This afternoon I played my first gig with a big band: 4 trumpets, 5 saxes, 3 bones, piano, drums, singer, and me on fretless. We played two full sets and got paid for three. This band has a great book, about 75 tunes all written out for all parts. Since most of my bass days have been playing by ear or chord symbols, reading every measure was a challenge, but there were enough places with chord symbols written over the notes that I could play in my natural style sometimes. Still, it's great to be forced to read, even at these super fast tempos. After all these years, I'm going to be a good sight reader. It was a fun gig. I think they're going to keep me.