I was ruminating on Ed's post about the effect of Bad Jazz on the Good Jazz marketplace. That brings to mind the basic question: What does a jazz gig pay? Or, as limbo-artistes like to say, "How low . . . can you go?" Let's talk about bona-fide improvising jobs, not background, function, casual etc. a) Tell where you are. b) Do you take side-player calls for less than you quote for your band? c) Quote for clubs and concerts, please. d) Questions, comments, thoughts re ethics & karmic effect. As for me: a) In sunny Portland, Maine, jazz gigs are way sparse. b) Depending on how much I like the company, I'll take a sideman call in a club for as low as $50 rather than stay home. I try hard not to pay my band less than $100/player so I simply do not book clubs as a leader -- there's no club that pays well enough. c) I try to get local concerts at $100/player for sidejobs and $125+/player for my band and there are damn few of them. d) Rock, blues and folk are big around here. Jazz is way back on the list. WHAT D'YA SAY?