My moniker, “queen of hang” was given to me by a fellow announcer, Michael Bourne. In 1995 I was hired to host Sunday Morning Harmony on WBGO, Newark, 88.3FM. My knowledge of the music did not match that of my collegues and I felt that I needed to get up to speed as fast as possible. WBGO is one of the premier jazz radio stations in the country and I didn’t want to be a weak link. Before hosting the show I had also gone through training to host a TV show on Manhattan Neigborhood Network (MNN.) I thought that the best way to learn about the music was from the musicians but my boss would not allow interviews on that show. As a result I decided that I would do a show on MNN and called it “The Art of Jazz.” My problem was that I didn’t know many musicians so decided that I have to go meet them. The only way to do that was to go out and meet them. I put myself on a weekly schedule to check out clubs, go to jam sessions, etc. I’d get off work from my day job then hit the clubs. I hung with a purpose, the scene became my classroom...
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A Friendly Guide to Launching and Maintaining Your Musical Career It’s tough to make a living from one’s love of music, but Sheila E. Anderson shows readers how to do just that in How to Grow as a Musician. This encouraging yet realistic guide covers everything from developing and learning one’s craft to managing the business aspects of a musical career. This second edition expands on performance tips, self-promotion tactics, and steps to improve one’s networking skills to make fruitful connections. Anderson shares her insights as well as practical advice from successful musicians and other industry professionals on topics such as:
How to Grow as a Musician is packed with candid views on everything from overcoming failure to the art of writing a song to doing that all-important ego check. Whether they’re just getting started or have been in the business for years, all musicians will reap the rewards of this thoughtful career guide.
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