[Dixielandjazz] The Price of Music

Rob McCallum rakmccallum@hotmail.com
Sun, 1 Sep 2002 01:12:15 -0400

Hello all,

Though still ridiculously high, some NYC club prices have actually gone
down.  A couple of years ago, just about every set at the Bluenote (that's
right, set) was $50.  They now average $30.

All the best,
Rob McCallum

----- Original Message -----
From: Stephen Barbone <barbonestreet@earthlink.net>
To: Dixieland Jazz Mailing List <dixielandjazz@ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 9:27 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] The Price of Music

> List Mates:
> Don't you just love these New York City Club prices?  Bluiett was the
> subject of a recent NY Times review and every once and a while the Four
> Tops headline a music festival that also has mostly OKOM. 27.50 + one
> drink to see one set by Blueitt's Baritone Nation and $50 to see one set
> with the Four Tops.
> And yet the American Rag had a letter to the editor complaining about
> the "high price" of an all events ticket at the Sacramento Jubilee and
> shorter sets, of one hour. (The writer of the letter saw at least 20,
> hour sets of music, if not more) It seems as if the festival goers and
> not only getting older, they're getting cheaper. OKOM festivals are a
> great bargain.
> Barbone Street had one concert this year, 2 hours, for $27.50 which set
> a record for us, but I see we have a long way to go.
> http://home.earthlink.net/~barbonestreet/
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> From today's Jazz & Pop Listings in the NY Times.
> BLUIETT'S BARITONE NATION, Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212)
> 582-2121. What a sound Mr. Bluiett has on the baritone saxophone, and
> what a ruckus he can kick up when he's improvising. A longtime member of
> the World Saxophone Quartet, he has been a local favorite since the
> 70's; he is still hiring good young musicians and creating converts.
> This week he is convening three other baritone players, James Carter,
> Howard Johnson and Patience Higgins. Tonight through Sunday night at 8
> and 10, with an 11:30 set tonight and tomorrow;  cover charge is $27.50,
> with a $10 minimum
> THE FOUR TOPS, B. B. King Blues Club and Grill, 243 West 42nd Street,
> Manhattan, (212) 997-4144. Until the death of Lawrence Payton in 1997,
> the Four Tops were a paragon of group longevity, with the same lineup
> since 1954. They still have Levi Stubbs's dynamic lead baritone to
> charge through Motown classics like "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" and "I
> Can't Help Myself." Tonight at 8 and 10:30; admission is $50.
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