FFM and the David Kiwana Wind Classics

Freedom for Musicians in association with Jazz for Peace will be staging an outstanding event to support the young musicians of Uganda.

Jazz for Peace is an American professional jazz organization with the goal of promoting unity and peace across cultures through the performance of music. They also seek to increase arts and music education in schools. Its motto is “Uniting People Through the Artform of Jazz”. The organization was founded by jazz pianist and vocalist Rick DellaRatta.


“By bringing Israeli, Palestinian and American Jazz musicians together Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace have used the transcendent quality of music to promote a message of peace and unity. Now, over 500 concerts later, Jazz for Peace continues its mission of challenging humanity to realize that the forces that unite us are far stronger than the forces that divide us.”

“I want to congratulate Rick and Jazz for Peace on everything they have accomplished to this point, and all the good they are sure to bring about as they continue this concert series….”

                                                    ~ United States President Barack Obama

“On behalf of the residents of New York City I commend Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace.”                                    

                                                    ~ Mayor Michael Bloomberg

“…steadfast and creative….Jazz for Peace unites the world of the arts with the arenas for justice. May other musical and artistic groups emulate your example and your consistency” For Peace and Justice,

                                                      ~ Ralph Nader  

“International Jazz Day could not happen without partners like Jazz for Peace….using concerts, community outreach and education programs to raise support and awareness for local and international charities…to promote charitable and service-based activities that help make a positive difference in the world…to unify and empower the vulnerable in our society. We are indebted to you for your steadfast support, and look forward to working with you…”                                                    ~ Herbie Hancock 

“I would like to commend the staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and devotion on behalf of such an outstanding cause.” ~ U.S. Senator John McCain

“Five years ago, Jazz for Peace featuring Rick DellaRatta held their landmark concert at the United Nations which brought together Israeli, Palestinian and American Jazz musicians. Nearly 500 benefit concerts later, Jazz for Peace remains strong, supporting many worthy non-profit organizations…”

            ~ United States Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton                                                                                                                                          

“You are an excellent role model for us all, the kind of person to whom everyone can point with respect and admiration. thank you for all you do to make our world a better place. I’m very proud of you!


                                                      ~ Alcee L. Hastings – Member of Congress

“Your message of peace and unity serves as a welcome and timely reminder to the world that ultimately we are brothers and sisters and we all share a common destiny. I take this opportunity to commend your organization for your commitment to this noble cause. It is because of such selfless devolution to humanity by a few that the world today remains a safe home for many.”

      ~ Hon. Raila P. Odinga – Prime Minister – Republic of Kenya, Africa.

“Partnering with Jazz for Peace is…an opportunity for the community to experience world-class music, while raising much needed funds.”  ~ The American Red Cross

“We felt the need to invite DellaRatta and his group because their work in promoting peace through music, is well known in the world.”              ~ UNICEF

“The concert was attended by people of all backgrounds…. The ceremony uniting Rick with the Maasai people marked a new beginning, a new lease on the life of caring for wildlife in the area.”

          ~ Paul Kilelu, Empaash Oloorienito Conservancy – Kenya, Africa

“We are honored to be receiving this benefit concert grant from the foundation, and to be bringing such a highly praised, culturally acclaimed event to Sun Valley.”       ~ Special Olympics 

“The performance was amazing. We enjoyed it very much! Cerdan was so happy as he felt the support, felt someone listening to his thoughts…we thank you for making time to be involved and supporting our efforts.”       

                      ~ Phira – Concert to address bullying in schools                                                                                                                 

“AIDSfreeAFRICA cannot wait to have you come to Cameroon for a Jazz for Peace concert. Very excited to see your progress…..”                                             ~ AIDSfreeAFRICA

 “…what an extraordinary program you have….It is so impressive how you and your organization have committed yourselves to ensuring that some of the most at-risk, underprivileged children have access to such a vital growth tool, music….I truly believe this will significantly change my CASA Youth’s life in ways she never could have imagined just a few months ago. ”  ~ Gwendolyn Coleman – CASA of DC

“Rick DellaRatta is one of the people who is taking Jazz to the next level”   *Describing the music from Ricks Thought Provoking CD                                                                                     ~Dr. Billy Taylor

