The first was Thursday night, when Clave Nagila played at Egan’s Ballard Jam House in Seattle. This is a project I started to blend Latin-jazz with the Jewish melodies I grew up singing at synagogue. I love playing with this band, but we don’t do it very often. And with 7 working musicians, it’s hard to get everybody together to rehearse much. But even so these cats bring it hard every time we play. This gig was a Hanukkah celebration, so I brought two new charts to the gig which we hadn’t ever rehearsed. These turned out to be two of the best tunes of the night!
Then last night I played a wedding at a cool winery near Seattle called Delille Cellars. My regular guys were all booked up, so I put together a band that had never played together before. I had played with them all in different configurations, and most of them had played with each other, but these 5 musicians had never shared the stage. We had a great time, played fun tunes and got tons of compliments.
If you’re a working musician or aspiring to be one, remember that you’re only as good as the company you keep. Surround yourself with the best musicians you can find and let them do what they do best!