****** Musician's Meanderings******
Steve Hashimoto's Journey Journal - 04-14-2003:
Not to make light of the war, but I was reading an article about the Geneva
Convention in:re prisoners of war, and on my way home from my gig tonight it
occurred to me that it might be nice if there were similarly codified rules
governing the treatment of sidemen.
Proposed: that sidemen shall not be subjected to undue humiliation above and
beyond the normal humiliation of having to play questionable material under
terrible circumstances (i.e., they should not be forced to wear costumes
[Dixieland vests, lederhosen, stupid hats, etc.], do dance steps or shtick,
sing stupid novelty unison choruses, etc.).
Proposed: that if a sideman is required to enter a venue via the loading dock
that he be allowed to dress like a UPS man on the gig.
Proposed: that if leaders are required (as many now are at downtown venues)
to carry liability insurance in case a party guest trip over a cable, that
the venues be liable for damage to instruments due to party guests' or other
service employees' clumsiness, and that they show proof of the insurance
policy before a note is played.
Proposed: that a clear and accurate job description be supplied, especially
to subs (i.e., you are the substitute trumpet player, the job involves
reading, soloing, and clairvoyance, you'll need a music stand, light, tuxedo
and hard-hat, there should be breaks but there probably won't be, and the job
pays $25 worth of glass beads).
Proposed: that vibing a sub for not sufficiently reading the leader's mind or
knowing the stuff that's not in the charts (but that the regulars have worked
out over the years) is to be considered a war crime and punishable by
repeated exposure to recordings of "The Chicken Dance" played by a trio of
I'm sure you've got some suggestions...
Well, both my Wednesday and Thursday gigs have gone south, so I'm really
interested in filling a lot of those days upcoming. Both of these club owners
were very sincere about understanding how long these things take to get going
and how they were absolutely committed to riding out at least a month. As one
of my friends remarked, when a club owner looks you in the eye, shakes your
hand and promises a long run, check your pockets and your watch and count
This week Steven Hashimoto will observe the Conventions at:
MON. 4/14: at KOPI CAFÉ, 5317 N. Clark, 8-10pm, with guitarist Pat Fleming.
Monday and Wednesday I'm also recording a CD with the vocalist Miguel DeLeón,
and a super band including Steve Eisen, James Sanders, Leandro Lopez-Varady,
Ruel Trevino and Heath Chappell, of mostly Brasilian music. Thanks to Miguel
FRI. 4/18: JACARANDA, 3608 W. 26th St., 9-ish to 12:30, with Sueños
Latin-Jazz Quartet (Mike Levin, sax; Bob Long, piano; Heath Chappell, drums).
Bring your axes and chop some wood with us. Then, as always, 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.
SAT. 4/19: at POPS IN HIGHWOOD, 214 Green Bay, 9 to 12:30 (I think), with The
Steven Hashimoto Trio (Mike Levin, sax, and Neal Alger, guitar).
SUN. 4/20: at SIMON'S TAVERN, 5210 N. Clark, 9-11:30pm, with The Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (I think Dan Hesler, sax; Neal Alger, guitar; Heath
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