Pickup group

pickup group is a group of professional musicians , who may be session musicians who are hired to play for a limited time period of a single concert or sound recording session for several weeks of shows-before disbanding. Pickup groups are formed to play in the orchestra for musical theater performances, operas , or operettas , accompaniment jazz singers or instrumental soloists, and act as a temporary backup bandfor a pop singer for a ride. As well, pickup groups are hired to perform at social events such as weddings or holiday parties. The size of these sets ranges from a three-or four-member rock set or jazz group (eg, a rhythm section , organ trio or backing band ) or classical chamber ensemble (eg, a string quartet ) to a 20-piece jazz big band , a 20-27 member pit orchestra for a Broadway musical or a 30-100 member orchestra .


A pickup group may also be called a “pickup band”, “pickup group”, “pickup orchestra”, or “jobbing band”.


In the 1960s, recordings of New York soul singers Typically Were not backed up by longstanding “house bands” which were Worked permanent basis for the record label, As Was the case in Southern US Many kinds of soul music. Instead, New York soul accompaniment parts were usually recorded by session musicians who were hired by a music contractor to play for a single recording. [1] Since the musicians playing New York soul Were not have regular backup band That played together all the time, the playing Was not as loose and spontaneous as a typical Southern US “house band”, in qui the members played together all the time . [2] Nevertheless, since the NYC session players were experienced musicians, they played with a professional style.


When a music promoter is a multi-city or multi-country tour for a lead or solo singer instrumentalist (eg, a solo or solo player flute player), she wants to hire accompaniment musicians to play the chords , bassline and harmony parts which are used to support the lead performer. Similarly, if a touring Broadway musical group is performing a series of shows in cities across a country or around the world (eg, several weeks of shows in each location), the organizer needs a pit orchestra to accompany the singers who are performing.

The promoter needs to make a decision to make an existing, a longstanding music together , a backing band or orchestra or hire a “pick-up group” in each city or country. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach. Using a longstanding set will provide a group that has extensive experience performing as a musical ensemble . This can help the group with a more unified sound and style. If the backing band or backing is required (eg, 3-4 musicians), it may be worth the cost of paying for a hotel. However, if the backing is large-for example, a 20-piece big band for a jazz singer or a 27-memberpit orchestra for a traveling musical, the cost of travel, may be prohibitive.

Alternatively, in the town or city, the producer or promoter may pay a local music contractor to hire a local musicians to form a “pickup” orchestra or a “jobbing band”. If a promoter decides to hire a group of two or more of them, it is important to know that these musicians, since they live in the town where the show is taking place . There are some disadvantages; a pickup group requires the company to pay for a series of rehearsals for the new musicians in each town, so they can learn the songs / pieces. Have you ever had a good time in the show? Have a pickup group?

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These sets are an important source of income for freelance musicians and session musicians. Since playing in “jobbing bands” and “pickup groups” only provides a limited amount of work per year, a performer that plays in these types of groups. As well, playing in these sets give local performers an opportunity to work with national and international touring soloists and conductors.


When a musical theater production, operetta , or opera is performed in different cities, the production company may hire local musicians in each town for performance.

Jazz, rock and pop music groups

When a jazz singer or instrumental soloist, pop singer (s) or a rock music production that is accompanied by a rock band, pop band or jazz band is on tour, they may hire a band of local musicians (eg a horn section or additional rhythm section members) in each town that they play in. In some cases, the singer, soloist or production will have a core few musicians that travels with them, such as a piano player, who also acts as a bandleader (or a violin concertmaster for an orchestra) for the performances. The core group that travels from town to town may include the essential instruments of a rhythm section : a musician playing a chordal instrument (electric guitar , piano , Hammond organ , etc.), bassist ( electric bass or double bass ) and drummer . Additional rhythm section members (additional chordal instrument, additional percussionists, etc.) can be provided in each other’s home town. Some singers may also hire a small pickup string that they play in, to perform backing string arrangements .


  1. Jump up^ Freeland, David. Ladies of Soul. Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2001. p. 135-136
  2. Jump up^ Freeland, David. Ladies of Soul. Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2001. p. 135-136

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