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Jody Sandhaus

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How would you describe your music?

American Song Book primarily...Jazz standards-swing, ballads

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

"In a group I choose the songs I want to sing and count the tempo off. In the studio I choose songs, which cut, balance, everything along side the engineer. I decide where to spend money..if to spend money. Actually my husband (also a jazz musician) and I discuss what to do. It seems its becoming an area where the people hired to promote are making more money than the artists themselves."

Describe your gear.

"For a gig if I need my own equipment: EV microphone, yamaha self powered monitor, EV speakers, Mackie mixer, power amp, speaker stands, fold up music stand, cart (at times), music bag with charts, Alessis reverb unit, assorted cords and power strips, stand for monitor"

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

"I do think in my area (jazz) men are more dominant. They are suspicious of women musicians and their abilities. Perhaps some women got where they are because they wear low cut necklines, and shorter hems on album overs/magazine pages. I think that is true too. My personal experience has been one that has been fair. I don't expect special treatment, I am a team (ensemble) player. I am not a diva. "

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Yes, I think the younger women are better educated.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

"I wasn't given any helpful advice. The one thing I tell musicians starting out is that they have to be honest-musically speaking. As long as one is honest, they will find people who appreciate it and are swept into the music because it is heartfelt. I think that's what makes one artist different from another."

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

"I loved singing and love lyrics. I played piano through college as well. I sang and played the guitar for a summer during college."

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