Does ‘Whiplash’ get jazz right?

October 25, 2014

Have you heard of the new movie, “Whiplash”? It’s currently out in limited release, and it follows the journey of a young jazz drummer as he attends conservatory in New York.

Check out the trailer here, just in case this movie isn’t currently playing in a theatre near you.

The film is getting rave reviews. You can read this write-up from Entertainment Weekly here, and check out what The New Yorker has to say.

But those are all reviews from film critics. We want to hear what you, the musicians, think. Do you agree with this portrayal of a young musician’s struggle? Do you agree with this portrayal of jazz and jazz education? Do you agree with this view of jazz and music education, as it is being presented to the general public?

Let us know what you think.

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Pretend Music School

September 24, 2014

This latest post by percussionist Ivan Trevino is making quite a splash among musicians. He sets out some strong ideas for change in the way that music schools are educating their students. Asking for change is never easy, but just about everything on Ivan’s list has to do with a musician’s ability to be employed in the real world. (All of these skills are essential for a musician working on a cruise ship, too!)

Check out the article here:

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Orchestra Openings Coming Up

August 21, 2014

Dear musicians,

We have several orchestra spots to fill in the coming months. We’re looking for drummers, guitarists, sax players, trumpet players, trombone players as well as bass and piano.

If you are a strong sight-reader and improvise well, give us a call and we’ll set up your audition.

Toll free: 1-888-714-0964
or: 1-514-967-0964


Calling all Steel Drummers

August 18, 2014

We are in need of Steel Drummers for upcoming gigs with cruise lines. We’re looking for people who sing well and have good background tracks. You would have to apply as usual, with demo video of about 10-12 cover songs, full repertoire list, bio and photos.

Contact us for more details.


Music Jobs Available

June 26, 2014

Dear Musicians,

We are looking to fill several more jobs for bands and individual musicians. If you have a band that you’d like to put forward or you want to join one of the house bands, you should apply. Our jobs & auditions page outlines the various positions that are available and how to apply for them.

Let us know if you have questions.


A word of caution!

April 11, 2014

A new agency that professes to place musicians on cruise ships has decided to copy our website content verbatim. Besides the fact that this is illegal as our site is copyrighted, it goes to show that their managers don’t seem to have the passion, know-how and integrity to do the work themselves.

It goes without saying that applying for jobs with an agency like this will inevitably lead to disappointment and frustration.

Over the past 8 years, I have personally researched, gathered and posted every single bit of information on our sites myself, whether that’s in the form of podcasts, blog posts, page content and structure, and even menu items. I can proudly say that 100% of everything you see on www.oceanbound.com, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts are, and always will be original.

So, my word of advice is to be cautious about who you hire.

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Podcast Episode #30 – 4-piece Bands

April 4, 2014

It’s difficult enough to get a cruise ship gig at the moment. In this episode, I discuss what you can do to your band lineup and repertoire to increase your odds of getting a job.

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TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Vocal Processor Demo

February 10, 2014

I believe that it is important to stay up-to-date with technology to keep sounding fresh and interesting. I’ve long been a fan of some of the products produced at TC-Helicon. Here’s a great demonstration of their VoiceLive 3 Vocal Processor.

I find this vocalist does a good job at using this tool sparingly, which I believe is the key with tools such as this one.

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Chick Corea Interview

February 3, 2014

Here’s another one of those great interviews from over at the Sweetwater Music YouTube Channel. This time it’s with none other than Chick Corea. I’m convinced there’s not a musician on the planet that doesn’t have the utmost respect for this beautiful musician, so it’s especially interesting to hear him talk about improvisation and choosing the musicians he plays with, amongst other subjects.

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iReal Pro – Great App For Practicing Your Tunes

January 31, 2014

This iOS and Android app is such a good example of the tools that technology is putting at our fingertips. It lets you create chord progressions easily, then have a rhythm section play them so you can fine tune your improvisation skills.

Check out their website for a feature list. Here’s the itunes link to the app.

iReal Pro for iPhone and iPad from iReal Pro on Vimeo.

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