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Pianist, Bassist and Drummer Wanted for Swing/Jive Gigs

Pianist, Bassist and Drummer Wanted for Swing/Jive Gigs

United Kingdom
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The situation is this: I lead a swing/jive band called One Jump Ahead and we play for vintage style dancers – jiving, lindy-hop, balboa, etc. The music is mainly 1940s to 1950s jazz, swing, rhythm & blues and early rock’n’roll. There are clubs and events all over the country for people who like this vintage scene and I have 5 Thursday evening dates booked through 2022 at one of them in Bedford. The problem is that all my band live in London and most work at day jobs that make it more or less impossible to get to Bedford in time for a quite early start at 7:30pm. I can do it OK and so I’ve agreed with the promoter that I’ll recruit some more local players to be an alternative backing band.

I’m not planning on having any group rehearsals. I need players who are confident enough (and competent enough!) to just turn up and play. Some of the material is easy, being straightforward 12-bar blues or variations of that structure. Some is based on Rhythm Changes or other well-used jazz sequences. A few have more complex chord changes and even the simple ones sometimes have arrangements which might include a change of the rhythmic feel or a key change. For anything remotely complicated, I have chord charts written out. In a few cases there might even be “dots” to play but, for the rhythm section, that’s rare. Consequently, this is most likely to suit someone with jazz experience or is used to sight reading from chord charts.

The gigs are in Bedford and the band would play 2 sets of 45 minutes each between 7:30 – 10:30pm. The fee will be split equally with all the players. I sing and play saxes. I’m looking for drums, bass (ideally upright but bass guitar OK) and either piano/keyboard or guitar for a quartet. For a quintet possibly both but more likely a 2nd wind instrument - trumpet, trombone, sax, or clarinet, etc. Does that sound like the kind of thing to interest you? If so, get back to me and we can take it from there….

Audition / Rehearsal / Production dates

First date early March 2022.

Job payment

Paid - £60 per gig per player minimum. £75 if just a quartet.

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Pianist

Anyone, aged 25 and over

  • Keyboard ability: Expert

Applications closed 21 December 2021.

Double bassist or bass guitarist

Anyone, aged 25 and over

  • Bass Guitar ability: Expert

Applications closed 21 December 2021.

Drummer

Anyone, aged 25 and over

  • Drumming ability: Expert

Applications closed 21 December 2021.

Guitarist

Anyone, aged 25 and over

  • Guitar ability: Expert

Applications closed 21 December 2021.

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Listing created: 20 November 2021
Applications closed: 21 December 2021
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