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New York City 40's | It was Charlie Parker, familiarly known to his fans and fellow musicians as “Bird,” a contraction of Yardbird, his formal nickname, who was the dynamic creative personality and genius of the alto saxophone who served as the inspiration for Birdland. When the original Birdland opened sixty years ago in December, 1949, Charlie Parker was the headliner and the club was located on Broadway, a block west of the 52nd Street scene, which was a hotbed of jazz in the 1930s and…

Main entrance of the Birdland night club at 1678 Broadway, Manhattan, The club was named after Charlie Parker. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

NYC 1946

Tourists wander past Club Samoa, Club Downbeat and 3 Deuces in Times Square. (The south side of Street, between & Avenues – looking east from Avenue) Photo: Andreas Legendary jazz clubs.

Basin Street Cafe, NYC, New York, 1950

Basin Street by the great photographer of the jazz : Herman Leonard

John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet) outside the Blackhawk Club at Hyde & Turk  • San Francisco, 1959

John Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet)from Albuquerque outside the Blackhawk Club at Hyde & Turk

Blues Alley Jazz Club  Washington, D.C. U.S.A.

Maybe if we're lucky we might get a rendition of "The Jackal" at the Blues Alley Jazz Club Washington, D.

soul eyes — Monk

Thelonious Monk, jazz pianist and composer. Considered one of the giants of American music, he is the recorded jazz composer.

Dizzie Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie (shown) & Charlie Parker became major figures in the development of bebop & modern jazz during the

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During the years 1956 to 1958 Sonny Rollins was widely regarded as the most talented and innovative tenor saxophonist in jazz. Nevertheless, he was discontented; he voluntarily withdrew from public life from August 1959 to November 1961. During this period of retirement his habit of practicing on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York became legendary.

Sonny Rollins - talented and innovative jazz tenor saxophonist. During a two year hiatus, he was often found practicing on NYC's Williamsburg Bridge.

Interior of the Blackhawk, January 1961. San Francisco Jazz Club.

Interior of the Blackhawk, January San Francisco Jazz Club.

Pharoah Sanders, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison & Rashied Ali, Village Vanguard, NYC, May 28, 1966

Pharaoh Saunders, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison and Rashid Ali

Charlie Christian | Minton’s Playhouse began as a place of residence and respite for road-weary touring musicians and New York City regulars eager for a place to play freely.  Saxophonist, Henry Minton, opened the venue in 1938, after becoming the first black delegate to the Local 802 of the Musician’s Union.

Monday Jazz Quiz This bandleader is best known for being manager of Harlem’s Minton’s Playhouse during the birth of bebop.

Blue note Jazz Club, New York.

The chain of Blue Note Jazz clubs was founded at the beginning of the and since then, these clubs have become some of the best known and most respected jazz venues in the world.

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