Maybe I'm spending too much time being a fly-on-the-wall on the jazz dj lists & the folk dj lists, but it's getting me down. My music doesn't seem to really fit. This leaves me wondering where ARE the appropriate venues for my music?
I've been touring the last 10 years on the singer-songwriter circuit ("folk"). The plus of that is the audiences are great listeners of lyrics. Often the gigs are in coffeehouses & house concerts (as well as a lot of UU churches). In other words, no smoky bars. No drunks. Shows are done by 11pm pm so. The negative side is that most audiences are not open to more complex harmonies. They class me as "jazz". Some venues/audiences are open to this, but many (especially the "americana" venues) are turned off by it. A few chord extensions, a few syncopated phrases, a few choruses devoted to an improvised solo--and the audiences says "That's not folk!".
The first music I really performed was big band & dixieland (as a trombonist in junior high up through college). It informs everything I do. I can do a full night of standards, but I don't feel totally at home there either (will they be offended of I play a few originals?). I am a composer. A songwriter. I love a bit of dissonance, I've written my share of atonal instrumental pieces. Song is what drives me most. I like to push the boundaries in song every once in a while. (I also confess to loving the banjo).
Forgive my rambling. Back to some kind of point...
As I read the dj lists, I find many of them arguing about "What is jazz" or "What is folk", and it's so closed! I'm wary of approaching any venues these days.
I'm touring the east coast in August, a number of the gigs are on the singer-songwriter circuit. I'd like to supplement those gigs with some more jazz oriented venues--so we can play our music that's a little more outside the box.
Can any of you out there recommend venues that would be appropriate for me to approach? (as a duo. 2 guitarists, one with monster chops, a lot of standards and some twisted originals?)
We're going through Little Rock AR, Memphis, Nashville, Columbus, anywhere in PA, NYC & suburbs, CT, NJ, MD, DE, DC, VA, NC, GA, AL (that's the general route).
If you were me, where would you play?