north bay live jazz
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do you need to take a break
- We are expending a tremendous amount of
physical and mental energy while performing.
- 45 minutes to 1 hour is about the maximum
length of time of being engaged in this strenuous activity before a
rest is required (consider performing in a trio setting an aerobic
workout while trying to balance your bank account).
- The listener needs a break from the
information they are absorbing aurally during the performance time.
Why is there no piano player in
- Playing without piano (or guitar) frees the
improvising soloist from the harmonic restrictions of an accompanist.
- An accompanist can often unintentionally
"lead" a soloist rather than follow.
- There are fewer occasions for musical
"differences of opinion" (harmonically) with additional
- The overall group can be conceptually
"tighter" and more unified artistically when fewer musicians are
- Many venues do not provide piano.
- Many venues do not have the space for a piano.
- Many venues to not provide power for an
- Many musicians do not want to haul an electric
piano without additional compensation.
- Many venues are concerned about the volume
produced by a full Quintet or amplified instruments (such as the
- Finally, many venues are limited by financial
- The smaller group allows us to keep the price
range within reason for small venues.
Why don't you play your own
- We will be incorporating an increasing
number of our own original tunes into the performance repertoire over
the next few years.
- The artistic concept of this group is to play
primarily within the guidelines of the "Blue Note" era.
- We want to be as stylistically authentic to
that music as possible.
- This group exists to present that music, not
- By trying to sound like the masters, one finds
Why do you dress so formally?
- We believe the standards of visual
presentation for musicians, particularly in the San Francisco North Bay
Area, have dropped far below we feel is professionally acceptable.
- We want to raise the standard by presenting
ourselves as professionally (in appearance) as possible.
Why do you require a contract?
- There have been too many occasions in our past
group history (and in the history of every musician's life) where
misunderstandings have lead to difficulties, ill feelings, and
- A contract helps both employer and employee
avoid such misunderstandings and difficulties.
- If everything is spelled out in print, there
can be no dispute of previously discussed details.
- With the use of a contract, this band has a
legal recourse if a dispute arises.
despite the use of contracts, nearly every employer neglects to read or
adhere to details as outlined.
Why do you need to be paid on
location before the completion of the performance?
- This group has a policy of paying sidemen (in
cash) at the time of the gig.
- This is a courtesy to them for their service
- The bandleader is not responsible for
"floating a loan" on behalf of the establishment by pre-paying sideman
and waiting several days (or weeks) to be compensated.
- Payment on location prior to performance
covers cash outlay to the band members for that day's work.
- The payment on location prior to performance
helps relieve mental tension among bandmembers concerning financial
details and allows for a musically "freer" performance.
- It also serves to insure the fact that the
leader's bank account will not be overdrawn as a result of the
employer's accounting oversight or lack of professionalism and
- When service is rendered by any professional
(Dentist, Doctor, Plumber, etc. ) payment is customarily made at the
time of the service (on location).
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