I get that and I'm sure we all know this, but think about it, what are you going to do? If you don't know anybody where do you start? This has been a problem with the arts for millennia. Part of me agrees - don't give anything away, but what do you do if nobody wants it? It's tough for everybody out there. Not just musicians.Not trying to hijack the thread or anything, but a good friend of mine posted this on facebook today, and it's relevant... Over here in Asia, it's ridiculously hard to find paying gigs... The going rate is a few beer tickets, and maybe a burger and fries if you're lucky... The few guys I know that are actually pro's (ie. trying to make a living making music), are definitely not making it... Tough business over here!
Yes, and saturation should stop short of becoming a pest. People that book bands don't like getting calls every week or two from the same band asking when they can play. Following-up on a press kit that was sent is one thing, but repeat calls can do more harm than good.As a musician in a band looking for gigs you have to market yourself like any other business. You need to find your market and saturate it to the best of your abilities. In your case you need to find the jazz clubs and make yourself known to the players, owners, booking agents, whoever is involved in that performance.
Hmmm, now where have I heard that before?Remember its not who you know, its who knows you.
All of my bands have one or two members who handle bookings. Some are better at it than others, some bands are simply more desirable and it's easier to get gigs, etc. I wish I could say there was a tried-and-true formula, but every band, venue, and booker is different. As such, being a permanent member of 4 bands and subbing with 4 or 5 others, means I average 2-3 gigs a week, and get a good variety of styles at the same time. It's actually a great situation, unless one band starts to get really busy, then I'd have to consider dropping others.Bermuda, do the side bands you play with have agents or any representation that helps with getting gigs or are they like most of us that do it all ourselves?
The managers (or owners) of these venues would be a good place to start. Just be business-like and don't waste their time, they have businesses to run, so the better you are at communicating clearly and quickly, the better they will be to you. You're selling a product, not unlike any other business owner, so you act accordingly.While this is all helpful information, I still need to know who to talk to and what to say and the best way to promote the band. Also what types of places should we hit up for this type of music? Wine bars? Italian restaurants? Also, we are not just playing straight ahead jazz. We extend out to some Glasper type stuff or BADBADNOTGOOD and even J Dilla, so we actually have some variety in there