So, my brother asked me to play with his band. They play jazz, ska, reggae and latin kind of music, and well figuring it's something I don't play much it would be a great learning experience and if I don't like it it's ok as well. Anything that sharpens those jazz chops is worth paying attention to I guess.
I went today, and left with mixed opinions. First, I didn't like their music. Ska and reggae is music I like to listen to, but I've pretty much figured out by today that unless I'm going to be the next Damian Marley or form something like The Specials, it's not really music I like to play. Latin, well at least since I was the only rocker in there I got to channel my inner Carlos Santana over some salsa tune. As for jazz, I love the main melodies and the chord progressions, but there's only so much wanking saxes I can stand before going crazy. I love the swing of swing and they also played some bossa nova, which I love to play and sing, so that was pretty wicked.
So, if I would stay, I would stay for the learning factor, because I get to play with very different minded musicians and get to play music I wouldn't play much, and maybe for the monetary factor, since they occasionally gig and well, a buck's a buck. Problem is, they're saving up for a demo so the monetary factor pretty much goes to the drain hahaha....but as far as the "creative" factor and the overall vibe, I didn't like it much.