Caliallye 
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Re: “Neighborhood Joints

Okay, my bad. I just checked and they are listed on yelp. But you just sent everybody who reads this over there!

Posted by Caliallye on 02/28/2013 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Neighborhood Joints

And how does one find this speakeasy of food joints? Sounds very underground! Maybe they didn't WANT publication?

Posted by Caliallye on 02/28/2013 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Birdland Shut Down — Again

Keep the Birdman flying, folks! This is the best and the greatest. There must be a work around. This IS STILL BERKELEY! And it's not easy being an artists here when they realize that music and theater can create prosperity in a "share the wealth, make it available to all" sort of way. I've been there, Mike, but I didn't have the resources to keep fighting. (And Mike knows what the side effect for ME was.) Don't let Birdland disappear!

Posted by Caliallye on 07/29/2011 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Jazz Musicians Sing the Blues

A friend of mine was playing for $45 a night in San Francisco. (He was given an "extra" $5 because he was coming from the East Bay). He later found out that the owner wasn't paying the band at all. The "leader" had asked to play there for free, and was paying the band himself, hoping to start a following.
This has worked over time in the East Bay. Some teenagers from Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble asked a few food places if they could play for tips and eventually some of those places have become regular jazz venues.
And, as a matter of fact, Birdland became a jazz venue to give the kids from Berkeley High a place to play because the regular jazz places were closing down. But they don't have the expenses of running a business.
The question is who is being the entrepreneur? The club owner, or the musician? And as someone who has worked with kids professionally, it's a fine line between giving the kids the experience of "performing," and exploitation.

Posted by Caliallye on 06/17/2011 at 11:26 PM

Re: “Jazz Musicians Sing the Blues

A friend of mine was playing for $45 a night in San Francisco. (He was given an "extra" $5 because he was coming from the East Bay). He later found out that the owner wasn't paying the band at all. The "leader" had asked to play there for free, and was paying the band himself, hoping to start a following.
This has worked over time in the East Bay. Some teenagers from Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble asked a few food places if they could play for tips and eventually some of those places have become regular jazz venues.
And, as a matter of fact, Birdland became a jazz venue to give the kids from Berkeley High a place to play because the regular jazz places were closing down. But they don't have the expenses of running a business.
The question is who is being the entrepreneur? The club owner, or the musician? And as someone who has worked with kids professionally, it's a fine line between giving the kids the experience of "performing," and exploitation.

Posted by Caliallye on 06/17/2011 at 11:22 PM

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