Sunday, April 5, 2009

A new jazz basement

There was a time when young musicians could play and practice as much as 18 hours a day -- in his biography "We called it Music," Eddie Condon said he and his pals in 1930s New York would get up in the middle of the afternoon, go to a paying gig, then head out in search of jams that would often last until daybreak.
Minton's Club in Harlem was a well-known after-hours destination for boppers in the late-40s and 1950s.
These opportunities gave rise to the great virtuosity of many musicians, and it's very difficult for players today to get anywhere near the same experience.
Up in North Jersey, Cory Dinkle is trying to hoping to create an open environment for jazz fans and players -- he posted an ad on Craigslist to see if anyone was interested. So far, he said he's gotten about a dozen responses -- now, they just need a location.
I wonder if anything like that would survive here ...

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