What Not To Do At A Jazz Show

Vancouver Magazine - - City Jazz Fest -

Just like there’s good naked and bad naked, in a jazz venue there’s good Un­ti­tled-8 1 noise and bad noise. Chat­ting with a friend is bad noise. Of course you’re smart and amaz­ing, but no­body is pay­ing to hear you talk. Don’t con­fuse a jazz show with a pub crawl.

Clap­ping af­ter a solo, on the other hand—or ap­pre­cia­tive hoots or whis­tles when the band is cook­ing—is good noise, part of your job in keeping the en­ergy up. But be tuned into the en­ergy of the room, and if the play­ers ask the au­di­ence to hold ap­plause till the end (which a few oc­ca­sion­ally do) then of course be mind­ful of that.

Don’t nec­es­sar­ily ex­pect to get up and dance, no mat­ter how many kir royales (or joints) you’ve had, un­less you’re at a dance-suit­able venue and with an artist who is clearly about that. There are sev­eral at this year’s fest who will get you on your feet, like Coco Jafro, or the Ayrad and François Houle Trio.

As one lo­cal afi­cionado put it: “Con­duct your­self like any good jazz mu­si­cian. Keep your eyes and ears open, read the mood of the venue. Lis­ten, be re­spect­ful of the play­ers, and don’t get in the way.”

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