Alex Skolnick Trio Rocks The Jazz World

Alex Skolnick Trio
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music business: performance musicians


The music industry has thrived as a model of mass marketing. But it’s the personal relationships that make it grow. And as the old industry falls apart, those personal relationships, aided by the small world of the Internet, take over.

So, how do performing musicians take control of their lives, in addition to learning their craft, woodshedding (sitting in your room and practicing (in the woodshed) until you master your instrument and your ability to play music, then go out and perform), and praying?


There are more aspiring musicians in the world than basketball players dreaming of the NBA. And not many make it to the top.

They succeed by becoming entrepreneurs, learning to market, understanding technology, aligning themselves only with the best people, and building relationships.

This is the story of one of those people, a musician committed to being a master, an intelligent man, and a cordial human being.


Have you ever listened to jazz versions of heavy metal favorite melodies played by a master guitarist steeped in both worlds? Actually, if you are jazz fan but not into headbanging, you may love this.

My former bandmate, producer, world-class nature photographer, legendary jazz promoter (according to the New York Times, not just me), Michael Moryc [Facebook] called me a few years back. He was helping former Testament lead guitarist Alex Skolnick [Wikipedia] line up gigs for his trio’s east coast tour, and wanted to know if I could help.

Alex got a local gig at the Docksider, and we helped promote him a bit to the region. He had a good interview with “Dr. Rock”, Dave Richards, an enthusiastic supporter of music and great reporter. (Dave just announced the Grateful Dead’s new tour.

We had a wonderful dinner before I and a packed house were treated to a night of outstanding music by Alex, drummer Matt ‘Zebar’ Zebroski, and bassist Nathan Peck. And Erie became one of Alex’s favorite stops, (or so he tells me.)


You can listen to a range of their songs on, or at their MySpace page. You can get a feel of Alex the man through a guest blog he recently wrote on the MTV site.

I believe Alex also still tours with Trans Siberian Orchestra. But my favorite setting is his trio.

They’re touring California this month. If you have the opportunity to catch them live, I recommend it. Tell Alex I said hi, and I’m waiting for our next dinner.

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