3 Ways to Get Jazz Gigs

Welcome to episode 190 of the LJS Podcast where today I talk about how to get jazz gigs. One of the big goals for most musicians is to get out there and play. That’s where the real fun and learning can happen. But how do you acquire those gigs? I go over three ways with different strategies for each to help you get out there and start performing.

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On this podcast, I talk a lot about practicing, improving our skills in the practice room, but at the end of the day, if we really want to put ourselves to the test and take things to the next level, we need to get out there and perform live.

Now, obviously, this is a goal for many of us to perform live, to play with other musicians. That’s kind of the end goal, the gratification that we are working towards. But it also is crucially important if we want to improve as musicians.

But the big question always comes in: how do we actually get those gigs? Sometimes it may seem hard to find them or how do you even get into the scene?

Well, on today’s episode, I’m going to answer that. I’m going to go over 3 different ways you can start getting jazz gigs.

In this episode:

1. Networking and two strategies for making connections

2. Hustling (aka hitting the streets) and how to think less like a musician and more like a business person

3. Creating your own gig and two kinds of events you can host

Thanks for listening to this episode of the Learn Jazz Standards Podcast. If you aren’t already, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!

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Video: How to Not Suck at Jazz Jams and Gigs

Free Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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