• We Want to Work With You + August Ad Space

    In case you missed it, here’s a video of one of our latest Teen Jazz Artists, Carlos Vargas. Find out how to apply to come an artist here. You may be featured in our next post!

    We Want to Work With You!

    If you have a music product or a new album coming out soon, or you’re looking to get more attention for your existing catalog, let’s talk about working together!

    For as little as $5 a month, you can advertise with us on Teen Jazz. And that $5 goes a long way. Not only will you have a featured ad on our site, but you’ll also get social media mentions throughout the duration of your sponsorship.

    Work with Us

    Who advertises with us? Music companies (accessories, gear, instruments), artists promoting a new album or their artist website, music publishing companies, music stores and resellers, music promoters, concerts and other music events.

    Who reads Teen Jazz? Up and coming musicians from around the world ranging from their teens to adulthood. Our readers are musicians just starting out in the music industry and even those who are already established and are looking for more information on the music business.

    If you’re interested in checking out some of our sponsored posts, see what we’ve put together for Claude Lakey, Lessonface, and KDI Music.

    Ad space is available for one month ad slots, but if you’re interested in purchasing several months up-front, we offer bonuses based on the amount of time reserved.

    We currently have two sidebar ad spaces available – learn more here.

    We’re Also Looking for Contributing Writers

    We are also currently looking for guest posts. You can find more information and our guidelines here.

    Have questions? Feel free to leave us a note in the comments or send us a message.

    August 3, 2015 • Resources, Teen Jazz • Views: 1705

  • Madalyn Sklar’s Twitter Smarter Podcast

    Each month we try to share a website or resource to help you improve either your music playing or music business and this month I’d like to share Madalyn Sklar’s Twitter Smarter Podcast.

    If you’re struggling with social media marketing strategies, or just what to do with your Twitter in general, then this is definitely a great resource for you to check out. Madeline offers a ton of really great information that she’s tried out herself, and she does an excellent job presenting it in a clear way.

    This resource is great for anyone looking to improve their Twitter strategies; it isn’t just for musicians. So if you need help with Twitter, regardless of what you do, this is definitely something you should check out.

    She’s also interviewed a ton of industry leaders from a variety of backgrounds including Smart Passive Income’s Pat Flynn, Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go’s, and tons more.

    Check out the podcast.

    Did you miss last month’s resource? Read about it here.

    PS > We’d love to hear about your favorite resources for music or on the music business. Feel free to let us know what you enjoy using in the comments below!

    July 22, 2015 • Resources • Views: 1799

  • 30 Days to a Better Music Brand Available Now!

    Are you ready to give your music brand an extra boost? This 172-page workbook is a great way to get started. With 30 challenges to help you work towards a better brand, a collection of helpful resources, and a case study, you can give your brand the attention it deserves.

    Improve your music brand with 30 daily challenges. We’ll walk you through it, step-by-step, and make the process simple.

    When it comes to our music, we want to put our best foot forward, but there’s a lot involved in presenting a clear, consistent brand image. Whether it’s the images we use, the tone in our writing, or the music itself, we have quite a bit to think about.

    That’s why we’ve created “30 Days to a Better Music Brand.”

    We want to help you utilize the tools available to your to create the ultimate brand for yourself as an artist.

    The book is available for only $2.99!

    30-days-better-musician-brandIncluded in “30 Days to a Better Music Brand”:

    – The PDF + Kindle Versions of our 172+ pg. Guide
    – A Sample Chapter of “The Album Checklist”
    – 30 Actionable Tips to Help You Improve Your Brand
    – Tons of advice on branding
    – Free updates – the next time we update the book, we’ll send you the new version free!

    Get your copy of “30 Days to a Better Music Brand”

    (Automatic Download)

    “Shannon has done an excellent job in bringing new artists current in how to better brand their goals and music. She has explained in an upbeat and very informative way in how to improve an artist’s brand in 30 days. It’s an amazing and “must” read. Kudos to Shannon’s gift of sharing. . . This book will bring direction to many new artists.” – J.D. Davis

    ” Excellent book. Many good tips for developing one’s skills, performances, products, and overall promotional ability. Anyone who incorporates even just a few of the 30 tips in this book can’t help but improve his/her operation as a self-styled musician. Many of the pointers in this book are not restricted to the music industry and have general applicability for other creative artists (e.g., photographer, author), or simply anyone in business for him/herself and who wants to improve the connection with his/her audience/consumer base.” – Fred Cavese

    Read more reviews on GoodReads

    30 Days to a Better Music Brand is also available on the Amazon Bookstore

    March 12, 2015 • Articles, Resources • Views: 2740

  • Jam Session Directory

    Looking to get out and play? Check out our jam session directory to find out where other musicians are meeting and performing in your area.

