QUOTE(miss music maker @ Apr 1 2009, 04:46 PM)
I was just wondering what's the latest stage of pregnancy anyone has ever known of someone to do a jazz gig? The latest I've known someone to do a gig was at 38 weeks pregnant (2 weeks to go).
Oh dear, I did a gig at 40 weeks 1 day! It was a gentle duo gig in a cafe, just myself and a guitarist - a weekly thing we used to do. Saturday came - a day after my due date - no contractions - so I thought 'oh why not' and toodled (toddled, more like) off down there. We did the gig and afterwards a woman said: 'blimey, you look like you're about to pop that baby out! When's it due?' I said 'yesterday' and I've never seen anyone back away so fast.
Looking back I must have been a bit mad, but the gig was only 20 minutes walk from my house and if anything had happened I'd have just called an ambulance from the cafe. As it happened, I went to a party the following evening (don't worry, I didn't drink), got home about midnight, went to bed, then woke up at 5.00am with labour in full swing!
Beautiful baby boy born at 6.00pm that evening.
Postscript: a couple of weeks earlier I went to a Latin jazz gig and the baby turned a complete somersault! He did grow up to love music and still does...