It’s the story that just won’t die…
One of the comments section dudes spent the better part of a week needling me for writing so frequently about Jardine’s. He had a point. On the other hand, when Kansas City’s top jazz club goes down ugly (not to mention weird), who am I to ignore it?
Especially given that for better and for worse, I’m in the unique position of having access to most of the players in this jazz soap. Lucky me.
Besides, what’s not to like about the local alt weekly and Fox news getting taken for a ride on the bogus sale story?
Meanwhile back at the mainstream news ranch, the Kansas City Star is more-or-less sitting on its hands after being embarrassed by its music writer getting outted by Jardine’s owner for accepting free brewskies.
Star copy editor / jazz dude Joe Klopus did manage to choke out the following non-news tidbit last week:
"Jardine’s update. Some recent online reports that former jazz venue Jardine’s has a new owner have been hasty, incorrect and perhaps wishful. But at press time for this section, a deal is reportedly in the pipeline."
Fat chance! Loosely translated, what Klopus is telling readers is he has no idea what’s going at Jardine’s. You can’t win if you don’t play, and clearly Joe Klo is not a playa.
So what is going on now at Jardine’s? A buncha bizarre stuff, but all behind the scenes.
Let’s sort it out for Joe and everyone who bought the Fox 4 / Pitch yarn that a pair of local married dudes bought it.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Jardine’s remains for sale with at least two separate ownership groups having expressed an interest in buying the club. One such group is headed by former Sprint exec Paul Wilson, who has produced documents subsequent to the misreported "sale" evidencing that the club is still being offered for sale by owner Beena Raja.
"At this point we’re no less interested in buying Jardine’s than we ever were," Wilson says. "We’ve got an investor and we’re waiting for the next shoe to drop."
As for the ownership issue, "I think Beena absolutely owns it," Wilson says. "I have an email from her stating that she owns it, sent the day after the Pitch story said that the two guys bought it. And I got an email from her lawyer with a contract 10 hours after Channel 4 had the supposed new owners on television saying they’d bought it."
Wilson says he’s been told Jardine’s is two to four months behind on rent and the club has remained dark since Thanksgiving, other than a handful of nights, the last being New Year’s Eve. The club’s January concert calendar also remains blank.
"Hurry up and wait, I guess," Wilson says. "I think there’ll be another 30 days of topsy-turvy before things sort out. So we’re just getting our ducks in a row to make sure we’re the first in line when that happens."
Colliers senior property manager Scott Padon did not return calls for this column.
And the beat goes on…