[Dixielandjazz] Fwd: Great Club Gig for Pianist in San Francisco, Hurry before it's gone

tcashwigg at aol.com tcashwigg at aol.com
Sun Dec 4 21:40:56 PST 2005

Ahhhh the wonderful club business:

Anybody wanna a play S. F. ???

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Subject: Great Club Gig for Pianist in San Francisco,  Hurry before 
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 Attention PIANISTS: Anyone Want My GIG??
 Reply to: tom at tomshawpiano.com
  Date: 2005-12-04, 8:24PM PST

  I just finished a stint playing piano at The Fly Trap restaurant and 
bar in San Francisco - and they may be looking for a replacement, I 
don't know. You may want to get in touch with them to find out.

   I actually quit the job just the other night. Just walked out. After 
working there for the past 14 months, I really just grew tired of the 

  1. Not allowing a tip jar atop the piano;

   2. Removing the large tip jar that had been on a small table in front 
of the piano and replacing it with the teeniest, tiniest, little brandy 
snifter you ever did see;

   3. Rarely - if ever - appreciating or liking any of the substitute 
players I would schedule in my place when needed. Especially 
considering the fact that I've had well-known and highly-respected Bay 
Area musicians in there AND she knows absolutely NOTHING about music to 
begin with;

   4. Shoving the piano as far in the corner as possible - making it 
both logistically difficult to get to AND awkward to play - then 
telling me it was only for one night... which was probably about two 
months ago now;

   5. Continually reducing the number of shifts until it was barely even 
worth my while to go in to work;

  6. Refusing to get the piano tuned, despite repeated requests;

   7. Neglecting to replace the non-functional microphone cable (that's 
set up for the sole purpose of singing "Happy Birthday" whenever 
needed) despite previous mention;

   8. Shrieking at me for failing to sing "Happy Birthday" on cue - on 
the occasion when I've NEVER EVEN BEEN GIVEN A CUE (nor time to turn on 
the amp and position the mic, etc.). Without warning, the birthday cake 
will come careening out of the kitchen (which, even on a good night, is 
barely visible from the piano) and I'm expected to somehow psychically 
intuit this and break into song;

   9. And her control issues - first and foremost being how 
preposterously soft I was expected to play. Even soft-pedaling 
everything, I still felt as though I was musically, creatively - and 
expressively - "holding my breath" until I was blue in the face;

   10. Pouncing on every single substitute player I invited to sit-in 
for me - as soon as they'd begin - rushing over to the piano to demand 
he play "Quieter!";

   11. Sending me home on numerous occasions - without pay - upon 
reporting to work due to a "lack of reservations". Even pulling this on 
a sub one night who came in from the East Bay AND had to hire a 
baby-sitter in order to do the gig;

   12. Repeatedly asking me and my subs for personal contact, tax and 
social security number info - after already repeatedly receiving it;

   13. Not having a clue as to who is filling in for me - after having 
personally received their names, dates and contact info directly from 
me - and THEN proceeding to call me in a shrill panic over it while I'm 
away on vacation or working at another gig;

   14. Lecturing me - in her inimitable screechy "dysfunctional 
surrogate mother" way - about PROFESSIONALISM and/or "the lack" thereof 
in the other pianists I would recommend, and MY "responibility" in 
making sure they meet up with her "standards" of profesional behavior. 
But ALSO, that it is my responsibility - or potentially my "fault" - 
that they play in a style she approves of.

   In the past year I've had a chance to observe how this woman 
operates, and she's like this with ALL her employees. She just finally 
got around to doing it with ME. If she doesn't fire someone for the 
slightest perceived flaw, she'll simply harrass and harangue the person 
until they just get up and quit. I've seen many a fine employee come 
and go this way. I call it self-sabotage. She calls it 
"professionalism" - something I'm afraid she knows very little about.

   I've been a successful, working musician for over 31 years. I don't 
need lessons in what is and isn't "professional", nor will I be talked 
down to by some clueless, classless, bumbling and tactless business 
owner. I respect myself and appreciate my talents way too much to work 
for someone who is unwilling or incapable of doing the same.

   Anyway... If you think it's for you, have at it - it's all yours. 
Good Luck!
           this is in or around The Fly Trap, San Francisco

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