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Jazz Quintet name help

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by bannybassman, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone,
    I've recently started university and joined a new jazz band. It's a quintet with sax, trombone, piano, drums and of course myself on bass.
    Practices are going great and we've already played a couple of gigs, however we've ran into a little bump in the road when it came to naming the band...
    Currently we are going with the "Pete Werner Quintet" after the sax player. The issue is this, I quote a message from our trombonist:
    "Hey guys,
    In a quartet with one horn player, its almost tradition to name the group after them, but in a larger group i'm not sure it works and its quite old fashioned. Not fresh.
    Pete, this really is nothing at all against you at all, but if we want to make a name for ourselves we need to have something original"
    Of course our sax player argues that naming a group after the lead is traditional and means we will be taken more seriously.
    What do you guys think? We really want to get this right!!
    Thanks for your opinions :) :bassist:
  2. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    The tradition is you name the group after the leader. That's not necessarily the sax player. Unless Pete is the clear-cut leader of the group, he has no right to insist on calling it the Pete Werner Quintet. And while it is usual for traditional jazz groups to be named for the leader, it's becoming more common with new, hip groups to abandon that concept (The Bad Plus, Garage A Trois, etc).
  3. I must admit I do not know much about Jazz traditions. But on the other hand, I do know if you are in a band which is named after one of the members, you will never be considered an equal and will just be thought of as a side man. If your sax player wants the band named after himself and other member don't, you are already headed for drama and conflict. Good luck with that.
  4. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    1)Dump Pete

    2)Call yourself "Pete Werner Quartet"


  5. thanks for your comments guys, can I just add at this point that it was not actually pete who suggested we name the band after him, it was our pianist. I've spoken to pete and he says he doesn't mind what we call it :p some of us just think the pete werner quintet has a nice ring to it :)
  6. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    I don’t like anyone’s name on it unless they OWN the band, as in they own everything, take care of all the business, and pay the players.
  7. xander8280


    Dec 29, 2011
    1. Pete Weiner Quintet

    2. Traditional 5th's

    I'm trying man.

    3. The Campus Brass, Varsity Brass, replace brass with swing. Etc. you're all in school, us varsity or campus or coed(to make it an innuendo)

    There's some ideas man
  8. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Unless Pete is a "name" in your neck of the woods, there is no advantage to naming your group after him. How about naming it after a fictional person?
  9. stagebanter


    May 12, 2012
    Jazz is all about breaking tradition. Come up with something memorable, is my advice.
  10. jbassmaniac


    Apr 27, 2009
    Kansas City/Topeka KS
    How about" The Quintessential Jazz Quintet" ?
  11. Audiophage


    Jan 9, 2005
    The Hamburger Trio.
  12. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    If you can't agree on a leader, replace the person's name with a geographical reference (for example, The South Bay Quintet or The Franklin Street Quintet).

    Just a thought.
  13. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Five Alive
    Channel 5 (not a great idea in the UK)
    Five Go Jazz in Guernsey
    Five for the Ferries
    Saint Pierre Cinq

    et cetera...

    Shame you're not in Jersey - you could call yourselves Jersey Jazz.
  14. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Or 5 USA ?

    :D That's the one you know!

    All downhill from there...

    five finger death punch
    five day weather forecast
    five pillars of islam
  15. Diminished 5th/ the diminished 5ths? Come on, it's Jazz
  16. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Nice idea...
  17. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
  18. jphovercraft


    Oct 21, 2012
    Diminished 5th ... with the logo being a partially empty fifth of bourbon?
  19. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Dead Dolphin Street
  20. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Agreed 100%. Screw "tradition". The very notion that the genre of music that began as the music of the streets, and the very definition of challenge to authority, should now be hemmed in and regulated by "tradition" is absurd. :rolleyes:

    Give it a hip, memorable, modern name. Use your imagination. :eyebrow: