We played at the Salmon Bay Eagles Club with our good friends The Teaching. Somehow, I didn’t exactly put it together that it was an actual Eagles Hall, having never been there before. When I walked in, I felt like I was transported back in time! Upon my arrival, I was the youngest person in the room by a good 20 years, save for the bartender, Katie, who was very nice and welcoming. I felt hugely overdress in my black suit, and had a feeling it might turn into a “Blues Brothers”-type situation! But after being quizzed by some of the octogenarians about the music we were going to play, I was offered home made fish and chips and welcomed into the fold. And when folks with Jazz Walk badges started to stream in I knew all was going to be well.
Josh, Evan and I were joined by drummer Jeremy Jones, as our regular drummer, D’Vonne Lewis was playing with his band McTuff down the street. We also had the pleasure of having our good friend Cynthia Mullis join us on saxophone for most of the set. The crowd was responsive and complimentary, and I sold a bunch of copies of our new CD afterward.
It was a real honor to be asked to participate in the festival this year. Almost all of the acts featured are on Origin Records, and traditionally it’s a big showcase for the label. We are not an Origin artist, and frankly I was surprised to get the call. Origin is the big daddy of the jazz world here in Seattle and it was kind of validating to have them ask us to play. And the great thing about playing on a festival, as opposed to a one-off gig we book ourselves, is that there is a built-in audience, many of whom had never seen us before. All but one of the people who bought a CD from me were people that were seeing us for the first time.
And, I used my “pay-what-you-can” model again, and all but one of the purchasers paid full price. I’m really digging this way of selling, and I’m seeing concrete results. I have been consistently selling more CD’s per gig since offering them in this way. Try it and let me know if it works for you!
I was able to catch the first song-and-a-half on video before my hard drive filled up, so below you will find the first tune we played, Paul Desmond’s “Wendy”. You’ll notice that you don’t see Evan until the very end…he was racing over from a previous gig and arrived half-way through the song.