[JPL] 18 YEAR OLD JAZZ SINGING WAITRESS TO SIGN MILLION DOLLAR RECORDING CONTRACT

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Thu Jun 14 15:24:07 EDT 2007


On Thursday 14 June 2007 02:56:28 pm Phillip Greenlief wrote:

> I mean, Tony Williams was only 19 when he started playing with Miles,
> right? So I guess there is a precedent. But somehow I don't get the
> feeling she has Tony's talent.

Don't forget that Tony had already played with Jackie McLean before he joined 
Miles. Jackie went to Tony's mother and asked her if Tony could join his 
band. Tony also had been play around town with excellent musicians. He often 
played with Sam Rivers and I'm pretty sure he was the house drummer at one of 
the clubs here in Boston where he played with many different artists as they 
came through town.

This is like those athletes when they get out of college and sign for 
outrageous amounts of money. They haven't played a second in the big leagues. 
My guess is that the record company will put her through a rigorous campaign 
of artist development. Translate that to say they will cultivate the image of 
her in the €800 dress and then promote her like crazy.

Tony's biggest gig before he joined Miles was certainly bigger than a wedding!


Eric Jackson
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> Or, I'm just getting old and cynical...
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