“This multi-talented pianist also has a wonderful voice! He composes with a monkish touch…also interesting is the good contrast in the soloing of the aggressive Leibman to the more laidback solos of DellaRatta with nice use of spaces.”                                                            ~Swing Journal – Japan

” DellaRatta brought new life to an old sweet song.”   ~ Boston Globe

“DellaRatta…..demonstrating a talent for composing, improvising and arranging….that recalled Thelonius Monk’s flair for refreshing familiar chord progressions with harmonic twists…..an imaginative reworking that moved from the sublime to swinging and back again.”  ~ Washington Post

“DellaRatta…well crafted with strong traces of influence from McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans.”  ~ LA Times         

“Jazz for Peace (featuring Rick DellaRatta) has earned its place as one of the most significant cultural events of our time!” The New Ghanaian (West Africa)                                                                   

“Sure it will be a good show.” ~ The New York Times Jazz Forum

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The dichotomy of music

Guest writer Mandy Edwards

With another reported suicide of a member of a high profile band, I can’t help but feel sad. Not only for the fans of Linkin Park and Soundgarden, but for the music industry as a whole. I massage backstage at high profile gigs and I am reminded of a gig I worked at a few years ago. One that left me feeling unclean, shocked and perturbed. It’s what started a hiatus from that world, because it was a stark lesson of how dark it could go.

They say never meet your idols. You soon realise the ones that ‘make it’ are still stumbling, confused incomplete humans like the rest of us. Trying to find a way to be whole or find some semblance of home or comfort. For many musicians, I think music can be therapy. A way to exorcise the demons, make sense of them, deconstruct them. But I find some musicians never find healing.

I recently had my first guitar lesson after being hypnotised watching Haim rock out on stage at Glastonbury. It made me feel I wanted to ‘be’ them. I can understand the tacit nature of music. How it can speak to you. How it can be addictive. How it can be a natural high. Maybe that’s why so many musicians turn to drugs. To recreate the high they have on stage. Even just watching the 3 guitarists that make up Haim made me feel like I was on some other planet. I can only imagine the magnitude they felt being up there and seeing adoring fans totally rocking out and vibing on their music. What a let down it must be to head onto a tour bus, or go for a Big Mac at Mcdonalds afterwards and thinking ‘people adored me 20mins ago!’ It’s one rocky bump back down to earth.

It’s taken a while for me to love music again, simply because I massaged at a gig of someone I was a fan of. Don’t get my wrong, they weren’t someone I had idolised as a teenager. It didn’t run that deep and thank god it didn’t. Before I even arrived I had pages and pages and pages of Do’s and Don’t’s –  I wasn’t allowed to talk to them even. Of course this musician will have to remain nameless, but all I can say is, they were one of the high contenders. You couldn’t get much bigger in stardom and fame at the time.

I was positioned in a dressing room opposite Costume. My backstage pass was only for that small stretch of corridor. I could hear whispers from one security guard to another. Serious conversations, stressful conversations and I could see the panic. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife. Everyone ran around covering cameras backstage, at the stars request.

All of a sudden someone from costume came in with a hanger in hand. She threw it across the room and shouted

‘what a bitch!’

This woman was almost in tears. Tears of anger and frustration. Clearly she was talking about ‘the boss’ and clearly you now know it’s a woman we are talking about.

Then, I bizarrely bumped into a local GP.  He had been given instructions to go to the Artists hotel room. The fact they were due on stage within the hour didn’t seem to matter. He had to examine the Artist whilst she was asleep, administer an injection, which, of course I had no business knowing exactly what kind of injection, due to confidential reasons. He too wasn’t allowed to talk to her. He seem white as a ghost, almost shell shocked. He said ‘I am never doing that again.’

I was a good girl and stayed in my little corridor, but when it was time for the Artist to go on stage I watched from my vantage point to see if I could see them walk onstage. I did see her. She was walking with her entourage of dancers. All I could hear was her telling her dancers the concoction of drugs she was on. She looked back at her dancers and told them clear as day. She didn’t even whisper. Then she looked me in the eye defiantly. It was almost a glare as if to say ‘how dare you look at me! Did you not get the brief? – it was weird to say the least.

