Lets take a search around the web (it´s called the web, by the way, because it is very much linked up like all of the threads of a spider web..as if you didn´t know that, but its a good reminder of how it all works.) Anyways, I have been looking around for some good jazz blogs to follow and surprise, I found this very cool blog and it has a wonderful article about our 2014 album “Forever” https://jazzyoutoo.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/malonie-carre-forever/ I left a message on the blog asking how they had found our music. I was very curious how I managed to get mentioned by such a wonderful writer. The answer was “believe it or not you left a message on the blog and we found you on Soundcloud”. Well, Cool! Right? So I though I would do an interesting investigation. How can a musician get mentions on different music blogs (for me that would be “Jazz Blogs” and how do you even find the best ones. What would be best choice of blog spots for me as far as creating a jazz blog goes…. hmmm got me thinking. Lets get some more info.
Some good looking Jazz Blogs
WordPress first… LOL!!
OH, my there are tons! I give up trying to list them!! More to come on this.. let me check it out for you!
Trends in Modern Jazz change with the times. First comes new technology for recording and we all start to use Melodyne and other auto tune programs to “perfect” our music and recordings. But how perfect is it really, if it isn’t natural? Jazz being what it is, the trend is now for a real natural sound. Let’s hope you sing with good pitch because your recording producer just might want to record your voice as true as possible! Now according to Lady Gaga, recording without auto tune is now something to brag about. On her new release with Tony Bennet you can hear the expression when she sings “Anything Goes” she is really shouting it out there and it sounds real and it’s natural and personally I love it. Thank you Lady Gaga! I feel great about my own recording now! You can’t compare vocal jazz sound to modern pop recorded vocals with major tech fixes. A Jazz singer should never sound so incredibly perfect as Celine Dion! It’s a whole different style of music.
From my own experience at first this had me cringing and doubting what was the best way to go. When producer Joaquin Betancour told me “your voice is incredibly in tune just on its own, let people hear the real you, the way you sound naturally, this is jazz! We are no longer auto tuning every little nuance and natural expression out of our recordings to create the “perfect sound”. So my recording of “Forever” got left au natural! “And I’ll tell you something! I still feel a little naked!” However, I am getting used to hearing my voice just a touch less perfect and it is growing on me and each time I here the recording I like it more and more. This is certainly something to consider for jazz vocalists. Are you good enough to record without using these crutches that modern music has been adapting? Try it out and see how you sound! It’s a very cool experience, it’s more personal and it forces you to get it right on! Let me know what you think of this and how it sounds on our Album “Forever”.
Jazz is back and it’s live and kicking… Did I say kicking? No, I mean live and learning. From every corner of the world there seems to be a new focus on jazz education. From Vancouver’s jazz festival offering many free educational interactions, all the way to a growing University in Cancun, Mexico, who would have thought that jazz education would be the link to keeping this amazing form of music alive. Of course you’ve got to remember, the best jazz fans are usually jazz musicians. So if we want to curate more Jazz Lovers in the future we need to educate our new generations. Programs are even starting at the high school level to prepare students who want to start studying music to open their “ears” to the different sounds of jazz harmony. The work that Berklee High School Jazz Festival has been doing for years now is really quite incredible, hosting more than 3000 high school jazz musicians to come together and experience first hand performance technique and developing a love for this art form. We have artist greats like Tony Bennet creating new schools as well, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts using their fame and resources to encourage young artists to seek out real careers in jazz music and not just see it as a hobby or a career field for hungry starving musicians. This is wonderful, I remember how uncertain my own family was when I told them that all I wanted to do with my life was sing. Being a musician is not really considered one of the most secure or lucrative careers but if we have the support and example from artists like Tony Bennet we open our minds to the possibilities of success in these fields.
I am very excited about these new possibilities and the direction that Jazz is taking for the future. Lets hope this trend continues and this great art form grows and prospers well into the future.