Musician Comments and Suggestions
As a traveling vocalist, I often wonder why no one talks about what's going on with Jazz from a traveling Jazz musician's point of view. Only the highest level, labeled artist seem to be covered here. Ever thought of an AAJ Jr? Or a video entertainment show with someone on the ground who can report what's actually happening in the Jazz clubs around the world? Consider me!
When you click a link away from the site (for example out to my own site) the "back" function is disabled, which means that you have to re-log into AAJ. Can you get links to open in a sub window I wonder?
Let me get rid of the compulsory (?) Youtube search and Wikipedia links in
the musician profiles - the youtube links highlight a sex offender who
happens to share my name and the Wiki goes to a deleted page of a Pete
Newman who was deemed to have insufficient "notability". It doesn't help
me to be associated with them!
Add the Music style of "Gypsy Jazz"
The new design works great and solved a lot of issues. The site could be better known in my country (Norway). More activity directed at social web?
. . . a listing of venues, global, owners are marketed to register as being pro-
jazz-gig event spaces - musos can comment on how it is to perform there . . .
It would be helpful to have a monthly tally of visitors to profiles and recording labels which is consistent. I have noticed that this information is not always available in the case now of my profile, and previously one or both recording labels.
In the web and related links there should be a place where
one can add one's CD Baby page or other web site used for
selling Cds and another to a place where one cells music
scores such as a Sibelius.com store page.
A few profile updates are a little buggy. Listing multiple
videos, trying to change profile photo, and uploading
photos could have been a smoother experience.
There are 2 Carl Maguire and there is already discography of another Carl
Maguire. We need two separate Carl Maguire account.
All of the little box forms are extremely limiting, and dont cover the questions very well. I wonder how hard it would be to post the answers as written.
Repair the new wonderful discography so that it can be
adjusted from "manage my content". As it is now the
Discography for my subject has disappeared from
Make the editing pages where when you have to go and gather information or simply upload a photo, you do not have to reenter all the info you've already entered before that point. I had to upload pictures came back and all of my info was gone and I had to start all over a few times. At least have a "save" button where your info is stored without having to "Submit" leave the page and comeback to enter the next section. Thank you.
Hi. When the profile s viewed, there is a TAB for News. I cannot locate a
button to update the press review link that shows when News is selected.
Where do we update the press link?
The "contact" section is not secured i.e.(https). This is a concern because AAJ is asking for our address, phone numbers, etc. Just an observation. Thanks!
Enable calendar subscribing so that musicians can enter all of
their calendar info on a calendar client that can be subscribed to,
such as Google Calendar, Apple iCal or a WebDAV service.
Glass of Class Jazz Solutions
I suggest a blog where musicians can directly chat with each other in every state and suggest moderates to cover that task for you so it doesn't task your webmaster. Just a thought! I am also preparing to hold a Musicians Open Forum for which I have a face book page in the Houston, TX area. This forum will meet at the Up Town Galleria Center at the Tasting Room. I've not set the time or the place yet, but I plan on securing one of the private areas for a Sunday afternoon, and once we get organized. My plans are to assemble teams to rotate and play music there at the wine bar. For the intermission, we will allow other musicians to audition for future slots. We will get paid for those gigs. Our core meeting monthly will be during the week to relax and channel and support each other and form trios and help each other with gigs. It is difficult for ensembles to create the balance they seek. This is one way to work it out. I'll be in touch!
Perhaps some phone interviews, then post them for all to hear.
You should have a page on SPOTIFY because that is how music will be consumed next on a mass level
When I try to manage the musician page, it doesn't have an option for managing
their photos. The Photo Admin only lets me manage my photos. How do I
manage the photos on the page for which I am an editor/admin?
A password reset in a visible area if it doesn't already exist!
I would love to upload photos. But, the guidelines make it
difficult seeing that most artists have their pictures taken
by professionals and therefore I can't take credit for them.
There has to be a way that we can change that aspect of the
picture upload section. That would be wonderful.
Joseph Alan Fears
It Would Be Nice To Simplify The Add of Artist original Music & Live Music Videos
Obtain some faster servers ....very slow this AM.
Make it possible to update a profile photo. My photo is of someone I don't
know. I upload my desired photo but it doesn't change. The stranger is still
there. I've tried it a number of times today and gave up.
I'd like to enter some "similar musicians" but I can't find where to update that in
my profile update-interface. Sorry if I'm just being blind...
Please, pretty please, PLEEEASE allow us to customize the "genre" for our music.
I'd like to see a regular feature called The Jazz Guitar Corner. The concept is premised on drawing new traffic to the site based on fans who may not like the "horn" side of Jazz but may be drawn to the "guitar" side.
On reviews, it would be helpful to have individual links to the musicians profiles
in addition to the band. Also, incorporating soundcloud widgets / etc would be
The "willing to teach" designation is misleading ... when I make
my selection when editing my profile, it says "Willing to teach the
following levels up" which makes sense.
But the result visible to the public on my profile simply says
"Willing to teach ... beginners" which implies that I'm only willing to
teach beginners. Should clearly state: "will teach beginners
through advanced," or something like that.
a troubleshooting page for photo/profile problems would be great, thanks!
