Queva Jayne Lutz-the well-respected owner of the legendary Greenwich Village jazz club 55 Bar-died at her home in New York City on Thursday, Feb. 22. Lutz’ laidback and supportive personality made the 55 Bar the kind of place where musicians felt free to experiment and socialize.
Born in Harlingen, Texas, Lutz left home at 16 and settled in Northern California, where she owned Tides Bookstore in Sausalito. She moved to New York in 1977 and became a real estate developer in 1981. Lutz’s personality informed how she developed real estate: working to open doors and opportunities for others, ultimately bringing them together.