To start off the New Year, here's one from the jobbing vaults.

Disclaimer: this is a true story, and while yours truly certainly doesn't condone such behavior, well, whatever gets you through the gig...

Many years ago I was on a country club date with a pianist/leader. He had an hour of solo piano up front, and then the band was supposed to play the standard 3 hours. Although we in the band bore no ill will towards this particular leader, well, we were young and cocky and thought that he was kind of corny (now we're all old and have to deal with all the young cocky
players). We all knew that he had a bunch of tunes that he loved to play (he was, and continues to be, a fine player) and someone (names omitted to protect the guilty) came up with the idea of writing those tunes down on cocktail napkins and having a waitress bring them up to him, each with a dollar attached.

Well, he played and played, about a half-hour into the band time. Finally he stopped, came into the bar (where we were hanging) and, wiping the sweat off his brow, told us he was sorry that he'd made us wait to start the job but the audience was really a hip crowd and he felt he had to honor all the cool requests. Undertime!

This week Steven Hashimoto will attempt to honor all requests at:

WEDS. 1/15: ANDY'S, 11 E. Hubbard, noon-2:30pm, with guitarist Pat Fleming.

THURS. 1/16: THE FOUNDRY, on Rt. 59 in Naperville (near the Hooters, that's
all the info I have), 7:30-11:30pm, with The Barry Winograd Trio
(Barely on bari, or maybe alto; Bob Long on piano).

FRI. 1/17: THE GREEN MILL, 4802 N. Broadway, 1:30-3:45am, with The Green Mill
Quartet (Barely Winogard, bari sax; Bob Long, piano; Rick Shandling, drums)
for the After-Hours Jam Session.

SAT. 1/18: a jobbing date, by gum! Thanks to the High Society crew!

SUN. 1/19: SIMON'S TAVERN, 5210 N. Clark, 9-11;30pm, with the Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; Neal Alger, guitar; Heath Chappell, drums).

I could use to fill Sat. 1/25 and all of the Saturdays in Feb. except the
1st, as well as numerous off-nights. Call me at 708-222-6520 for prompt,
courteous service. Your call may be monitored for training purposes.