This is hilarious. This was a dialogue with someone interested in hiring a band that I was a part of. When it came to the point that we realized the dates weren’t going to work I presented him with some other options for groups. I did not immediately pitch my quartet but I pitched bands that I was a part of that may have more of an accessible vibe because I got the feeling that was important to him. Upon THOSE ideas not working out I then pitched my band to him. Here is the response with the awesomeness in bold.
When I hired ——– and ——– I wanted them to include a trumpet lead. I believe that a tenor saxophone is not a lead instrument but a complimentary one. To have a tenor saxophone with a rhythm section does not appeal to me, no matter who the player is. Even if it was Coleman Hawkins and a rhythm section I wouldn`t attend. That`s my preference coming out.
I`m hiring ——— Quintet plus adding ———-, then ———- quartet plus ———, ———–quartet plus ——– on trumpet and fiddle. Complete bands in my opinion.
Ah the joys of this business!!