Louis Marks and Ropeadope Records

Interview with Louis Marks


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Jazz on the Tube’s Ken McCarthy interviews Louis Marks of Ropeadope Records, an artist-friendly, jazz-friendly label in “East Philly” that’s blazing new trails in the art and science of connecting musicians with audiences via recorded music.

Louis and Ken discuss one of the label’s recent projects, a self-produced masterpiece by Eddie Palmieri called “Sabiduría” (“Wisdom.”)

They follow that with the story of the label’s participation in the musician-led movement to save and rebuild New Orleans after the 2005 levee failures and flood when so many TV talking heads and politicians were advocating that the city be bulldozed.

Finally, Louis shares his vision of how labels can adapt to the new business and distribution realities of the 21st century while simultaneously strengthening artists and giving fans more choice.

You can check out Eddie Palmieri’s “Wisdom” (“Sabiduría”) here

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

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