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Where did the New Years Eve gigs go?

I remember a time when I got called for two or three New Year’s Eve gigs.  I would inevitably have to help people find trombone players to make the gigs.

Fast forward to today. I got an email about a New Year’s Eve gig.  It was sent to several players with the thought that it might be hard to find someone quickly.  I replied to the email within seven minutes. I was too late.  I lost a New Year’s eve gig in seven minutes.  On top of that, the gig paid less than a club date!!!  Times have changed.


By Jason Jackson

Jason Jackson has been one of the busiest and most respected trombone players in New York City since settling there 21 years ago. In addition to the two years he spent touring the world with Ray Charles not long after his arrival, he has been the lead trombonist in the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band for the past decade and also currently plays that part in orchestras led by Roy Hargrove and Charles Tolliver. And on Mondays, his off-nights from playing in the pit bands of such Tony Award-winning Broadway productions as The Color Purple, Wonderful Town, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and presently Motown the Musical, he has been a member for the past 10 years of the Grammy Award-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard. He also teaches part-time at City College of New York, performs about once per month in a group he co-leads with his wife, vocalist Rosena Hill Jackson, and even finds time to occasionally sit in at jam sessions.