Trombonist Mitch Butler / Blog

Can A Jazz Musician Make it on Reverb Nation?

The answer in my opinion is, Yes....I think. Frankly, the American music culture has turned to music that is far more accessible to the mass audience's musical ear. Don't get me wrong, I have spent many years educating the general audience and young non musicians on how to listen to and enjoy jazz music through various public forums and academic courses. But to change the wave of public affinity towards music that requires less musical training to perform/produce it and to listen to and enjoy it is a tall task. Also, don't get me wrong, I enjoy much of the music produced today. I just don't find it very compatible to what I enjoy most or what I do best.

With all of that said, I must admit that I have given priority of time to musical ventures besides my own professional development which means that I have a lot to do. I have dedicated time to education and development of ensemble reputation rather than focus on being a top rate, first-call jazz musician. Granted, I wouldn't trade those experiences in for anything - it has shaped who I am musically and personally. But its time to use those experiences to say what I need to say before I leave this earth. With a wife and kids, life is never dull, its full of love and adventure, and it is time to tell that musical story!

So, as I develop my jazz musician dossier, I hope to have an answer for you within the year. This development includes doing more lecture/clinician circuit appearances, getting that elusive first CD/recording done, and practicing the technical and improvisational stuff that Ive avoided or not had time for.

Thanks to all for your support over the years and I look forward to hearing from you!