Since I was 18 (I'm 36 now) I've loved playing the bass. Dearly. Around the same time that I fell in love with the bass, I also fell for a style of music that doesn't exactly win any popularity contests, but I love it with all my heart and soul regardless. It's contemporary jazz (Spyro Gyra, Rippingtons, Yellowjackets, Oceans, Backstreet, Mezzoforte, Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, Neil Larsen, etc. etc.). Everytime I listen to one of my contemporary jazz cd's, I die a little bit inside because I play in a classic & modern & alternative rock / funk band. I have a blast playing bass and keyboards, having all the major clubs begging for us, compliments from the audience, steady bookings, and the money... but it isn't where my heart tells me to go. Part of the equation is the city I live in (Spokane) is behind the times with culture, and with a population of only around 400,000 there isn't much of a market for contemporary jazz. I'm wondering if I should give my band a deadline and try the jazz scene here, or just try to migrate to another locale. The wife and I would much rather live in Portland, Seattle, LA or San Diego anyway (jazz, even contemporary, does well in these cities). (((sigh))) quote (unknown): "Find something you would die for, then live for it." Hmmm... that would be, my son, my wife, and my music.