The Howard Theatre might be the next jazz venue to leave the Washington DC area!
A couple of weeks ago we said farewell to the Bohemian Caverns. As reported in this blog, this longstanding jazz venue had been a staple in the region for over 40 years. Top jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and countless others have performed there. But due to financial problems the management decided to throw in the towel.
The same fate bestowed Phaze 10, a popular jazz club and restaurant in the heart of Baltimore. It did well for 3 years, but its management pulled the plug.
Yesterday in the Washington Post (4-6-16) there was an article about the Howard Theatre. In the story, the author stated that the theatre was not doing well financially, and its future existence is in questions. If the theatre makes an exit, it will be the second time that it closed. The city, as well as other supporters, contributed millions of dollars to rejuvenate the Theatre, which was originally built in the early 1900’s. Now, we’ll have to see if it’s financial fortunes can be reversed.
I’m especially disheartened by the news. For JassOdyssey fans, one of the adventures in the book series takes place at the Howard. Sure, I can write more stories about Miles and his Uncle Roland’s visit to the place, but it would be nice if I could do it from the comfort of the lobby Theatre.
We lost the Bohemian Caverns, Let’s not lose the Howard Theatre.
As always-Take the Test, Take the Journey!