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Saxophonist Evan Cobb has been writing tunes for the Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session he hosts - and needs your help to record them.
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Hi friends - thank you for visiting my fundraising page!  

This May I'm taking a quintet of amazing musicians from Nashville into the studio to record my debut album. The album will feature original works of mine that I've written for the Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session.  In case you don't know what that is, allow me a moment to explain.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop was founded in 1998 by Lori Mechem and Roger Spencer to provide a gathering place for musicians, students, and jazz fans to take classes, see performances, and nurture the great music of jazz.  Historically, the music of jazz has been passed on to others by means of aural tradition; thus jam sessions have played a key role in the development and livelihood of the music.

When I moved to Nashville in 2008, I found a wealth of incredible musicians but a dearth of reliable jazz jam sessions.  In shaping the NJW jam, I wanted to make sure it was strong enough to attract professionals, but informative and welcoming enough to be accessible to amateurs and listeners alike.  One of the elements I incorporated into the jam is writing a new tune for each session - I have the band play through it on sight, but also hand out copies of the new tune to all in attendance.  I've found this process gives the audience a better grasp of what's happening in the music (a key element in a successful jam session), and also allowed me to gain invaluable feedback on my compositions. 

This collaborative process has left me with an abundance of tunes that need to be heard in their final, polished form.  The process of studio recording is an expensive proposition however, especially for a self-funded project.  The resources raised here will be used to pay for the studio time and the incredible band I've hired featuring some of Nashville's finest musicians: Matthew White, Bruce Dudley, Jonathan Wires, and Josh Hunt.  We're headed to the studio the second week of May to record these tunes, and I hope that you will become involved and continue this project's collaborative effort!

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    A digital download (mp3) of any single tune from the album, upon its official release.

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    A digital download of the full album as soon as it's available. Get the mp3s before the album is officially released!

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    A hard copy of the CD, signed and inscribed just for you.

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    Your name will be included in the album liner notes as a contributor.

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    A hard copy of the album signed and inscribed, as well as a binder full of the original sheet music used at the recording session.

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    For those looking to impress a date (or get engaged?) - Evan Cobb will come play a tune of your choosing at a setting that you pick out. Imagine your significant other hearing their favorite song in the air as you walk into the flower garden of Centennial Park. Your creativity is key! Must be within 50 miles of Nashville.

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    A reserved table for four furnished with food and drink at the band's Contemporary Jazz Series Concert on Sunday May 8th at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Come hear the tunes right before we record them, and enjoy food and drinks prepared and chosen for you by Evan.

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    A personal invitation to come and observe the band in the recording studio in Franklin, TN on May 10th.

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    A song, written and named in your honor, recorded on the album.

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    A personal concert for you by the quintet at your home or office. To include material from the album and jazz standards of your choosing. Must be located within a reasonable distance of Nashville...

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    Become a co-producer of the album. You'll be invited to the rehearsals and the recording sessions, and listed in the album credits.

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