Originally Posted by Gvdadrummasum
did you notice a considerable change in the tunes being called as years went on ..... 70s and on ..... or was it pretty much the same standard tunes ?
as far as jazz gigs I mean
There was a big change in what was being requested. A lot of the younger audience members got interested in jazz because of live rock music and wanting more out of the solos. In those days (pre all this digital stuff and interconnectedness) music and the arts
were part of the larger social fabric. It seemed like everyone went out for live music, sports
or something. As the younger audience began learning the names of jazz standards they
liked, those were what was requested a lot. By the 80's (my experience only here) the
tunes being requested had broadened out again including many more of the standards.
Locally, the play list used by the local jazz musicians includes about 400 tunes. There
is a local jazz pianist who played in NYC and LA in the 50's and 60's who knows so many thousands of tunes it is ridiculous! He can play each one in any key, any style at the drop of a pin. The other night when he was playing a solo gig some young girl walked up to him
and asked him if he knew any "Hall and Oates"...well, he was nice about it.