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Club 845

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845 Prospect Ave Bronx NY 10459 USA

Trumpeter Jimmy Owens, who has played with jazz musicians Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, and Duke Ellington, among others, was born in the Morrisania area of the Bronx, which happened to be an area which boasted a thriving jazz scene during the 1940s through the 1960s. It was also an area where many influential jazz musicians made their homes. Here Jimmy Owens recalls this musical neighborhood and mentions his first introduction to a place called Club 845. The 845 was not located along the Boston Post Rd. strip that included clubs such as Freddie's and the Blue Morocco, but at 845 Prospect Avenue right near the elevated train on Westchester Avenue. It opened during the be-bop era in 1945 and hosted such stars as Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey. Before it closed during the 1960s, many jazz greats, as well as many up-and-coming stars (some of them from the same Bronx neighborhood where the club was located) entertained audiences there.

Credits: Interview of Jimmy Owens conducted by Elena Martinez, February 2, 2005. Photo courtesy of Mosaic Records. (1:57)