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BONEGASM GOES WEST!

Hey California! What is good???

Bonegasm is coming to you in just a few weeks, thanks to a generous grant from Jazz Road and some awesome support from the amazing Deb DeMartini, 

If you are in California, please join us at one or all of these gigs!

This tour is made possible with the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Continue reading BONEGASM GOES WEST!

HOLIDAY SHOPPING 2022 EDITION

Holiday Shopping 2022

It’s time for Jen’s Holiday Shopping List! What to get the brass player that has everything??

 

BRASS WITCH MAGNETIC PENCIL HOLDER

This product is the first new product of its kind made for all types of brass instruments, allowing you to remove and attach a pencil quickly. The innovative design won’t scratch or mark up the instrument like the other hard plastic options. 

The use of strong NeoDymium “rare Earth” magnets is a perfect way to secure the pencil, take notes, and reapply while only using one hand.

Brasswitch users have talked about being ‘converts’ when using the accessory because of the satisfaction of the magnet’s pull. Try it once, and you’ll be under its spell! Continue reading HOLIDAY SHOPPING 2022 EDITION

The Jazz Cruise in FT. LAUDERDALE • COSTA MAYA • COZUMEL • NASSAU

 

John and I are stoked to be headed back to The Jazz Cruise TOGETHER! We were told that there is no big band next year so please make sure you come check us out!

Looking forward to seeing all my friends and making some new ones!!

 

Jen Writes

I’ve gotten into composition! If anyone wants to check out anything I’ve done, all of my compositions will live at this playlist. Thanks! 

NOW AVAILABLE!!!

The new album Not A Novelty is available now!!!!

From my online shop – more expensive but I get more of the $
Bandcamp  – best deal for YOU
Amazon
If you stream my entire album, the record label gets paid TWO CENTS. Please buy music. There are 7 regular members of my band and it is difficult to split 2 cents. 
Not A Novelty - Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm

Personnel:
John Fedchock, trombone
Nate Mayland, trombone
Alan Ferber, trombone
Jennifer Wharton, bass trombone
Mike Eckroth, piano
Evan Gregor, bass
Don Peretz, drums
Samuel Torres, percussion
Kurt Elling, vocal on The Day I Tried To Live

Photographer/videographer: Duy Tran

With support from: The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts

I am trying to stay positive but…

Prepare yourself for negative Jen. Here is a giant fluffy bunny to counteract any negativity.

I am struggling after hearing the news that The Jazz Standard, one of the best jazz clubs in NYC, is closing.

I’m asked a lot by friends how I’m doing. How I’m surviving. “Can’t you teach?” I’m expected to keep my chops up and be ready for…..what exactly?

Musicians are a hearty bunch. We weather all sorts of storms. We pivot when we must but always drop anything for a gig. We are constantly chasing success… and the happiness is in the chase. The hang. Even the slog. When you’re on you’re fourth Radio City show of the day or the first show of the week or the 10:30 set at the Django, the familiar faces and prospect of making music is enough to get us through most situations.

COVID has robbed us of our chase. And now it’s robbing us of our space. The Jazz Standard closing felt like a gut punch that you knew was coming but still couldn’t brace for. I heard so much music there, played so much music there, ate so many meats there.

Imagine something taking your career away and having to watch while pieces are slowly dismantled and destroyed.

It’s death by a thousand cuts.

Last night, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting was on TV. I wanted to scream. How dare they pretend like ANYTHING is normal? How dare they stand there without masks on? How dare they live like my world isn’t on fire?

I know. The entertainment industry will survive in some form. As the Broadway League of Producers salivate over being able to chip away at our contracts next year, I’m sure we won’t be on the winning side.

As you all consider what you want to spend money on this year, think about where your life would be without music. If you had no Spotify or Apple Music or Amazon to stream. What would you think about in that silence?

BUY MUSIC. If you have a job, BUY MUSIC. And if you buy music already, please support causes that are helping live music venues and artists right now.

My industry is dying and the only people that can save it are the fans.

