Did a few searches and didn't turn up anything appropriate so I'm thinking this might actually be a NEW question on TBDB. I'm wondering how you pick tunes when you're the band leader at a jazz gig. Do you try to pick tunes that you think will be good vehicles for the players involved? Are there some tunes that work well for most groupings? Originals? Tunes you solo well on regardless of the rest of the band? Crowd pleasers? A mix? Stay away from the trite and/or played too commonly? Play what you like and to hell with everyone else? I've watched John Pisano flip though his Real Book on his guitar night. I'm pretty sure he doesn't need the chart, nor do any of the other players, and he's just using it as a kind of index to suggestions. I've watched another local band play a fairly limited set of charts into the ground, IMO. They know those charts well, but, maybe only 50 tunes and so their gig gets kind of boring after the 3rd or 4th performance with so many of the same tunes. I've been reading a book by Ted Gioia entitled *The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire* and it seems that many band leaders in the first half of the 20th century picked popular tunes, while other artists, like Miles, Coltrane, etc, picked tunes with which they found something new. Until recently, I was just trying to learn the repertoire so I added 2 or 3 new tunes to my set list every month, but now, I think I'm trying for something more unique - make each tune it's own. Still, I'm curious how YOU do it.