I live in more of a country setting and play in a local jazz trio (sax and drums) that does pretty well. Jazz trio gigs about once month as schedules allow. Wanting more time to play, I decided to build second project- perhaps more fusion based. Goal was to find a few more mature players and target Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, John Scofield like music. Practice once or twice and then take a few pub gigs to see what was out there. Used BandMix to find a new guitar player. Had a drummer I know and never played with before. Both the drummer and I are music degree 20+ years ago, play pretty regularly, and make our living doing something else. Guitar played claimed to have graduated from Berkley. Good news is I found another drummer. Guitar player not so much. Could not read chord changes, his time was awful, could not follow a road map, could not play 4s, and was in general just too loud. I cant believe this guy ever seriously played before. Gave it a try for about an hour and then told them it was simply not going to work. What a headache! Guess that is what I get for not asking for a recording in advance. Just started playing with a 8 piece in the philly market that seems interesting and is not real close to home. It looks like about 4-5 gigs/yr. There does not seem to be much in the form of competent jazz out here- perhaps that is why my trio does well. Any suggestions how to build a good network of musicians in the local market or is traveling to the DC, Balt-Philly markets a requirement?