Charlie's Tavern was a New York bar that in the 1940s and early 1950s was a popular meeting place and “unofficial club room”, especially for bebop- era musicians .
Charlie's Tavern , named after its owner Charlie Jacobs, was on Seventh Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets in the Roseland Building , which was also the Roseland Ballroom . The bar was a popular nighttime meeting place and job exchange for studio, jazz musicians and members of the large swing orchestras, not far from the then jazz clubs on 52nd Street . There perverse Charlie Parker , Bob Haggart , Mel Lewis , Gene Allen , Danny Bank , Eddie Bert , Sol rolling , Manny Albam , Bill Crow ,Dave Lambert , Oscar Pettiford , Hal McKusick , Hank Jones , Al Cohn , Zoot Sims , Teddy Charles , Barry Galbraith , Osie Johnson , Joe Puma and the young Gary Burton .
Milty Wand wrote a song about Charlie's Tavern entitled "Local 802 and a Half", which alluded to the New York musicians 'union Local 802, whose office was also a musicians' hangout. The venue had to close its doors in the mid-1950s when the Roseland Building (51st Street, between Broadway and 7th Avenue) was demolished and the Roseland Ballroom moved to new quarters on 52nd Street in 1956. Al Cohn led a Charlie's Tavern Ensemble in 1955 (including with Billy Byers , Eddie Bert , Hal McKusick , Gene Quill , Joe Newman ), with which he contributed three tracks to the RCA LP East Coast / West Coast Scene . In 1957 there was a formation called Charlie's Tavern Jazz All-Stars .
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