Jimmy Weston's (jazz club)

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Jimmy Weston's Restaurant & Jazz Club was an American restaurant and jazz club in New York City, located on East 56th Street beginning in 1963, then, seven years later, moved it to 131 East 54th Street. Tommy Furtado was selected as the house musician and maintained that position until the club closed twenty years later. Its owner, Jimmy Weston (James L. Weston; 1922–1997),[1][2] closed it in 1989. The New York Times obituary for Weston stated "Given the restaurant's high-level clientele, it was inevitable that it served as a backdrop for social history. It was at Weston's that Mr. Sinatra patched up his feud with Liz Smith, and Howard Cosell got the call from Roone Arledge telling him he had been picked for a daring new idea called "Monday Night Football."[3]

Notable employees[edit]

  • George Pappas, maitre d'
  • Joe Rivera
  • "Boots"
  • Dino Pavlou
  • Jim Charkalis
  • Billy Mack

Selected history[edit]

On February 28, 1977, Onwest, Inc., doing business as Jimmy Weston's Restaurant, filed a petition for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Southern District of New York.[4]

Sister restaurant in Spring Lake, New Jersey[edit]

In 1977, Weston and a partner, Billy Keegan, purchases The Sullivan Restaurant at Morris Street and Fifth Avenue, Spring Lake, New Jersey, remodeled it, renamed it "Jimmy Weston's," and operated it on the same model its counterpart in New York, alternating performers between the two.[5]

Notable performers at the New York location[edit]

Tommy Furtado trio was the house band. Woody Allen's Band, which made its debut in 1970, played an engagement at Weston's in New York.


  1. ^ Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 22: September 1996 — August 1997, H.W. Wilson Company, New York (1997)
  2. ^ The New York Times Biographical Service, Volume 28, Numbers 1–12, UMI Co., Ann Arbor (1997) (biography contains portrait)
  3. ^ Robert McG. Thomas, Jr., New York Times, February 8, 1997
  4. ^ Business Records: Bankruptcy Proceedings, New York Times, March 1, 1978
  5. ^ John S. Wilson, Jazz is Alive at the Shore, New York Times, August 21, 1977