Industry Profile: Danny Kapilian

— Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen

Danny Kapilian is a New York-based music producer, programmer, and consultant for performing arts centers, festivals and theaters, including Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Festival Productions, Lincoln Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the World Financial Center in New York, Central Park SummerStage, and the Experience Music Project.

In the early-mid 60's, Danny was exposed to classic Broadway show music and mainstream pop (Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone, Johnny Mathis) on the hi-fi, and Leonard Bernstein's "Young People's Concerts" and the Ed Sullivan Show on TV. His older sister, listening to New York's great Top 40 radio stations - WMCA, WINS and WABC - turned Danny onto the new hit music by The Beach Boys, The Four Seasons, all of the early Motown stars, the first British Invasion, and most of all the Beatles. She also turned Danny on to early folk, including Peter Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

In junior high school and continuing through high school, Danny played classical cello, performing with the New York City All-High School Orchestra in a Carnegie Hall performance when he was 15. At the same time, his best friend and a close older cousin were turning him on to the music of John Mayall, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Blues Project, blues pioneers Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and B.B. and Albert King, The Mamas and the Papas, The Doors, The Who, The Kinks, The Lovin' Spoonful, Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa and the Mothers, and early Led Zeppelin. This mind-blowing music experience led to an unfocused period (lasting about 10 years) of sex, drugs, and rock and roll which brought his cello playing to an unfortunate halt (though he never forgot how to play or how to sight-read and arrange music), but brought him fully into the world of the last days of the Fillmore East and the old New York Academy of Music, and all possible money went to buying records and concert tickets.

Danny's first serious gig was as the stage manager at Irving Plaza, then one of New York's most exciting venues for new rock and pop music. After more than a year there, he worked as a member of the stage crew at the Ritz, the venerable East Village (11th Street) club run by Jerry Brandt (who in the mid-late 60's had opened the legendary St. Marks Place music and drug haven, The Electric Circus). The two-plus years at Irving Plaza and The Ritz were Danny's real higher musical education. There, he worked with artists including Frank Zappa, James Brown, Joe Jackson, Tina Turner, The Damned, Prince, The Pretenders, Robert Fripp, Kraftwerk, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, OMD, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cramps, Chuck Berry, David Johansen, John Cale, XTC, Joe Ely, Nico, Todd Rundgren, Public Image Ltd., Johnny Thunders, The Police and Iggy Pop, among dozens of others.

This period was followed by the first of many road tours (over a 14-year period) working as a sound engineer, production manager and tour manager, with artists as disparate as The Jim Carroll Band, The Fatback Band with Grandmaster Flash, Steve Forbert, Roberta Flack, Tony Bennett, Shonen Knife, George Benson and Ornette Coleman. In between was a lengthy stint as the house sound engineer at Harlem's Apollo Theater and consulting work for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), beginning in 1985 with Twyla Tharps' "Sinatra Songs" and continuing through Lou Reed and John Cale's "Songs For 'Drella" in 1989.

It was only on Danny's 30th birthday that he was first turned on to jazz in any meaningful way, starting with Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" and the music of Thelonius Monk. Jazz revolutionized his musical life, throwing an entirely new and clearer perspective on the classical, rock, Broadway, soul and pop music he already knew well. Within three years, he was hired by George Wein's Festival Productions as a staff producer for the Mellon Jazz Festivals in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival and festival tours in Europe, presenting artists such as Miles, Dizzy, Sonny Rollins, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, David Sanborn, and literally dozens of other jazz greats.

Throughout the 1980's, Danny taught a music course at New York's New School University, eventually bringing in special guests for one-on-one talks and Q&A, including Tony Bennett, Marianne Faithfull, Suzanne Vega, David Byrne, Ruth Brown and Linda Hopkins, and Fred Schneider of the B-52's. In the early 1990's, Danny was a producer and tour manager for The Bottom Line's songwriter-in-the-round series, "In Their Own Words", on five tours of North America, with Allen Toussaint, Marshall Crenshaw, Johnny Clegg, Joe Ely, Michelle Shocked, Guy Clark, Graham Parker, Difford and Tilbrook (of Squeeze), Jill Sobule, Jules Shear and other pop singer-songwriters.

Danny was a talent coordinator for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards from the first event in 1986 until 1998, held (primarily) at the Waldorf-Astoria. There, he worked the first five years for Bill Graham, who was Danny's principle mentor in the rock and pop business. At these events, he worked alongside virtually every living star in rock and soul music including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Aretha Franklin, Sam Phillips (the Sun Records producer), Steve Winwood, Pete Townshend, Phil Spector, Johnny Cash, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and many, many others.

