am 18. Mai 2000
Drawing upon his own experience as a solo artist and a sideman with legends of the modern jazz world, pianist Hal Galper has written 'The Touring Musician' which I consider to be the best source of information and practical advice for the performing musician currently available. He covers every aspect of booking and touring that you will encounter in the ocurse of your musical travels. From mental attitude to setting up a home office, contacting and getting gigs, budgets, hotel and travel reservations -- I need to write a novella to convey all the details. He includes websites and phone numbers for a great deal of the companies and organizations you will deal with (airline tickets, hotel reservations, vehicle rentals, office gear) and offers his own worksheet designs to maintain the financial end of things. Hal also shares his personal touring successes and mistakes -- the entire book is related in a friendly, personal manner and always offers encouragement in what, for me, often seems an overwhelming endeavor. As a solo artist myself, I have been searching for this type of detailed professional advice. I recognized Hal's name during my search and checked the book out. Within minutes, I bought it. Within days, I read it and highlighted and underlined... Though written from a jazz player's experience, this book is definitely valuable to any musician who has decided to build a successful career. I offer my sincere thanks to Hal Galper for this writing this book.
am 9. April 2000
"The Touring Musician" is extrememly helpful to me, even though I am not a musician. I am a freelance public relations consultant and I am just entering into the music business. One aspect of what I will be doing is booking tours of jazz musicians. Part II of the Book, "Booking Your Tour" was detailed and informative. The chapter on venue contacts gave vital information on the different types of venues, their pay range and their particular requirements. The chapter on contacting venues and negotiating gigs gives sample dialogues for making contacts and give tips on the main negotiating points. And the chapter on tour routing and budgets presents a detailed scenario that is realistic and contains many of the fine points of routing a tour. I also appreciated the uselful information on touring in Canada in Chapter 11.
This book is just what I was looking for to start my booking agency. Thanks to the author and the publisher.