Tag Archives: Jazz


23. Overcoming Entrepreneurial Hurdles as a Musician with Emmet Cohen

When you can mix your passions with entrepreneurship, great things can happen.

In this episode, Charlie Epstein is joined by jazz musician Emmet Cohen, as they talk about how Emmet’s passions and entrepreneurial spirit collided. Emmet shares his story of finding success as a mission, and how he was able to channel his passions and create a community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emmet discusses:

  • How he originally found his passion for music and when he discovered he could turn it into a career
  • The importance of having a mentor, and the impacts his mentor had on him
  • How the pandemic impacted his career
  • What led him to create an online community through Emmet’s Place
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is in the vanguard of his generation’s advancement of music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept.


Episode 13 – A Musician Whose Passion Is Supporting Musicians – With Mike Epstein

At some point in life, we all question who we want to be in the future and what it would take to achieve it.

In this episode of Yield of Dreams, Charlie Epstein sits down with his nephew, Mike Epstein, president at Epstein & Company. Mike reveals how music, drumming, and jazz guided him to determine his future. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • When Mike realized that music was speaking to him 
  • Mike’s cruise ship work experience and how it gave him 13 years of luck  
  • The difference between artist management and booking 
  • When Mike realized it was time to go on his own and start his own business
  • And more!

Listen today to find out how Mike discovered who he wanted to be and how music contributed to his success!

Resources: Charlie Epstein | Epstein Financial | Mike Epstein | Epstein & Company | National Independent Talent Organization  | National Independent Venue Association


Episode 12 – From New Orleans to the Rest of the World – With Guest Delfeayo Marsalis

According to many, Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the best musical trombonists of his generation. He is a top jazz composer and producer and comes from a family who has earned the nation’s highest jazz honor.

In this episode, Charlie Epstein sits down with the one and only Delfeayo Marsalis. Today, Delfeayo reviews and reflects on his musical journey and discusses how his trajectory and values have shaped him into the individual he is today.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How has it been to learn from the “the best” of the jazz industry: Delfeayo’s experience 
  • How Delfeayo got his start in the music and trombone world 
  • Why financial security may be one of a performer’s main concerns 
  • Why family and mental health are so important to Delfeayo  
  • And more!

Tune in to find out everything you need to know about Delfeayo Marsalis’ journey as a trombonist, jazz composer, and producer!

Resources: Charlie Epstein | Epstein Financial | Delfeayo Marsalis | Facebook | Instagram | Otter | No Cell Phone Day