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The Entrepreneurial Musician Blog by Andrew Hitz featuring articles on being an entrepreneur in the music business. Show notes for The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast.

TEM 19: Ron Davis, Canadian Jazz Pianist on the Dangers of Being Fungible, Why Sales Is Such a Huge Part of What Musicians Do and How He Is the Prototypical Example of a Portfolio Musician

Andrew Hitz

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Ron Davis is one of the preeminent jazz musicians in Canada who is known for his innovative collaborations and forward thinking. He is a performer, writer, arranger and teacher who has taken a fascinating route to get to where he is today.

He began his professional career by becoming a lawyer. He then got his PhD in French and became an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Then incredibly, after 10 years of not playing a note, picked music back up and became one of the most successful jazz musicians in all of Canada.

Episode 19 may be found on iTunes or streamed below.

Topics Covered:

  • The courage it took for him to get out of his well-paid and steady "cul-de-sac" of a job to become a full-time musician again
  • How he is the prototypical example of a portfolio musician
  • Why sales is such a huge part of what musicians do
  • What drives the innovative collaborations that comprise his project Symphronica
  • The dangers of being fungible

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