Thursday, October 16, 2014

Passion Party #528 - A Dream Realized

You would think after 7 self-produced and released jazz records I would have learned my lesson
but actually each experience has taught me different lessons.
This album started as a thought:
It would be great entertainment to have a jazz band fronted by three singers who could do Andrew Sisters-style 3 part harmony AND also sing in various solo styles.  The show would consist of an evening of jazz and blues, covering the history of vocal jazz styles from the '40s forward.
So the Jazz & Blues Revue was born, initially as a once-a-year special event.
Then after 4+ years of performing clubs and concert halls
there was another thought:
Why not make an album of this material that really captures the talents of this group?
This is not so easy.  A first-class recording of 13 songs with a 9-piece group including 3 singers would definitely cost time and money to produce and release.
In January 2014 I started researching the possibility of using crowd-funding to make this dream happen.
On June 1 we launched our Kickstarter campaign to raise $18,000 to make the recording.
On July 10 the campaign ended,
and over 250 fans had pledged over $20,000.
Two weeks later, with recording budget in the bank,  the band went into the studio and started recording.
Even after dealing with everyone's summer vacation schedules the tracks were all "in the can" by Labor Day.
On September 6  the mixing and mastering process began, along with designing the CD package.
On October 1 the final master, plus all the album artwork went off to DiscMakers, to press the album.
And now 1000 copies of the Jazz & Blues Revue sit in my garage, ready to market.
The official "Release Date" for the George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue will be November 20
but NOW, on October 22, we get to share our dream with you with our CD Release Party.
I hope you can join me
in  this dream realized.
Wednesday October 22 at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:00)
6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
                                                RSVP for best seats    Call 323-466-2210

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