I recommend making it more straight-forward to download images in one's profile for AAJ (ie. not ask for a URL).
How about a category for photographers? I'm a music
photographer as well and I'd love to be able to network here
If AAJ has Japanese language site,Japanese jazz fans will be so happy, because many tourists from Japan to come to New York to listen to Jazz.
If possible have a way to link together all info that pops up about
an artist on the web.Or just to a google search
Not sure yet how to upload a song im sure when i get a great one ready i will figure it out--Thanks
It would be great for the calendar widget to have the option to
import/sync to a served ical-calendar.
maybe have a link to emails I get here to be linked to my email
address so I can respond to them in a timely manner?
Thanks for all of your improvements to the site!
More explanations about the template for discographies would be great.
Please add more genres to your list of 'Primary Genres', eg. New Jazz, M-Base, Avant-Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop, Freebop, Post Bop, World-Jazz, Third-Stream.
Adam De Lucia
Add an option to provide a link that joins the Facebook like
button on my AAJ profile to my Facebook Band page. This
way, likes I get for my music on AAJ are displayed across my
Social Media presence. The tool is available to all Facebook
users. Just click 'Resources' from your edit Band page page,
click "Use Social plug-ins" under 'Connect with People', click
the 'like' button resource, and enter your band url. You can
then copy out the src in the iframe to post to AAJ and the likes
you get here are reflected on Facebook. Only difficult step is
registering the AAJ Website as a Developer's App so
Facebook accepts the incoming data, if not already done.
One more step, but really not that hard.
Some people will have to learn how to add this resource or
ask for help from a friend, but to the people who are savvy it
makes all the difference. It's another step in the right direction
A portal whereby festival organisers could scout musicians and bands through the AAJ website for potential concert performances.
Having separate professional personal and musician profiles is confusing...I only need one!
Improved aesthetics and usability are never a bad thing. Invest in a redesign that will stand the test of time... not that it looks awful. I've definitely seen worse. But it needs to feel like a place you want to hang your hat in, and right now it doesn't to me. Money is always an issue, but if you can find the right designer for the right price it will pay off in the long run.
As jazz is now in almost every country, could be a nice thing to have access to info in different countries; as I know Spain, Argentina, Portugal, France, UK, Germany, Brasil Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, etc.....
Cover alternative jazz forms,...artists like William Orbit for instance. Some may argue that my material isn't jazz but let's not forget John Scofield's argument for Jimi Hendrix! FYI: Sources have claimed that Miles Davis and Hendrix were discussing a possible collaboration before Jimi's death.
Have a place to link AAj articles about me to my profile
Maybe have acoustic guitar along with the other guitar families when searching
for musicians, as it took me a while to find acoustic, so I first looked under
"guitar"...you have to scroll down to find acoustic guitar and electric guitar. Great
site, so many thanks, Derek
How about making a section for each country?
Spirit Of New Orleans
Please put New Orleans Jazz & Dixieland in two separate genres - they are like night & day...
Anna Luna Lucas
Make a musician space to make contact each other. To record, play or simply travel to their different countries. And exchange ideas, styles, songs...
Create a CD review/submission staff. People that can give
reviews of CD's... a
place for us independent up and coming jazz artists to get their
In October 2009 " Stick with me", the new Peppe Merolla cd will be released! This will be followed by tours in both the U.S.A. and Italy in November 2009. On this project Mr. Merolla is featuring World Class Musicians From New York City. Do not miss this one , stay tuned!!
Most of the tunes are original compositions by Mr.Merolla and Mr.Farnsworth
Mr. Merolla would like to thank John Farnsworth for his friendship, support and the great music that he writes!
Peppe Merolla (Drums) Steve Turre (Trombone and Shells) John Farnsworth (Tenor Saxophone) Jim Rotondi (Trumpet) Mike LeDonne (Piano) Lee Smith (Bass)
Finding it difficult to upload photos between 2-3mb, and the data base for the band members is faulty. I keep getting the wrong personnel on gigs.
Teaching articles about improvizational theory should be given
special prominence...to help young musicians.
Provide custom URL for musician profile pages (as you did in the past).
Craig Holiday Haynes
Personally, I think you should do an article on me! I've been around, through the ups and downs and have amazingly kept playing in the jazz tradition "without having been recorded and/or documented much at all".
With the passing of Mr. Hank Jones, (who had recently told me that "we should do something") I have lost a bit of hope (in that I thought we would have been great together and he obviously would have been a super shot in my career) but hey, just listening to the likes of him persuades me to do more and continue to make great music!
Make it so you can post multiple events in one day on the
You can link to website calender.
Even if you dont dates should fall off of your calender when they pass. You guys still have a 5 year old of Yves showing.
You can also like to our website page and guestbook.
Michael White Quintet
It would be great that there are more easier ways to interact each other within
Jazz communities and associates around the world for business affairs. Jazz
Social Networking model that is more sophisticated like other genres of music
have been already very successful with. We would like to see more the Key for
Classical Jazz to preserve and Modern Jazz to thrive in US music world. We
would like to see more corporations and collaborations happening in Jazz
editing this website is a major chore. This server makes mistakes and deletes changes. what can one expect for free!?
