Last night, I had a gig with the Latin band that I play with. It was a last minute call; I guess some other DJ or group didn't show. The weird thing about this gig is that they wanted us to play Latin Jazz... and only with 4 musicians. Here is why this gig was weird
1. This is a dance club and they wanted jazz.
2. Is was not an "Latin night". It was advertised (at least I didn't see any).
3. We only played 4 tunes total!!!!!!!!!!
This gig was such a waste of time. The leader of the band tried to tell them that the dancers will not be interested in Latin jazz and he was right. When ever we played, the people stopped dancing. When the DJ played, the people returned. After about 4 tunes, we were done. We spent more time setting up than playing...that was the most irritating of all!! Within 5-10 minutes from the end of the gig, I was in my truck on the way home.
This just reminds me that musicians and club owners need to work together so that everyone is happy and making money (that is the bottom line, isn't it?).
I don't know if the gig will happen again, but I'm pretty sure that they don't want us to play jazz again.
Until next time..