Kelly's Stables (New York City)

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Kelly’s Stables, also referred to as Kelly’s Stable, was a jazz club on Manhattan's 52nd Street in New York City, opened by jazz band leader Bert Kelly.


Following the success of his Chicago nightclub, Kelly's Stables, in Tower Town, one of the jazz hotspots of the 1920s,[1] Kelly opened a second venue in New York.

141 West 51st Street

The original Kelly's Stable(s) was located on 51st Street, near 7th Avenue.

137 West 52nd Street

Arthur Jarwood, who was a part owner in the 51st Street location, had also built O'Leary's Barn on West 52nd Street, which he sold to Ralph Watkins (1907–1979) and George Lynch, and in March of 1940, O'Leary's Barn became Kelly's Stable(s) — at 137 W 52nd Street.[2]


In 1939, Coleman Hawkins led a band at the original location featuring trumpeter Joe Guy and others with whom he had been performing "Body and Soul", the standard first recorded in a jazz interpretation by Louis Armstrong. Following his gig at the Stables, Hawkins would famously record it himself with this group, and his RCA Victor recording of it is now considered "one of the best-known recorded jazz performances in history."[3] It was inducted into the National Academy of Recording Arts and SciencesGrammy Hall of Fame in 1973.[4]
Red Allen would have a six-week residency in 1941,[5] and Hawkins would play the venue again later that year, followed by Dizzy Gillespie spending a week there that year as a member of Benny Carter's septet, which featured John Collins, Charlie Drayton, Sonny White, Kenny Clarke, and Al Gibson.[6] Gillespie returned to Kelly's Stables in 1943, sharing the billing with Allen and Billie Holiday for a month’s residency.[5]
The King Cole Trio had a four month residency at the Stables from January to April 1942.


  1. ^ "Bert Kelly’s Stables" The University of Chicago Library. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. ^ 52nd Street, The Street of Jazz, Arnold Shaw, Da Capo Press (1977) OCLC 3002082
  3. ^ The National Recording Registry Library of Congress. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Body and Soul". Jazz Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Chilton, John (2011) Ride, Red, Ride: The Life of Henry 'Red' Allen, pp. 118–123. Continuum Publishing At Google Books. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  6. ^ Gillespie, Dizzy (2009) To Be, Or Not... to Bop, pp. 152–3. U of Minnesota Press At Google Books. Retrieved 14 August 2013.