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I love playing here! Always meet a new jazz lover and make a new friend at this gem of a hang. DV's menu is always changing and so is the music. I never get board coming here.
Its open sick venue great vibe in the place. Just watch out for grenades as the situation would say.
I met The Birdman a couple of years ago. He called me outa the blue and said he had something i would be interested in. I came down and he sold me on bringing my band The Brewing Co. to his house. Here we are now, I'm proud to call Mike a friend. I'm even prouder to say my band has played his "Jazz Club" numerous times including my mothers birthday. Always to a full house and always to a room that listens. This place is a gem and there should be more like it. In fact, Mike inspired a pig roast on my own block in Emeryville Birdland Style. This place is fast becoming an institution and we are better for it. PS when jam sessions happen it is music evolution not devolution.
While I do try to go out and support as many of my fellow jazz musicians as possible. You have to understand that jazz musicians have families too. Spending everynight of the week out tell 2am is not really an option for most of us. If were lucky were playing our own gigs several nights a week after the kids have gone to sleep. So to say jazz musicians need to support themselvs is bull pucky. Art lovers need to support jazz musicians. I play a hip hop/ electronica show with a new hip hop act from out of town and sold out a club i booked. My own band playes several venues in the bay area and gets between 20 - 75 paying attendees. My band gets more promotion, whats the difference? The difference is having a young mobile audience with almost 100% disposable income and an audience with family that maybe doesn't want to be out at 10:30pm on a week night. The only way this changes is by raising more young jazz lovers. Maybe when my 4year old is 17 shell be sneaking out to see a jazz show instead of a hip hop show.
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