Hi! I’m Allison.

I’m a musician, teacher and entrepreneur from Wauwatosa, WI.

Category: Allison’s Music Hustle

  • A Decision, A Holiday, Some Events

    A Decision, A Holiday, Some Events

    It’s been a minute! Some updates, roughly in chronological order: …That’s the news that’s fit to print, so to speak. Happy Friday!

  • Telling a Story from Stage

    Telling a Story from Stage

    Songwriters are known for weaving together stories in song. This is expected; it is the art of what they do. Not every musician tells a story from stage – but I find myself transfixed completely, with those that can and do. Last week I attended a live performance of Ben Mulwana‘s, at The High Noon […]

  • Lessons from Jelly Roll

    Lessons from Jelly Roll

    Livestream. Pre-Orders. Shopify. It was all a part of one musician’s campaign to hype his new album via a 4/20 event. It’s stories like Jelly Roll‘s that come across as intimidating to a lot of independent artists, at first. He did what, with how many different platforms, how? It’s always interesting to me, learning how […]

  • VanderCook’s Disco Fever

    VanderCook’s Disco Fever

    Sometimes my work and personal lifes converge. That was absolutely the case over the weekend, as I made my way down to Chicago to catch my nephew playing saxophone and singing for VanderCook College of Music‘s annual pops concert and fundraising event. It was a delightful night. As guests arrived, we were greeted with appetizers […]

  • Statistics and Booking Musicians in the Music Industry

    Statistics and Booking Musicians in the Music Industry

    I hear it time and again, from those booking and/or otherwise hiring musicians: what are your stats? Spotify following/listens, Instagram and now TikTok stats, sometimes YouTube and often still Facebook – the numbers are out there, and they are being used… Whether you like it or not. They are being used to determine whether musicians […]

  • Linneman’s Open Mics

    Linneman’s Open Mics

    I personally am not a big open mic performer; I’ve done so a couple times, and may do so again… But I love to attend them, to hear what musicians are coming up with. You really just have no idea who’s going to show up, or what you’re gonna get. Linneman’s Riverwest Inn (Milwaukee) has […]

  • Sheboogie in Sheboygan

    Sheboogie in Sheboygan

    There’s a new movement in Sheboygan, WI to bring in more jazz to their scene. “Sheboogie” Jazz Connection is where it’s coming from. Local high school jazz pianist George Phillips is the one taking the lead on this – and it is quite the undertaking, indeed. George is looking to develop Sheboygan’s jazz scene through […]

  • Alliance Brass Quintet @ Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Alliance Brass Quintet @ Wisconsin Lutheran College

    My brass duo has been and will be on hiatus for a while. We’ve been making use of this “down time” by composing for ourselves, listening, learning and networking. On Friday March 31st Emmy and I paid a visit to Schwan Hall, on the campus of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee. We were there to see […]

  • Allison’s Music Hustle

    Allison’s Music Hustle

    When I was actively on social media, particularly on Facebook, for a little while I had a group going called “Allison’s Music Hustle” which would include my daily take on what I was up to (video update), music news I was learning about, and noticing what others were doing, as well. I encouraged other musicians […]