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NYC’s Jazz Clubs, Places That Matter

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NYC’s jazz clubs, with a focus on The East.

Since the 1920s, New York’s hundreds of jazz venues have been a key part of the history and experience of jazz. Take our brand new virtual Jazz Tour to learn about some of the spots New Yorkers have loved — the Savoy, Park Palace, Village Vanguard, the W. 52nd St. clubs, Club 845, the Five Spot, The East, Lenox Lounge, and Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor. Three of these places are still going strong, and contact info is listed.

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The East is now gone, and its name isn’t known to many today, but in its heyday in the 1970s, it was a place that mattered. Located at 10 Claver Place in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, The East was nominated to our Census of Places that Matter because it “nurtured the black cultural movement and was home to the African American Students Association, the first African street festivals, the Uhuru Sasa Shule (Freedom Now School), Kwanzaa celebrations, and lots of music!” Formed in 1969, The East was an educational and cultural center that gave birth to over 25 programs and projects before it closed its doors in 1986, and it continues to be remembered in the community for its many contributions to education, culture, and political empowerment.

You can also read all about the Village Vanguard in our new book Hidden New York: A Guide to Places that Matter(Rutgers University Press, 2006).