Jayme Stone is not a human being, he's a laser beam. A pure, focused stream of creativity, positivity, and productivity. Do not let the fact that he plays banjo dissuade you, he's the real deal. Hell of a cook too.
I have worked with Jayme as he's operated in many different capacities as a producer, bandleader and collaborator. He has such a unique aesthetic sense and far-reaching vision with musical projects, and really knows how to play to everyone's strengths in any musical situation. He has that rare knack for keeping his eye on the big goal – whether it's making a record, a setlist, or writing a tune while he attentively digs into the mechanics of keeping the process moving forward. When we made my record a few years ago he always had a take on the music or an idea that nobody else was seeing, which really helped unfold all the tunes in cool ways. He's always been very professional and, most important, a real joy to work with.
Jayme's production on "An Evening in the Village" was invaluable. He offered endless creative arrangement ideas from rehearsal, to the studio, and into post-production. As energy invariably can flag on long and demanding studio days, he brought the perfect balance of drive, candor, and team-building to most any situation. He showed openness and innovation on ideas with editing, mixing and mastering, and endless attention to detail that kept us all on our game. In the end, my musicianship and ability to make better records has been tremendously expanded as a result of working with Jayme.
I am so touched by this album and what happened on it. Besides bringing great musical expertise and sensitivity to the project, you also created such a wonderful collaborative “family” community during the creation. This brought things together in a way that was musically beautiful and creative, but also very personal….this is something that changes a recording at a very deep level. Thank you for being the consummate and talented professional you are…but for also being a person of good heart and kind spirit.
The most organized musician on the planet.
- Lance Walker
- Petaluma Concerts, Petaluma, CA
Jayme is the type of musician and businessman that sets an example for the rest of us. You know he's onto something when you walk into a workshop on "How to Book Yourself Without an Agent" and the bulk of the attendees are professional musicians. Everybody in the room walked away with useful information, from the hobbyists to the nationally touring professionals.
As a independent musician, I have been booking myself and my band for the past 20 years. I have to admit that I learned more from two hours with Jayme than I have learned on my own in the past two decades. Jayme clearly knows what he's talking about, has the track record to prove it, and offers very concrete, usable, and effective suggestions for musicians of all levels.
Jayme Stone's “How to Book Yourself Without an Agent” is a must-do for any artist who wants to get their act on stages and into festivals across North America. So much info is geared toward the "Sonicbids beginner artists” out there, it's hard for mid-level artists to find mentoring—but Jayme's workshop is perfect for the pro artist who's ready for the next level. Jayme is full of useful, creative, non-cliche info. Bring a thick pad of paper, you'll want to take lots of notes!
Jayme brought a wealth of first-hand, real-world experience and delivered his content with clarity and humor. I even learned a few things myself! I'll definitely bring him back.
- JEFFERY NYCHT
- Entrepreneurship Center, University of Colorado
Jayme Stone’s workshop is the real deal. No platitudes or cliche’s about the music business; just shrewd insight into building a touring career. If you aren’t afraid of the truth or hard work, this workshop will move you forward. Most importantly, Jayme’s workshop gave me permission to embrace the truth about who I am musically; and the means to frame a career around that truth.
Jayme is professional, energetic and interesting to listen to. With his real life experiences, he help shed some light on parts of the industry that once seemed inaccessible. He breaks down the invisible walls we put up for ourselves and logically puts things into perspective to make you realize a career in music is possible. His insights took my game to the next level.
Jayme thinks outside of the box. Always inspired by him as a musician, composer and producer (and overall human, really) his counsel in my career continues to blow open my world and the way I think about the music industry. He finds the most efficient and successful pathways to get where he wants to go and runs those paths without wavering. He is a force.
What a joy to hear Jayme Stone's Lomax Project come to fruition on our stage after discussing the project for so long. Jayme put together a wonderful ensemble that thoroughly engaged the audience with their virtuosity, their musical integrity, and their irrepressible charm. This concert is a presenter’s dream… great music, low tech and passionate artists who are easy to work with and deliver the goods!
- Mervon Mehta
- Royal Conservatory, Toronto, ON
Our audience still hasn't stopped talking about the Lomax Project! The concert was truly a joy from beginning to end: beautifully performed, charmingly presented, with much variety and clear scholarship and research behind the music selected. The stellar performers connected deeply with our audience and it was one of the highlights of our 2015-16 season.
- Natalie Neuert
- UVM Lane Series, Burlington, VT
Jayme, I was so pleased with how you took the time to understand what we were trying to accomplish in our Alan Lomax Centennial residency. The combination of your knowledge of the topic and your extremely sensitive handling of the artistic material is nothing short of impressive. It’s clear that the musicians in your group have deep respect for you and the powerful artistic space you create for them—and that’s obviously heavily rooted in your musical gifts, but it extends way beyond that to your intellect and your openness as a human being. All of us here were deeply touched by your generosity of spirit throughout every part of our engagement. We very much look forward to when another “Jayme Stone Project” will be presented in our community.
