Zardi's Jazzland

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Zardi's (also Zardi's Jazzland) was a venue for jazz music in Los Angeles, from the beginning of the 1950s to 1957.

Zardi's was located on Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood and Vine district.[1] Well-known musicians such as Bob Brookmeyer,[2] Stan Getz,[3] Jimmy Giuffre,[2] Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum,[1] and Cal Tjader, whose concert at Zardi's was discussed in the 1956 Down Beat, played there at the beginning of the 1950s.[4] Regular guests included, among others, the young composer La Monte Young.[5] In the course of its existence concerts at Zardi's were recorded by Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan, Earl Bostic and Buddy DeFranco.[6] Herb Geller dedicated his composition Tardi for Zardi's, based on the chord progressions of All God's Children Got Rhythm, to the club.[7] In early 1956, there was a live weekly television series entitled Tonight at Zardi's, which began with a concert by the Stan Kenton Orchestra.[8] In the mid-1950s a number of jazz clubs in Los Angeles, including The Haig[9] and the Tiffany Club,[10] opened near Zardi's.

Discography[edit]

  • Oscar Peterson: At Zardi's, Pablo Records 1955 (1986 ed.).also saw Earl Garner,Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck there:circa 1954/55
  • Ella at Zardi's, Universal Music, Verve Records, December 1, 2017

Literature[edit]

  • Ted Gioia: West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bryant, Clora, ed. (1999). Central Avenue sounds : jazz in Los Angeles. Berkeley, Calif. [u.a.]: Univ. of California Press. p. 243. ISBN 9780520220980.
  2. ^ a b Williams, Martin (1992). Jazz changes ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0195058475.
  3. ^ Jack, Gordon (2004). Fifties jazz talk : an oral retrospective. Lanham, Md. [u.a.]: Scarecrow Press. p. 42. ISBN 9780810849976.
  4. ^ Ramsey, S. Duncan Reid ; foreword by Doug (2013). Cal Tjader : the life and recordings of the man who revolutionized Latin jazz. Jefferson, NC [u.a.]: McFarland. p. 64. ISBN 978-0786435357.
  5. ^ Grimshaw, Jeremy (2011). Draw a straight line and follow it : the music and mysticism of La Monte Young. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-0199740208.
  6. ^ Tom Lord: The Jazz Discography (accessed online, October 8, 2014.
  7. ^ Harrison, Max; Nicholson, Stuart; Thacker, Eric (1999). Essential jazz records (1. publ. ed.). London: Mansell. p. 91. ISBN 9780720118223.
  8. ^ Billboard, February 11, 1956.
  9. ^ Billboard, in its issue dated 19 August 1957, noted the closing of the club.
  10. ^ Gavin, James. Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker. Chicago Review Press. p. 130. ISBN 9781569769034.