August 20, 2012
Mastering jazz, like any other art, is a lifetime effort. There's always something new to learn. But only in New York that you would see established musicians after their gig gathering and exchanging musical ideas like this. In the be-bop era, it is said that everybody was a student at 52nd Street, eagerly checking out each other for new idea. I guess that spirit still exists.
Above: John di Martino at the Knickerbocker discussing Hank Jones with Jon Davis, Jill McCarron and Ian McDonald.
Below: Johnny O’Neal at Fat Cat sharing his secrets with Alexi David, Joel Holmes, Kazu, Allen Esses and Sharif Zaben.
Posted by Yoshi Waki at 5:48 PM
April 24, 2011
Famous jazz clubs on 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues (such as Downbeat Club, Famous Door, Jimmy Ryan’s, Three Deuces, Onyx) were all gone by the mid 50s. CBS headquarter moved to north side of the street in 1965.
1948 (Photo by William Gottlieb)
Posted by Yoshi Waki at 3:28 PM