Exploring Black Music

Exploring Black Music is a podcast by the Center For Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago, IL.  The first five podcasts were written and hosted by Donald James.  Beginning with Episode 6, on Charles Mingus, my friend and former colleague Dr. Horace Maxile hosts.  Horace is the chair of the Center For Black Music Research.

While I’m a big fan of some podcasts, I tend to not listen to music podcasts that often.  I figure that if I’m in the mood for music I’ll just listen to music, not to someone talking about music.  However, lately I’ve been making an effort to explore some music podcasts and Exploring Black Music is now one of my favorites.

This podcast explores black music ranging from “classical” music through jazz, gospel, and pop styles like hip-hop and funk.  I’ve discovered a lot of new music in the few that I’ve already listened to.  You can use podcatching software like iTunes to subscribe to Exploring Black Music.

Orchestral Trombone Excerpts

TromboneExceprts.org is exactly what its URL states, a list of important audition excerpts for orchestral trombone auditions. The brain child of Seth T. Vatt, it’s an excellent resource as a list of important excerpts, the sheet music of those excerpts, and sample recordings to listen to. Best, it falls within fair academic use and is free to use.

Thanks, Seth!

Taxes For Working Musicians

Just in case you’re procrastinating and haven’t yet filed your taxes yet, here’s a link to an article with advice for working musicians doing their taxes.  Be warned, this is a year old, so some of the tax laws may be different for this year.

Speaking of working musicians, I recommend the web site that published the above article, MusicianWages.com.  It has many interesting and informative articles ranging from booking band tours, conducting a show from the piano, and putting together contracts.