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Bobby G

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Of late I have totally fallen in love with playing again, done a little bit of gigging with pickup bands and definitely feel like doing a lot more with it (maybe even getting paid for it once in a while!).

How do go about getting yourself out there, making it known you are available etc. I prefer the idea of ad hoc groups rather than commuting to one band or musical style, kind of how it seems to be with the jazz fraternity - there seems to be a large number of musicians who can play together in almost endless permutations, the variety of which I find really appealing.

I may not (ever) be competent enough as a true jazzer, but I do feel I have something to offer, and I am up for most things - the question is "how do I get in there?"
 

johnboy

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ISLE OF WIGHT, UK
Put the sax in the boot of your car, go to a gig, chat to the guys (giving them a bit of your background) and tell 'em you always have the sax in the car. With any luck, you'll get an invite to "sit in" for a couple of numbers.

John :):);}
 

Jules

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Put the sax in the boot of your car, go to a gig, chat to the guys (giving them a bit of your background) and tell 'em you always have the sax in the car. With any luck, you'll get an invite to "sit in" for a couple of numbers.

John :):);}
Either that or they'll break into your car!
 

Fraser Jarvis

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Of late I have totally fallen in love with playing again, done a little bit of gigging with pickup bands and definitely feel like doing a lot more with it (maybe even getting paid for it once in a while!).

How do go about getting yourself out there, making it known you are available etc. I prefer the idea of ad hoc groups rather than commuting to one band or musical style, kind of how it seems to be with the jazz fraternity - there seems to be a large number of musicians who can play together in almost endless permutations, the variety of which I find really appealing.

I may not (ever) be competent enough as a true jazzer, but I do feel I have something to offer, and I am up for most things - the question is "how do I get in there?"
Best thing to do is go to "join my band" there you will find a list of counties, click on the county you are in or want to play in, put "sax" or "saxophone" in the search box and a list of bands, all different genres will appear who are looking for a saxist, just reply to one and see how it goes. I went to play with a band I found on there who I liked just last Sunday, great bunch of guys (and girl!) only problem was they gigged most Saturdays and practiced on a Sunday, both bad for me with family commitments at the mo.
 

ArtyLady

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If you're not already on it join Facebook, then go to every jam you can find and when people get to know you they add you (or vice versa). I've got dep work, been asked to join bands and even got students through Facebook - great place for networking!! :thumb:
 

Rick Reed

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Coventry United Kingdom
Best thing to do is go to "join my band" there you will find a list of counties, click on the county you are in or want to play in, put "sax" or "saxophone" in the search box and a list of bands, all different genres will appear who are looking for a saxist, just reply to one and see how it goes. I went to play with a band I found on there who I liked just last Sunday, great bunch of guys (and girl!) only problem was they gigged most Saturdays and practiced on a Sunday, both bad for me with family commitments at the mo.

Shame it didn't work out Fraser. Enjoyed blowing with you!! Good luck with the Splitters gigs!:thumb:
 

Fraser Jarvis

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Shame it didn't work out Fraser. Enjoyed blowing with you!! Good luck with the Splitters gigs!:thumb:
Yeah, I really enjoyed playing with you to Rick, must admit I didn't realize you played quite so many gigs until I looked on facebook when I got back, quite shocked I was! liked everything about it, great folk, great music and a great band, i just couldn't commit that much at the moment.
 

Bobby G

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Best thing to do is go to "join my band" there you will find a list of counties, click on the county you are in or want to play in, put "sax" or "saxophone" in the search box and a list of bands, all different genres will appear who are looking for a saxist, just reply to one and see how it goes. I went to play with a band I found on there who I liked just last Sunday, great bunch of guys (and girl!) only problem was they gigged most Saturdays and practiced on a Sunday, both bad for me with family commitments at the mo.

Is there a link for this, or will typing 'join my band' into Google get me there?
 

Bobby G

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If you're not already on it join Facebook, then go to every jam you can find and when people get to know you they add you (or vice versa). I've got dep work, been asked to join bands and even got students through Facebook - great place for networking!! :thumb:

I've been on facebook for ages without ever really doing anything with it, but in the last few days (since meeting some people at the gig last Friday) I'm hardly off it, so we'll see if anything happens. By the way, if anyone can tell me how to get rid of all the unwanted unsolicited cak from energy companies etc that keeps appearing on my page I'd be really grateful!

It looks like I need to adopt a bit more of a Yosser Hughes mentality.... go on, gissa job... gissa job, I can do that:)))
 

Bobby G

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I went on Join my Band yesterday, and already an offer has come flooding in to dep in a ska band. That'll do for a start!

Also, on Lemonrock.com there seems to be any number of jam sessions in all styles listed - you could be out every night!! I'm going to one on Monday to hook up with an old tenor-playing mate from a few years ago. The Mill Hill Horns ride again :thumb:
 

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