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over here in Germany a function,birthday party,Wedding is called a Gala

...and unlike my experiences in NY here they are generally around 6-7 hours

everything held up well!! i was able to feel comfortable with my sound and play in tune..those are my 2 main concerns...

I had help.... first of all my Sakshama MBII gave me just what I needed..a full rich and warm sound...clear and even through the register i have to focus very concentratedly on the streamined contour of the piece as I practice on fat HR pieces at home,but it didnt ever let me down

im using a sterling plus neck on my Mark 6 keeps everything focused

and for overkill a saxgourmet neck enhancer...and it really gave me that extra focus

i was very comfortable on stage...it was a strange,but cool venue...at the base of one of those inflatable water tanks...the room was a hexagon and made completely out of concrete....sound of the horn really carried...I never used a Mic!!!

At home i practice the sax basically the same way as I do the trumpet concentrating on keys like A,B,F#,Ab minor and it really had my fingers prepared for the gig.It's a highly MIDI sequenced band so I was free a lot to work out my own lines and just flow

just glad to put the horn in action...next time I'll take the bari too!!!
 

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i do 10 hours on trumpet at the jazz beergarden about 7 days in the summer and the other 14 days im booked i play 7-8 hours its a jazz beergarden so its cool...funny thing is i play my best the last 2 hours

in NY if you tell somebody the gig is more thann 4 hours...usually they just say flat out no...or it better pay extraordinarily....

....always fun is the 4 hour straight gig!!!
 

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...i'll post a video

..equipment is a large factor in my last years development as a player.... staying focused on a gig is a major problem for many,and on a 7 hour gig even more difficult

my equipment has been a MAJOR factor in my quick development....and when I'm on the spot to produce...for a long period of time, in non -original keys(singers ...you know?),tunes i've never played before,or haven't in a very very long time anything that helps me keep the focus is a BIG help.... and in this case I WASNT EVEN USING A MIC and still able to keep a comfort zone so for me...the equipment gets half of the credit I COULD NOT have done it on a Martin Indiana with a Brilhart Tonalin (i mention that ,because I think it's a GREAT setup...but not for this gig)

as a trumpet player,ive got my favorites...but still...give me any horn and mouthpiece(within reason) and ill play it for 7 hours.... I know that there are many sax players here who feel the same..but they are proficient players....I am not....... i'm just tickled pink that I squeeked only once the whole gig!!!!
 

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about the gig...it's amazing ive realy never played 80% of the stuff that this band plays...of those tunes never even heard almost half of them....and of those tunes 3/4 of those are American!!

my first club dates(that's a function in NY,if you think its playing in a club,its not!!) were with some amazing musicians...Tony Sotos,Eddie Montero........ they played tunes from the 20s 30s that id never heard before...then there was all the Italian and Jewish music...then the classics Somewhere Beyond the Sea etc.etc...
I was scared out of my pants to go on a gig....

that VERY quickly changed.... it soon became....if you Knew Girl from Ip,In The Mood,YMCA,and I will Survive you were cool...then you could just fake the rest Quando,Quando Quizas Tea for Two all tunes of a forgotten age

Well the gigs are back to that level over here...and whats really tough for me is the Waltzes.... they play some LONG famous waltzes with like 6 different sections that,yes,Ive never heard before..... the fun never stops!!!!
 

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...my ability to get work relies on people wanting to trust a musician with more experience more than a technician with less

for the last couple of years i can do anything in the studio...playing with a band,rythm section is really the trick
 

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..as a matter of fact the concept of gear is parallel to music in certain senses....
if you havent lived it,you cant play it............
ive got many GREAT players as friends who always convinced me that B+ level stuff is just as good as the ferraris.....and ,yeah I wanted to save money!!...but through experience,and searching out those experiences,ive found what works for me....... and everyone is at a different level...and going for something not necessarily equal

i'm very curious to see after a few years of serious focus how my viewpoints will remain,or change
 

