Grafton + TH & C alto || Naked Lady 10M || TT soprano || Martin Comm III
I'd agree, being a professional does not bestow greatness - many "semi-professional" and amateur players are way better than me. However I don't see anyone here conflating that.Some people on this forum conflate being a professional sax player, who I define to be a person who has received money to produce a sound through a sax, as being a good, or better-than-average, or a great sax player.
Now that I would take issue with, it seems you are assuming to be a great musician you have to be a jazz musician. This is absolutely not true.Sure, there are some sax players who might have been paid to play as a sideman for a famous touring act in Timbuktu, but that doesn't mean they are actually great musicians. Take some of those same players and have them sit in on a jam session at Smalls in New York City and see how their ego feels after that.
As a jazz novice in the 80s I did go to jam sessions. Nobody was reading real books. But I do get that on some jam sessions people do read from real books. However this thread is about when there are no charts.This thread strikes me a little like jazz novices in the 1970s/80s/90s and beyond discussing how to organize a jam session as though the Real Book did not exist. But it did. Bring your Real Book.