Nothing about that night was joyful, creative, inspiring. It felt dark to a point I had to jump in the shower as I got home and I shuddered. It felt like I was witnessing another Amy Winehouse. It felt tragic and it shattered the illusion.

I think that’s what musicians are. An illusion. To create an illusion. To elevate you. To inspire you. Sometimes they may give so much, they are left empty themselves. Each gig chipping away at them, their soul, their identity. A human shaped outline on the stage, like that of a crime scene. It could easily lead to existential crisis. Who am I really? I can imagine feeling like you are in some sort of warped reality. Living up to what people ‘think’ you are, to the point you lose who you really are.

Maybe they felt empty to start with and the adulation was a way to fill them up. To make them whole. Maybe drugs are a way to get up in front of thousands of people and be unwaveringly brave. Maybe performing day in day out and living up to expectations is too hard to bear. Maybe it’s true that all artists are a little tortured. The scared and vulnerable child inside wanting be liked. Hell, even my guitar teacher told me within 30mins he was taken in by a paedophile ring at aged 6 and music saved him. Interestingly enough he played with Amy Winehouse and mirroringly he called her a bitch too. Full of ego. Maybe when you have talent, you can get to the position where ego just runs away with itself. Where you turn into a monster. You are the spiritual saviour for many, whilst you destroy yourself.

I don’t know the story of Chester Bennington or Chris Cornell’s suicide. I didn’t know them personally. I don’t know why they wanted to escape, but all I know is, I want to find the light in the darkness. I want to create. But I don’t want it to be what makes me whole. I don’t want to get sucked into this tantalising power. I want to be grounded and not driven by ego. Is that what gets us all in the end? Ego. This illusion that we are better, special whilst everyone is down ‘there’. I don’t want to look down, but elevate myself to a higher consciousness, whilst also elevating others. Maybe that’s the answer. Maybe the answer is different for everyone. Maybe we just need to realise the interconnected nature of it all. That we aren’t alone. Demons and all. Isn’t that what music is about after all. To connect us. Maybe we just need to reach out more.

Mandy is a writer, traveller and massage therapist for the music and film industry. Visit Mandy’s regular blog here.

If you have a story to share, send it to us: rogermoisan@yahoo.co.uk

Introducing FFM Member: JJ Appleby

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Winston Fraser – aka JJ Appleby – moved  to England. There he was part of the successful band, The Equators, who toured the UK, Spain, and even went to New Zealand.
He’s got a folksy, gospel sound, a unique Reggae twist, love songs, and a positive message.

Please check out JJ’s YouTube channel  and wonderful sunny mix of great original music.

Aria Elan “Hotter”

Aria Elan’s peace, one love and social justice lyrics are delivered with her signature smooth vocals. Set to a head bopping beat, the music makes you jump up and dance. Please subscribe to Aria Elan’s YouTube channel. You will receive a FREE download of one of Aria’s song when you subscribe to ariaelan.com



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roger moisanRoger Moisan is famous for having turned down a Pink Floyd gig. He’s the founder of Freedom for Musicians, an online platform for musicians and artists to maximize the potential to monetize their musical skills.



  1. The perils of “youthful arrogance.”
  2. There’s nothing more important to your performing career than your integrity.
  3. For every failure, there’s a moment of redemption.


“It was wrapped up in youthful arrogance. I had an audition in front of the brass musicians of the London Symphony for a scholarship sponsored by the LSO. I knew I had practiced it enough, although my teacher said differently. I had never rehearsed it with a pianist. AS it went from bad to worse, I was clamming up, my palms were becoming sweaty and I was looking right into the eyes of Maurice Murphy, one of my heroes on the trumpet.

“As we got to the slow section, Maurice walked up to me and said, ‘I think we’ll stop here.’ I had serious issues with performance anxiety after that for several months.”


  • “I’ve had more fun sharing the story as to why I didn’t play with Pink Floyd than the gig would have been.”
  • “Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. The moment you think you’re prepared, start preparing.”


Q: It’s 5 minutes before you go on stage for an important performance… What are you doing?

A: Checking, checking, checking. My music, my trumpet, my valves, myself. I also visualize the performance beginning to end, and it’s perfect.

Q: What’s the best performance-related advice you’ve ever received?

