How to build your own jazz band
Starting a jazz band is about getting gigs, not getting players.
If you get gigs, the players will come to you and they’ll behave themselves. They all want to play in public, and some would like to be paid. This way you are doing them a favour. A good idea.
If you don’t get gigs, then you’ll have to invite players in. Now they are doing you a favour. IThe band will pack up if you don’t get gigs.
Its hard starting a band, and harder keeping it together.
If others ask to come in to your band that’s good but you’ll end up with a blues guitar player, a soprano sax and a viola. Your keyboard player will get fed up with playing walking bass, and you’ll all get fed up with using the electronic drum beats on the keyboard because you have got neither a bass player nor a drummer – but there is a good classical violinist who wants to join.
Secretly you yourself want a conga player but no one seems interested.
Every member of your band will give you a list of the songs they want the band to play. If they are singers then they’ll bring you manuscripts of the original show tunes and you’ll have to re-write the chords for jazz. You’ll also have to transpose them for different instruments.
The keyboard player will just bring you the chords because he/she does not play the dots. Chords will be of no use to classically trained musicians who will generally improvise around the melody.
The way to stop them all bringing you new songs is to tell them that they have to do the manuscript transcription, not you, and they’ll immediately want to play your songs.
When you get a singer, he/she will want all the songs to be transposed to another key.
The band may implode because no one has thought through all costs which are involved. They’ll all have to chip in, and marketing will cost 30% of the gig money. You’ll need money to get gigs, and someone has to provide it..