Historic Jazz Spots in New York City are scrambling to stay afloat as the effects of the pandemic keeps their doors shut.
Last week I mentioned the rush I got from going to a famous jazz club in New York just before the pandemic shut everything down in March, and all the consequent troubles music venues are having since they’re now unable, for the most part, to host performances.
I’ve written before about the energy that some particular places have in terms of art: the room where Jackson Pollack painted Lavender Mist, for instance, with the swirls of paint still on the floor; the bar at which Roger Miller was sitting when he wrote the classic “Dang Me.” Birdland is one of those places, and even though it isn’t in the same spot as it was in its heyday, when you’re there you still get the feeling that you’re someplace culturally important.
The original Birdland opened on Broadway in December 1949, as was known as the “Jazz Corner of the World.” Almost any jazz player you could name from the 20th century played there repeatedly. Many of them recorded live albums from its stage. Over the course of the 1950s it developed a cultural cache all its