[Updated: January 7, 2013]
My name is Dave Sumner. This is my site.
I’m obsessively focused on jazz in the present tense. Every week, I scour the jazz new releases listings for anything that sounds interesting. I’m all over the self-produced and small-label releases.
I write a weekly article for music retailer eMusic.com in which I recommend the better new jazz releases from the most recent drop. I also contribute content to their blog, 17 Dots… cool videos, free tracks, upcoming releases, etc. I’m the former AllAboutJazz Download of the Day editor, and I occasionally write reviews for their site and conduct interviews… however, my involvement with AAJ is severely curtailed as I focus on Bird is the Worm. I also sporadically write for Music is Good. I’m planning to begin hitting up some other sites with pitches.
I also write fiction novels, though that’s not the reason you’re viewing this page right now, is it? More relevantly…
I’m going to be more jazz advocate than critic. I’m not gonna be trashing albums or musicians on here. There’s too much great music out there to be wasting time talking about music I don’t like. But like anyone with an opinion, I can be abrasive, so don’t expect a series of fanboy posts, either.
My inbox is always open to jazz musicians and labels. If you want me to review your album for this site, go ahead and contact me and we can talk about it. If you send me a promo cd, the only promise I can make is that I’ll give it a solid listen; anything after that is reliant on my personal taste in music and the whims of my schedule. I should warn you, I’m pretty much flooded with emails and promo cds on a daily basis, so there may be a delay between when you send me something and when I’m able to respond. That said, at some point, I get around to everything that makes it my way, and I give honest listens to everything, so if you’re patient, then it probably wouldn’t hurt to hit me up with a question or request. I’m always looking for my next favorite album, y’know?
Before contacting me about writing an album review, you should read this column first.
I am available to write liner notes, artist bios, and other featured content.
I am beginning to offer promotional opportunities on Bird is the Worm. If you are a label, artist rep, or artist, and would like to discuss proposals, please feel free to contact me. Rates are reasonable.
I occasionally hang out on the AllAboutJazz forum and the emusers forum.
Thanks for visiting Bird is the Worm.