I don't think this is anything new. I may have posted about this before, or it may have been on TH. I can't find it here. A friend of mine played sax in the early part of the last century. His name was R.F. "Peg" Meyer. He started out in 1917 and played full time until about 1925 or 26. Then he got married, bought a music store, and "settled down". Peg wrote a book called "Backwoods Jazz In The 20's. It isn't very well written, but it is interesting. In the early part of the last century, before talking movies, every movie house had an orchestra, or at least an organist. In dinky old Cape Girardeau, Mo. there were 2 movie houses with orchestras. In addition to this there was the vaudeville, which also employed musicians. Amplification technology was all but non-existant. If you had a dance, you hired a band. There was lots of work for musicians. The advent of talking movies meant the end of all the movie house orchestras. TV (and radio?) brought the end of vaudeville. "DJs" are virtually killing dance jobs for local bands. None of this is news, but I thought the recording business was pretty safe. Last weekend I worked with a friend of mine who is one of the top call guys in the area. He plays a lot of the broadway musicals that come through town. He said that the guys who play the book in many cities write their name in the book. A show he recently played had Bergeron and Baptiste's name in the book. I thought these guys would rather shoot themselves in the lip than play a broadway show. Is the recording session business collapsing too? Will there be playing jobs for horn players in the next generation?