I had two gigs this week with the David Caceres Band. The first one was at the Houston Country Club (a 90th birthday party) and the second was at the River Oaks Country Club. This band is very good at what we do. I’ve been playing gigs at Houston’s country clubs for over two decades now. Some of the bands I work with know how to do these gigs right, others don’t. Top of the list of those who do it right is David Caceres. I won’t go into any more detail than that, other than to say that I enjoy being part of a team that produces a great product.
Most of our office time last week was spent hunting for the copyright owner of some of the music on the CD. I thought this music was in the public domain but when I went online to find more information about the composer, I discovered that the copyright was renewed and won’t expire for another eight years. This presents a bit of a problem for someone who is committed to doing things completely legal.
That struggle isn’t over yet. We did finally track down the current ownership, now we have to submit a clearance request. The publisher has very clearly stated on their website that clearance is not always granted. If that happens to be the case with this project, then we will be forced to find a different alternative.
This week I am playing a Christmas party early in the week that I’ve played every year for the past three years and then I’m off to Lufkin to play lead trumpet for the Manhattan Transfer. Saturday night is still sort of open. I have a hold but I haven’t heard back from the leader yet. Hopefully the legal work for the CD will be finished before the week is over.