There's one image you forgot to include in your "Live From Washington"
issue of November 3, and that's of the big white piano in Washington's Grand Hyatt Hotel. Of course, it's a player piano, no musician, no human needed for its music! And that's precisely the point that you so easily overlooked in your so-called "Music Issue."
Live jazz played by experienced and talented musicians is practically extinct in this city. It's great that you included a photograph of jazz pianist Billy Taylor in your issue, but what else is new? How about mentioning the men (well, they are men, and, gasp, many of them are over 40, even 50!) who make a living, or try to, playing the American songbook? A few years ago, a live jazz quartet might have stood where the player piano is today. Today, guys like these are sitting by the phone. The hotels have gone high-tech, the booking agencies are going out of business or else are run by thirtysomethings who think cool jazz is the real thing. Jazz venues have been disappearing for years, and Washington businesses and corporations that used to generate a lot of work now hire a deejay or forgo music altogether.
One D.C. music "issue" is simple and clear-cut: Live jazz is worth saving. Hire the guys who play it for a living, and tell the hotels to do the same. Better yet, tell everyone.
Correction: In a November 3 article on the musical duo Deep Dish, the text and captions reversed the identities of Ali Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi. Also, the name of a business associate was incorrect. The correct name is Arash Shirazinia.
STRIKE THE REVIEW
We were disappointed that the October 27 restaurant review was for a bowling alley ["Bowling a Spare"]. Nobody expects bowling alley food to be good. It's no surprise to us that the french fries "had been lingering in the kitchen for far too long." People go to a bowling alley to bowl, not to eat.
There are hundreds of real restaurants in Montgomery County of far more tasty interest than Strike Bethesda.
Alejandro and Beth Schaffer
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