Last night we did a gig where we were scheduled to do 30 minutes of soft "cocktail" music during the cocktail portion of a corporate event. About 30 minutes before we're supposed to start to play the event planner tells us all the guest will be arriving 20 minutes early and asks if we can play for 50 minutes.
Not wanting to get in some big argument about "signed contracts" and the like, we agreed to do it but nobody was much in the mood for it. So rather than pulling out a bunch of extra songs, I decide "let's just jam for the extra 20 minutes". A few months back we had tossed around the idea of working up "The Great Gig In The Sky" but we never did more than just fool around with it a few times in rehearsal. I asked if anybody remembered the changes and nobody really did, so I decided to call out "let's just vamp on the Bm7 - E9 for as long as it feels good to play it."
So for 20 minutes we play nothing but the same 2 chords, the guitarist and I take turns soloing, the girls take turns doing some "Great Gig" style scat-singing, and we not only had some pretty good fun, but the song got the biggest round of applause of the entire set.
Anybody else have similar stories about having success playing something they improvised lately?