Other Places: NYC Jazz After Sandy

If you have been wondering how New York City’s jazz clubs are faring following the onslaught of of Tropical Storm Sandy, Nat Chinen reports in The New York Times on several of them.

Clubs form the core infrastructure of jazz in New York, and many of the leading showcases or incubators — the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, the Jazz Standard, the Jazz Gallery, Cornelia Street Café, Smalls, the Zinc Bar, the 55 Bar — are in the part of Manhattan that recently came to be known as the dead zone. Jazz fans regard these rooms as an always-on utility, so their closing was felt even in a city confronting more pressing concerns. The power failure downtown meant canceled bookings and many thousands of dollars in lost revenue, a serious hit in a business of slim margins.

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  1. says

    North of Manhattan, just south of the Tappan Zee Bridge, sat a lovely restaurant called the Red Hat on the River, where I’ve been playing with a jazz group every Wednesday for several years. We started out as Carmen Leggio’s trio, and since Carmen passed away, pianist Hiroshi Yamazaki and I have kept the music going, with the help of two other musicians who alternate Wednesdays there. Hurricane Irene spilled water up over the restaurant’s floor and kept them closed for a week last year, but Sandy was much worse. The storm surge came up the river and brought five feet of water into the ground floor of the Red Hat. It is now gutted of flooring and wallboard and banquettes, and workmen are busy clearing out the debris and starting to rebuild. So we won’t have jazz at the Red Hat any time soon. The place sits six or eight feet above the river level in normal times, so you can see what a huge surge that was.

  2. says

    It’s very sad to read that. With all due respect: What’s up there with your electric infrastructure? Man, NY is still the jazz capital. First, Katrina hit the cradle of jazz, now Sandy its capital. A tragedy. I’m with you, East Coasters.

    All I can contribute is this great song in probably the most New-York style of all versions:

    “Pick Yourself Up”

    May it help you up!