A host of forces conspire to make life rough for the working jazz musician. Beset by lower pay abroad, fewer gigs and higher costs at home and slumping record sales the obstacles keep piling up. Add a marriage and a child or two or three to the equation and the challenge seems insurmountable, but many top talented musicians have managed to strike that delicate balance between career and family.
In more carefree times, rents were cheaper, gigs were plentiful and the hedonistic pursuit of “the hang” was the thing. Nowadays, for those who have taken on the responsibility of fatherhood or motherhood, the family has become the thing. No more enjoying cognac and holding court at Bradley’s till the wee hours for these folks, particularly when they’re going to be up at dawn pouring Rice Krispies and orange juice before getting the kids off to school.