News from the trenched 3/2/03

Frankly, I can't think of anything to say this week. It's an enormous
responsibility, entertaining you people, and I think I'm still a bit under
the weather. This cold (I'm told by several people that it's actually walking
pneumonia) just won't go away, and it doesn't help that I'm pretty busy on
all fronts right now. I've got a surprising number of playing gigs (none of
them for big money, mind you, but most of them spiritually satisfying, which
is almost as ghood as getting paid lots of money), and I've been just as busy
writing charts for folks, doing design jobs and even getting some of my
writing published and/or paid for. Things could be worse, and make no
mistake, I'm grateful for what I've got. I have acquaintances who've been out
of work for YEARS, grown adults who've had to move back in with their
parents. I look at my upcoming calendar and see huge holes, but I'm more or
less confident that they'll fill up, with one thing or another (hint, nudge,
    On the one hand Pat and I just lost Andy's (again), but we've started
working at The Gateway, a pretty cool place with a very hip owner. And Andy's
may still come back (you might call and inquire as to that possibility).
Souled Out seems to be getting some gigs, and someday we may actually make
some money, but (until then) it remains a fun, challenging and fulfilling
gig. I'm hardly jobbing at all, but I can't say that I particularly miss it.
For instance, this week I had (or have) no jobbing dates, but I have (or had)
gigs leading Sueños, Mothra, and my Jazz Sextet and Quartet, as well as a gig
playing original material with Anne Pringle and Mark Burnell; the Poetry
Slam; and two house-rhythm-section/jam session gigs. Economically speaking
it's less filling but tastes great!
    Which is not to say that I wouldn't welcome some big money gigs, but I
can think of far worse fates than to be playing music with my irregular cast
of characters. I've done it all; some of you may not know this about me, but
I did work in the advertising business for many years; in the publishing
business for a little less; and I've done a staggeringly weird variety of
day-jobs, from driving a cab to being a jeweller's apprentice. And I can tell
you this for sure: a day playing bad music (or playing good music for bad
money) is better than any day dressing up in a suit and tie and pretending
that bullshit matters.

This week Steven Hashimoto will walk the walk at:

SUN. 3/2: THE GREEN MILL, 4802 N. Broadway, 8-10pm, with poet Marc Smith and
The Pong Unit (Mike Smith, guitar; Dave Flippo, keyboards; Ted Sirota, drums)
for The Uptown Poetry Slam.

MON. 3/3: DAVENPORT'S, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 8pm, with vocalist Anne Pringle and
pianist/vocalist Mark Burnell.

TUES. 3/4: LEOPARD LOUNGE, 1645 W. Cortland, 10pm-1am, with The Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; Neal Alger, guitar; Heath Chappell,

WEDS. 3/5: CITY LIGHTS, 3809 N. Harlem, 9pm-midnight, an open jazz jam
session with The Joe Valentino Trio (Joe on drums, Paul Coscino on piano).
Bring your axe on down and play some!

7:30pm, with Mothra (Kathy Kelly, vibes; Neal Alger, guitar; Heath Chappell,

FRI. 3/7: THE GREEN MILL, 4802 N. Broadway, 1:30-3:45am, with The Green Mill
Quartet (Barely Winograd, bari sax; Bob Long, piano; Rick Shandling, drums)
for The After-Hours Jam Session.

SUN. 3/9: DAVENPORT'S, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 9pm, with vocalist Anne Pringle and
pianist/vocalist Mark Burnell.

I have every Saturday in March open! Call me at 708-222-6520!

"It is like a finger pointing away at the moon. Don't concentrate on the
finger or you'll miss all that heavenly glory!"