August 20, 2012

Study Forever

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.

April 24, 2011

Village Vanguard

The Village Vanguard (opened 1933) is one of the few surviving jazz club at its original location.



52nd Street

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.


Original Birdland

The original Birdland was located at 1678 Broadway between 52nd and 53rd Street. Now occupied by Flash Dancers Gentlemen’s Club.