Not quite the words that came to mind, but this is exactly what came to my mind.I agree with Saxmanjack. You are worrying too much over a one-off gig. Just enjoy being a sideman for a night and do your best. The "name brand" guy is probably mostly interested in the rhythm section to back him up not sax. He probably doesn't really care what you are playing as long as you aren't stepping all over him. Play minimally to accompany him and don't try for the attention you usually get. Just be friendly. Network with the big shot a little. The experience could help your musical career. If he is really good you might absorb something artistic from the experience also. Have fun rather than being miserable.
Some Rock stars. Fats Domino, Chuck Berry would expect you to know the parts (especially as they weren't written down ofd course). Others pay for rehearsal when you are expected to learn a show (e.g. Joe Jackson, Richard Thompson etc.)It's rock star behavior, plain and simple.
Somehow I missed this post earlier on in the thread. If this is the case, then yeah, I'd want to know the parts I'm expected to play.Much of it is harmony parts with the lead line. Great arrangements just very specific to his tunes.
I'd say this comes under being paid for your time transcribing and/or learning. Don't forget the original question is asking what working pros do. For all working pros I know, time = money. Although I may often do things pro bono if I want to, I don't expect other pros to learn something without being paid for rehearsal or learning in their own time.Unless the gig is as it sounds to me. Listen to the songs and learn where to fill the holes.
Great. Sounds like all went well (aside from difficulty hearing yourself) and it was a good experience. Thanks for sharing!It played out as I expected. The band received charts and recordings. Quick run through of the material 2 hours before the show with the artist to hash out set-list. He just wanted the group to play the charts (Regardless of any live videos) - keeping it simple but wait for cues to move from section to section. I played 3 original tunes out front with the group and came back at end to play over some Pop Medley - poorly trading 4's which was exciting (but difficult to hear myself - also expected)