From: Falk Willis/JazzHeaven.com
To: You, a World-class Musician
RE: recording a kick-butt Music Instructional Video with us & at a very fair deal (you get almost 50% of the final sales price)
[CURRENT ARTIST ROSTER: Eric Harland, Kenny Werner, Jerry Bergonzi, Oz Noy, Vincent Herring, Dave Kikoski, Geoffrey Keezer, Lage Lund, Lincoln Goines, Portinho, Jean-Michel Pilc, Ari Hoenig, Ralph Peterson, Ingrid Jensen & more.
=> Check out our 90-second trailer/sneak preview! -> The 2nd video below!]
Geoffrey Keezer: “Looks fantastic and everything is top notch! I really like the transparency, too. Really like the piano video (overhead split, close-up side view, etc.). Well done!“
Jean-Michel Pilc: “Thanks, Falk! A real pleasure to work with you. Smooth, professional, efficient and fun. Definitely the ideal way to do this.“
Welcome! Click on the play button below for a short intro Video from JazzHeaven.com founder Falk Willis for you:
[PLEASE NOTE: we recently managed to get JAZZHEAVEN.COM, so that is IT. No more JazzMusicHeaven.com! => Ignore the references below.] (Video Problems? Refresh the page. Or download the latest Adobe Flash Player. It's free.)
Best way for you to quickly see what the deal is:
1) Check out our 90-second Trailer/Sneak Preview below to see that we are dead-serious about production quality.
2) Then watch the video presentation BELOW the trailer. (It should give you a very clear idea, plus answer 99% of your questions)
Saw enough already to know that this is gonna be good? ;)
Email us via falk[at]jazzheaven.com
But, seriously, hit the play button below now and check out the Video Presentation I made for you:
[Again, it's JAZZHEAVEN.COM from now on; no more JazzMusicHeaven.com!]
If you prefer READING instead of Video, you may also download the TEXT version as a PDF for easy offline consumption.
(Just right-click the previous link and save to your desktop.)
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=> Download it & check it out at your leisure (right-click link & ‘save as'):
iPod Video download
iPhone Video download
MP3 Audio-only download
PDF of just the presentation slides (for quickly glancing through what's covered)
As mentioned in the video, I was a professional jazz drummer for 14 years myself.
Here is a link to some “old sins” of mine with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gary Thomas and Kenny Wheeler.
A few things I forgot to mention in the above presentation:
1) You could get the DVDs at 25% of the retail price (= 75% discount) from us, for you to sell at shows & clinics
2) On another note: you could obviously also incorporate PLAY-BACKS into your instructional videos, i.e. you demonstrating things by playing along to any tracks you brought to the session. (As mentioned, you could also bring actual fellow musicians or students to the shoot.)
3) For ease of bureaucracy: payout to you will be QUARTERLY, not monthly, as stated in the Video above
4) Equivalent to first subtracting expenses for the DVD creation, before paying out 50%, for the streaming online version of the video, we'll first withhold $5 for hosting costs, before we pay out 50%. So, in essence, we each eat $2.50 of that expense.
We recently hired a web compression & web video expert to consult with us. Here is a quote from his report:
“In general, your current encoding practices seem the most advanced of all the competitors that I found. Your streams have a larger resolution and better quality, and the composition and camera work is also superior. This makes for better instructional material and more impressive video.“
As you can see at the top of this page in the header, the original artwork for the site is quite intricate and beautiful.
Zoe Matthiessen also created the artwork for sites of Nina Simone, Larry Goldings, Ari Hoenig, Dr. Lonnie Smith or Sonny Rollins’ label, Doxy Records.
Check out the artwork for all the different instruments here.
(Update: we no longer will use the “child websites”. It's all gonna be part of JazzHeaven.com – but, we WILL still use the beautiful original artwork for individual instruments' DVD covers, etc.)
At this point, we genuinely hope you are interested in participating in JazzHeaven.com!
We VERY carefully selected the artists we want to work with, and it would be an honor to work with you!
(Participation is by invitation only.)
Get in touch: email me at
Also, feel free to drop me a line regarding any and all questions and/or feedback you may have.
Talk to you soon,