Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Poll Results

Blog 65: Poll Results:

The Poll Results are in! I had a poll on the sidebar of this website going for a few months, asking everybody who reads this blog what they would like to see more of. Here are the results:

56% Free Bootlegs of my Live Shows and Rehearsals

43% Talk of Life as a Musician

37% My Thoughts on Music

37% Educational- Music Theory and Improv Ideas

37% Trumpet Exercises and Technique

31% Discussions on Composing Music

25% Charts of my Tunes

18% Transcribed Jazz Solos

12% Shameless Self-Promotion

SO, Ask and ye shall receive! I'm going to try to record more live shows and rehearsals this year and post them on this website, or put up a link to , where I usually post live bootlegs. I'm going to try to record all sorts of different music projects I'm in and post them, so there should be a lot of variety; from the post-rock band 'Red Light Growler', to my minimalist-jazz project, some pop-rock stuff, to some straight-ahead standards, ballads etc. Maybe I'll even link some of the music I've been writing for Solo piano.

The second most votes went to 'Talk of Life as a Musician'. I can't even exactly remember what I meant when I wrote that, but I guess I can talk more about the struggles of being a working musician in NYC and the US. Maybe I will talk more about the day to day stuff of what a musician does to make rent, keep playing etc. I also have a camera and Flip Video recorder, so I'm going to try to record and take more pictures of going to gigs, hanging out, talking tunes, discussions about music with friends. Maybe I'll make some sort of video montage type stuff of my life in New York and playing gigs.

Tied for third, is 'My Thoughts on Music', 'Educational stuff' and 'Trumpet stuff'. I haven't put much of this stuff on this blog before. The closest I did was some exercises on Octave Displacement : and a few entires about Voiceleading: Voice Leading in Composition So more of this stuff too.

I'm looking forward to doing more stuff in this direction. This blog has been going on for almost 2 years now, looking forward to covering some different ground.


Lastly, 'Shameless Self-Promotion' only got 12% of the votes :(

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Free Download

Blog # 64: Free Download

Just wanted to share some free music with you. From a show with a band I'm in called 'Red Light Growler'. The show was at Bar 4 in Brooklyn 12/6/10. Download it FOR FREE at or Just listen on the site.

'Red Light Growler' is:
Jon Crowley- Trumpet, Compositions
Ross Edwards- Keyboard, Effects
Noah Garabedian- Bass
Deric Dickens- Drums



Monday, December 13, 2010

If the Music is Good, then I'm happy

Played at Bar 4, Brooklyn and at Chris' Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia this past week

Blog 63: If the Music is Good, then I'm happy.

So I feel like I haven't written a blog in a while, I got a little busy with some gigs this past week. On Monday I played a show at Bar 4 in Brooklyn with a band I'm in called 'Red Light Growler'. I had a great time playing this one, with this band we play all originals of mine, but because we rehearse pretty regularly we can attempted more complicated music. This means I don't have to dumb down my writing to compensate for a band that is sight-reading. It was super cold monday, so we didn't have a lot of people there(maybe 15?), but I was really happy with the show because the music was good. I've realized in the past few weeks that that's where I'm at right now. Obviously, I'd like big crowds and full shows, but I played a show a few weeks before to a really full club, but the music wasn't great; so I was unhappy. So for me its this simple: If the music is good, I'm happy. If the music is not good, I'm not happy.

You can hear the 'Red Light Growler' show and some other live stuff I recorded this week here:

If the recording of 'RLG' sounds strangely mixed, it is because my recorder was actually BEHIND the band, so my trumpet was pointed the opposite direction.

The show in Philadelphia at Chris' on friday was alright; rocky at times, good at times. All and all, it was a learning experience(aren't they all). It was a pick-up band(never played together before and unrehearsed) and we pretty much just played standards all night. I've finally realized there are some patterns to audience turn-out. I usually play at Chris' 3 times a year(April, August, and December). August is usually a full house, April is usually pretty good and December is usually the lightest show. It was still nice to come hang in my home town and a big THANKS to the tourist group(people from France, Brooklyn etc). You guys were super cool and thanks for buying all those CDs! Enjoy

Lastly, I gotta say, I really enjoy playing shows out of town and wish I could do it more. So far, I've only played in Philadelphia, Allentown, DC, with my groups (I mostly play around NYC), but I just really like driving, hanging in the car with the band, and going to new venues. And while, I'm not a people person(I'm pretty anti-social and have a low threshold for BS), I really like meeting jazz fans who are cool and respectful. Its a pleasure playing for these types of people.