Gail W. Boyd, Esq.: The New Paradigm of Jazz Management

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Gail Boyd is President of Gail W. Boyd, P.C., an entertainment law firm, and Gail Boyd Artist Management, a wholly owned company of the law firm.  She is a graduate of De Paul University and De Paul University School of Law.  She was a founding partner in Boyd, Staton and Cave, the first African American female law firm in New York.  Gail has been involved in entertainment law since 1976.  She has been involved specifically in music with a specialty in jazz since 1979.

She is the former Vice Chair of the Entertainment, Sports, and Art Law Committee of the National Bar Association.  She also chaired the Entertainment, Sports, Art Law Committee of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and served as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Entertainment Law.   She is a former board member of the International Women in Jazz.  She served as a member of the Jazz Jam Committee of the National Association of Recording, Arts & Sciences.  She served on the Board of WBGO FM Radio in New York as well as the Noel Pointer Foundation.  For nearly 20 years, she served as Chair of the Board of Brooklyn Legal Services.  She presently serves on the Boards of the Martin Luther King/Coretta Scott King Memorial and the Allentown Jazz Festival.

Gail has served as production coordinator for more than fifteen CDs of various jazz artists.  Other highlights include the following:  serving as production coordinator for Quincy Jones producing a concert which took place in Central Park, co-producing a gospel album for the choir of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY.  In 2010, Danilo and Patricia Perez named Gail the “International Coordinator of the Panama Jazz Festival” where she served for 4 years.  

As a lawyer, Gail Boyd has represented jazz artists such as Betty Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Gretchen Parlato, Michael Olatuja, Record Executive Steve Backer, and Randy Weston and has consulted with several labels including Motema Records.  Several artists on the Gail Boyd Artist Management Roster are Grammy © Award nominees and winners, and are critically acclaimed by the jazz press.  Artists currently represented by Gail Boyd Artist Management are:

John Clayton, The Clayton Brothers Quintet, Don Braden, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, The Baylor Project, Tony Tixier, Andy Milne, Scott Tixier, Barb Jungr, and Laurence Hobgood.