Read Emily Olcott’s love letter to The Jazz Standard here on Medium.com
Read NPR’s article about the club closing

Here are some worthy causes to donate to:
LOGO Save NYC Musicians #1.pngSmallsLIVE Foundation logo

Here are some projects you can support:
Andrew Gutauskas Look Out! | Andrew Gutauskas (bandcamp.com)
Artemis Artemis – Artemis – Artemis – Amazon.com Music
Uptown Jazz Tentet Uptown Jazz Tentet – Store
South Florida Jazz Orchestra South Florida Jazz Orchestra – Cheap Thrills: The Music Of Rick Margitza – Amazon.com Music
Black Art Jazz Collective BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – Ascension – Amazon.com Music
Marshall Gilkes CDs and Downloads (marshallgilkes.com)

Holiday Shopping 2020 Edition

Welcome to Jen’s 2020 Holiday Shopping Guide

The first section is for those looking to buy gifts, the second is for those looking to donate to worthy causes.

REJANO PRACTICE MUTES

The newest mute to hit the market and receiving RAVE reviews, the Rejano practice mutes are made by David Rejano, principal trombonist of the LA Phil. They solve the problems that other practice mutes have – heavy weight, unstable pitch, excessive resistance or a not-quiet-enough sound. These are 3D printed and made with the player in mind. All they care about is the player being able of having a great practice time experience, regardless if they are playing on a Practice Mute. I ordered mine – not a sponsor! And if you use the code INTUNE, you get David Rejano’s new CD FREE! CLICK HERE TO ORDER

 

ROBINSON’S REMEDIES
(I’m an endorser – use my link so they know I sent you!)
I’m not playing a lot of gigs these days but I decided to go back to school so I am practicing a lot. That means the chops can get beat up. I like to use this after I practice heavily. I’m fresh as a daisy the next day! Think of it as an ice bath for your lips! AND THEY ARE OFFEREING BOGO! Buy one product, any product, get the same product FREE. Buy three, get three free!! Treat yo face! CLICK HERE TO ORDER 

SHERIDAN GET-A-GRIP

If you or someone you know plays the trombone a lot, chances are that they need one of these. The Sheridan Get-A-Grip will help with all the left-hand troubles we trombonists have from hours of holding our instruments. It is especially helpful for heavier bass trombones.  No scratching or screws to hurt your trombone.  They just slip on and off. They are aluminum, with thicker foam cushioning and are each covered with hand-sewn deerskin. Not a sponsor, just a fan! Click here to purchase $55 

 

EXTENDABONE

P1033444editA special tool for short-armed and younger trombone players, Extendabone is the creation of my friend Nikki Abissi. Extendabone is a slide extension handle. It’s simple and ergonomic design let everyone play trombone! Click here if you’d like to see how it works. They also have NIFTY Holiday long sleeved T-Shirts! Shop | Extendabone

 

MARCUS BONNA CASES
If you really want to splurge, check out JLandress Brass‘s sale on Marcus Bonna cases. These are the gold standard of gig bags in my opinion and I have never seen them priced so low. Limited quantities so if you don’t see what you like, please let them know! Shop JLandress Brass!

 

 

This is my favorite find this year! A bass trombone blanket. Who DOESN’T need one of these???? First, click on the product and put one in your cart, then click on the link below to get $15 off. That should work!
 
 
 
 


BONEGASM MERCH!
Bonegasm 1 HoodyI’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “Self, where can I get some super spiffy Bonegasm swag?” Look no further! We have t-shirts, hoodies, water bottles and coffee mugs for purchase on Society6. They keep most of the money in exchange for me not having to order a ton of product but I do get a tiny percentage of any sales. Check out the Merch by CLICKING HERE!

If you want something I don’t have, email me!

 

 

DONATE HERE!

Local 802 AFM - The world's largest local union of professional musicians.

The Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) provides critical assistance to hundreds of musicians in times of crisis a year. Since 1967, the ERF has been the place professional musicians can turn to for help in emergency situations. Our members have been DEVASTATED by the pandemic. Please help them here. 

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Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has distributed more than $16 million in emergency financial assistance to 13,838 people in our industry. This money is helping people cover basic living expenses, such as food, essential medications, utilities and more. 

MUSEhttps://museonline.org/donate/
MUSE is committed to creating diversity within the music departments of the theatre industry by providing access, internships, mentorships, and support to historically marginalized people of color. MUSE is a project of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. All donations for MUSE are 100% tax deductible.