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  • Steve Grout wrote on October 27, 2009 report

    Re how to tell if, when invited to sit, you should play another tune: The best policy is the one that I normally see, both as a player and as a listener. The NORM is TWO - and includes the tune the band normally plays, followed by one somewhat down, e.g. a ballad (i.e., play two tunes that are different in their energy/tempo/etc.) THEN YOU GET OFF THE STAGE and let the band/trio get on with its money-paying gig. Anything less, the leader is really only being polite. Anything more, you've overstayed.

  • Martin Uherek wrote on October 27, 2009 report

    Yeah, I'm seeing some cool answers... :o)
    And about the asking for money - I think it should always be straight, so you should always know what money should you count on. Even if the guy is a great player and you should be happy to play with him, it's still a paid gig - if it is. So ask him if it is, and if so, ask how much. Don't be afraid.

  • Jason Crane wrote on October 27, 2009 report

    Dear Mr. P.C. -- If I'm invited to sit in with a band, which of these tunes should I call:

    1. "Cherokee" (quarter note = 480)

    2. "The Creator Has A Master Plan"

    3. That one track from that one Bird live recording where he plays the cool break. You know that one, right?

    4. One of my own compositions (and my last name isn't Hancock or Shorter or Gershwin, etc.)

    Thanks,

    Undecided in Albany

  • Phil Kelly wrote on October 15, 2010 report

    Dear Mr PC:

    It would appear your column has become a roaring success now that " Mr Eat
    S***" ( obviously a flaming troll without a real life and a large woody for jazz musicians who do have one ) has taken the time to declare you a sphincter
    ( of the anal variety ).

    May your cyber personality accrue even more vile epthets in praise of your sage advice!