    Due to the nature of jam sessions, we’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible, but if you notice that any big jam sessions in your area are missing, or if you notice one that’s no longer happening, please feel free to let us know in the comments and we’ll make changes accordingly.

    Many thanks!

    Jam Sessions in the US


    Los Angeles

    San Diego

    • Felix’s BBQ With Soul – Tuesdays – Darryl Williams Jam Session with special guests!! – 7:00 – 324 Euclid Avenue San Diego CA 92114
    • Q Restaurant – Thursdays – Darryl Williams Jam Session with Special Guests!!! – 8:00 – 2725 Vista Way Oceanside CA



    • Zinc Bar – Tuesdays Late – more info
    • Dizzy’s – Thursday and Saturday Late – more info
    • Smalls Jazz Club – every night late – more info
    • Kitano – Monday nights – more info


    Jam Sessions in Europe


    • Tuesdays at 9pm, Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix st, Cork
    • Dublin, Ireland – Monday nights in The Grand Social – more info


    Please leave any information you would like to add to this post in the comments! Thank you!

    If you’re looking for more information on jam sessions, try one of these posts:

    July 3, 2014 • Music and Career Advice, Resources • Views: 2186

  • Litchfield Jazz Camp

    Summer is quickly approaching, and if you haven’t yet made plans to continue your jazz education, it’s not too late! We have a list of summer music camps here, but we’d like to let you know about the Litchfield Jazz Camp held at Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut.

    The camp hosts 1-5 week sessions directed by jazz greats such as saxophonist Don Braden, with other staff including Russ Johnson, Claudio Roditi, Avery Sharpe, Gary Smulyan, Matt Wilson, Dave Stryker, Claire Daly and many more.

    The sessions are held as following:

    • Session 1: July 6 – 11
    • Session 2: July 13 – 18
    • Session 3: July 20 – 25
    • Session 4: July 27 – August 1
    • Session 5: August 3 – August 8

    The school accepts vocal an instrumental students ages 12 and up, providing them with opportunities to perform as part of concerts, jam sessions and gigs around town. They also have to opportunity to take part in the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen, Connecticut at the conclusion of the camp from August 8-10.

    Apply on-line

    Visit the website and get connected:,,

    Email or call 860-361-6285 with any questions

    June 16, 2014 • Resources • Views: 1848

  • An Introduction to Gypsy Jazz

    Gypsy Jazz, or jazz manouche, is a style of music that is said to have originated in France and made popular by guitarist Django Reinhardt along with violinist Stephane Grappelli during the 1930s.

    Gypsy Jazz is defined by the percussive rhythmic strumming of the guitar known as la pompe, essentially quick up-down strum followed by a quickly muted down strum. The typical instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, violin, and contrabass, but accordion and clarinet are also popular.

    A significant portion of the repertoire consists of jazz standards, compositions by Reinhardt, and “jazzed-up” versions of gypsy songs such as Les Yeux Noirs.

    Historically, the style was taught through aural tradition – young players learned their music from family members through imitation, learning by ear. In the last few decades, however, materials and clinics have become increasingly available for those interested in learning the style (including Denis Chang‘s DC Music School).

    Popular performers of the style are from all over the world. They include Belgium’s Django Reinhardt, France’s Tchavolo Schmitt, Biréli Lagrene and Angelo Debarre, the Rosenberg Trio from the Netherlands, Sweden’s Andreas Oberg, and more. Hot Clubs, inspired by the Quintette du Hot Club de France (featuring Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt), are also as widespread as the genre’s artists. You can check out the music of groups from the Hot Club of Dublin to the Hot Club of Detroit.

    A few resources if you are interesting in learning more about the genre:


    May 6, 2014 • Resources • Views: 2458

  • Sponsor Love // KDI Music

    KDI Music | Sponsor Love on Teen Jazz We have a number of sponsors who, without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do here at Teen Jazz. As a big thanks to each of them, I’d like to begin introducing a few of sponsors to you.

    This week, I’d like to share a little bit about KDI Music with you.

    KDI Music is an online reseller of music instruments and accessories based in Southern California. They carry everything from saxophones to ukuleles, reprints of vintage music posters to instruments stands, and more.

