Sweet Basil Jazz Club

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Doc Cheatham performing in Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil was a jazz club in New York City's Greenwich Village. Founded in 1974 by Sharif Esmat, it was considered among the most prominent jazz clubs in New York.[1] Many jazz albums were recorded live at Sweet Basil, including Cecil Taylor's Iwontunwonsi, McCoy Tyner's Live at Sweet Basil (1989) and Solar: Live at Sweet Basil, and the Jean-Michel Pilc Trio's Together: Live at Sweet Basil. From 1981 to 1992 the club was owned by Phyllis Litoff and her husband Mel Litoff.[2]

The club closed in April 2001.[3]

Recorded performances[edit]

Recorded performances at the club include:[4]


  1. ^ Paul ODonnell. "Beyond the Boardroom with Stewart Kohl". The Plain Dealer. April 5, 2008.
  2. ^ Janas, Marci, "The Wellspring of Sweet Basil: Mel Litoff and Phyllis Weisbart Litoff", Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Vol. 103, No. 3, Winter 2005/2006.
  3. ^ "Sweet Basil to Close This Month; New Club Planned at Site". The New York Times. April 7, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Discogs, Allmusic bzw. Cook/Morton: Penguin Guide to Jazz.

Coordinates: 40°44′04″N 74°00′09″W / 40.7345°N 74.0024°W / 40.7345; -74.0024