Live albums make up a good chunk of any good jazz collection. Many of the best ones were recorded at New York jazz clubs that are long gone. Some clubs even made their way into jazz album titles—like Wes Montgomery's Smokin' at the Half Note, Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street East, Thelonious Monk's Live at the Five Spot and Mingus at the Bohemia. [Photo by Herman Leonard/CTSImages.com]
Ever wonder where those and other long lost New York nightspots were located? So that the next time you're in town you can walk around and see where they were and what's there now? Here are the addresses of 28 shuttered ballrooms and clubs:
Basin Street East—137 East 48th St. [pictured]
Bop City—1619 Broadway
Bradley's—70 University Place at E. 11th St.
Buddy's Place—133 W. 33rd St.
Cafe Bohemia—15 Barrow St.
Cafe Society—1 Sheridan Square
Cotton Club—644 Lenox Ave. at 142nd St.
Downbeat—66 W. 52nd St.
Count Basie's—2245 Seventh Ave. at 132nd St.
The Embers—161 E. 54th St.
Famous Door—56 W. 52nd St.
Five Spot—5 Cooper Square [pictured]
Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook—Route 23, Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Cedar Grove, N.J.
Half Note—289 Hudson St., near Spring St.
Hickory House—144 W. 52nd St.Jimmy Ryan's—53 W. 52nd St.
Latin Quarter—1580 Broadway (at 47th St.)
Minton's Playhouse—210 West 118th St. [pictured; photo by William P. Gottlieb]
Open Door—55 W. 3rd St.
Royal Roost—1574 Broadway
Savoy Ballroom—596 Lenox Ave. (between West 140th and 141st streets)
Small's Paradise—2294 1/2 Seventh Ave. (at 135th St.)