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Martin Williams

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195083491

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195083491.001.0001

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A Night at the Five Spot

A Night at the Five Spot

(p.90) A Night at the Five Spot
Jazz Changes

Williams Martin

Oxford University Press

The Five Spot Cafe was initially situated at 5 Cooper Square, New York. The Termini brothers, who were the club owners, relocated it to 2 St. Marks Place. The place was small, with tables relative close to one another plus a small stage where the performers did their act. Musicians performing at the original Five Spot included Cecil Taylor and Charles Mingus. Mingus was the one who performed the last gig before it was demolished. Five Spot had been a neighborhood bar; it started featuring jazz at the suggestion of other artists as well as poets who were moving into the nearby apartments during the 1940s. It rose to prominence on the music scene of New York when Thelonius Monk started living near the place; his seven-month gig at the club was a milestone for both him and Five Spot.

Keywords:   Five Spot, Termini, Cooper Square, Charles Mingus, New York, Cecil Taylor

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