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New York, New York! Fall in Love with the City’s Musical Culture

How do you even begin to describe New York City? It holds a lot of different meanings for a lot of different people. But there's no denying it's one of the cultural capitals of the world. Thousands of artists from all over the world come here every year to make it big in the big city. As they say, "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere."

Tracking Philly’s Rich Musical History

Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is an interesting mix of American history, rural and urban traditions, and civic pride. No one loves their city more than Philadelphians. With a bustling arts scene and plenty of history and culture to draw upon, Philly's music scene is alive and well.

A Brief History

Prior to the 19th century, Philly's musical culture mostly existed in the church, due to its large Quaker population.

Sign Me Up! Getting a Record Deal in NYC

The number of record labels based in and around New York are almost too numerous to count. These days, anyone with a moderate amount of recording gear and proper know-how can start up a small but successful record label. And more power to them. The recording industry has traditionally leaned too far toward huge conglomerates, but now plenty of indies have risen to balance the power. Here's just a few of the Big Apple's many, many labels. You'll find big- and small-name labels alike.

Jam It Up At NYC’s Best Jazz Jams

Jam sessions have played a very important role in the history and development of jazz music, and they continue to help shape the jazz scene today. Jam sessions allow players to hang out, make connections, try out new chops, and learn from seasoned jazz vets. They're the hub of the jazz scene, and they're one of the best things to do to make your way in it. The jazz scene can be a bit exclusive, so jam sessions are a great way to get in from the ground floor and start getting some cred.

Jazz Guitar Cats in NYC: 5 Players You Cannot Miss

Too often jazz guitar is associated with an era that has passed, with legendary players who left their mark more than 50 years ago. While the legacy of classic jazz still lives on and continues to inspire up-and-coming guitarists, there is a pool of talented new players bubbling up in NYC and in other cities throughout the country. Here's a list of some of the best jazz guitarists in NYC, whose unique contributions are helping to shape the face of modern jazz music.

Move Over NYC, Chicago’s Music Scene Is Second-To-None

It would take a whole series of blog posts to accurately describe Chicago's massive impact on American music. In fact, whole books have been written about the subject. Though dubbed The Second City, referencing its second-tier status to NYC, that title might not be so accurate when it comes to music. The number of homegrown acts coming out of this city is staggering.

Boston’s Bustling Music Scene

Boston is a hub for many artists and cultures from around the world. The city is steeped in history and the idea of a "melting pot," where many different backgrounds mix and mingle to create something new. Add to this a historic commitment to and love of music, and you have one of the best music scenes in the United States.

Do You Know Your Gospel Drummers? Here’s The Top 5

Gospel drummers are some of the most technical and soulful drummers out there. Despite not receiving much mainstream attention, gospel drummers are highly respected in the drum world, frequently winning drum competitions and endorsements. Gospel drummers gracefully move between R&B, funk, jazz, and rock while maintaining musicality and soul. They are known for their heavy hitting and powerful playing, but a whole range of dynamics is part of their arsenal.

The Music Lover’s Guide to Atlanta

As the capital and most populous city in Georgia, Atlanta is a great place to be if you're a Georgia-based musician. Since the early 20th century, Atlanta has made an impact on American music in one form or another, whether it be popularizing country music in the '20s or developing hip-hop in the '80s and '90s. Below you'll find a brief rundown of what they city had done for music both in the past and in the present day.

Young Prodigy Andrew Koonce Reminds Us to Follow Our Dreams

Andrew Koonce is an extremely talented African-American violinist based in Georgia. He is well on his way to becoming a world-recognized name in concert halls. Along with winning numerous awards and competitions, he has held some of the highest positions in well-respected youth orchestras in Atlanta.

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