Drummer and percussionist Myles Weinstein has led two very different professional lives, one as a performing artist and the other as a booking agent to many of the best musicians in jazz today.
Weinstein’s booking agency, Unlimited Myles, Inc. (which he co-owns with his wife, Lorraine Weinstein) exclusively represents multi-award-winning artists including pianists Kenny Barron, Billy Childs, Vijay Iyer; vocalists Veronica Swift, Luciana Souza, Alicia Olatuja, Stacey Kent; and Weinstein’s old bandmate, vibraphonist Stefon Harris. UM also represents Melissa Aldana, Tierney Sutton, Ulysses Owens Jr., Connie Han and the Yellowjackets.
Weinstein’s career as a jazz agent began at the primarily classical booking agency, Herbert Barrett Management, which he joined in 1993 as publicity director. Noting its success with its one jazz client, Dr. Billy Taylor, Weinstein suggested creating a jazz division. He became its leader and quickly signed the Mingus Big Band. A creative agent from the beginning, he recruited Benny Golson to lead an all-star project celebrating the legacy of Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. The first lineup included Terence Blanchard, Curtis Fuller, Geoffrey Keezer, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash, who represented the Jazz Messengers band throughout different decades. Very well-received, the project continued for years by rotating in different stellar jazz musicians such as Mulgrew Miller, Randy Brecker, Buster Williams, Carl Allen and Steve Turre and was recorded by Telarc Records, which asked Weinstein to produce. Weinstein’s reputation as a top jazz booking agent was solidified, and he soon signed Eliane Elias, Regina Carter, Steve Turre and Stefon Harris.