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Ralph Jaccodine management

MBJ Cut Time: Episode 1 - Interview with Ralph Jaccodine

MBJ Cut Time Episode 1 - Interview with Ralph Jaccodine
Berklee College of Music's 'Music Business Journal' Podcast.

Exclusive interview with industry professional and Berklee professor Ralph Jaccodine discussing current industry management techniques and trends.

Happy Holidays from Ralph Jaccodine Management!

Happy Holidays from Ralph Jaccodine Management!

Greetings from Ralph Jaccodine Management!

2018 has been a great year for our management team of Brittany Bethune, Jeremiah "Ice" Younossi, and Ralph Jaccodine and our roster of amazing artists!

We are proud to work with hardworking and talented artists serving music fans all around the world. Thanks to Livingston Taylor, Rebecca Loebe, Shun Ng, Magic Dick, Ellis Paul, Flynn, Kemp Harris, and Pat Pattison.

Collective, our artists have performed over 225 shows in 14 countries including Canada, Bermuda, Panama, Ireland, Singapore, China, Malaysia, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Cameroon, and all across America.

In October, Ralph was honored with the 2018 Club Passim Legacy Award, recognizing years of dedication to the organization and the Boston music industry. This comes after 12 years of serving on the Passim Board of Directors and 25+ years of our artists performing on their historic stage. Ralph will continue to be on the Passim Advisory Council.

Some highlights from the year:
Livingston Taylor

With a busy touring schedule & teaching at Berklee College of Music, Liv hosted his first retreat this Summer with folks from all over the country in attendance.

The documentary film about Liv, "Livingston Taylor - Life is Good" premiered at film festivals across the globe & was picked up by Amazon Prime.Click here to watch the trailer!

Liv also taped a live performance for American Public Television. Big news! See it around the country next year.

LIVe - Livingston Taylor Live box set is a project finally ready for your collection. It features 86 previously unreleased live recordings from 50 year, from 1969 through present. This set will also include the documentary film & a photo book with notes from Liv. Out spring 2019!
Rebecca Loebe

Rebecca signed to Blue Corn Music & has been working on her next studio album. With a release date of February 2019, "Ghosts" has already received the attention of Billboard, who premiered her music video "Ghosts". Check it out here!

She has continued to tour throughout the US, UK, & Europe & is touring all three markets in support of her new album.

Her newly formed trio Nobody's Girl debuted this year. They completed two great tours in the spring & fall. They signed with Lucky Hound Music & released their EP "Waterline" this fall. The title track was listed on Rolling Stone Country's top 10 songs of the week over the summer.
Kemp Harris

New to the RJM roster this fall, Kemp is a Cambridge-based composer, musician, children’s author, actor & teacher.

As a musician & composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron & Koko Taylor. He wrote & performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater & Complexions Dance Company. He has also composed for WGBH TV / Boston.

Kemp also composed the credit soundtrack for “An Unreasonable Man”, a documentary about the life & career of Ralph Nader. It is now the theme song for Mr. Nader’s weekly radio talk show.
Shun Ng

Shun continues to tour as a duo with Magic Dick, founding member of the J. Geils Band.

He also has a new project, Shun Ng & The Shunettes, that began touring last year.

Shun has been touring internationally solo, with Magic Dick, and with The Shunettes, with trips across the USA, as well as Bermuda, Panama, Canada, China, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Pat Pattison

A legendary professor at Berklee College of Music, Pat is recognized as one of the top songwriting instructors of all time. Past students include John Mayer, Gillian Welsh, David Wilcox, & Mike Gordon (Phish), to name a few.

"I took a class with a great teacher named Pat Pattison... I learned a lot in that class...and I still read that book, Writing Better Lyrics. I think it's great."‚Äč
- 7-time Grammy winner John Mayer


For the first time in 10 years, he is hosting a Boston songwriting workshop Writing Better Lyrics, also the title of his best-selling book. This will take place at theCenter for Adult Education on April 6.

Pat also hosts masterclasses around the work, including Australia in January.
Ellis Paul

We continue to work with our longtime friend and client Ellis Paul.

