Meet the manager of Augsburg Jazz

Interview with Steven Schwartz, Augsburg Jazz Band Manager

1. What is your major/minor? What year are you? What is your hometown?

I’m a sophomore Music Business major and I’m minoring in Management Information Systems and Marketing. I was born and raised in Fond du Lac, WI, a city with a population of about 40,000. Fond du Lac is roughly seventy miles northeast of Madison.

2. You’re the jazz band manager? What exactly is involved with this responsibility? What is your favorite thing about it?

Yes, I am the Jazz Band Manager. The Jazz Manager position involves keeping the band organized and on time for rehearsals, concerts, and Sunday morning church run-outs where we play our gospel praise music. Continue reading “Meet the manager of Augsburg Jazz”

Auggie books spring jazz concert at Dakota Jazz Club

jazzSara Horishnyk isn’t afraid of a little self-promotion. Just ask, and this gregarious Auggie will tell you about her latest adventures and where her band, Bigbody Applehead, is playing next. Last spring, the Augsburg College senior pitched herself and the idea of taking on an intern to Dakota Jazz Club co-owner, Lowell Pickett. “It took him a long time to decide,” she said, but eventually Sara got the job.

At first, the Dakota staffers didn’t know what to do with their first-ever intern, so Sara was assigned ticketing work in the office. Soon, her organizational skills and enthusiasm landed her the responsibility of booking hotels and transportation for nationally known artists such as Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Hugh Masekela, John McLaughlin, Toumani Diabate, Booker T. & the MG’s, and many others. She continues to work part-time for the club, even taking phone calls from a musician’s frantic stage manager while she was on tour with the Augsburg jazz band this past year. Continue reading “Auggie books spring jazz concert at Dakota Jazz Club”