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Steve Hashimoto's Journey Journal – News From the Trenches – 09-28-2003:
Many unrelated things this
While playing at the Wonder Bar Friday night I ran into two old friends. The
first was the drummer Zim Hamilton. He's fallen on hard times and is
desperately looking for any gigs, but preferably a long-term road gig, because he kinda
needs to be away from Chicago for a while. But he'll take anything right now.
If you know Zim you know he's a great player; a little crazy maybe, but he
sure can swing. He can only be contacted through the pianist Don Bennett; if you
need Don's phone number, write to me or call me at 708-222-6520.
The second friend was the piano-bar veteran Joel Berry. He told me that he'd
had a massive hemorrhagic stroke a couple of years ago, but has fully
recovered, a really miraculous tale (it happened while he was driving his car, but he
had enough presence of mind to know that he was near a doctor's office and
drove himself there; from there he was rushed to a hospital where he was
immediately trepanned, if you know what that is). He's back on the scene and working
steady, and looked exactly like he always has (I was reminded of a quote by the
comic artist Robert Crumb: "Your vigor for life appalls me!").
Speaking of friends in need of help, next Sunday (Oct. 5) there'll be a
benefit to help defray the medical and continuing care costs of Stan Staggs and
Dave Ungerleder. Stan was for many years the manager/bartender at The Green Mill,
and then tended bar at Rumors; Dave was the original owner of Wise Fools,
back in the day. They both suffered strokes recently, and the cost of their
hospital and rehabilitation bills never ends. The benefit will be at Martyrs, 3855
N. Lincoln, 5pm until late. Music will be supplied by lots of Stan and Dave's
friends, including Ollie O'Shea and The Rattlers, and a sort of hybridized
Green Mill/Deja Vu/Blues on Halsted/Earl of Old Town All-star band with surprise
(and surprised) guests. Tickets on sale at Green Mill, Simon's and Sterch's.
Been hearing some really smokin' young bass players lately (well, maybe some
of them aren't quite that young...). Scott Pazera and Buddy Pierce are from
the far south side/Indiana crew, and just last night I heard a DePaul student
named Colin Scott. I'll just try to age gracefully from here on in...
I hate to admit that I own 2 tv sets, and that a lot of the time both of them
are on (I can't listen to music if I'm working on charts, but I can't work in
silence either, and my dog likes to watch Jerry Springer). The other night I
had them tuned to different channels and so I got to compare footage of
Sinatra from the '50s with the current reality show "Appearing As...", where deluded
people do Billy Joel or Britney Spears imitations. On the one hand you had
Sinatra: grace, sophistication, humor, swing, individuality. On the other you
had the end of civilization as I know it...
And speaking of the end of the world, CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
And finally (and not a second too soon), the boys in my band and myself would
like to sincerely thank the gentleman at one of our recent gigs who set us on
the right path. We were starting to think that we were maybe artists or
something, but he put us in our place (the tradesman's entrance, the servant's
stairs, the loading dock, the freight elevator, seen but not heard, out of sight
out of mind). Well, we got our thinking right now, Cap'n. Shakin' it over here,
This week Steven Hashimoto will not think ungood thoughts at:
FRI. 10/3: at THE NEW OAK PARK LIBRARY, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, 6:30-10pm,
the Grand Opening Gala (invitation only, but maybe you can wheedle one), with
The Steven Hashimoto Quartet (Mike Levin, Bob Long and Heath Chappell); then
later on, 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. 10/4: a jobbing date, thanks to Carlo and Al.
SUN. 10/5: back at THE OAK PARK LIBRARY, 1:30-3:30pm, with Sueños Latin-Jazz
Quartet (Mike, Bob and Heath again). This one's open to the public. Then later
on back again at THE GREEN MILL, 8-10pm, with poet Marc Smith and The Pong
Unit (Mike Smith, guitar; Dave Flippo, keyboards; Ted Sirota, drums) for The
Uptown Poetry Slam.
Still trying to fill some of my weeknights! 708-222-6520.