The half note

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The Half Note was a New York jazz club that existed from the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

Located at 296 Spring Street (corner of Hudson Street) in the West Village of Manhattan , The Half Note was a well-known jazz venue that, according to Ashley Kahn, had its successful period between 1957 and 1972. In Brooklyn -born Mike Canterino had during his military service in Florida saxophonist occurring there Cannonball Adderley met. When Canterino took over the New York club, it was a saloon called the Zombie Bar . After being renamed The Half Note , Canterino began jazz performances in 1957.

Zoot Sims 1976

Swing veterans like Budd Johnson and Buddy Tate , bebop musicians like Al Cohn and Zoot Sims , members of the jazz avant-garde of the time like John Coltrane and Charles Mingus , the soul jazz musicians Wes Montgomery , Herbie Mann and Cannonball Adderley and the singers Anita performed here O'Day , Billie Holiday and once also Judy Garland . Canterino also played duos Jim Hall and Art Farmer, as well as Bob Brookmeyer and Clark Terry . In contrast to other jazz clubs, Canterino allowed Half Note to play as long as they wanted, in contrast to the usual set lengths. Musicians like Coltrane used the Half Note as a kind of workshop that expanded his legendary One Down, One Up into a marathon. Weekly radio broadcasts from New York station WABC in the mid-1960s made the venue popular; In 1972, Canterino decided to move the club to a more centrally located restaurant on West 54th Street, but could not continue the successful period in the 1960s. The Half Note existed until 1975.

Discographic notes

  • 1959 - Lee Konitz : Live at The Half Note ( Verve Records )
  • 1959 - Zoot Sims / Al Cohn / Phil Woods : Jazz Alive! A Night at The Half Note ( United Artists )
  • 1960 - Wynton Kelly : Complete Live at The Half Note
  • 1960 - Donald Byrd : At The Half Note Cafe ( Blue Note Records )
  • 1963 - Art Farmer featuring Jim Hall - Live at The Half Note Cafe ( Atlantic Records )
  • 1965 - Wes Montgomery: Smokin` at The Half Note (Verve)
  • 1965 - John Coltrane: Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up (Impulse!)
  • 1965 - Zoot Sims: Live at The Half Note Again (Blue Sounds)

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Ashley Kahn: After Hours: New York's Jazz Joints Through the Ages (September 2006) in JazzTimes
  2. The 40-20 sets were common in the music industry (initially 40 minutes, then again 20 minutes)