In 1995, Danny co-produced (with Al Kooper) his first album, For The Love Of Harry: Everybody Loves Nilsson. The tribute collection featured new recordings of Nilsson originals by Randy Newman, Aimee Mann, Jimmy Webb, Ringo Starr with Stevie Nicks and Don Was, Jellyfish, Brian Wilson, Adrian Belew, Marc Cohn, Peter Wolf and Victoria Williams. This was followed by another CD collection, Songbook, by jazz legend Benny Carter, featuring guest singers Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Shirley Horn, Jon Hendricks, Peggy Lee, Bobby Short, and others interpreting original Carter songs. Danny also co-produced two groundbreaking CDs by the virtuoso clarinetist and composer Don Byron, Bug Music and Nu Blaxploitation.

Around this same period, Danny's work for BAM expanded to include producing the theater's free outdoor summer concerts, now the annual BAM Rhythm and Blues Festival, presently in its eighth year. There, he has presented a who's who in the R&B world, including Percy Sledge, Sam Moore, Chuck Jackson, The Manhattans, Darlene Love, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Ronnie Spector, Bobby "Blue "Bland", The Impressions, The Chi-Lites, Gene Chandler, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Ruth Brown, Solomon Burke, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, The Main Ingredient, The Holmes Brothers, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, The Dramatics, Booker T and the MG's, the Average White Band, Irma Thomas, Henry Butler, The Staple Singers, N'Dea Davenport, War, The Bar-Kays, Confunkshun, Nona Hendryx, Robert Cray, Dr. John, Olu Dara, Eddie Floyd, Roy Ayers, Burning Spear, Mandrill, Speech, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Fontella Bass, Leon Russell, Angelique Kidjo, Johnnie Johnson, Jerry Butler, Clarence Carter, Third World, Felix Cavaliere - and in 2002, Maceo Parker, The Wild Magnolias, the North Mississippi All Stars, La India, The Brothers Johnson, Wilson Pickett, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Ernest Ranglin and Toots and the Maytals.

His recent original productions at the BAM Opera House include "Party at the End of Time", a concert performance of the complete Prince album "1999" by The Roots, Vernon Reid, and guests Joan Osborne, Angelique Kidjo, Carl Hancock Rux, Bilal, and many other guests; "A Magic Science", a multi-media performance of music by Jimi Hendrix, featuring Medeski Martin & Wood with the Gil Evans Orchestra with guest guitarists Vernon Reid, Hiram Bullock and Chris Whitley, plus other guest musicians and a live vintage late 60's San Francisco liquid light show ("A Magic Science" was presented a month later at Benaroya Symphony Hall in Seattle by the Experience Music Project); and "The Next Wave of Song", a showcase of contemporary pop singer-songwriters - in 2001, featuring Rufus Wainwright, Meshell N'degeocello, and Beth Orton, and this coming Fall, 2002, featuring Ben Folds, Stephin Merritt (of Magnetic Fields), and Marc Anthony Thompson (of Chocolate Genius). Danny's other recent original live productions have included "From Spirituals To Swing" at Carnegie Hall, a remake of the original 1938 historic performance organized by John Hammond - featuring the music from the 1938 program performed by Don Byron, Joan Osborne with The Holmes Brothers, members of Los Lobos, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Geri Allen Sextet, Dianne Reeves, Dr. John, and the McCollough Sons of Thunder gospel trombone ensemble; "Kind of Blue At 40" for the JVC Jazz Festival, featuring Wallace Roney, Geri Allen, Ravi Coltrane, Vincent Herring, Buster Williams, and the original "Kind of Blue" drummer Jimmy Cobb (It was the first-ever live concert performance of the classic Miles Davis LP in its entirety), and the program later toured Europe and Japan; "Joni's Jazz", a benefit for Central Park SummerStage - an all-star Joni Mitchell celebration with Joe Jackson, Chaka Khan, Vernon Reid, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Jane Siberry, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross, Toshi Reagon, John Kelly, PM Dawn, Joni Mitchell, and many others; "Rickie Lee Jones and Friends" for the opening of Seattle's Experience Music Project, featuring guest Joe Jackson and a chamber orchestra; and "Remain In Light", a performance of the music of David Byrne and Talking Heads at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art by Vernon Reid, Nona Hendryx, Carl Hancock Rux, and a band comprised of some of New York's best rock and hip-hop musicians, with specially commissioned video accompaniment from three artists.

