Interpreted Capriccio’s………………..#118 (the 60’s)

Sieber Hotel - Home to Bob and Jerrys Apartment Key Club

Sieber Hotel – Home to Bob and Jerry’s Apartment Key Club

The accomplished half of the family Gary’s wife Kaye making a reference to Gary’s inactivity following the demise of the band.  Sedentary deportment was acknowledged,  it wasn’t the edict of preparedness, preparations for a musical change of venue having been discharged,  the securing of a Chamberlain Rhythmate, the invisible but audio percussionist would accompany Gary at the keyboard bass and piano.  Unbeknown to Kaye during her employment hours Gary had cultivated and compiling an impressionable piano consonance for his new solitary entertainment venue.  He realized a new professional pilgrimage would only come to fruition by acknowledging that first step.  Gary finally taking the initiative calling  Ruth Sallee,  the agent not having any confirmed prospects, but hearing a rumor about a possible change at the Apartment Key Club on N. Hudson.

  The evening hour finding the musician venturing to the Sieber Hotel & Apartment complex at 13th and N. Hudson downtown Oklahoma City.  The club occupying the north end of the complex next to a corner Dry Cleaners establishment,  the entry portal plaque labeled  “The Apartment Key Club”.   Engaging  the push-button buzzer opening the door, entering taking stock of his surroundings.  To his immediate right a console piano stationed before a circular piano bar able to seat six and a dance floor.  To his left was a row of booths the length of the room.  The bar extended across from the booths, with tables positioned between the bar and the dance floor, Gary estimating that the quaint club would seat about 60.  Gary questioning the bartender about management being directed to a person seated at the bar.  The musician introducing himself to Bob Francisco one of the owners,  conveying what he had heard about a change in the clubs entertainment.  Bob acknowledging that it was true, their conversation continuing, the pianist attempting to explain that besides the piano and his vocals, he also played keyboard bass and had an electric sideman drummer.  He could tell from Bob expression that he wasn’t getting through to him, but Bob cleared the air with a statement, his partner and co-owner Jerry Gross was somewhat of a musician and did the entertainment hiring.  Jerry was out-of-town but would be back tomorrow afternoon if the pianist wanted to set up and audition, the two agreeing on 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

Gary and his two keyboards

Gary and his two keyboards

Arriving for the audition,  Gary having no difficulty setting up at a circular piano bar, the  Wurlitzer  Electric designated for keyboard bass resting atop the console piano.   With the Rhythmate electric percussionist adjoining the piano bench, everything was in place for the solo person trio’s performance.  Gary providing a scenario of songs that he deemed appropriate to enlighten the two owners of his versatile repertoire.  He had a suspicion that his trio sound would impress the two, the owners alertly taking notice of the piano, bass and drum sound.   The audition completed the pianist leaving the club with a feeling of accomplishment,  being given a start date for six night per week, but the real satisfaction would come later with a success of his first attempt as a solo performer.

Gary recognizing that Jerry Gross and Bob Francisco were entrepreneurs, the Key Club a result of their vision.   The club a discreet bastion for singles to gather,  providing an intimacy and also an intermediary place for couples to meet before descending on the town and in the same respect assembling at the conclusion of an evening.   A boon to the club was the proximity  of Mercy Hospital with its ample supply of nursing and healthcare personnel, the club accommodating the hospital employees with a short-wave  radio receiver tuned to the hospital frequency enable off duty staff member to keep abreast of any activity .

Gary’s introduction to a solo performance was pragmatic,  the Key Club provided an acknowledgement, enabling an interpreted capriccio’s, his realm of music to expand beyond the presence of delectation and its satisfaction authentic.


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