performing an instrumental prelude for a recent outdoor wedding in Brooklyn, Jen Brister Story and Gold Weddings Photography
You Can't Fake A Well-Rehearsed Performance
In today's world, there are a TON of skilled jazz musicians. With tens of thousands of pro-level players working in the United States, combined with the fact that colleges offering jazz studies degrees are now more common than ever, the market is loaded with talent.
Sadly, despite the fact that there are so many great players, very few of them are loyal to a band. Likewise, most bandleaders are not loyal to their hired help; they often chase after every gig they can and swap out band members as needed. This results in under- or unrehearsed acts, thrown together for single events, oftentimes never to play again as a unit!
trumpeter Miles Davis in the 1970s
We Agree with Jazz Legend Miles Davis
But one voice can change the entire way a band hears itself, can change the whole rhythm, the whole timing of a band, even if everyone else had been playing together forever. It’s a whole new thing when you add or take away a voice.” --Miles Davis, Miles Davis: The Autobiography
Although Miles always had the baddest bands--mostly due to the fact that he followed his own advice--a scarce few take heed these days.
It has become routine for "bands" to depend on fake books and other crutches to carry them through their sets with little-to-no game plan, and it is not uncommon for players to meet for the first time on the gig.
This is, of course, bad for the industry, but most of all it is bad for the clients.
Don't Be Fooled
Clients think that they have booked something great for their musical entertainment. Clients believe that the band will provide a proper atmosphere to bring people together. However, what they often get pretty much amounts to a ransom note cut out of magazine clippings.
We believe that things shouldn't be this way, and we know that there is a better option: we embody it! There is truly no way to fake a well-rehearsed performance, there is no way to fake kinship, and there's no way to fake knowing your songs by heart.
Sydney & Jake Are Refined
Sydney & Jake are extremely well-rehearsed. As a hard and fast rule, they know all of their made-to-order arrangements by heart--no unsightly music stands and no gazing at iPads or sheet music.
Further, they have performed their thorough songlist over and over for audiences throughout New York City.
Hardened In the Subway Tunnels
And, before gigging in the city at all, Sydney & Jake went to work drilling their tunes in the subway tunnels, in time holding tight amidst every imaginable distraction.
Countless months spent grinding away at their repertoire on subway platforms has steeled their musical performance and strengthened their bond.