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Home Is Where the Gig Is

Pianist Michael Wolff blogs about the special charms of the Knickerbocker in NYC

Michael Wolff, Polly Draper and their two sons

I love to perform at Knickerbocker. It’s the only venerable restaurant/jazz joint left in NYC. When I came to NYC in the mid-seventies, Bradley’s and Knickerbocker were the two happening piano bars/restaurant hangs on University Place in the Village. (Bradley’s closed down around 10 years ago, a huge loss to the jazz community that has not yet been corrected.)

There were many great jazz clubs, like The Village Vanguard, which is still the greatest jazz club in the world, and there was Boomer’s, The Village Gate, Stryker’s, Mikell’s, Seventh Ave South, Sweet Basil, and more.

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