Well , I'll be sharing Gilbert's feelings a bit here.
It's wrenching to see the legendary jazz venues disappearing off the face.The strip that housed Dobell's was architecturally nonedescript, but it saddens me to know that it has gone. More importantly, what of the Two Brewers, the Cross Keys, the Moon & Sixpence, the Porcupine? Oh, no - not 100 Oxford Street.!
But then, it seems pointless to have jazz landmarks preserved if (a) there is no jazz and (b) if there is no awareness that there ever was jazz that deserved landmarks.
If us oldtimers wish to walk the nostalgia track, we'd best hurry. But try Big Pink before Graceland, and if you go for Club Hangover don't expect anyone to remember Lionel Reason!
Fump and Manny's? Gone?
Dinner at Antoines, anyone?
(Who once slept in a stateroom on the Delta Queen (or King?) in Kitimat, British Columbia and swears to this day that he saw the ghost of Fate Marable prowling the Poop Deck.)
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