So me and my regular jam partner were invited to play this coming weekend at a local jazz club. The owner has never heard gypsy jazz live before so he asked that we play extended minutes (he was asking for two sets worth at first, which we can't do!). We settled for about 8 songs, which is just about our full repertoire.
Anyway, by no means are we expert GJ players. Improv is mostly made up of licks (copy and paste), and the number of licks I know are just a handful. I intend to plan out my solos, and just go lick crazy. There are no other gypsy jazz groups here anyway, so I'm hoping they won't notice
The gig will be like an audition of sorts for us. If they like what/how we play, we'll be inserted into the lineup of an upcoming major jazz concert next month as the first and only gypsy jazz group. Opportunity knocks but once, so the need to do good is huge. Any tips? I've played professionally before, in front of huge crowds and some stadiums, but that was rock where the overdrive masks mistakes, and well, is generally easier to play and fake. This is my first jazz gig, so yeah... I'm pretty nervous and excited.