April 30, 2019
NoMad Celebrates International Jazz Day, Today, April 30th
Today is International Jazz Day, and there are few places in NYC more responsible for the growth of this innovative musical genre than NoMad.
Between 1957 and 1965, NoMad was home to dozens of jazz musicians each night. In a loft located on Sixth Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets in NoMad, a number of jazz luminaries would pass through including Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Sonny Rollins, Roland Kirk, Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, and more.
Luckily, much of what they played and how they interacted with each other was recorded on audio and in still pictures by LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, who lived in the loft space next door.
In celebration of International Jazz Day, we invite you to check out this post, where we profile four wonderful places to listen to live jazz in and around NoMad. In addition to these jazz spots, NoMad’s Rizzoli Bookstore puts on Rizzoli Music Apertivo, an ongoing musical series where jazz artists frequently perform. This month, one-of-a-kind brass band Blake and Brass performed.