• David Ira Roth

Mark Zaleski - Teacher, Bandleader, Bass, Sax

We chat with Mark about what inspired him to play sax, booking his first gigs, and his teaching career.

Recorded Live at ZUMIX in Boston
Recorded Live at ZUMIX in Boston

Freelance Finance is the show where we go in depth into the financial and personal lives of Boston based freelancers. It is hosted by David Ira Roth and airs Thursdays at 11am on 94.9FM in Boston (WZMR - ZUMIX Radio). You can also listen live at Listen to this episode in iTunes

Find Mark Zaleski Online

Mark's Website -

Planet Radio -

Nyota Road -



Touring musicians. They are

Forever at home.

Days, Months, Years. Seasons

Pass without a care. And we’re

Left within it’s wake.

Mark Zaleski Band:

Jammin’ til the break of dawn.

The beat never stops

Don’t get me started!

I play both bass and the sax

Sometimes both at once

Mark Vs. Dave Matthews Who would win, would it be Mark?

I say let’s find out! Quiz Questions

1. Boylston, MA is the home of the greatest temperance orator of the 19th century, John B. Gough. What is a “temperance orator”

A. Someone who went house to house to discipline children who were misbehaving. B. Someone who took the internal temperature of cows to see their relative health, and would call them out to the farm hand to record them. They needed an extra loud voice to talk over the cows moos. C. Someone who lectured against the evils of drinking D. A scientist who back in 1865 got the word out about global warming.

2. According to Business Insider, the music industry generated $43 billion dollars of revenue in 2017. What percentage of that revenue did the actual artists receive?

A. 80% (34.4 billion)

B. 50% (21.5 billion)

C. 12% (5.16 billion)

D. 4% (1.72 billion)

Note: The proportion captured by artists is, however, on the rise (it was just 7% of industry revenues in 2000). The bulk of the improvement is not driven by the growth in music subscription services. Rather, it’s driven by the strength in the concert business. 

3. According to Billboard, who is the highest paid musical act this year (2018)?

A. U2

B. Drake

C. Bruno Mars

D. Metallica

Hint: Even though they made a bunch of money, they still haven’t found what they are looking for.

The numbers

A. U2 - (54.4 million so far, bulk coming from touring)

B. Drake (12.1 million, with 8.6 mil from streaming)

C. Bruno Mars (Number 4 with 40.7 million, and 33.9 mil from touring)

D. Metallica (Number 3 with $43.2 Million, and 30.7 mil from touring)


1 = C

2 = C 3 = A

Song in this episode:

If Time Was $ - Planet Radio

Mark in The Park - The Mark Zaleski Band

Baby I Do - Nyota Road

This episode was recorded live at Zumix Radio in East Boston.

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