[Dixielandjazz] Musician's Pay - MILES DAVIS ALBUM, KIND OF BLUE

Dave Hanson jazzdude39 at comcast.net
Sat Dec 17 20:05:59 PST 2005

The pay sheet for the Miles Album was scale at the time, the leader getting double and cartage for drums and upright bass. It might have also been one time pay for all of them. It would be interesting to discover what the label paid out to these greats, as it is still in the stores, now on CD.

Dave Hanson
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve barbone 
  To: DJML 
  Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 10:31 PM
  Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Musician's Pay - MILES DAVIS ALBUM, KIND OF BLUE

  Think you don't get paid enough for what you do?

  Looking at the pay sheet for one of the recording sessions that yielded half
  of Miles' best-known album, Kind of Blue, this is what you see. ("Kind of
  Blue" is probably the best selling jazz album ever)

  Davis was paid $129.36, while Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Wynton
  Kelly and Bill Evans were paid $64.67.

  Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, on bass and drums respectively, were
  paid $66.67, the extra two dollars for "cartage" of their instruments.

  That's why residuals were essential!


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