Friday, November 6, 2009

RIP Art D'Lugoff

The former proprietor of The Village Gate died Wednesday at age 85. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that club's heyday. Many a heavyweight of jazz played there back in the day. Needless to say, I have a few albums that were recorded live by Albert Ayler (Live in Greenwich Village), Alice Coltrane (a track from the album Journey in Satchidananda), etc. A bit from the obituary:
D'Lugoff opened the Greenwich Village club in 1958. He hired blacklisted singers Paul Robeson and Pete Seeger and fired Dustin Hoffman as a waiter. Hoffman, then a struggling actor, later said he was so distracted by the performers that he neglected customers.

Other performers included jazz greats John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.
The Village Gate closed in 1994.

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