Pickup group

pickup group is a group of professional musicians , which may be session musicians who are hired to play for a limited time period-ranging from a single concert or sound recording session to several weeks of shows-before disbanding. Pickup groups for orchestras for musical theater performances, operas , or operettas , accompany jazz singers or instrumental soloists, and act as a temporary backup band for a pop singer for a tour. As well, pickup groups are hired to perform at social events such as weddings or holiday parties.


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


In the 1960s, recordings of New York’s soul singers were not typically backed up by longstanding “house bands” which worked on a permanent basis for the record label, as was the case in many Southern US types of soul music . Instead, New York soulful accompaniment shares 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,


When a music promoter is organizing a multi-city multi-country ride for gold lead singer solo gold instrumentalist (eg, a solo guitar player solo gold flute player), she needs 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 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 as long as you want to work together , 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 ensemble to provide a group that has extensive experience performing as a musical ensemble . This can help the group to play with a more unified sound and style. If the backing band or backing together required for a show is small (eg, 3-4 musicians), it may be worth the cost of paying for the travel, hotel and food for a longstanding group. However, if the backing set is large-for example,

Alternatively, in either town or city, the producer or promoter can pay a local musician a “pickup” orchestra or a “jobbing band”. If a promoter decides to hire a pickup group in each city or city, this means that the promoter does not have to pay for the musicians, since they are in the town or the place where the show is taking place . There are some disadvantages; The following is a list of songs and songs that have been made by the singer / songwriter. As well as the pickup group, the singer will not be able to play the same songs or parts in the show,

As occupation

Although the work is provided by these ensembles is intermittent and of short duration, these ensembles are an important source of income for freelance musicians and session musicians. Since then, it has been a long time since it was founded, and only a few years ago. As well, playing in these sets give local performers an opportunity to work with well-known national- or international-level 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 the performance.

Jazz, rock and pop music groups

When a jazz singer or instrumental soloist, pop singer(s) or a rock musical production that is accompanied by a rock band, pop group or jazz group is on tour, they may hire a band of local musicians (e.g. a horn sectionor 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.), a bassist (electric bass or double bass) and a drummer. Additional rhythm section members (additional chordal instrument, additional percussionists, etc.) can be hired in each new town or city to add to this core group and provide a fuller sound. Some singers may also hire a small pickup string orchestra in each town 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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