[Dixielandjazz] FW: Old, but new!
jim at kashprod.com
Wed Dec 12 08:44:26 PST 2012
>Large repertoire? Wasn't that what I suggested?
Yes, you did, and I said I agreed with you. I have seen that "bored" look
when going to see really good bands at a long running gig before myself. I
won't mention any names, as they will be well-known on this list! I thought
it was such a shame.
I've also seen the bored musician come alive when a friend drops by, or when
a pretty lady seems interested. I really hate that! If he can play that
well, why wasn't he doing it already. He at least owes it to the other guys
in the band.
If you play a lot, you have to remind yourself at each gig that the most
important person ever is there that night to hear you. At least make
believe that is the case.
I remember a radio interview with Catalan pianist Tete Montoliu. When asked
how, if when he had had a bad day, did it affect his playing at night. His
answer was that the people who came/paid to hear him didn't care about his
day or his mood, they expected to hear him at his best, and that is what he
He was famous world-wide. Not Dixie, more in the modern vein, although he
always had a nice word to say to us. We played the same clubs he did in the
1960's. To hear Tete, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGK3cmVD9CU
Being on stage is like any other job...you have to be at your best all the
time if you wish to continue working.
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