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Monday, January 18, 2010

Poleng Lounge to Close in Jan., Anna's Jazz Island Closed

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For East Bay jazz fans, the other club closure that's made news is Anna's Jazz Island. The venue unexpectedly had to shut its doors, and sent this letter to Groove Yard in regards to the problems plaguing their space:

Unfortunately, we encountered a string of broken promises on the part of the developer, and a pro-development majority on the city council, which refused to enforce the commitment to the arts. The developer rented out the theater next door to private parties. Some of you have personally experienced these rowdy and disruptive events, with armed guards at the entrance, with hundreds of young adults in the street, where the block was entirely blocked off by police cars and the "parties" closed by dozens of police officers, and where jazz lovers could not get in or out of the club. Many evenings, it has been profoundly difficult for us to present music. (For more details, Google "Gaia Building Party Police" for news articles.) For some time now, we have considered other locations.
Which leads to the present moment. The new owner wished to terminate our lease and made an offer we couldn't refuse. We are now looking for a new space and a new partner, somebody who loves jazz, to participate in opening a new venue. We have palm trees, ten years of goodwill in the jazz community, a huge e-mail list, and a loyal audience looking for a new musical home. We know the musicians are ready to play! We shall see what life brings...

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