John Crawford

12th Annual Jazz Album Nominee

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Record Label: monpas records

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Home Base: London

Genre: Jazz/Latin/Flamenco

Categories Entered: Jazz, Latin

Work Submitted: Ulia River of Time

Artists Featured: Guille Hill- guitar, Jorge Bravo- flamenco guitar, Andres Ticino- percussion, Gili Lopes –double bass, Eduardo Marques- drums, Emma Rachel Blackman- vocals (tracks 3, 7), Trevor Mires- trombone (track 3)

Label: Monpas

Who are your influences?: Chano Dominguez, Avishai Cohen, Paco de Lucia, Keith Jarrett

Describe your nominated work: A musical journey starting in Latin America through Spanish Flamenco rhythms via Israel and Bulgaria, with great tunes by Paco De Lucia, Avishai Cohen and Pat Metheny amongst others .

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: There are tracks with Darbuka, Peruvian Cajon, Frame drums and Udu drums.

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: The songs were well rehearsed, (and gigged!) so it went pretty smoothly in the studio, with the exception of Ladino Song, which had a last minute drum solo put in.

How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: I raised funds by putting aside money from gigs, and recording, mixing and mastering in slow succession, ie saving up for the next stage! I have made back half the expenses after one year, so I’m hoping to recoup fully in about a years time.

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 12th IMAs?: To raise the profile of the album and hopefully garner some nice reviews

What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: I’m happy to be doing sold out performances in the UK with this project and selling lots of cds on the gigs, but I would love to one day play at Jazz Festivals with this group

How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: Obviously I will let as many people, both in and outside the music industry know about this prestigious nomination, and hope it will bring the album, and the band to the attention of Jazz Festivals

Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: People who like to hear interesting fusions of flamenco and brasilian music, Cuban and American guitar music, and anyone who likes jazz with a strong Latin influence.

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: Green and Blacks 70% cocoa chocolate!

Who are your musical heroes & influences?: I have many musical heroes and influences from a wide variety of genres, not in any particular order: The Beatles, Michel Petrucciani, Burt Bacharach, Shirley Horn, Tom Jobim, Elis Regina, Mercedes Sosa, Michael McDonald, Susana Baca, Keith Jarrett, Tito Puente, Oscar D’Leon, Ruben Blades, The Police, The Jam, The Buzzcocks, Peter Erskine, Bernard Edwards, Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Steven Sondheim, J.S.Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schubert…ok enough for now!

Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: Many songs, but of the top of my head.. I wish I’d written “Send in the Clowns”

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: I have been enjoying listening to Youn Sun Hah and her excellent album Lento, also Jose James collaboration with Jazzanova I love, and

Perhaps surprisingly for my fans, Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi

How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: mainly from friends recommending stuff for me to check out, and I still buy CDs.

How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: with difficulty! Playing lots and lots of gigs…

What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: Perhaps that although CDs and downloads have become cheaper, it still costs a lot to make an album (especially if you want to record the whole band live)

Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: I hope that both will thrive in the future

Finish this sentence: The music industry is…more and more in the hands of the musicians

What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: I’m looking forward to releasing a collaboration with the singer Daniela Clynes on which I arranged quite a lot of the songs, and touring with a pop/jazz project called ISQ.