Every once in a while I drop into the local Jazz Jam. Young guys fast tempos - it's all good. This week someone called "Yes and No" - Sure I know that tune but then as I'm up there - trying to remember the first chord of the bridge and NOTHING. So I\ fumble through the bridge but then as the trumpet player takes a solo it comes back but TOO late. As I head back to my seat it dawns on me that I haven't really looked at that tune since a College Jazz Combo in 1989. Yikes!
So many tunes. I will work on something for a couple weeks then move to something else only to realize previous tune is already hazy. Aside from playing the heads a running changes to every tune I know daily. How do the piano and bass players play these Jam Session without even a Real book for reference. This is truly my greatest weakness - remembering tunes.