[Dixielandjazz] Unions & Youth Gigs - Redux

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri Mar 11 14:57:39 PST 2005

Never have done a youth gig that the AF of M ever had any involvement with
whatsoever. They aren't really effective in the Philadelphia area except
with the Symphonies.

By the same token, I've never played a gig at below scale, except where I
might personally donate the band to a charity event. Do that twice a year
and that is a personal choice.

Those elementary school gigs at $420 for an hour do violate our own minimum
standard, however the band INSISTS that they want to play as many as I can
get because they love the music and the kids. Plus I book them on afternoons
where we have a following evening gig, or a good chance of getting one. High
School and College gigs exceed our minimums.

The sidemen also realize that the 10 or so wedding gigs that we get every
year come directly from young girls hearing us play in schools, or at other
public concerts, or at restaurants and jazz night clubs. Those jazz weddings
are incredible fun and as you guys who play weddings know, pay very well.

Steve Barbone

PS. Just got booked in a quartet setting at one of Philadelphia's top
restaurants for Sunday Brunch series. New Orleans theme food, New Orleans
theme music. Banjo/Tuba/Trumpet/Clarinet. The Restaurant is the very "IN"
Striped Bass, at 15th and Walnut Streets. 11:45 AM to 2:15 PM. Stop by and
eat if you are in the area.

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