Posted by keithosaunders on May 5, 2016
The music business is capricious at best. Last year I probably played over 300 gigs which is my personal best, probably by far. This year has started out busy but in the last couple of days I’ve hit a bump in the road. I lost my Monday steady jam session gig in Oakland due to low attendance. It was easy to see coming but it’s never pleasant to lose a gig. A steady gig gives the week form and structure. They’re like old shoes — comfortable. That being said, I’m actually looking forward to having my Monday nights back. I can use them to catch up on transcribing music (solos and songs) as well as get some errands done which will free the days up for extra practice.
What has irked me is having my second Sunday of the month brunch gig cancelled with four days notice. This month’s second Sunday happens to fall on Mother’s Day and the management decided to book a different band for the occasion. I have asked for half payment, but this is the restaurant business which is only a few steps more legitimate than the gangster business. Suffice it to say that it will be a cold day before I see that money.
In the meantime I am still extremely busy, gigging between 5-6 days a week and juggling 7-10 students. I’m one cancelled steady, however, from turning into a whining simp. Tom Hanks said it best: There’s no crying in jazz!