NEWS FROM THE TRENCHES 3/16/3    by Steven Hashimoto

 

All it takes is one jerk to spoil the party...everyone's been wondering how
the E2/Great White incidents would affect the rest of the club scene, and now
it's started. I don't think I should be too specific, although many of you
have already heard about it on the grapevine, but last week a trio of loud,
obnoxious drunks was ejected from a popular jazz club because they were
interfering with everyone else's enjoyment of the music. As they were
escorted out they told the manager "We're going to **** you up!", and they
did. They called the police and fire dept. and lodged charges not only of
overcrowding (which was, technically, accurate) but also of serving minors
and that the manager "tried to get them to smoke some crack."
    The law folks were apologetic upon answering the call but explained that
in light of recent events they had no choice but to clear the excess patrons
out (stopping the show for an hour, naturally) and to serve the club with a
summons.
    Again, not naming names, but anyone who knows the club and the manager
knows that, A) they have an extremely aggressive carding policy -- no way
were minors being served, and B) the manager would fire anyone having
anything to do with hard drugs, including himself. The club was over legally
stated capacity, but that's more due to arcane technicalities of the law (the
place was what is called "under-carded", meaning they had a card stating a
certain legal capacity that's well under what would be reasonable in order to
make a profit but well within safety standards. The next-higher card is
inordinately expensive to hold and carries other hidden expenses. The point
is, the law seems to be in place not only to insure the safety of patrons but
also to insure reveue for the city in the form of additional taxes of various
kinds.
    The short-term result is that the club has had to lay off one bartender
per weekend shift; they're honoring their existing performer contracts and
losing money on them, which means that, inevitably and understandably, future
contracts will be for less money. The long-term effects are still unclear; if
people have to stand in line without a guarantee of actually getting in to
see a show, it's probable that the club will lose popularity, and that would
be a killer for the jazz scene at large.
    All because of three jerks who don't know how to behave in public and
couldn't take their medicine like adults. If anyone knows who those three
people are, I bet the jazz community would like to know their names...

And now some words of wisdom from Mr. Les McCann:

"The president he's got his war
Folks don't know just what it's for
Nobody gives us a rhyme or reason
Have one doubt they call it treason...
Tryin' to make it real compared to what..."

This week Steven Hashimoto will keep an eye peeled for party-poopers at:

SUN. 3/16: SIMON'S TAVERN, 5210 N. Clark, 9-11:30pm, with The Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; Neal Alger, guitar; Heath Chappell,
drums).

WEDS. 3/19: CITY LIGHTS, 3809 N. Harlem, 9pm-midnight, an open jazz jam
session with The Joe Valentino Trio (Joe on drums, Vijay Tellis-Nayak on
piano). Bring your axe on down and play some!

THURS. 3/20: ROSEMARY'S, 122 S. 1st Street in DeKalb (behind Otto's),
10pm-12:30am, with The Brian Duke Trio (Duke on drums, Robert Chappell on
keyboards).

FRI. 3/14: An early AM gig at The Copernicus Theatre with The Lil' Cow Band
(Fred Koch, guitar and vocals; Teddi Koch, vocals; Mike Levin, sax; Ken Hall,
vibes; Steve Rshid, keyboards, harmonica and trumpet; Kevin Connelly, drums);
then, at THE NORTH LAKESIDE CULTURAL CENTER, 6219 N. Sheridan Rd., 8-10pm,
with The Steven Hashimoto Trio (Dan Hesler, sax; Zvonimir Tot, guitar); then,
later on, as usual, at 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.

I have Saturday March 22 and 29 open! Call me at 708-222-6520!
I've been doing a lot of design work lately; CD's for Marc Smith, John
Temmerman, Corey Radford/Scott Anderson and The Chicago Rovers, and fliers
and p.r. stuff for a buncha folks. Gimme a call! And all you singers, I've
been doing a TON of lead sheets, for Marvinetta, June Yvonne, Kate Foley,
Nancy Erickson. I've read (or tried to read) a lot of your books, and you
need help! Call me!