The ever-touring Ellis has been working on his next album "The Storyteller's Suitcase". He's been funding the project through his fan base & will be releasing the album in spring 2019.
Jeremiah Younossi at RJM, management & international agent for Albert Johnson pka Prodigy frontman of iconic new york hiphop duo, Mobb Deep from 2001 until Johnson's passing in June 2017.

During his tenure with Prodigy & Mobb Deep, Ice produced hundreds of successful concerts across the world & supported Prodigy’s endeavors including catalog reissues, books, speaking engagements, activism for prison reform, a Blue Note NYC Residency & more.

"Ice" wanted us to share this wonderful Podcast he worked on this past year with NPR / WNYC chronicling the life & illness of the beloved New York MC.

Introducing The Realness:
The Untold story of Albert “Prodigy"

The slate wrote:
Prodigy was known for his ability to tell gritty and often nihilistic stories grounded in the black experience of what Cornel West calls the underside of the American democratic experiment, and The Realness beautifully and empathetically reveals why his songs have such an edge. It’s not because he was, like Jay-Z, born into a family where he felt he had to sell drugs or that he, like Nas, felt his genius was underappreciated. Prodigy’s struggle was more personal, and it took his life on June 20, 2017, at the age of 42.

From Ralph, Brittany, Ice, and our team of interns, we wish you a happy, healthy, and rockin' 2019!

Ralph Jaccodine Receives the Club Passim Legacy Award!

Ralph Jaccodine Receives the Club Passim Legacy Award

For Immediate Release
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Ralph Jaccodine Recognized with Passim Legacy Award

Award Recognizes Individuals Who Have Demonstrated Extraordinary Commitment to the Organization

Cambridge, MA, October 30, 2018 – Recognizing years of dedication to the organization, Passim announced that it has bestowed the Passim Legacy Award on Ralph Jaccodine, founder of Ralph Jaccodine Management and faculty member at Berklee College of Music.

“For more than a decade, Ralph has been a part of the Passim family, serving on both our Board of Directors and our Advisory Council,” said Jim Wooster, Executive Director of Passim. “His unwavering commitment, depth of knowledge and willingness to help guide the organization over the years has been unmatched. We are thrilled to honor him with this award and publicly recognize his contributions.”

The Passim Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to the organization, and whose contributions have had a profound and lasting impact on Passim, its members, and the community served by Passim. These contributions have enriched the lives of members of our community, consistent with Passim’s mission of helping the performing arts flourish by providing exceptional live musical experiences, nurturing artists at all stages of their careers, and building a vibrant music community.

Jaccodine’s work with Passim traces back to the organization’s transformation from a music club, under the leadership of Bob and Rae Ann Dolin, to a non-profit organization. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for twelve years, ensuring the financial stability of the organization while helping to expand the mission to serve a greater community. He currently serves as a member of the Passim Advisory Council.

“Passim has been an integral part of my life, first as a fan and then throughout my career where many of my musicians began to play. Over the years, I began to see my support of the organization as a way to give back to the music community that has shared so much with me,” said Jaccodine. “Like many members of the Passim community, I view the organization as a national treasure. I am honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing to share Passim’s mission to the greater music community.”

As founder of Ralph Jaccodine Management, Jaccodine has emerged as an important voice in the music community in Boston, helping musicians build lasting careers by focusing on hard work and doing things for the right reasons. Jaccodine is also a full-time faculty member in the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music.


About Passim
The mission of Passim is to provide truly exceptional and interactive live musical experiences for both performers and audiences, to nurture artists at all stages of their career, and to build a vibrant music community. Passim does so through their legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach programs. As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of our predecessors-the historic Club 47 (1958-1968) and for-profit Passim (1969-1994). We cultivate a diverse mix of musical traditions, where the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience and teachers and students. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national and international artists. Our ultimate goal is to help the performance arts flourish and thereby enrich the lives of members of our community. For a complete schedule, visit www.passim.org.

Ralph Jaccodine Management Partners with Kemp Harris!

