Saturday, August 06, 2005

Loose but Fun

Generally speaking, the gig went well last night. Since we hadn't played together in four months, and had two new people in the rhythm section, the evening was not without its loose moments, but, thankfully, we were loose as well. We were there to play music and have fun, so that aspect was quite successful. I don't think there were quite as many people as the last time, but it was a pretty healthy mix of family, friends, a few of my students, and even a couple of people who were there to get concert-attendance credit for a class over at the college (they were surprised to find out that I teach there).

Thanks to missing guitar and bass parts, we weren't able to break out the really heavy artillery and play "Foosball" last night, but we did add a rendition of Kenny Garrett's "Sing a Song of Song" to the mix, and I think it turned out well. I also had some ideas come to me during the gig for spicing up a few of the tunes with some extra harmony parts in the horns (most notably "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," which has a whole lotta unison goin' on). The cool thing about jazz is that, even later on when we have a CD, we're not obligated to play everything the exact same way from gig to gig; there'll always be a bit of tweaking going on.

I also think that the nearly four months from the last gig until now will be the longest we'll go without playing anytime soon. We're hoping for a regular thing at the Coffee Haus (we're shooting for once a month), as well as some of the places we've found out about over the summer, and having Steven in Arlington this fall could open up some more possibilties for us.

Thanks to everyone who came out last night; if you missed it, we should have another date posted really soon.


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