The 75 Club

by gloria

It is quite an undertaking to establish a new venue for Jazz in an unfamiliar neighborhood. That’s exactly what is happening in TriBeCa at 75 Murray Street. George Aprile, the owner of the Bogardus Mansion, has long been a Jazz enthusiast, and has supported the music in various ways for years. It was he who assisted Patti Bown (1931-2008) near the end of her life, and who provided special taped Clifford Jordan music to Sandy Jordan. He has hosted events in his space, from private gatherings to the JFA Miles Davis stamp event, a memorial celebration for the life of our “Queen of the Hudson,” Dorismarie Welcher, to special performances by the Wilbur Ware Institute, most notably in 2017-2018.

This lower level space has become a true Jazz Club. What began as  Wilbur’s Warehouse @ the Bogardus Mansion has become The  75 Club with regular ongoing musical events.  It has become a go-to place in TriBeCa and all fans of the music are appreciative of George Aprile’s persistence.

First and most important, the venue has been open and advertised throughout the neighborhood and beyond. One clear message in the U.S.A. is that advertisements are vital. American society is inundated with and built on ads–regular and now digital; most are repetitive ad nauseum, constant and ubiquitous; they are part and parcel of Western capitalism in America and abroad. In the case of The 75 Club, special thanks  goes to Laurence Donohue-Greene of The New York City Jazz Record and Gwen Kelley at Hot House Jazz Guide, among others, for helping to get the word out.

Many musicians offer their services, and many master musicians have performed there in support of the space! On Sunday, July 1, Barry Harris filled the Club to overflowing in honor of Richard Wyands’ 90th Birthday (July 2). And Barry’s birthday event in December was SRO.

The Wilbur Ware Institute presented Reggie Workman’s Quintet in 2017 & 2018; both were very successful performances. We proudly celebrate Reggie as a recently recognized NEA Jazz Master.

We are now presenting OUR SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF SONNY ROLLINS: Friday and Saturday, September 6 & 7, 2019.


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