Stormy Monday

After a decade of legendary jam sessions, Melody Lounge abandons its Monday jazz nights

Cook derisively calls the new Melody a "titty bar" and says that the bar's owners "don't care about musicians." Regardless of who is wrong or right in this matter, the undeniable fact is that the Valley's jazz scene is the ultimate loser.

What's particularly strange is that no attempt was made on the part of the Melody's owners to capitalize on this month's 10th anniversary of the Monday-night showcases by promoting a final farewell blowout with Cook's band. Maybe the damage between the two camps was irreparable by this point.

Both Cook and Sistrunk (who also plays with the free-jazz trio Lookout for Hope) say that currently there is no one site for jazz players to congregate or for young guns to learn the ropes on the bandstands. So while Cook and his other band Intensity maintain their Tuesday-night gigs at Beeloe's, he'll continue trying to find a new home for his bebop jam shows.

"I've been shopping at three or four other places," he says. "But I've found nothing substantial yet."

--Gilbert Garcia

Contact Gilbert Garcia at his online address: ggarcia@newtimes.com

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