Charlie's Tavern

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Charlie's Tavern, New York. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb , taken between 1946 and 1948.

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 .


Individual evidence

  1. a b Herb Wasserman: A Different Drummer: What Makes Me Tic, a Memoir . 2000, page 99
  2. ^ Brian Priestley , Chasin 'the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker . 2007, p. 126.
  3. Elizabeth Dodd Brinkofski: New York City Jazz . 2013, p. 14.
  4. Harvey Phillips: Mr. Tuba .
  5. JazzTimes , September 1999, p. 134
  6. Steve Jordan, Tom Scanlan: Rhythm Man: Fifty Years in Jazz . 1993, p. 113
  7. Parker will in the venue that a Jukebox decreed Country Music have selected. When asked by colleagues how he could hear such a thing, he replied: “ Listen to the stories; they're about people. Quoted from Nat Hentoff : At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene .
  8. Chris Smith: The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis : 2014
  9. Gordon Jack: Fifties Jazz Talk: An Oral Retrospective. 2004, p. 2.
  10. ^ Bill Crow: From Birdland to Broadway: Scenes from a Jazz Life .
  11. ^ Marc Myers: Eddie Bert: Kaleidoscope. Jazzwax, February 14, 2018, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  12. ^ Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography . 2013
  13. Memoirs of Bill Crow
  14. ^ Billboard March 26, 1955, p. 92
  15. Al Cohn and His Charlie's Tavern Ensemble at Discogs (English)
  16. ^ Billboard May 20, 1957, p. 22