Say it ain’t so…
Is the venerable Justin’s taking jazz off of the menu?
Justin’s without jazz is like, well, it’s like…
Laurel without Hardy
Simon without Schuster
peanut butter without jelly
day without night
oh, you get the idea…
Recently, we received the unfortunate news that in February Justin’s on Lark Street in Albany will discontinue its policy of booking live jazz music. We couldn’t believe it.
There have been other jazz venues in Albany, of course, from the Gemini Jazz Cafe to the Yorkstone Pub, but there was always Justin’s. Over the years, we’ve seen countless fabulous performances at Justin’s – national acts like Tom Harrell, Danillo Perez and Eugene Freisen, as well as such Nippertown jazz titans as Nick Brignola, Lee Shaw and Brian Patneaude.
Of course, times are tough. And it was obvious that jazz at Justin’s was taking its share of the economic hit back in October when the club ended the eight-and-a-half-year Sunday night residency of Patneaude and his band.
But now it appears that was only the tip of the iceberg, and Justin’s plans to eliminate all live jazz bookings by February.
So please stop by Justin’s. Have a bite to eat. Have a drink. And tell someone how much the music means to you and how important it is to your Justin’s experience.