From the new organizer, January 2010:
Do you want to learn about and enjoy the incredible local Seattle Jazz scene? Seattle is an incredible community for Jazz, with countless world-class players and singers and great jams or performances happening almost every night of the week. If you want to find these hidden treasures, this is the group!
If you are a fan please suggest your next show of one of your favorite LOCAL groups, and if you are LOCAL Seattle Jazz Musician, please sign up and suggest your band's gigs here. That way we get a vibrant, up to date listing of local jazz gigs suggested by people "in the know" about the gigs they suggest.
Here's the guidelines:
The shows must be local (Seattle area and surrounding towns) and the musicians must be local. Do not suggest for example, that everyone go see McCoy Tyner at Jazz Alley. We all love McCoy Tyner, but he is not local, and Jazz Alley does not specialize in presenting LOCAL musicians. The idea here is to boost up LOCAL, INDEPENDENT jazz musicians, because they struggle with low budgets, trying to attract audience, and the myriad other challenges indie artists face. The Meetup Group wants to help the local artists, that is why it exists.
Group rules: There's basically only one pair of DO's and DON'T's (below), plus the usuals of civil discussion. This place is about plugging bands you like. If you don't like a band or a musician, we don't need to hear it here. This place is for recommendations of music and musicians you want to SUPPORT. And one of the best ways you can support musicians is by bringing people to their shows, an activity which 1. costs you NOTHING (beyond what you would spend on the gig anyway, that is), and 2. should be fun because you want to share the good experience of your favorite local bands.
DON'T post up concerts by established national and international jazz stars or shows at big arenas or stadiums shows that cost $60 bucks a ticket. We already know that Kenny G can fill the Gorge. His people can take full page ads out in the Seattle Times. Indie jazzers cannot compete with that. This place isn't about adding to the 20,000 people that will go the Gorge. This place is about adding to the 20, 50, or 100 people that will go see your favorite indie, up and coming jazzers.
DO post up local shows in smaller venues by indie and/or local artists that you think others may not know about and you would like to share the experience of seeing the group live with the others here. Keep the prices in line. Most smaller venues are anywhere from free admission up to $15. Many smaller venues don't charge a cover, but you can show support by tipping the band. Many venues who don't charge a cover also expect you to show some support by buying food, drinks, a cup of coffee, etc.
By tipping and paying the musicians cover charges you help make it viable for the musicians to keep gigging.
By eating and drinking the food of the venue you encourage the venue to keep having live music.
This all hangs together to help keep the scene happening.
I am going to plug this group on my facebook and other places, please do the same. The more juice the group gets, the cooler and more fun this will be for us all. Spice up your experience by checking out new bands suggested by others that you don't already know about, as well as turning them onto your favorites.
For meetups, I will post up suggested Gigs from you all. I will do some minimal quality monitoring, mainly to make sure stuff fits within the guidelines here, but mostly I want to trust that if you say something is worthwhile, I can post it up, unless I have good reason not to. We are all busy, so our "meetups" will actually just be gigs you can choose to go to (or not). Use this as a resource to hear great local live jazz music. We can include the following types of gigs:
Straight ahead jazz, world jazz fusion (examples Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, African jazz), jazz jam sessions, experimental/improvisational jazz, concerts or recitals by jazz students or school jazz bands (like, for example, your or your friend's senior recital at Cornish or similar), jazz fusions like acid-jazz, hip-hop jazz, etc.
OK have at it. We have 35 members now and there haven't been any meetup gigs posted since last fall, so let's give it a fresh infusion. Invite your friends, plug your bands, plugs your friends' bands. There should be plenty of gigs listed every month for people to choose from.
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