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July 30, 2010


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Bill Kirchner

Where the old Half Note was is now a deli, I believe (across from the current Jazz Gallery); if you go here, you can see the Lennie Tristano Quintet playing there in 1964:

I heard one of Jimmy Rushing's last gigs there (spring 1972), with James Moody backing him. After the Canterinos moved the club up to W. 54th St. (it lasted there only a year or two), the Spring/Hudson location became The Onliest Place--it didn't last long, either.

Ed Leimbacher

Aces! If I only had a Google 3D map with 360 degree camera attached, I could virtually go clubbing, in flesh as well as spirit. Virtually, that is. And sort of almost catch Bird at the Roost, McPartland at the Hickory House, Blakey at the Jazz Corner of the World... oops, which one's that? (Us benighted non-New Yorkers sure do miss out on stuff, darn it.)

Michael Steinman

About the Half Note! In the late spring of 1972, I and friends saw Jimmy Rushing there with Don Friedman, Ruby Braff, Bill Pemberton, and Dottie Dodgion -- Jake Hanna sat in on SENT FOR YOU YESTERDAY and the place rocked. Nowadays, when I am at the intersection of Spring and Hudson (Spring going E-W) there is a parking lot on one corner, a deli on the other, and anonymous buildings on the third and fourth. Sic transit gloria mundi, I would say. I remember The Onliest Place as well -- it featured, among others, a Buddy Tate - Jo Jones group and didn't last long.

Rab Hines

Very enjoyable article, and one that fills a few gaps. Perhaps a list of Brooklyn jernts, Kingston Lounge, Club La Marchal, Putnam Central Club, Smuckers and Pumpkins....?

There was a nice discussion of some of these spots at a recent symposium at Brooklyn College; Robin D.G. Kelley was there just prior to publishing his Monk book, and Randy Weston reminisced and played. Yeah, Brooklyn had a scene.

But this is not meant to detract from your interesting and useful list. Thanks yet again.

Jon Foley

And don't forget that 5 Cooper Square was only the first location of the Five Spot; for all the rest of its years, it was located at 2 St. Marks Place. That's where I spent many nights listening to various Mingus groups, and witnessing many Mingus "happenings." It was an adventure every time.

What I'd give to be back there!


As great as "Smokin at the Half Note" is, the "Complete Live in Paris 1965" is even better. And the Monk/Trane "Live at the Five Spot" doesn't hold a candle to the recently unearthed "Carnegie Hall Concert."

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