Ralph Jaccodine Management Partners with Kemp Harris
Ralph Jaccodine Management is proud to announce the expansion of the the roster to include Cambridge-based artist Kemp Harris. Kemp has a long and varied career as a songwriter, storyteller, actor and activist. For 40 years Kemp has been an educator as well as a children's book author. He has acted in films, TV shows, commercials and is as comfortable on stage with artists such as, Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor and Gil Scott-Heron as well as performing sold out shows playing solo or with his smokin' band.
Check out Kemp in action (put Link to video here)
Blues Revue nailed Kemp with a review stating: "Harris has his finger on the pulse of the modern world with an intensity born of awareness, and he writes with an understanding of what our lives lack.  He delivers this wisdom with a timeless voice.
Ralph Jaccodine Management a 25 year old artist management company in the Boston area. They have helped develop careers of artists such as: Livingston Taylor, Martin Sexton, The Push Stars, Ellis Paul, Rebecca Loebe, Shun Ng & Magic Dick, Antje Duvekot, Adam Ezra Band, Bang Camaro and others.
Welcome Kemp Harris!
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"Kemp Harris is a thief, a tease and a heartbreaker. He knows too much. And it’s all right there when he sings. Beautifully there. He'll take your breath away."
- Tom Ashbrook, Host of NPR's On Point

Kemp Harris is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor, and teacher. Born in North Carolina, Kemp taught himself piano and was writing songs at age 14. As a musician and composer, Kemp has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and blues artist, Koko Taylor. He wrote and performed “If Loneliness Was Black” for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Dance Company. Kemp has also composed for WGBH Public Television/Boston.

Kemp’s album, “Sometimes In Bad Weather”, is a thoughtful tapestry, exploring the intersection of American Roots music, Jazz, and African Folk influences. Kemp’s second release, “Edenton” is a blues inspired journey, featuring the Grammy-nominated Holmes Bros providing additional vocals. Kemp composed the credit soundtrack for “An Unreasonable Man”, a documentary about the life and career of Ralph Nader. It is now the theme song for Mr. Nader’s weekly radio talk show.

Kemp taught kindergarten and 1st grade in the Newton Public Schools system for 38 years. He wrote the
children’s book/song “Snow”. He has since retired yet continues his storytelling in elementary schools. Kemp
looks forward to exploring all aspects of his artistic interests.

"Earthy, insightful, haunting... sacred and profane. Harris is in perfect communion with the Holmes Brothers and his earthy band."
- Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat

"Harris has his finger on the pulse of the modern world, with an intensity born of awareness and he writes with an understanding of what our lives lack. He delivers this wisdom with a timeless voice."
- Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue

Live From The David Bieber Archives : 082418

Live From The David Bieber Archives  082418

Ralph Jaccodine was featured on the August 24, 2018 episode of "Live From The David Bieber Archives".

Check it out here!

Livingston Taylor Joins The APA Roster!

Livingston Taylor Joins The APA Roster
We are thrilled to announce a new booking partnership between Livingston Taylor and APA Agency! APA is one of the top agencies in the business with a wide variety of artists including Ani DiFranco, Judy Collins, Brian Wilson, Bruce Cockburn, David Bromberg, and Burt Bacharach... just to name a few!

For booking information on Livingston, please contact Seth Rappaport: srappaport@apa-agency.com

Flynn & Robert Mueller

Flynn amp Robert Mueller

Flynn and Robert Mueller (Director of the FBI)

Flynn performed at the Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Service.  July 2004.

WGBH's Front Row Boston featuring Shun Ng

WGBH039s Front Row Boston featuring Shun Ng
March 1, 2018 – Award-winning finger-style guitar virtuoso, Shun Ng, performs live at WGBH's Fraser Performance studio with drummer Lesley Mok.

My Guitar, My Guiding Light - Shun Ng feature in Star2

My Guitar My Guiding Light - Shun Ng feature in Star2
Once dismissed as a failure because of dyslexia, Shun Ng went on to find his niche in life through music. This guitarist extraordinaire has even caught the attention of multi Grammy-winning producer, Quincy Jones.

By N. RAMA LOHAN
star2@thestar.com.my

“THE next thing I knew, someone was banging on the toilet door. It was my manager, who told me Quincy was talking about me.” Shun Ng walked out nonchalantly in an attempt to calm his nerves, but he should have known better. And just as he arrived at the main area where architect Frank Gehry’s house party was swinging, he caught the eye of multi Grammy-winning producer, Quincy Jones, who duly introduced him to the audience.

