QUOTE(TSax @ May 8 2011, 05:41 PM)
There's a pub close by that every few months or so has a sort of jazz festival for a day. 12 bands playing, one an hour from 12 noon to midnight. They're all local amateur bands, and this is the 3rd time the band I play in have had a slot. Previously we've been on at about 3pm, and at that point everything was running to time. Yesterday we were due on at 7pm and things were running about an hour late. Which meant that our clarinettist had time for one more pint than was probably wise before a gig.
We have one ballad in our set - 'Round Midnight - it's a beautiful tune, and a real feature for me. The form is that I play the first 16 bars of the melody, the clarinet plays the 8 bar bridge, I play the final 8 bars melody. Then I play an improvised solo over 16 bars, the clarinet plays melody over the bridge and I finish it off. Last night the first time through the melody went as planned, then as I was nearing the end of the first 8 bars of my solo I saw the somewhat inebriated clarinettist preparing himself to start playing the bridge. So I moved quickly across the stage and kicked him to make him stop, continuing my solo as I did so, and totally aware of just how ridiculous it looked. The audience contained several friends who know us all quite well who were in fits of laughter - I was watching them and was so close to cracking up myself but did manage to complete the solo as planned, although it wasn't as heartfelt and poignant as I usually try and make it. The clarinet player was now completely bemused and came in 2 bars late, but thankfully our wonderful rhythm section followed him and it was all OK.
Anyway, despite the 'Round Midnight debacle and one or two other tricky moments, mostly trying to keep the clarinettist in the right place, the verdict was that it was one of our best gigs, and we even had people dancing to our finale of "Pick Up the Pieces". It was a hugely enjoyable everning all round and today I keep stopping to giggle at the improvised comedy moment in the middle of what is usually our most serious piece.
You can't trust us clarinettists...
Glad you had fun!