[Dixielandjazz] Re: Albums for budding jazz musicians

Russ Guarino russg at redshift.com
Fri Mar 7 09:02:11 PST 2003

> To all who do, or, do not understand the role of tips.
> My reaction to compensation and tips is that it validates the success of
> the band and the level of pleasure we deliver to the audience.
> In early December we got an assignment at the Del Monte Shopping Center
> in Monterey in which I brought over my "core" Dixie band consisting of
> banjo, bass sax, drums and clarinet.  We played four sets.  We got a
> wonderful audience response with a large number of shoppers sticking
> around from 10:00 to 02:00  in the midday to listen and cheer.
> My bass sax player left his large instrument case open so he would have
> a place to lay the sax down during breaks.  Without anticipation, we
> began receiving tips and by the the end of the last set, had received
> $70 in small change and dollar tips.
> For me, the satisfaction was  the audience spontaneously showing their
> appreciation by the tips.
> I feel the same way Steve Barbone does.  To be paid well for the music I
> deliver validates my work. I am proud of high fees and tips.  Just as I
> would be proud of being well paid as an engineer or businessman.
> Russ Guarino

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