Of course, the two men are no strangers. Ng had performed for Jones at his home upon the music legend’s behest, after the octogenarian had watched him in the music video for the song Get On With It with Singapore’s King Of Swing, Jeremy Monteiro.

Four years on, and that performance by Ng now marks one of many highlights in his young yet chequered career. It’s hard to fathom this was the same young man who was once dismissed as a failure because of his dyslexia. The ill-educated perceptions served nothing else but to hurt his confidence.

“I never realised how badly it affected me until later. I grew up with low self-esteem because of it,” revealed the Singaporean, who was born in Chicago, the United States.

As a child, though, he at least found a calling in gymnastics. “I was a hyperactive kid, and the one most likely to jump into a sponge pit. But that environment (gymnastics) became too competitive for me, and I began to hate it within a couple of years. My coaches pushed me hard, and my parents felt I should stick to something, but all I was trying to do was quit,” he said, ruing the time spent. Naturally, that interest died quickly, even though he persevered for several years – until a friend brought a guitar to the gym one day. That’s when everything changed.

In the instrument, Ng found a voice, a calling that would have him dedicate his life to the six-string.

“I felt like there was nothing I could do well at that age, but the guitar changed that. Learning to play that first chord felt like an achievement,” he shared, detailing his start as a musician.

That first chord learnt soon led him to learning all the parts on Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, a challenge thrown at him by a friend which he duly took up and accomplished. Did he play it for Mr Jones, then? “No,” he responded sheepishly.

A stint at Singapore Polytechnic to pursue an Associate Degree in Music and Audio Technology when he was 16 did little to convince him that formal education was the way forward. Poor results needlessly discouraged him further. “I didn’t do well, and it was just a struggle. Reading music was tough, and it made me feel like I would never be good.” But even in the throes of despair, the guitar remained his guiding light.

Music not being predominant in his household barely deterred Ng, too, and soon, he was learning the classics by ear.

“I passed off (the Beatles’) Hey Jude as my own to my dad,” said the 27-year-old, with a hearty chuckle, revealing that it was his old man who bought him his first guitar for his 14th Christmas. “Music was an escape, and that’s how I became a student of it,” he added.

It was the blues that truly turned him on his head, the mournful, rootsy idiom resonating with him like no other.

“Blues is raw, and the way it’s played has an intellectual feel. Emoting is important, and though there are only five notes in the blues, I loved it and I dove straight into it.”

There’s the ill-advised belief that the blues is nothing but an interminable jam session, but Ng disagrees. “People need to listen to the great old stuff, where you can feel the pain in the music and lyrics. For some reason, people are scare to delve into the sorrowful element of the blues,” he opined.

Ng, though, dipped liberally into the wellspring of blues influences, absorbing the sounds of Robert Johnson, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Freddie King. While cutting his teeth in the genre, he was fortunate enough to ply his trade in the club circuit in Chicago, playing with grizzled old hacks and younger musicians alike.

“They taught me that the blues is about being a family. They all treated me like one of them and were so encouraging. They loved the idea of a Chinese kid playing the blues,” he said, of the experience.

The flame of desire in him grew exponentially, and in 2012, he released his debut album, Funky Thumb Stuff, which even drew the attention of revered guitarist Tuck Andress, of duo Tuck & Patti. The album was also the entry point in him gaining Jones as an audience and fan.

But fate had other ideas for the budding guitar player, and upon the recommendation of Singapore’s Cultural Medallion winner, Dr Kelly Tang, he was awarded a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, and was eventually selected for the prestigious Artist Diploma, an esteemed programme for highly recognised musicians.

This educational stint, though, yielded something much more meaningful – being in Boston allowed him to cross paths with 1970s blues rock outfit J. Geils Band’s harp player, Magic Dick. Ng and Magic recorded the God Of Father of Soul, James Brown’s clas- sic Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, a cool bluesy rendition of the gem.

