Last night my Big Band, now called "the Cats Swing Band," gave a recital to mark the end of the semester. The Apostolic Church on Parr Avenue in Campbell, CA were kind enough to make their church available for our performance, and the pews were filled with friends and family.
I played my acoustic string bass, and all the band members loved it more than my bass guitar. My friend and attorney, who plays alto sax in our band, said that there is "no comparison" between the sound of my stand-up bass and my bass guitar, and he favors the former. I agree.
However, a string bass requires a lot more stamina, and I need to improve mine. I was pooped by the end of the performance. Playing a stand-up bass is much more physically demanding than playing a bass guitar.
Everyone told me I played quite well, but being my best critic, I am far from satisfied. I was, however, blown away by the enthusiastic audience, who broke into raucous applause when our lead tenor sax player soloed. They broke into applause several more times before the performance ended. This was thrilling for me, as I have played in many bands, but have never experienced this before.
Everyone in the audience was grinning, open-mouthed, from ear to ear, including my always grouchy little wife. Afterwards we had a pot luck dinner. The band was ecstatic over the successful performance.
Listen Here: Link to Band Performance.
If you are able to listen, please use headphones in order to hear my bass!