I doubt Kansas City Jazz has seen this kinda media feeding frenzy since Prohibition bought the farm…
At this point you all probably know what I’m talking about; the sudden and unexpected housecleaning at Jardine’s jazz club just off the Plaza. Suspicious of improprieties, owner Beena Raja changed the locks two weeks ago, then let the entire staff go after Karrin Allyson‘s shows early last week. The club’s been dark since.
And to date, for the most part, mum’s been the word.
Which of course didn’t stop local television news channels from lining up nameless ex-staffers to air their beefs.
That KC Confidential was scheduled to have its Christmas Party there this coming Monday only added to the circus-like atmosphere. And to be honest, I’ve been as up in the air as anybody as to how things might or might not go down.
Meanwhile all throughout this Jazz Soap Opera, Raja has remained mostly silent. Until now.
For starters, she offers her assurances that all of the wait staff that are owed money will get paid.
And for TV dudes milking the story, Raja thinks it’s probably in the neighborhood of only $700 to $800 total.
"I’m going to make this right with everybody, the money aspect," Raja says. "All of the employees will get paid what’s owed them."
Then there’s the matter of certain bounced checks, including one for Jardine’s regular Dave Stephens…
Not a problem, Raja says.
"All of the checks coming into the account have to be reissued," she explains. "I had to put a restriction on my account because I had another employee authorized to write checks and I couldn’t hold just one check. I had to put a restriction on the entire account. I’ll make everything right and within the next two weeks all of the employees will be paid."
That’s all folks! See you Monday at Jardine’s for the KC Confidential holiday wilding.
Meanwhile, cross those fingers and keep thinking those good thoughts!