Just got back from L.A. with Norman, aka Manny Moka after his gig at the Catalina Jazz Club the other night. Great show, great band, great music! We drove down the other day with Marc VW and Edgardo Cambon and met with the L.A. musicians who played with the band. With Tom Brechtlein on drums, you can't ask for a better drummer - phenomenal player! And with a great horn section, I tell you the whole band from L.A. was superb!
There's just some something about L.A. musicians. It's their attitude, man! I observed that in L.A., being such a big city, you've got to take your ax seriously if you want to make it big there! Competition is tough, you can't just be good or even great, you've got to be consistent with your act! Unbelievable! Same in NY! You've got to have a goal, a vision of what exactly you want to make it there as an artist. NY is a jazz town and all jazz artists want to make it in NY. Whether it's L.A. or NY musicians, you can see why, when they make it there, they make it everywhere - Attitude, man, Attitude!!
What about SF Bay Area musicians? SF is so small that it seems like you don't have to do so much to make it here! It's a hassle, a struggle for lots of artists/musicians, we all know that, but I still think the demographics just don't compare to L.A. and NY. What can I say about SF musicians? From my observations of the SF versus L.A. musicians this week, SF musicians are more health-conscious! What?? Hey, don't get me wrong. SF musicians are as great as any great musicians in L.A., NY, or anywhere! But it seems like, if you seriously want to make it big, you've got to be in L.A. or NY!
Hey, I'm a SF musician and I love San Francisco! Does that mean I'll never make it big for as long as I live here? No, not really, I just have to have an attitude as big as that of a L.A./NY musician - to start with! After all, everything begins from within.