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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jazz Musician: Viable Career or Enjoyable Hobby?

Peter Bacon on the Birmingham based blog The Jazz Breakfast posed the above question, expounded at length here.
What do our readers think?
Lance.

2 comments :

Lance said...

As well as playing jazz gigs for a pittance, you can teach, play rock and roll (also for a pittance), get a proper job, busk, sell the Big Issue, become a rent boy or have a hit record (the last one I think was Take Five!).
As Charlie Galbraith used to say - "Twenty years a jazzman and still an optimist!"

Steve Andrews said...

Interesting article, Lance. It provoked me to look at my 2013 statistics, as follows: Gigs - 24. Gross earnings from said gigs (incl. petrol money where paid) - £1,220. Mileage covered to and from gigs 2,780. Cost of mileage using the old Inland Revenue mileage allowance of 40p per mile (this could be many years out of date, but this is what they allowed in the early 2000's for business mileage in your private car) - £1,112, giving me a profit on the year's gigs of £108, before any allowance for other expenses such as instruments, depreciation, clothing, reeds........................ let alone the ever increasing cost of beer!
Charlie was right!

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