This year, Danny produced "Broadway Artists Sing the Music of Billie Holiday" for Carnegie Hall on April 22, 2002, featuring music director Terence Blanchard, and guest singers Oleta Adams, Alan Cumming, Lea DeLaria, Rebecca Luker, Jimmy Scott and Tom Wopat. The program, now called "Broadway and Friends Celebrate Billie Holiday", will be presented by Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in Chicago on July 12, with new guests Nnenna Freelon and Lou Rawls, and again on July 17 at the Hollywood Bowl with additional guests Dianne Reeves and the debut of a new Atlanta-based performer, Lizz Wright. Also this summer, Danny has programmed 15 free summer concerts in Lower Manhattan at the World Financial Center, and in Battery Park including appearances by Randy Newman, John Scofield, Maceo Parker, Rosanne Cash, Wilson Pickett, and Dar Williams.

Have you ever wanted to promote a concert and take the risk?
Yes, of course, once I win the lottery. Seriously, I'm not set up to take on serious financial risk on any of my productions. That's not a statement at all about how firmly I believe in them, because I would venture to say that better than 50% of my original productions have been sell-outs. What has worked for me so far is that I've found a niche or two or three along the way... ideas that have worked so far for performing arts centers and festivals which have been looking for ways to present musical performers who are usually financially or artistically unavailable to them, or artists whose agents and managers don't have these kinds of presenters and venues on their radar. I've managed with some success to present live music events that are new and different for these presenters' respective seasons (or for their musical oeuvre) by appealing to musicians' own secret (or not-so-secret) musical desires. So, I've tried to bring together performers who wouldn't usually share the same stage, and/or who wouldn't usually be performing the music that I've asked them to if it's in a theme presentation (a Prince or Joni Mitchell or Billie Holiday tribute of sorts, for example). I love to see what can grow from the seeds I plant. That's always exciting. My programs also sometimes offer me the opportunity to slip in a terrific new undiscovered talent. That is particularly exciting for me, the artist and the audience. That has happened for me with Carol Burnett's daughter Erin Hamilton in the Joni Mitchell event in Central Park, with Bilal in his first big public appearance in the Prince "1999" event at BAM, and it will happen again next month with a great young singer from Atlanta named Lizz Wright (who has just signed with Verve) in her first big live performances in the "Broadway and Friends Celebrate Billie Holiday" performances on July 12th at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and on July 17th at the Hollywood Bowl.

What is your favorite venue to present shows?
It obviously depends on the kind of presentation, as every one is appropriate for different reasons at different venues. The ones that come to mind as all-around potentially brilliant venues for both the performers and the audience are the BAM Opera House, the BAM Harvey Theater, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Bowery Ballroom, the Bottom Line, the Apollo Theater, and Central Park SummerStage in New York; the Park West in Chicago; the Fox Theater in Boulder; the Phoenix in Toronto; the Fillmore, the Warfield, the Great American Music Hall and Bimbo's in San Francisco; the Academy of Music in Philadelphia; First Avenue in Minneapolis; the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles; and the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals in Rhode Island. Next month will be my debut at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and the Hollywood Bowl in L.A., so I'll get back to you. One fantastic venue I miss a lot was the old Ritz in the East Village in New York.

What is the dream concert you have tried to put together but haven't yet?
I can't say what that is publicly, because the project has been with me for too long. It's too good to give away, and I'm definitely going to produce and present it. The only thing I'll tell you is that it will be a pinnacle project of a new direction I will start moving in shortly, and that is to begin to produce truly original new music productions - work that will utterly redefine the concept of musical theater.

Why always a freelancer?
Honestly, it really kind of just happened that way. It was never specifically planned. The one thing I knew from the beginning was that I wanted to work at something that I really loved, and that clearly indicated to me retaining as much freedom to pick and choose as possible. The rest has all basically just fallen into place. I've just been following my nose, and trusting my gut instincts.

First industry job
There are several that qualify as firsts (music store jobs, college radio, and all that), but the three that really mattered were in the Winter of 1980: January 1980, I was a volunteer production coordinator for the first Experimental Intermedia Foundation festival of performance art, staged at the Guggenheim Museum. I can't understate the importance of that one-week gig, as the performers included Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman and many other pioneers. That experience set the stage for what began in 1985 as a 17-year professional association with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, still ongoing.