Embed an audio player into the profile so we can have an exclusive jazz community that is a little more focused than myspace. :)
Digital download (music and charts) software that can be placed in everybody's site, preferably integrable with the google cart. For example.
-google check out on site, person orders download.
-payment through google with percentage to AAJ
-google sends url/key to customer directed to AAJ
This could be big, and nobody has offered it as a fully integrable function with the google cart system.
Contact me if you would like to work on this, I will lend a helping hand.
I'm a young musician just heading off to college and haven't gotten a chance to look at much on this website, but I'm always having trouble finding good chord changes. If its not here already, that might be something to incorporate.
Have regional spotlights. Show how jazz players and singers also do lots outside the world of jazz and/or how they connect and how it impacts music in general!
Make Jimmy Isaacs a contributor. He writes for the Boston Globe and hosts Here and Now, a terrific Jazz News and Sports site that keeps you up to date with those things that are important to us.
JooZz & Willy Sparrow
The Field 'Latest album cover art URL' is disables (contains text 'Figuur'. If click, a message apear: internal error (to go to http:/// ) > with 3 slashes.
More interviews! Go get the old guys before it's too late. And if
you already did it, do it again: Paul Motian, Sam Rivers, Ben
And younger ones! Eric McPherson, Jon Fält, Kresten Osgood,
Joonas Riipa, Susie Ibarra.. and that's just drummers!
I realize I have not made use of the many new features at AAJ and I hope to
do so in the coming weeks. In the meantime, a suggestion/plea: it would be
really helpful if you put the Genre listing links in alphabetical order. I just
checked in for the first time in many months and was very disappointed not
to see my genre (Brazilian) listed. That is, until I poked around, came BACK
to that page and THEN saw it, way out of order towards the bottom of the list.
I think it would help everyone if that list were put in order.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for creating such a great site!
I still can't upload schedule for Blue Horizon Jazz Band! Can
you simplify spread sheet instructions? Even trying to upload
one entry at a time brings me back to my "general" screen but
no way to write. Thanks, Ellen
FINALLY—you probably saw I succeeded. I think! Forget about
the spread sheet. I logged out and was able to enter
individual gigs. Thank you. :) Ellen
Feature article on different smaller scenes throughout the world.
I had a problem as I am both a guitarist and a bassist and was
not comfortable choosing a single main instrument.
Also, my group is Signel-Z but I had to just use my name, Steven
Ignelzi, this seemed to be a problem as I am promoting the
Nelson L. Render
I love the flexibility and convenience of All About Jazz! I can
connect with other musicians and reach a national market about
That will be nice to list Caribbean Jazz or Afro-Caribbean jazz among the genres of Jazz.
my main instrument the Bansuri (north indian bamboo flute) is not listed in the instruments list.
So far this is the most professional and organised music hosting website that I've seen. I wouldn't expect any less from jazz cats lol. Thanks heaps guys keep up the good work.
I wish I could indicate exactly where to purchase my CD as it is not available on all the sites you list it is.
Perhaps more buy and sell space, lessons (tips) and CD and gear reviews.
Keep linking with as many other sites as you can. Word gets around this way. Your site has a great vibe!
Don't ask so much questions. Bossa Nova is not the same as "Brazilian" (as if Jazz would be only "American" and the only "Anerican" music). What happened with mainstream? What does "kudo" mean. Let persons leave blanks if they do not agree (or don't have or have never thought of having or refuse to have) things like direct link name.
I don't have any complaints if i had to say anything, Update the
I have found I can list my calendar dates at www.reverbnation.com and post
them automatically to myspace, facebook, twitter, etc.
It would be great if AAJ and Reverbnation could have the same compatibility.
It might be helpful to allow musicians who are multi-instrumentalists to list one additional instrument. For example, I am a guitarist and vocalist but listed myself as a vocalist.
Make creative music of every genre your focus, please, also expand your list of
jazz-related genres to include more hyphenated sub-genres. Where can I place
myself? I am ambient AND beyond jazz, and on the fringes of jazz AND fusion.
Embrace the whole world of musicians and especially underdogs like myself,
who are unknown, without money for publicity and marketing, who are not in
the local music scene, who have gone through more hell and sufferings than you
could possibly want to know about, but who only wish to be
Consider a 'Letters to the Editor' listing.
You may edit the information I have given above. I thank you for your consideration. Incidentally, Harry is a little reclusive which is why so little is known about him. I feel it's time to say something nice about him after all these years. You have my letter 'Hats Off To Harry!' So take it from there. Thanks again for your consideration.
An AAJ sponsored physical (or more than one) locale for meeting, hanging, latte-ing, maybe jamming....ie, an actual social contact place for musicians and public. I did the booking and advertising for a local lounge (no longer open) doing one night (only) per week. That one evening was quite successful (though one evening wasn't enough to keep the place afloat. A cafe-style would, I think, work better (wider age access, if nothing else).