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5 piece band (left hand bass on the keyboard) we had lots of breaks with speciality acts in between this time(thank goodness) worst ventriloquist Ive EVER seen..(and hes famous !!!)
dummy had the same voice as the other dummy...and lips moved naturally the WHOLE time....seeing he was speaking in dialect,I had NO idea which character was speaking at all times

beer is MANDATORY in Germany!

sometimes its a light pasta before the show and thats it (still better than a bandwich) and sometimes its the full shabang.. last night was a Buffet...anybody who knows me ,knows that makes me VERY happy.... Ive somehow been the guy over the years who has become responsible for food organization,because I take it VERY seriously!!!
i was actually entered in the WING bowl a few years ago(all you can eat hot wings contest)...and this year I had i gig in NY the same week,so they tried to enter me again....but i couldnt fit it into my schedule....!!!!
 

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..actually I was meaning to talk to you about opening the MBII just a hair for me!!!!...i think it might cure that squeek!!
 

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well there are other perks.....quality of sound system is always primo, generally i ride the ICE train to a gig...have a nice meal before....as well a green room with refreshments/snacks showers.... a monitor man as well as a sound man.....nice hotel ....breakfast the next morning and take the train back home

when in NY if i had a gig in Boston..i was driving there(my own expense) nice meal before the gig...play 9 or 10 till 2 ...no hotel...drive back home....arrive in #$%^rush hour....when i finally got home id be wrecked for a couple of days....and what did I earn???
 

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...darn compression
 

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did that last night!! its called the lange nacht der musik it was 6 sets 45 on 15 off i played 75% trumpet and 25% soprano was a cuban quartet

lange nacht is coming up in munich and I have 3 gigs ........1st for 1 1/2 hours playing sax with a pianist 2nd 1 1/2 hours leading a duo(same venue ,so thats cool) then i go to another club and play 4 hours lead trumpet with a salsa band.leader is nervous that his trumpet player wont have the chops to do the whole 8 hour gig....he's right!!! funniest thing is the 4 hour salsa gig only pays 50 bucks!!!!
 

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hey, i'm at ludwigs until 12 and then somewhere else(don't know yet) never heard of cats corner!!! if you ever need a trombone,trumpet,bari sax...etc... :)
 

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actually even on my small friday night gig,where I had 15 people in the restaurant you can notice a difference in appreciation
 

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...got some updates

took my tenor on a salsa gig with Connexion Latina they've downsized the horns to 2 trumpets so the sax added some color.....played a pretty good solo on Little Sunflower

..had a gig with a DJ and singer last week.sheasked me to bring some play along tracks for a few tunes
i was lucky to find my club mix aebersold disc.....chose a latin blues from the Paquito volume(made up a head) and run for cover -sanborn(it was a party afterall)
I usually keep my solos short and sweet on a gig...this was the first time playing 10 choruses,i was playing full intensity(it was a party afterall)and was very happy that I could keep up an interesting solo for that long...easiest gig ever ...2 30 minute sets 400 euros
 

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Saturday came the mother of all gigs!!! the flossfahrt on the Isar river..... noone will believe this until i make a video...next time......
70 people on a barge put together of logs 30 feet long and 15 feet wide beer kegs,food,and a band with a full sound system powered by car batteries.
i was a bit nervous as the gig was for sax and i knew there would be a bit of traditional(polkas,walzes)stuff...so i took my trumpet too....luckily I was a sub of a sub of a sub and the band was really nice people. they dug my trumpet playing on the polkas,so that worked out....the rest of the gig was @#$ cold in the rain with a tarp over us.....a sax is a lot colder outside than a trumpet!!! damn!! the instrumentation was Accordion,bass,drums and sax so i basically had the lead guitar role and the rock stuff was mostly blues orientated.... did i mention the gig is 7 hours??!!! so it all seems overwhelming enough when a few hours in they say ,okay time for the slide!! really!!....its like white water rafting....and the water comes up through the floor up to your knees.......well this happens 7 times throughout the trip!!!!! i told the guy in the beginning that i dont play on the slides.....coming up to each slide what happens??? they give me a solo!!!! i used a large amount of space in my solo!!!!!
 
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