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Table of Contents

Part One: The Great Ones; Part Two: The Ten Best Italian Artist Lists and the Recordings; Part Three: The Newer Fellers; Part Four: Special Features; Part Five: Honourable Mentions.

About the Author

David Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger, consultant, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur. In all these pursuits, he works to push boundaries while connecting with new audiences. A multidimensional composer who listens to a colossal range of styles, his eclectic output reflects this musical world. His music regularly features interdisciplinary components, and his playing is as wide-ranging as his composing, stretching what it means to be a pianist. Performances regularly incorporate improvisation, humor, audience interaction, choreography, technology, costuming, unique collaborations, and secondary instruments.


"Hands down, the most valuable resource available for aspiring musicians!" -- Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist, Kronos Quartet "In an age when many say the arts are dying, Cutler writes to musicians with authentic and accurate optimism. If you've ever wondered why someone else succeeds instead of you, read this book. Much more importantly, you will discover countless ways to make sure it's you that people are wondering about the next time!" -- Jeff Nelsen, hornist, Canadian Brass "The Savvy Musician makes it quite clear that it s YOUR business and YOUR career. My advice: Not reading this book is an enormous risk." -- Dame Evelyn Glennie, solo percussionist, Grammy Award Winner "Cutler deals beautifully with every dimension of a musical career visioning, missioning, marketing, financing, and most importantly, musicing weaving them together in a well-presented mosaic." -- Tayloe Harding, president, College Music Society (2005-07) "An inspiring book, with an education on every page. The case studies alone are worth the price!" -- Greg Sandow, veteran critic for the Wall Street Journal "As I read The Savvy Musician, I kept nodding my head "yes" and saying "that's right". I've been in this business for over 20 years, and each chapter affirmed my past, confirmed my present, and inspired my future." -- Kim Nazarian, jazz vocalist, New York Voices, Grammy Award Winner "The beauty of The Savvy Musician is its broad approach. Cutler paints a holistic picture of what it takes to prosper as a contemporary artist. His insistence that musicians look both inward and outward is progressive and needed." -- Gary Beckman, founder, Arts Entrepreneurship Educator's Network "The Savvy Musician unveils a vision for a healthy musical future, articulating 99% of what we need to do. The missing percentage is YOU, the reader." -- Ranaan Meyer, bassist and composer, Time for Three

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