Sweet Basil Jazz Club

Coordinates: 40°44′04″N 74°00′09″W / 40.7345°N 74.0024°W / 40.7345; -74.0024
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Doc Cheatham performing in Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil was a jazz club in New York City's Greenwich Village, located at 88 Seventh Avenue South. Founded in 1974 by Sharif Esmat, it was considered among the most prominent New York City jazz clubs of its day.[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.

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