A:  Concentrate on the sound. If the sound is horrible, no one wants to hear you. Make it look easy.

Q: Can you share one tip for our listeners to help deal with stage fright? (Physical, mental, etc.)

A: Prepare, prepare, prepare. And when you think you’ve prepared, start preparing. The moment you think you’ve got it put together is when you’re most prone to make mistakes.

Q: What’s a non-musical activity that contributes to your success as a musician?

A: Sport. Playing and watching. The discipline required to play sports can teach a lot to musicians.

Q: Imagine you’re on stage. It’s the end of the performance and the audience is on its feet, applauding. They don’t want any more and they don’t want any less. Everything is perfect. What have you just done?

A: I’m at Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms. I’m playing the Arutunian trumpet concerto in front of 3,000 people. It’s gone stunningly well. All those people that were in that terrible audition years ago are looking at me, saying, “Well done, Roger.”

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A new, exciting venture for professional orchestral players in the London area.

The Freedom Orchestra

A new, exciting venture for professional orchestral players in the London area.

For musicians, by musicians and free from exploitation is the mission statement of the now renown musicians cooperative Freedom For Musicians established in 2016 to provide promotional opportunities for all musicians across the world. This year, FFM announce the foundation of the UKs first fully cooperative orchestra based in South London. The Freedom Orchestra will be owned, run and staffed by its members, the players.

“The co-operative movement is a dynamic, creative mindset that roots long-term social value inside financial value. When you accord each individual the dignity of ownership you unleash creativity and innovation on a scale few traditional business leaders dare dream of.” Margaret Heffernan, A Bigger Prize, 2014

TFO now seek to build a database of interested orchestral musicians who are ready and qualified to become the first members of this exciting venture. If you are an experienced professional or final year music student, we would like to invite you to register your interest by completing the online form.

Behind the scenes, a lot of preparation is underway and in the near future, you will be invited to a founders meeting at Ruskin House, Croydon where the next steps will be outlined.

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Ruskin House, the home of TFO

What is a co-operative?

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The Fantastic Flutewise at Abbotsholme 2017

Young flute players always enjoy our courses at this beautiful venue. Book Flutewise today!

Flutewise at Abbotsholme is a fantastic residential flute course for young players from the age of 8 to 18, from approximately Grade 1 to diploma level.  Abbotsholme is a beautiful venue in the heart of the countryside on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border near Alton Towers.
Fantastic Flute Fun with Flutewise at Abbotsholme
The course runs from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July and it is possible to come for the whole course or one or two nights only.
Discounts available for bookings before 30 June.
Full details can be found on our website.
Beautiful Abbotsholme
The Flutewise Trust is a registered charity and has the highest possible child safe-guarding policies. We have been running course since 1988. During the course, which is staffed by extremely experienced flute teaches and professional players, we cover a wide range of playing, music making and performance as well as social activities. Everything is carefully planned with the individual in mind. Parents can rest assured that their young flute player will have a rewarding time in a safe, friendly and stimulating environment.
The Flutewise Team

Salute! An Exciting New Talent Competition





Salute website (desktop and mobile) open for music makers to enter the competition.

Salute production team together with respected curators listen, rate, and create Top 100 Songs.
Contestants and fans, listen, watch, share music, vote, rate songs and build playlists.

AUGUST 2017 – TOP 100
The top 100 tracks are assembled for a final public vote, conducted through the Salute app and website.

The top six songs, as voted for by the public, go through to the – The Salute Finals.

The 2017 Salute winner is announced and takes home a £50,000 cash prize. All other finalists take home £10,000 each



SALUTE is an alternative to the average UK talent show. We believe in the value and quality of UK music makers today and now is our chance to platform and reward you for your work on an unprecedented scale.

All genres of music, from all cultural backgrounds are welcome to our competition. We celebrate creativity so don’t hold back, we want to hear your most forward thinking and inspired work. If you have tracks that you have previously released via social media, Soundcloud or YouTube you are welcome to enter those tracks into the competition.

Tracks that has been previously released and are signed to a label or publisher are excluded.

Each Music Maker can submit up to 4 tracks into the competition, each track will be considered individually.



