[JPL] good career move

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 12 10:57:33 EDT 2006


That is usually the process.....with the artists stipulating what they need in the rider. I have seen situations where a venue has a Steinway but the pianist endorses Yamaha or another model - and the presenter just assumes that because they have a Steinway the artist will automatically play it - or should. This can become a legal issue with the artist and the company they endorse. I've gone through this with Sonor drums in playing festivals or where ever and the only drums available are Yamaha or DW or something else. Some put clauses in their endorsement agreements to protect them against situations like this - when the model they endorse isn't available - giving them permission to play something else. Also, from a technical standpoint many pianist aren't that thrilled with the way Steinway's have been built over the last few decades. The quality isn't the same and it's tricky today to find a really good one. 
   
  Larry, you're right in that Monk's Carnegie Hall concert..... I'll say..... at least started with a tuned piano but I would bet he didn't finish with one :>) Now you've got me thinking about this and I remember now on one of those Tokyo Concerts the piano was in tune. The piano rarely stayed in tune with him because of the way he played. He was another one of those physical players. 
   
  Jae Sinnett   

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My assumption (always dangerous, I agree) was that there is a standard 
technical rider that specifies the brand, and perhaps even model, of piano. If 
Regattabar was able to delete that (or if it wasn't included), good for them, 
bad for GR's management.

Interesting anecdote on D.C., thanks for that insight (one of my hobby 
interests is to chair the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, so this intrigue is 
...er... intriguing).

Ed

In a message dated 7/12/2006 10:09:56 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, 
jumpmonk at hotmail.com writes:

There is no "normally" in these situations unless it's stipulated in the 
contract. Specifics regarding who is responsible for what are usually 
spelled out in the rider, especially with something like an instrument. For 
what it's worth, when Mr. Rubalcaba played D.C. in 2003 he played a 
Steinway. And he pulled some last minute choas that nearly cancelled the 
concert.




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