I play bass in a jazz quartet that has had a weekly decent paying gig for nearly 5 years. About a year ago we had to replace our drummer when he moved out of state. The new guy is a great guy, we all like him personally but his playing sucks and is getting worse. It's too loud, double bass drum pedal on a acoustic jazz gig, wrong stylistically, he doesn't listen to the recordings we recommend... I could go on and on with his issues. The band leader has spoken to him, the band members have spoken to him and I'm ready to quit the steady gig I've played for nearly 5 years. Any other band would fire him and move on. Here's the problem, the restaurant owner LOVES LOVES LOVES this guy. According to him he (the drummer) "make you guys funky!" I live in an area with very little live music and an almost non-existent jazz presence. Do I say screw it and be happy for the paying gig or do I walk away and try to build something new?