals. This space is meant to direct you toward those individuals by telling you what resources you need to explore.

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At 12:01pm on July 13, 2009, Jiana Hunter said…
Thank you Ron!
At 8:53pm on July 12, 2009, Jiana Hunter said…
;-) Ok.. I understand your question now! Singing background in soul, gospel, and jazz has influenced my writing. I'll never forget hearing the gospel message and jazz harmony of Take 6! That changed it all 4 me! I will check out your blog!
At 6:40pm on July 12, 2009, Jiana Hunter said…
Hi Ron! Yes I wrote the music and arranged the harmony to "There's Not A Friend." It is based off of the hymnal lyrics to "No, Not One" "There's not a friend like the lowly Jesus, No not one! No not one! None else could heal all our soul's diesease..i" It's in the Baptist Hymnal. Thanks for checking it out!
At 12:24pm on July 11, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
How's our resident Mentor? I miss you! So glad you enjoyed the videos of Marcus and Frank. Special musical moments to touch your heart. Let's talk soon.

Love and friendship,
Jaijai
At 11:06am on April 19, 2009, Brooklyn Jazz Queen said…
I hope all is well with you today and everyday. Peace and Blessings Maria :)
At 1:08pm on March 27, 2009, Paul Collins said…
HI Ron,
So nice to meet you and especially the fact you have a mentors corner! You are the ultimate educator...
Glad you had a nice time in Kansas City. It is a very nice place and looks like you were with some good people. Noticed from one of your photos Paul Carr. If so, we have a mutual friend. As a matter of fact he and I are working on some engagements there in Washington, DC, possibly a nice place in Baltimore and we want to do something in NYC...possibly the Blue Note or equal.
You are more than welcome to be my mentor. Haha. I have so much more to learn. I do not play music...so have just concentrated on music administration/management. Those are my greater strengths. If in your spare time want to review any of my material and have some critique for me I am certainly open. Also, if you feel looking at what we are trying to do see some additional opportunities or a person of influence that may help us open doors as we prepare ourselves to go through them would be appreciated. Sometimes just a word from someone of your stature can say something and it be done. This is life as you know. Pls. email any time. If your plans are to come back to Kansas City at anytime, pls. be sure to contact me. If I can be of any service to you don't hesitate to call or email. With kind regards and respect. Paul 816.377.1950
At 9:21pm on January 30, 2009, Clairdee said…
Hello, Ron. Just a note to say how much I'm enjoying your music and mentoring corner. All my best to you and yours,
~Clairdee~
At 4:04am on January 3, 2009, Clifford Charles said…
Thanks for the connection, and a happy and healthy
New Year to you Mr. Mentor.I love your music... Really nice vibes man.... I will be delighted if you can drop by and have a listen to some of my tunes. I am on the smooth side though. Hope you enjoy it.

Best Regards.
At 10:21am on December 27, 2008, DeMorris Smith said…
Hello, my name is Candy. I am promoting a wonderful musician. Take a listen to some of his songs @ http://cdbaby.com/cd/demorris
Please review and let me know what you think.
At 3:08pm on December 21, 2008, Jaijai Jackson said…
Thank you Ron, not only for your incredible musicianship, wisdom, spiritual gifts, TJN is all the greater because you contribute so much of your life's experience with us...You are a God send to us. 2009 will be a great year for us all.

xo
Jaijai
 
 
 

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