The Gig is a winning little film about a group of guys who try to fulfill their dream of being jazz players.
Wayne Rogers toplines as a New York businessman who has played Dixieland Jazz with his five pals for their own amusement once a week since 1970. He arranges a two-week pro engagement and talks the group into taking the step, the convincing argument being when their bass player George (Stan Lachow) drops out, promoting solidarity among the other five.
The replacement bassist, veteran player Marshall Wilson (Cleavon Little), causes friction in the group, because of his unfriendly personality and condescending attitude towards the budding amateurs.
Filmmaker Gilroy gets maximum comic mileage out of this contrast, while making good points concerning the snobism and purist stance that pervades many jazz circles.
Aided by a very entertaining portrait of life at a Catskills resort, Rogers and Little make a solid team.