About Me

[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.



11 Responses to About Me

  1. Hello Dave, I wanted to thank you for your review about my record Sintra Project, i was not expecting something like this and i´m really glad with it, and it is an honor to have what you wrote about my music, i hope that we can keep in contact for you can listen my next works, sory for my bad english.
    Best regards
    And congratulations for your site and excelent reviews.

    Ass: Ricardo Pinto

    • davesumner says:

      Hey, Ricardo.

      Thanks for the kind words.

      My email address is above. Please feel free to shoot me a message when you have new projects in the works. I’m always interested to hear cool new music.



  2. John Yao says:

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks so much for reviewing my album on http://www.birdistheworm.com. I really appreciate your kind words and am thrilled that you enjoyed the record!

    Also, thank you adding me to the MP3 download of the day on all about jazz, very happy to be part of that part of the site.

    As I was reading the review, I noticed one minor error. You have “Joe” Irabagon where it should be “Jon.” Can you please make this minor edit?

    Thanks so much.



    • davesumner says:

      Hey, John. Thanks for visiting.

      I’m happy to have discovered your music, even happier to help share it with others.

      I’m looking forward to hearing even more, including something from that big band of yours.


      P.S. Fixed Jon’s name. Amazing that something like that can slip through no matter how many times I edit something. Even more incredulous, I spelled his name correct two sentences later. Unbelievable. Well, edited now.

  3. John Yao says:

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks so much for making the minor edit, not to worry. I’ve done that a million times myself! Thanks again for taking the time to write about my record. I’ve been working on a Trio Project as well as the Big Band and look forward to getting it you soon.

    Thanks again!



  4. Chelo Segui says:

    Hi Dave
    thank you so much for reviewing my album “From Now On”,
    I appreciate your interest!
    Take care
    Chelo Segui

    • davesumner says:

      Hey there, Chelo.

      Happy to oblige. Thanks for stopping by the site. Be sure to keep in touch as you move on to new projects.


  5. John Hart says:

    Hi Dave,

    Just thought you might like to review the new album by Ping Machine, Encore. I’ts a fine piece of music, wonderfully recorded.
    Lots of those lovely vibes on this one!

    Keep up the good work on your excellent site.

    Best wishes
    John Hart
    Lincoln, England

    • davesumner says:

      Hey, John.

      Thanks for stopping by and the kind words.

      I’ll have to look into that Ping album.



  6. i would like to thank you for the review about my music and my new cd.its is so nice targeted just like i had talk to you.Really made me happy and more strong to keep on writing new music.thank you so much Dave…

    • davesumner says:

      Hi, Christos.

      Thanks for stopping by the site, and you’re certainly welcome for the album review.

      I dig through the new jazz releases listings almost daily, and it always thrills me to find under-the-radar albums, like yours, that stand out from the crowd.

      “Wish You Could Stay” is a real enjoyable album, and you should be proud of it. I highly encourage you to keep at it and write more music and continue working on your craft.



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