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Steve Hashimoto's Journey Journal – News From the Trenches - 05-04-2003:
Whew! Had a meatgrinder of a jobbing date tonight! It was nice to be reunited
with old friends John Melnick and Michael Ross, but what a gig. It was at The
Museum of Contemporary Art; most of you know how hard a room that is to play
in. I experienced one of the most surreal jobbing moments ever listening to
the band (trumpet, sax, violin, keys and drums played dinner -- go figure, no
bass, but I guess that's why I'm not more of a leader, I just don't get the
algebra of jobbing) playing "One Note Samba". What with the din of the diners
and the reverb in the room, from where I was sitting in the lobby the melody
sounded like 8 bars of an F followed by 4 bars of a Bb followed by 4 more
bars of an F. I was laughing my ass off, and several guests of the party gave
me weird looks, no doubt figuring that I was on drugs.
Several people asked me what it is about me and cel phones. Let me just say
that I'm convinced that when history looks back to determine what were the
causes of the downfall of Western civilization, they'll identify the cel
phone, reality TV and Kenny G as the main culprits. Here's my favorite
cel-phone story: playing a wedding with Bopology at The Drake in Oakbrook, I
wheel my equipment into the room and see the bride and the groom seated at
the head table, both on cel phones! What were they doing, trying to hook up
something for later on that night?
It was a real pleasure to see Kurt Elling and his band Thursday night.
Everyone played their tails off and Kurt blew me away, with his intonation,
his rhythmic assurance, his phrasing, and his highly individual and
refreshing take on scat-singing. I know I sometimes (well, ok, almost always)
dump on singers, but the truth is that in Chicago we are blessed with some of
the greatest singers now working, what with Kurt, Patricia Barber, Jackie
Allen, Jeannie Lambert, Grazyna Auguscik, Paulinho Garcia, Judy Roberts,
Hinda Hoffman, Frida Lee, Dee Alexander, Marie Alexander, Ron Cooper, Joannie
Pallatto, my pal Mike "Jazzbo" Liptrot, and I could go on and on (not to
mention the great jobbing singers as well). I bet a lot of you don't know
(and I bet he'll be mad at me, but tough) that pianist Ron Perillo is a
marvelous singer; so is guitarist Henry Johnson. Some other really good
vocal/instrumental doublers are trumpeter Matt Lewis, drummer Ruben Alvarez,
saxophonist Nick Bisesi, bassist Julie Ponce and flautist Lloyd Broadnax King
(among many, many others). You haven't lived if you haven't seen John Bany
sing "Johnny B. Goode" over "All Blues", and betcha didn't know that Neal
Alger sings rock n' roll if pressed to. I was once on a jobbing date where
Bob Long sang "Gimme Some Lovin'". Hell, I even saw Steve Roberts singing
background vocals in the Janis Joplin play!
This week Steven Hashimoto won't sing, no matter how hard you beg, at:
SUN. 5/4: At THE GREEN MILL, 4802 N. Broadway, 8-10pm, with poet Marc Smith
and the Pong Unit (Mike Smith, guitar; Dave Flippo, piano; Ted Sirota, drums)
for The Uptown Poetry Slam.
TUES. 5/6: At THE LEOPARD LOUNGE, 1645 W. Cortland, 10pm-1am, with The Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; John Lewis, guitar; Heath Chappell,
THURS. 5/8: At THE AVENUE ALEHOUSE, 825 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park,
8pm-midnight, with The Steven Hashimoto Quartet (Mike Levin, sax; Bryan
Nichols, piano; Heath Chappell, drums).
FRI. 5/9: 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. 5/10: A concert at Hinsdale Central High School, 55th and Grant, 8pm,
with The Tower Chorale (thanks to Kent Minor).
SUN. 5/11: A Mother's Day Brunch at The Garlands in Barrington with my trio
(Mike Levin and Bob Long). Hope all you mothers have a great day!
I still need to fill Sat. May 24. Call me at 708-222-6520.