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Encyclopedia > Session musician

Session musicians are musicians available for hire, as opposed to musicians who are either permanent members of a musical outfit or who have acquired fame in their own right. Although the term generally refers to musicians skilled in contemporary musical styles such as rock, jazz, country, pop, etc., it can also be used to describe musicians from classical and other traditional styles. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A sideman is a professional musician who is hired to perform or record with a group of which he is not formally a member. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...


Terms and usage

"Studio musicians" are session musicians who do not work outside of the recording studio environment. These players work exclusively inside a studio environment, sometimes for a single studio whereas a session musician may perform at concerts or in any other performance scenario.


Session musicians are used in any situation where musical skills are needed on a short-term basis, ranging from a few hours to many months. Typical uses of session musicians are:

  • in a recording studio to provide backing for advertising, film and television music
  • to provide instrumental or vocal backing for established solo artists or groups, both in the studio and in concerts and appearances
  • to act as temporary replacements for permanent members of a band or ensemble
  • to provide additional instruments or vocals when needed by a band or ensemble
  • in ensembles for theatrical productions

The term generally does not refer to: Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Billboards and street advertising in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, (2005) Advertising is paid communication through a non-personal medium in which the sponsor is identified and the message is controlled. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ...

Instead, session musicians perform with (and are hired by, or on behalf of) some other musical act or artistic production. A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... The Wedding Singer is a romantic comedy film by Frank Coraci starring Adam Sandler as a wedding singer, and Drew Barrymore as the object of his affections. ... A Bar band generally is a band that play smaller venues, usually at the local bars, and bring an audience that likes to drink. ... Orchestra at City Hall (Edmonton). ...


Apart from being highly competent at their instruments, skilled session musicians are also expected to learn parts rapidly, and to play music by sight (reading directly from the musical score).


The above definitions do not always apply to earlier times. For example, during the 1920s and 1930s most record companies had their own prolific "studio bands" turning out records of the latest pop hits. These were often made up by jazz and dance band musicians who were at the same time members of regular working bands and who divided their time between studio work (recordings as well as broadcasting) during the day and live performances in the evenings. Notable such "studio musicians" include Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Red Nichols, Miff Mole and Mike Mosiello. Tommy Dorsey (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was a jazz trombonist and bandleader in the Big Band era. ... James Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 - June 12, 1957) was a prominent jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and big band leader. ... Benny Goodman, born BenÅ‘ Guttman, (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz musician, known as King of Swing, Patriarch of the Clarinet, The Professor, and Swings Senior Statesman. // Goodman was born in Chicago, the ninth of twelve children of poor Jewish immigrants from Hungary who lived... Weldon Leo Jack Teagarden Trombonist (1905-1964) Weldon Leo Jack Teagarden (August 20, 1905 in Vernon, Texas - January 15, 1964) was an influential jazz trombonist and vocalist. ... Ernest Loring Red Nichols (May 8, 1905–June 28, 1965) was a United States jazz cornettist. ... Irving Milfred Mole, better known as Miff Mole (11 March 1898 - 29 April 1961) was a jazz trombonist and band leader. ... Mike Mosiello (full name Michele Alphonso Mosiello) (December 2, 1896 - June 3, 1953) was an Italian-born American trumpet player. ...


Notable session musicians

Many session musicians have long and successful careers. Some achieve considerable fame within the musical industry, although session musicians do not usually achieve popular celebrity. Notable exceptions include the members of the band Toto, formed by a group of regular studio musicians in Los Angeles; John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, who were well known as session musicians before their later success with Led Zeppelin; and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who started his career as a session musician before becoming a member of popular progressive rock band Yes). Toto (IPA pronunciation: ) is an American rock/pop/prog band which had their greatest commercial success in the 1980s. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... John Baldwin (born January 3, 1946 in Sidcup, London), better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English musician and was the bassist and the keyboardist for Led Zeppelin from its inception until the bands breakup following the death of John Bonham in 1980. ... James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born January 9, 1944) is an English guitarist and producer. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album) Led Zeppelin were an English rock band, and are one of the most successful groups in popular music history. ... Richard Christopher Wakeman (born May 18, 1949 in Perivale, London, United Kingdom) is a British keyboard player best known as the keyboardist for progressive rock group Yes. ... For the unrelated Swedish music movement, see progg. ... Yes are an English progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. ...


The 1954 recording session for the epochial "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and his Comets featured several session musicians, most notably guitarist Danny Cedrone, who performed the song's trademark guitar solo. This article is about the song. ... The original members of Bill Haley and His Comets, c. ... Album cover of The Best of Bill Haley and his Comets, showing Danny Cedrone, second row, third from right Danny Cedrone was a session guitarist who played with the band Bill Haley and his Comets. ...


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Session musician - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (386 words)
Session musicians are musicians available for hire, as opposed to musicians who are either permanent members of a musical outfit or who have acquired fame in their own right.
Although the term generally refers to musicians skilled in contemporary musical styles such as rock, jazz, country, pop, etc., it can also be used to describe musicians from classical disciplines.
Session musicians are used in any situation where musical skills are needed on a short-term basis, ranging from a few hours to many months.
Session - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (164 words)
A session is a gathering for a specific time period, usually recurring, but not necessarily regularly.
A court or other assembly is said to be in session when it convenes.
Court of Session, the supreme civil court of Scotland
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