Jazz Standard, a perennial favourite New York City venue for musicians and followers alike, has shut its doorways. It is the primary main jazz membership within the metropolis to shut completely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The basement membership first opened in 1997, however was re-opened in 2002 together with a sister barbecue restaurant upstairs, Blue Smoke Flatiron, as town staggered again to its toes within the aftermath of Sept. 11. Both the membership and the restaurant are owned by restaurateur Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group.
In an announcement Wednesday morning, the homeowners wrote: “We have explored each avenue to reach at a unique final result, however because of the pandemic and months with out income — in addition to a prolonged hire negotiation that has come to a standstill — we have reached the disappointing conclusion that there is no such thing as a different however to shut Jazz Standard and Blue Smoke Flatiron. The present scenario surrounding the pandemic, together with the rules for eating places and stay music, make it unattainable to keep up our high quality and proceed to ‘set the usual.'”
Booked by Seth Abramson, the membership hosted all-star artists for greater than 20 years with a wealth of recordings made on the venue, together with albums by the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, trumpeter Dave Douglas, drummer Dafnis Prieto and pianist Fred Hersch.
In the announcement, the Standard’s homeowners expressed hopes that they may be capable to resurrect the bodily membership at some future level. “Although we’re devastated by the closure,” they wrote, “we’re optimistic concerning the future and look ahead to writing the following chapter of Jazz Standard. In the meantime, we proceed to host unique artist interviews and digital performances throughout our on-line platforms together with a Facebook Live collection co-presented with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).”
Musicians and venues throughout the nation proceed to worry the long-term repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, with few “regular” re-openings in sight in most areas and with none federal reduction supplied to artists or to presenters. Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn sponsored a invoice, Save Our Stages, particularly geared to serving to unbiased venues face up to the pandemic, has garnered dozens of cosponsors, but it surely has not but handed in Congress.