Here is what a guitar player should know …

March 30th, 2011

… about a Show band gig on a modern cruise ship:

First off, you have to posses excellent sight reading skills; every day you will be called upon to read different charts in many different styles.  Usually you will see the charts for the first time at rehearsal, which is only a few hours before the actual show, thus making it imperative to nail it on the spot.  If you do struggle with one or more charts, you may have the time to practice them before “Showtime”.

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From the subway to the sea

March 21st, 2011

In 1986, I was a struggling saxophone player in New York City, going from audition to audition, joining every rehearsal big band I could find, willing to perform any kind of gig from weddings to jazz gigs, from salsa to rock and roll.  I was a sax mercenary, trying to establish myself.  My first job in the Big Apple was literally underground, part of an eight-piece blues band performing for donations in the Union Square subway station.  To make ends meet I was also selling Christmas trees at my neighbourhood kiosk.   Not exactly the glamorous life I had envisioned. Read the rest of this entry »