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Joe Sherbanee

Joe Sherbanee

Ani Difranco and Master P have gotten a lot of props for taking the indie music thing to new heights. With apologies to both of those pop culture figures, jazz musicians like Joe Sherbanee are well acquainted with the non-mainstream waters. Take the Native Language label, which Sherbanee owns with fellow keyboardist Theo Bishop.

“We got the idea to start the label a few years ago,” said Sherbanee, who owns a degree in music business from USC. “The way we looked at it, there were always going to be musicians that were looking for record deals, and about 1996, I decided, hey, let’s make it happen. Besides, I felt like there needed to be a good outlet for what we were doing. ”

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