The last to be told, the least likely to be heard a jazz pianist\'s memories of Washington Square Bar and Grill by Dick Fregulia The evening of Wednesday, January 2, was to have marked the beginning of my 33rd consecutive year of playing jazz piano Thursday nights at Washington Square Bar and Grill. Much of the time I played alone, but there were periods when I also worked with singers or bass players. In the last few years I was even able to add a jam session with my quartet the first Wednesday of each month. The first Wednesday of the new year was a little different, though. The drummer (Omar Clay) and I had driven over from Marin together. We found the perfect parking place across from the Square. Omar rolled out of the passenger side, looked across the street, and asked, \'Are you sure we have a gig tonight?\' The place was dark. We crossed the street and read the sign on the locked door. It said basically, \'Washington Square B&G has closed it's doors. Thanks for the Memories.\' To most people the Washbag (ouch, call it \'The Square\') was a watering hole for serious drinkers who secondarily had business to attend to, connections to make, sometimes even appetites to be satisfied. Lunches were famous and lasted forever. Nightfall brought on new circumstances, though, which could easily have spiralled out of control. What often held the joint together, even raised it to a new level of sophistication, was the jazz piano. At least that\'s what I liked to think. \'What a bunch of assholes.\' original co-owner Sam Deitsch used to comment looking down the lineup at the bar on a normal busy night. \'But I\'ll put my assholes up against anybody else\'s in town,\' he\'d conclude. Sam was authentic New York City - hip, smart, and caustic - and he knew musicians like Ed Moose, his partner, knew politicians. He was our advocate and our protector. He was also fastidious about removing any c
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Publication Date20081021
Publisher ImprintAudio & Video Labs, Inc

Time Remembered

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