Thursday, July 30, 2015

USA: Vote for MoonJune Records and Allan Holdsworth

Dear MoonJune Friends
I would like to invite you to participate in the
(for music officially released between June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015)

The prestigious jazz magazine, "DownBeat" (the genre's leading media publication for many decades), is now conducting their 80th Annual Readers Poll. What is special about this particular poll is that, for the first time ever, they have included MoonJune Records for consideration in the category of "Best Record Label". While I view such categorizing as being completely subjective (I do not believe in using such labeling, as "the best" or "the worst"), it is actually quite flattering that DownBeat has included us -- as well as recognizing and acknowledging that MoonJune does, in fact, produces jazz. While the jazz presented on MoonJune is certainly not a style that will satisfy "jazz purists", or narrow-minded "jazzglodites", it is "de facto jazz."

MoonJune Records, based in New York is a truly independent, one-man-operation record label. I run it as a side activity, it is more help and dedication to my friends musicians: the many great musicians whose wonderful creations I am honored to present and promote. For many of them, if I didn't release their music, possibly no one here in the US would. (… and none of this would be possible without your much-appreciated continued support.) Directing MoonJune requires a lot of sacrifice. Anyone who knows me is familiar with the demands of my very busy schedule and activities, that include artist management, bookings, consulting, and deal making around the world which involves constant business traveling, and more. While being recognized by the premier voice of the jazz genre might be viewed as something small or maybe insignificant, to me it is a major step forward and represents a tremendous opportunity for MoonJune's many brilliant artists to finally get some recognition I believe they justly deserve. If you, too, believe it is deserving, I encourage you to please vote for MoonJune in the category of "Best Record Label", and for any MoonJune arrtists and albums in other categories.

On an even more personal note, a special vote is requested, also, for the legendary Allan Holdsworth -- a man of a most unique stature; a true genius. (Allan is busy working on the release of both archival and new material, through the generous support he has received from his current "Pledge Music" campaign.) If there is any artist that deserves to be in the Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame, and it is still not, in my opinion, it is most certainly the mighty Allan Holdworth.
You can only vote once from your computer, but any of your friends and family members (with different e-mail addresses) can vote from another computer, mobile phone or mobile tablet. Of course, you are free to vote for any other jazz leader, group or musician in any of the many categories.
I appreciate your time and your continued loyalty and support, and I hope you will take a few minutes to cast your vote for MoonJune Records in the 80th ANNUAL DOWNBEAT READERS POLL.

As always, thanks for Your support.
Yours in Music