Immediately following that was a two-week tryout on the stage crew at The Bottom Line. For reasons that I never understood, I didn't work out there, but I've remained very close friends with the club's owner, Alan Pepper, ever since. In early March 1980, I was offered a tryout as the stage manager at Irving Plaza, then managed by a young ex-club owner from Poland (the venue was and still is the home of the New York chapter of the Polish-American War Veterans Association) and booked by Jane Friedman (publicist for the Woodstock Festival and ex-manager of the legendary Mercer Arts Center - home of the New York Dolls). That first weekend was a two-night engagement with Blue Angel (Cyndi Lauper's great original band), opening for the amazing XTC, touring in support of their new hit album "Drums and Wires". I didn't know all or even half of the details necessary, but I understood the bottom line: get the show up and running efficiently and relatively on time. Let the guys whose jobs I didn't understand, but clearly understood their importance, do their job. The two nights were riveting. I got the job and stayed for almost a year and a half (and became a lifelong XTC fanatic). It was the ultimate rock school - working with many more amazing acts than can be remembered. I learned to not only deal with artists, managers and technical crews, but how they all did their jobs. I also watched and heard a ton of incredible music performances up close, and had the best time of my life.

Career highlights
A tiny handful of thoughts... hanging out drinking, smoking and chatting after the Joni Mitchell event in Central Park with Joni, Chaka Khan, and Eric Anderson until the sun came up... presenting two events at BAM in 1999 and 2000 - the Prince and Jimi Hendrix programs - both of which really pushed the envelope for what performing arts centers had ever presented on their stages... producing my very first large-scale event in June 1984 -- a benefit for the St. Marks Poetry Project at The Ritz (the great old rock club in the East Village) with Richard Hell as host, and performances by Todd Rundgren, The Fugs, The Jim Carroll Band, Allen Ginsberg, and many more than I can remember... being hired by the Lincoln Center Festival as production manager for four historic concerts by Ornette Coleman in 1997, and afterwards (and until today) becoming a close friend and colleague with Ornette and his family... during the research work for the CD collection "For The Love Of Harry: Everybody Loves Nilsson", being brought by Harry's widow Una Nilsson to visit Harry's grave... being the house sound engineer for a year and a half at the Apollo Theater in Harlem in the early-mid 1980's (the most emotional and most fun job I ever had), which ended with me entering myself in the famed Apollo Amateur Night (I sang "My Cheri Amour")... going out on my first tour in 1982 as what I believed to be the stage manager for the Jim Carroll Band - only to be informed upon our arrival at our first show that I was also the house sound engineer - and we were opening for the J. Geils Band at the 20,000-seat Montreal Forum - and I'd never mixed live sound before... taking Shonen Knife (as tour manager and sound engineer) on the road as the opening act on what became the last tour by Nirvana, a thrill standing for many nights alongside Kurt Cobain and the rest of the band that I can't adequately express... touring Europe for three summers (as tour manager) with George Benson and the Count Basie Orchestra and visiting virtually every amazing summer festival there, from Montreux to Istanbul to Nice to Barcelona to Rome to the immense North Sea Festival in the Hague... selling out Carnegie Hall with the Billie Holiday program this year.

Career disappointment
I haven't made enough money to catch a serious breather.

Greatest challenge
Every day.

Best business decision
To never live a structured, regimented, Monday to Friday life.

Best advice you received
Bonnie Raitt said, "You are who you spend your time with." Roberta Flack told me to "always remember to write it down." But the bit of advice that mattered the most was from my late dad: "Be a mensch."

Best advice to offer
Work at what you love the most and be relentless about giving it everything you've got.

Best industry moment
Being on-stage at the only-time-ever live reunion of Cream at the 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel in L.A. (they played "Crossroads", "Born Under A Bad Sign", and "Sunshine of Your Love", and it was perhaps the most riveting, ferocious, emotional music moment I've ever witnessed - as if not one day, rather than 25 years, had passed by).

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
How much I really, deeply admire the life and career of John Ashcroft...

Office paraphernalia
My dog Barkis.

Industry pet peeve
Lying, greedy, lazy, inattentive fuckhead bastards at record labels, agencies, management companies, etc., who don't give a flying fuck about assisting their artists' careers in innovative and creative ways. Endlessly infuriating and fodder for stories and small talk among the caring music people.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...figuring out how to capitalize on my limited talents to do similar work in theater, movies and performance art, and writing.

Industry mentor(s)
Bill Graham, Leonard Bernstein, John Hammond, George Martin, George Wein, Harvey Lichtenstein, Allan Pepper.

Danny can be reached at 718-788-6666 (10 am. to 6 pm. only); e-mail: kapilian@aol.com

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David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
Joel Flatow, RIAA 12/13/11
Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
Jeff Fluhr, StubHub 10/06/06
Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
Sam Foxman, Contemporary Productions 01/06/06
Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
Mike Fraser, Record Producer/Engineer 10/11/08
Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gélinas, Festival d’été de Québec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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