Ng currently tours with a duo of back-up singers, powerhouses Deon Mose and Angel Chisholm, who are collectively labelled the Shunettes, a moniker clearly inspired by 1960s vocal girl group The Ronettes.

He may still need years to emulate his heroes, but he has certainly set himself on the right path and dug deep into a genre that best represents him.

“I feel nothing has been more satisfying than learning life through music,” he said. And based on his meeting with Jones at the elder statesman’s home, where they spoke about everything but music (“We talked about life, ribs recipes, culture, architecture ...”), life has already presented him with a perspective that could only serve him well in future.

Welcome Pat Pattison!

Welcome Pat Pattison
World-renowned songwriter and professor, Pat Pattison, has officially joined the roster!

Pat Pattison is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches lyric writing and poetry.

In addition to his four books, Songwriting Without Boundaries(Writer’s Digest Books), Writing Better Lyrics (Writer’s Digest Books), The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure(Berklee Press), and The Essential Guide to Rhyming (Berklee Press), Pat has developed five online courses for Berklee Online: three on lyric writing, one on poetry, and one on creative writing, all available through online.berklee.edu, and more than 1,300,000 students have enrolled in his coursera.org MOOC "Songwriting: Writing the Lyric" since its first run in 2013. He has written over fifty articles for various blogs and magazines, including American Songwriter, and has chapters in both The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi) and the Handbook on Creative Writing (Edinburgh University Press).

Just recently, Pat's book, Writing Better Lyrics, was mentioned in Songwriting Magazine's top 10 books for songwriters in commemoration of World Book Day! You can read the article here!

Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Pat’s students include multiple Grammy-winner Gillian Welch, John Mayer, AND Tom Hambridge, Karmin, American Authors, Liz Longley, Greg Becker, Charlie Worsham, and many more.

Meet Ralph Jaccodine of Ralph Jaccodine Management / Berklee College of Music

Meet Ralph Jaccodine of Ralph Jaccodine Management  Berklee College of Music

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ralph Jaccodine.

Ralph, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started promoting concerts in my hometown of Allentown, Pa. And then at the University of Notre Dame where I was the concert commissioner. I was able to work with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Rush, Kiss and Livingston Taylor, who years later I started to manage.

After a decade in the commercial real estate business in downtown Boston, I embarked on another career chapter and started a record label with my friend Mike Dreese, the founder of the Newbury Comics retail chain.

Eventually, this set me on a 25-year path of managing artists such as Livingston Taylor, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, The Push Stars, Adam Ezra, Rebecca Loebe, Shun Ng & Magic Dick from the J. Geils band and others.

Five years ago I joined the faculty of the Berklee College of Music and eventually, was promoted to a full-time faculty position in the Music Business/Management department which is where I have found an inspiring new home.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There is no smooth ride in the music business.

As a manager, I am paid a commission from what independent touring musicians make traveling the globe. The climate for the musicians, and for the music industry, in general, is always changing, growing, and sometimes shrinking, sometimes at the same time.

On most days there is never a dull moment.

The job of a manager is not for those who thrive on consistency, or security. Managers ‘eat what they kill’ so it is a job of constant hustle and creating something out of nothing… much like the job of a musician.

Somehow I have managed to have amazingly talented artists to partner with which has helped smooth out many of the bumps in the road. It has also created a lifetime of good stories.

Ralph Jaccodine Management/ Berklee College of Music – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Ralph Jaccodine Management was established in 1994 in Boston as an artist management company built on integrity and tenacity. The company has thrived with years of success launching musicians and their artistic projects in an ever-changing music business.

The RJ Management company also runs Black Wolf Records which initially partnered with nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul, then other artists, to create a catalog of music, visual media and book releases.

The philosophy is indie and fiercely independent with global reach in mind for our artists. The goal is to dedicate building lasting careers, focusing on working hard and doing things the right way for the right reasons.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is leading a balanced life where my heart, mind, spirit, body… and bank account all get proper attention.

Success is when I can be in the moment… and understand how darn lucky I have been with being given another day to do what I do.

Ralph was interviewed last month by the 'Mentoring for the Modern Musician' podcast. He discussed his 25-year career of managing muscians. Click the link below to listen to the podcast.