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MUSICIAN! A Practical Guide for Students, Music Lovers, Amateurs, Professionals, Superstars, Wannabees and Has-Beens Paperback – July 27, 2010
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About the Author
As a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dan Wilensky played with jazz, funk, rock and folk bands while studying saxophone with Joe Henderson and piano with Julian White. At 18, he toured with Ray Charles. After a brief stint at the Eastman School of Music, he toured with jazz great Jack McDuff, then moved to Manhattan where he played first as a street musician, and subsequently on hundreds of records, films, jingles, and TV themes. Wilensky received a National Endowment Award for jazz performance in 1986, and went on to tour or record with over 250 artists, including Steve Winwood, Santana, Manhattan Transfer, David Bowie, R. Kelly, Cornell Dupree, Slickaphonics, Joan Baez, Mark Murphy, Faith No More, Madonna, Deodato and James Brown. Wilensky also played on many film soundtracks, including The Smartest Guys In The Room, Hairspray, Happiness, and A Chorus Line, appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The View, and Late Night With David Letterman, and performed in many music videos. He was featured for 12 years on the Emmy-winning PBS children’s show "Between the Lions." Wilensky has recorded 4 CDs as a leader, and is the author of 2 method books, and articles for many publications including Downbeat. He performs, records, and teaches worldwide.
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Constance Emerson Crooker
Author of Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death, and Tent Camping
Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death, and Tent Camping
Dan Wilensky's world-class musical skills are one-in-a-million, but the results of where those skills have taken him, and the experience and lessons he has since distilled, are here for musicians of every caliber to absorb and for all readers to enjoy.
Enthusiasm always makes a great teacher and it is plain to see that this author has a lot to teach us about music and life. From handling success, to dealing with failures, plateaus and dry periods, the concepts presented here are applicable to almost every career. You can not help but take serious note of any suggestions coming from someone who has played with so many of the great artists of our time. I would highly recommend sharing this book not only with every musician you know but also with your friends and family.
I think this book would be a perfect gift for a student or young adult, just starting on their music journey. I also think it is perfect for that weekend warrior type of has-been or wannabe who is currently doing music as a hobby. They can all benefit from the advice. But I also believe that seasoned musicians will enjoy the stories and the overall attitude of the book. They will probably also find a few more ways to get gigs, that they hadn't thought of before. They will definitely get inspired.
Oh, and have you checked out Dan's music? Some of his CDs are on Amazon. Listen to one of his songs and you'll know, this is someone who knows what he's talking about! It's a treat, that he writes as well as he plays. I wish more musicians could write a book like this.