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You've Finished Recording Your Jazz Album. Now What? How to Take Your Project from the Recording Studio to the National Charts

Workshop Presenters: Nick Phillips and Jenny Maybee

Having a professional-sounding, well-recorded, mixed, mastered, release-ready master of your jazz album is quite an accomplishment. But in many ways, it’s just the beginning and it’s only one element — albeit a very important one — of a successful jazz album release. Just how do you, an independent jazz artist, go from having that finished master in-hand to effectively planning and launching your album release on a national level — and possibly even getting it onto the national jazz charts? We’ll show you how we did it with our album HAIKU. 

A record producer, music curator, and music industry consultant with more than 30 years of music industry experience, Nick Phillips has worked on hundreds of album releases—from new recording projects featuring jazz icons Kenny Barron, Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, Jon Hendricks, Marian McPartland, Chris Potter, and Poncho Sanchez, to collections and reissues spotlighting the timeless recordings of music legends Tony Bennett, Booker T. & The MG’s, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Albert King, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, the Staple Singers, Sarah Vaughan, and countless others. Several Phillips-produced projects have garnered GRAMMY nominations, including albums by preeminent jazz vocal artists Karrin Allyson and Nnenna Freelon. In 2016, Nick launched Zen & Tonic Music Consulting (, a company that provides record production, playlist curation, and music consulting services for such clients as iHeartRadio, Craft Recordings, Mack Avenue Records, Blue Coast Records, and others. As a jazz trumpet player, his own Billboard-charting album releases—Moment To Moment (with Cava Menzies, 2014) and Haiku (with Jenny Maybee, 2016)—have drawn laudatory comparisons to the work of jazz trumpet legends Miles Davis (“The Ballads Album Miles Davis Never Recorded” — East Bay Express) and Chet Baker (“…Phillips channels his inner Chet Baker...Haiku is in the same league.” —Classicalite). Phillips currently serves on the Recording Academy’s (GRAMMY) national Board of Trustees and San Francisco Chapter Board of Governors.

Jenny Maybee’s “eloquent and heart stopping” piano playing and vocals have been hailed as “expertly balanced,” with her voice described as “exquisite” and “in the same league” as Billie Holiday, and her piano stylings compared to Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor.  Jenny’s playing has been featured on 9 albums, including the 2016 film soundtrack “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck.”  Also in 2016, Jenny released HAIKU (with Nick Phillips), which she co-produced and arranged.  HAIKU was lauded in the press as "a thrilling, intimate, very delicate dialogue...close to perfection," and Jenny’s composition “Winter Butterflies” was selected as one of the Top 10 New Songs of 2016.   Jenny is a member of The Recording Academy, has been a presenter for the Jazz Education Network and adjudicator for West Coast Songwriters, and has over a decade of experience teaching voice and piano and coaching individuals and ensembles.  In addition, she is an experienced attorney who has represented national and international leaders in technology and business. Jenny will be the Artist in Residence at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island (Washington) in October 2018.