Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Cellar Jazz Club

Back in April 1956, members of the local jazz scene (a scene that included musician Al Neil) opened The Cellar Jazz Club at the northwest corner of Watson Street and West Broadway.

Although big bands were common to downtown hotels and night clubs, the Cellar featured smaller ensembles focused less on swing and dance music than on poetry and bop.

The pictures above show the exterior of the cellar in January 2014 (left), just before the building was torn down, and in March 1961 (right), on the occasion of a "live" CBC recording.

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