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Steve Hashimoto's Journey Journal – News From the Trenches – 09-14-2003:
I'm TAHRED! As in, ah'm dead tahred from drivin' home from a jobbing date in
the middle of a corn field in Chesterton, Indiana. But it was a pretty good
time, and a nice hang. I got to listen to a lot of choice stories about the
heyday of jobbing, and got to play with some true gentlemen (Joe Golan, Reno
Tondelli and Jerry Coleman). I think I knew about half of the tunes we played, but
the guys didn't seem to mind too much. We got fed, got paid, swatted flies.
Not a bad way to spend a Saturday night. But I swear to God, we were WAY out
there, in the dark, up dirt roads, in Easy Rider country. The whims of rich folks
never cease to amaze. Oh, yeah, and I got to answer one of the stupidest
questions ever. Joe had a string quartet spelling us, and as we (Reno, Jerry and
I) were heading towards the big house for our box lunch, one of the guests came
up to me and asked "What is it called when you have a quartet of string
players?" I just looked at him and said, "A string quartet." Ba-da-boom.
You shouldn't have to be a country music fan to mourn the death of Johnny
Cash. Among other things, he was one of those seminal connecting figures in
American music, standing at the juncture of traditional Appalachian music,
rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, and modern country music. Most people think of him as an
almost iconic representative of a certain era in country music, but he was also
one of the original artists in the Sun Records roster, and was part of what
was called The Million Dollar Quartet, along with rebels and pioneers Elvis
Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. In the '60's, already a firmly
established Nashville artist, and with everything to lose and nothing to gain, he put
Bob Dylan on his syndicated tv show, paving the way for writers like Kris
Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. And (this is my own private
theory) in a weird and circuitous way he may have also opened the door for punk
rock and gangsta rap, much of both having deep roots in Southern California.
Think about it -- with the exception of Bird's tune "Relaxin' at Camarillo", not
many popular artists were writing and releasing records of songs written about
their prison experiences. The way I see it, no "Folsom Prison Blues", no
N.W.A., no Jim Carroll, no Ice T, no Lou Reed. He's always been one of my heroes
and I'm sad that he's gone, although I think no one was much surprised. Rest In
This week Steven Hashimoto will walk the line at:
SUN. 9/14: at ROSELLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 40 S. Park, Roselle, 1:30-3pm, with
Sueños Latin-Jazz Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; Bob Long, piano; Steve Magnone,
THURS. 9/18: at AVENUE ALEHOUSE, 825 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park,
8pm-midnight, with The Steven Hashimoto Quartet (Mike Levin, sax; birthday boy Neal Alger,
guitar; and Heath Chappell, drums).
FRI. 9/19: 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 Jazz Jam Session.
SAT. 9/20: a jobbing date, thanks to Carlo Isabelli and The High Society
SUN. 9/21: at SIMON'S TAVERN, 5210 N. Clark St., 9-11:30pm, with The Steven
Hashimoto Quartet (Dan Hesler, sax; Zvonimir Tot, guitar; Heath Chappell,
Still looking to fill Sat. 9/27, as well as to find some sort of semi-steady
off-night gig for Pat Fleming and I. Any ideas? Call me at 708-222-6520.