- Todd Wetzel
- Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
The Lomax Project delivered an artist residency that compelled musicians too often separated by the artificial boundaries of genre and town-and-gown to gather and celebrate joyful, courageous music-making. Jayme Stone is an artist-revolutionary for our time.
- Mark Rabideau
- 21CM at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
One of the best concerts in the last twenty years!
- Mike Barker
- Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, Peterborough, ON
Jayme is a tireless partner on any musical project and venture willing to pursue the smallest detail in order to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for all concerned. He is a clear presenter of ideas that can come to fruition.
- Tom Hart
- Colorado Chautauqua, Boulder, CO
Working with Jayme was a pleasure. We were already fans of his music and contacted him to compose the soundtrack to our first short films. We sent him some musical references, and he got the sound we were going for right away. He composed the score, hired the musicians, played, recorded, and got the music mixed and delivered to us on schedule. His wonderful score heightened the emotional impact of our film and greatly added to its appeal. He was professional, punctual, and a privilege to work with.
Jayme is one of the most well rounded and intensely curious musicians I have had the opportunity to study with. He not only helped me take my banjo playing to new heights, but he also helped me with song arranging and provided invaluable career advice when my band was releasing our CD. I would recommend anyone who can take lessons with Jayme to do so!
- Charlotte Formichella
- Fort Collins, CO
To put it simply, working with Jayme has been by far the best thing that's every happened to my banjo-playing. When we started, I'd been playing on and off for over 10 years, and felt very much stuck at a certain level. Within the first minutes of our very first lesson he had already pointed out fundamental problems with my wrist and right-hand position, and started remaking how I play.
But beyond just telling me "do it like this," Jayme explained the theory behind why that was a better way to play, invoking physiology and ergonomics. That depth of knowledge, from someone who has spent a lifetime thinking deeply about the banjo in all its aspects, is priceless.
But maybe the best thing about working with Jayme is that it's just a lot of fun. It's been over five years now, and our lessons are always a highlight of my week. That's translated into a real eagerness to practice, and I've come to love the banjo more than ever. I can't overstate what a difference it's made to have Jayme, a true virtuoso and master of the instrument, as my mentor.
- David Marmor
- Los Angeles, CA
Jayme has helped me drastically improve my banjo playing. All my bandmates would agree. I recommend Jayme to anyone looking to explore single string, improvisation, and theory while still maintaining a strong focus on fundamentals and traditional repertoire.
- Wilson Harwood
- Boulder, CO
Jayme and I have done lessons both on Skype and in person. He taught me several different ways of approaching single-string style, melodic variation on fiddle tunes, compositional techniques, and different ways of working with the metronome. He helped with my right-hand technique and also with overall relaxation while playing. Jayme is a patient and articulate teacher. Always receptive to a student's interests and armed with a vast musical knowledge, Jayme serves as a wonderful guide through the world of music, via the banjo. I couldn't recommend him highly enough.
- Max Wareham
- Northampton, MA
Jayme's approach is eye opening and fresh. He has a way of looking at music (and everything really) that makes you see things like its the first time and allows you to learn in ways you never realized possible. Every lesson I had with Jayme left me reeling with ideas for my banjo playing. His teaching style is interesting, fresh, and always exciting. No lesson was ever boring, every question and idea of mine was met with interest and creative answers, and he always pushed me to my music limits and left me feeling like I could accomplish more as a musician than I thought possible.
Jayme is a knowledgeable artist in multiple areas and meets my specific need every time I walk through the door. From music theory, to album artwork, to banjo, Jayme guides with a gentle, efficient hand.
- Mary Beth Cross
- Denver, CO
What impressed me the most about Jayme was his ability to communicate to the group his approach to the banjo and his thought process for playing through various musical situations. Very few musicians (let alone banjo players) posses the technical knowledge of music theory that Jayme has. As such, Jayme is able to communicate fresh ideas for note choices and phrasing for songs and musical passages along with why they work. Jayme did an excellent job of catering to each student's questions and musical goals.
- Peter Kaufman
- New Haven, CT
Jayme demonstrated fabulous musicality and technical mastery of the banjo. He was inspirational and bravely bit into complex topics - like the physical action of plucking the string - and broke them down with demonstrations and participation in simple group exercises. Jayme also created an inclusive and respectful atmosphere in his workshop.
Working with Jayme has really helped my playing and overall musicianship. He quickly analyzes my playing and articulates specific ways to improve. He knows a lot of musical genres and weaves diverse styles in his approach to them, so I can explore a broad spectrum of playing with Jayme. I always take away a lot.
I took Jayme's workshop in Brooklyn and he is a uniquely precise, flexible, and knowledgeable teacher. He can go in depth and focus on your problem areas and expand your knowledge based on his vast understanding of music as experienced through the banjo.