To enter the competition you need to submit a video of your music. The video can either be a live performance of your track that you’ve recorded on your phone or with a camera crew, or a pre-recorded audio track converted into mp4 video format.

If you’ve made a music video to showcase your music, even better! The music is the most important part for our curators, but the more effort you put into the video, the better chance you have to stand out with our audiences.

All videos submitted must be in mp4 video format and the maximum track length is 4 minutes.



Once you have your video/s ready, head over to the SALUTE website to submit your tracks. You can enter the competition as a solo songwriter or as a group of writers. Click the links below to begin the registration process.

At this stage you will be prompted to select how many tracks you wish to upload and enter into the competition. The cost of entry is £20 per track (maximum of four tracks).

Once the payment has processed you will be prompted to upload your videos (depending on your internet provider this may take a while).



Once the upload is complete, the final process is to tell us about the track and yourself.

You’ll be asked to:

  • give the track a name
  • tag any genre influences
  • write a short description of the track
  • upload a photo of yourself
  • add a thumbnail image for each video that you have uploaded

After that, you are good to go!

On completion of upload our team will review your entries to ensure they meet the Terms & Conditions, don’t worry, this won’t take long! You will then receive an email confirming you are a SALUTE MUSIC MAKER!



SALUTE is open to Music Makers (song and music writers) and their collaborators.


Who can enter

  • 16+ year or age
  • UK resident
  • Solo writers or group writers
  • Only unsigned (record label, music publisher or any third party) music can enter the competition
  • Previously published music videos on the web, including social channels and streaming sites (YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook etc.) can be entered into the competition
  • Member of PRS and/or BASCA can enter the competition
  • £20 per entry


  • Max of 4 tracks (EP) per entrant
  • Max 4 minute song length
  • Song and music will be judged on melody, composition, creativity, lyrics (if applicable), with less significance being placed on performance and production of video
  • Each submission must be in MP4 video format (not audio)
  • Electronic video submission through our website

For full details see our Terms and Conditions

Central Florida’s Best: Celebrate With Us!

Celebrate With Us!

Since opening for business last year, we’ve grown to a membership of more than 500 talented musicians and industry professionals. As a fast and simple solution to gig challenges, we’re celebrating with a special event. Save the date for June 28, 6-9:00 p.m. EST

Central Florida’s Best

Live Music
Complimentary Appetizers Free Drink or Cocktail
Door Prizes
Great Networking, and more!

Wednesday, June 28
6-9:00 p.m. EST

Jazz Tastings
164 Lake Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751

It’s like a backstage pass to meet the most sought after musicians in the area.

Pro Musician’s List Networking Event





Karen Kai Alece Hodge and Rachelle Bivins launched Pro Musician’s List in early 2016. Both Jacksonville, Florida natives are accomplished entrepreneurs, currently residing in Central Florida.

Karen is a pop, soul, R&B, and jazz vocalist, writer, and band leader of Kai Alece & Company Dance Band. The artist’s latest release is a smooth jazz CD titled, REASON SEASON OR LIFETIME. Karen is a co-owner of Abyss Jazz Magazine.

Rachelle is the creator of Abyss Live, a Jacksonville, Florida entertainment live music night. She is also a co-owner of Abyss Jazz Magazine.

The Valve-less Scale Exercise For Trumpet

The valve-less scale exercise.  

This is an advanced exercise for trumpet players to help develop embouchure strength, pitch surety and control.

  1. Play a strong low F to establish pitch.
  2. Remove the tuning slide and play the same note. Hold the instrument lightly and finger as if playing normally.
  3. Slowly, play up the F major scale trying to pitch and centre each note. This will be very difficult to start with especially the first 3 notes after the F. The G, A and Bb are outside the natural harmonics on the leadpipe.
  4. As the notes begin to sound more easily, play the F major scale up and down slowly. (Always finger the notes as if playing normally)
  5. Finally, replace the tuning slide and play the F major scale again slowly without the valves.

This exercise can be extended into other keys and also into playing melodies. I like to play ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ after the scale exercise.

Caution! This exercise is extremely tiring and should only be performed after a good warm up and rest for 5 minutes before continuing practising.

Never play this exercise in the ear shot of a fixer! They won’t understand and will think you can’t play.

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