    One of the great things about KDI Music is that their team personally tests and reviews each of the instruments that they carry, guaranteeing you a quality product that will hold up and be reliable when you need it most. It’s definitely something that sets them apart from most online music retailers and is reassuring when you’re making the investment in a new instrument.

    Additionally, KDI Music supports various music and educational organizations, giving back to the community and volunteering their time. They are sponsors of Nisei Week (held in Little Tokyo each year) and the Nisei Week Foundation Marching Band, the Disney Alumni Club and Historical Society, and more.

    If you still aren’t convinced, KDI offers free shipping on all orders placed within the United States.

    Site | Twitter | Facebook

    Where to start: New Arrivals | Specials | Sales Items

    Want to be featured on Teen Jazz? Check out our sponsorship options here.

    March 24, 2014 • Resources • Views: 2369

  • Grammy Foundation Summer Camps

    Every year The Grammy Foundation offers a music industry camp for talented high school students and this year, the camp will be held in four cities with the option of four different tracks: performance, music journalism, video production and music business. The camp is a great opportunity for students to work with Grammy nominated and winning artists and specialists while developing their skills in different aspects of entertainment industry.

    The deadline to apply is coming up! Make sure you apply before March 31, 2014.

    The camp curriculum provides students the opportunity to hone their abilities in audio engineering, electronic music production, music business, music journalism, songwriting, video production, and performance (bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, vocals, winds & strings). Select tracks are offered in each location and each culminates in media projects, album recordings, or an open house/performance.

    Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.


    GRAMMY Camp Nashville: June 9–13, 2014 (nonresidential day camp) hosted by Belmont University
    GRAMMY Camp St. Paul: June 13–21, 2014 hosted by McNally Smith College of Music
    GRAMMY Camp L.A.: July 12–21, 2014 hosted by University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
    GRAMMY Camp N.Y.: Aug. 3–11, 2014 hosted by Converse Rubber Tracks


    U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition and track-specific requirements at by March 31, 2014. The application fee is $25 per person. A separate financial assistance form is also available to needs-based students.

    March 10, 2014 • Resources • Views: 1695

  • Win Money and Rico Gear for Yourself and Your School

    From March 1 to May 20, 2014 D’Addario Woodwinds (formerly Rico Reeds) is inviting saxophonists and clarinet players between the ages of 13-19 to submit videos of themselves playing any solo piece from their annual state competition list via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #takefirst. You can also upload your videos directly to the D’Addario Woodwinds site starting May 1.

    Each month a winner will be selected based on votes and a Grand Prize Winner will be selected on June 30th from all prior winners. Five winners will be selected on the 16th of each month as part of the competition. According to the D’Addario site, “The entries will be judged on the basis of the student’s effort, execution, and demonstrated commitment to music excellence.”

    Learn more or enter the contest

    The Prizes

    The Grand Prize Winner will earn $2,500 to be used for their own music education and interests as well as $2,500 for their school music program

    The Monthly Winners will earn $250 D’Addario Woodwinds gift pack as well as $1,000 for their school music program.

    Learn more or enter the contest

    February 12, 2014 • Resources • Views: 1677

  • February Album Writing Month FAWM

    I am a few days late posting about this site – but to throw in a cliché – better late than never. I recently discovered FAWM through Nick Stozier over at Song Written and I am pretty excited about it.

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with FAWM (like me), it is February Album Writing Month, a challenge to write fourteen songs in 28 days.

    I’ve already challenged myself to write 50 songs this year and I think FAWM would be a great way to get a huge chunk of them done. Of course, that’s not to say that all fourteen of the songs will be album-worthy, even for great composers that’s a stretch. However, I think it would be safe to wager that at least four or five of those songs could be album worthy.

    As part of FAWM you can write instrumentals, just lyrics, or lyrics and music; it’s pretty open. AND collaboration is encouraged, so you don’t have to do the work on your own. You can work with a writing buddy or with several different writers.

    After having completed NaNoWriMo, I’ve become a fan of challenges like it. It helps having a deadline and a community to drive you. I think there are quite a few incentives for joining. If you’re a secretive writer, you don’t have to worry. Posting the audio is optional. The only thing they ask you to post is the title of the song (and you can easily call it “Song 1” and keep the title to yourself). Plus FAWM is free.

    You can check out my progress here.

    Learn more about February Album Writing Month.

    February 3, 2014 • Resources • Views: 1690