Jazz Piano School, Ep 18: How to prepare for gigs

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prepare for jazz piano gigs
You’d be surprised how much information gets left out about gigs. This information could make or break your success at the gig or with the band leader. Do you want more gigs or don’t you?

How to prepare for gigs. Here is what you should know.

  • #1 Time- What time should you arrive. What time is downbeat. When are the breaks. What time does the gig end.
  • #2 Payment – How much are you being paid.
  • #3 Address – Always confirm the address of the gig.
  • #4 Attire – What should you wear. Always ask if you are going to change anything.
  • #5 Venue – What is the venue of the gig. Bar, club, restaurant, coffee shop?
  • #6 Music – What type of music are you playing. Standards, latin, Sinatra, reading from the real book?
  • #7 Atmosphere – Is the gig for a celebration, background music, birthday, dinner party. Find out the mood.
  • #8 Equipment – Always triple check your equipment!
  • #9 – Is food or drinks included in the gig? 😉

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