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Steve Hashimoto's Journey Journal – News From the Trenches - 05-18-2003:
 
Some pleasant surprises from the world o' jobbing this week.

Led a trio date at McCormick Place today (thanks to Denise Georgianis) and,
aside from the fact that the venue itself is a logistical nightmare, the
staff (security and Chicago Police Dept.) couldn't have been more helpful.
It's a far cry from the old days when no-one knew nothin' and if they did
they wouldn't tell you. The third policeman we approached for directions
looked pretty hard-ass and Peter Lerner predicted we'd get nothing from him
but, although he didn't have the answer to our numerous questions, was
willing to allow us to park the car long enough to find someone who did. The
promised parking space did exist and the i.d. badges were where they were
supposed to be. I was even allowed to plug in my own power cord (although
perhaps the musicians' union could have a little sitdown with the teamsters
-- come to think of it, I used to be a teamster, maybe I still have my card
somewhere...). Other than the endless walking, what could be better than
getting paid to play some tunes and eat free food samples served up by
beautiful trade-show babes? (I'm a pig.)

And tonight I worked for the first time with Tony Ocean, subbing for Mike
Fiorino (thanks, Mike). It was a pleasant little gig; a fun reunion with old
pal Rick Vitek and younger pal Vijay Tellis-Nayak, and I found Tony to be a
gracious bandleader, a guy who actually knows his arrangements and knows
exactly what tempo he wants them in. (A pet peeve: leaders and/or singers who
count the wrong tempo and then blame the rhythm section, and they are legion.)

And just to keep you amused, a jobbing tale from the vaults (some of you have
heard this one before). Several years ago I played a trio date with
leader/steel drummer Lucho Castilla, with Dean Rolando on piano. It was an
industrial trade show, and I do mean industrial -- it was the Metal-forming
and Fabrication Show, at the Rosemont Convention Center. The place was
literally full of massive machines bending, welding, hammering and twisting
metal. We were right next to a booth that had a machine rhythmically punching
silver-dollar-size holes in quarter-inch sheet metal, sort of like Robocop
playing parade cymbals. And of course, WE were too loud!

This week Steven Hashimoto will rest his aching dogs at:

SUN. 5/18: At PROSPECT HEIGHTS LIBRARY, 12 N. Elm St., Prospect Heights,
2-3pm, with Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet (Mike Levin, sax; Bob Long, piano;
Heath Chappell, drums); then an open-to-the-public graduate recital at
REGENSTEIN HALL, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, 6:15-7:15pm with Rob Ryndak's
Ensemble (Rob on piano, percussion and composer; Bobby Lewis, trumpet &
flugelhorn; Steve Wunder, saxophones; Dave Onderdonk, guitars; Carlos
Cornier, percussion; and Andrew Sole, drums; they'll also be performing
bassist Anthony Bromen's compositions, with Anthony on bass); then, finally,
at SIMON'S TAVERN, 5210 N. Clark, 9-11:30pm, with The Steven Hashimoto Quartet
 (Dan Hesler, sax; Zvonimir Tot, guitar; Heath Chappel, drums).

TUES. 5/20: At The Restaurant Show again, McCormick Place, with my Blues Trio
(Mike Levin on sax and Peter Lerner on guitar).

FRI. 5/23: 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. 5/24: I still need to fill Sat. May 24. Call me at 708-222-6520.

Early warning: Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet at Quenchers, 2401 N. Western, Tues.
5/27, 9:30pm to 1am. A semi-jam session: bring your axe!