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An all-star cast of jazz greats. Sumptuous, sophisticated & swingin' vocals. You can help make it happen!
An all-star cast of jazz greats. Sumptuous, sophisticated & swingin' vocals. You can help make it happen!
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Hello Everyone,

After the successful completion of my first Kickstarter and album release I'm back here asking you all to help me DO IT AGAIN! For this new project I've assembled another top notch group of world-class musicians, including jazz piano legend Dick Hyman! We'll gather together for two days in May at Sear Sound and Avatar Studios in New York City (with Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, Stewart Lerman - "Boardwalk Empire") and create some beautiful sophisticated swing music for you to listen and dance to.  

In today's world of "free music" the majority of independent artists need help finding funds to create the music you want to listen to and enjoy. We love sharing our music with you and we want it accessible. With this online Kickstarter platform, YOU, the listeners can make it all possible. 

The number one question most people ask is "How do you decide the goal amount and where are the funds going?" Taking what I learned from my 2012 Kickstarter I have compiled a list of every facet of the project requiring funding; from the making of the Kickstarter video to the promotion once the album is ready for you, the public. It's important you understand just how much time, dedication and hard work go into a single album. It takes months getting everything just right, but we won't settle on making anything less than the very best musical product for you.

Funding includes, but is not limited to:

Kickstarter photos & videos (including trailer)

Kickstarter promotion (including ads / posters / postcards)

Kickstarter & Amazon payment fees = 10% of total amount reached

Album photo shoot (including editing)

Album artwork / packaging / design (including front cover, back cover, liner note insert, physical disc)

Recording studio + engineering (including mixing & editing)

Song arrangements 

Musician fees 

Musician airfare + hotel (for out-of-town artists)

Production & manufacturing of physical albums

Post completion promotion & advertising (including posters / flyers / radio mail blast / website features)

Any leftover funds will be used for the creation of the music video we plan to record alongside one of the tracks from the new album!!

We are thrilled to be working toward another album. Please take some time to learn about the musicians and recording engineer. Browse their websites, biographies and discover the incredible talent I've lined up for your musical pleasure!

in alphabetical order…

Dan Barrett : Craftsman of the trombone, Barrett sings and swings with his horn. www.danbarrettmusic.com

Adrien Chevalier : French violinist Adrien Chevalier brings a worldly flare with his knowledge of jazz and balkan music.    www.adrienchevalier.com

Kevin Dorn : Without a doubt the best swing drummer in the world. www.kevindorn.com

Joel Forbes : One of the most sought-after bass players in the jazz scene, Joel is swingin' and rock solid.

Dick Hyman : Jazz master Dick Hyman is a living legend and brings the power of over 70 years of music-making. www.dickhyman.com

Dan Levinson : This in-demand reedman brings his beautiful tone and lyrical playing to our party. www.danlevinson.com

Randy Reinhart : Bringing a delicate sweetness to the cornet, Randy is indeed irreplaceable.

John Reynolds : His fun and quirky personality shine through when he plays guitar. He is indeed the best.

Mark Shane : Magic on the ivories, Mark's playing is dreamy. www.shanepianojazz.net

Bria Skonberg : Rising star in the jazz world, Bria stakes her claim on trumpet and vocals as one of the hottest players on and off the scene. www.briaskonberg.com

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Stewart Lerman : Stewart is a stellar recording engineer with an extensive discography and a Grammy Award under his belt. www.stewartlerman.com

Risks and challenges

While we'll be working hard to assure that everything runs smoothly, it's important to remember the rule about best-laid plans. We're prepared to deal with any unforeseen challenges in an efficient and professional manner. We're confident in our preparation and will keep you apprised of any changes in our project timeline.

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    A digital download code for one track off the new album and my huge thanks because every dollar helps!

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    One autographed copy of the new album and one download code each for my previous albums "Swing for Your Supper" and "Songbird in the Moonlight" - plus an emailed photo of me shipping your CD! Please add $3.00 domestic s&h.

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    Two copies (one autographed) of the new album, one hard copy each of my previous albums "Swing for Your Supper" and "Songbird in the Moonlight." Please add $8.00 domestic s&h. You'll also receive a personalized thank you card signed by members of the band, an emailed photo of me shipping your CDs and your name listed in the liner note credits as a "Platinum Benefactor." Get yourself to New York City on a sunday of your choice and we'll enjoy a jazz brunch, just the two of us! Four complimentary tickets to the CD release party in NYC (transportation and expenses not included).

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    Two copies (one autographed) of the new album, one hard copy each of my previous albums "Swing for Your Supper" and "Songbird in the Moonlight." Please add $8.00 domestic s&h. Choose a song for the album! Pick a song for us to record as an added bonus track available only by digital download.
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    Two copies (one autographed) of the new album, one hard copy each of my previous albums "Swing for Your Supper" and "Songbird in the Moonlight." Please add $8.00 domestic s&h. I will perform a private in-home two-hour concert for you, your friends and family. A photo from the private concert will be posted on my mailing list and website! (Certain transportation and housing not included.) Plus a personalized thank you card signed by members of the band, an emailed photo of me shipping your CDs and your name listed in the liner note credits as a "Global Diamond Benefactor." Four complimentary tickets to the CD release party in New York City (transportation and expenses not included).

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