Sweet Basil Jazz Club

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Doc Cheatham performing in Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil was a jazz club in New York City's Greenwich Village. Founded in 1974 by Sharif Esmat, it was considered among the most prominent jazz clubs in New York.[1] Many jazz albums were recorded live at Sweet Basil, including Cecil Taylor's Iwontunwonsi, McCoy Tyner's Live at Sweet Basil and Solar: Live at Sweet Basil, and the Jean-Michel Pilc Trio's Together: Live at Sweet Basil. From 1981 to 1992 the club was owned by Phyllis Litoff and her husband Mel Litoff.[2]

Recorded performances

McCoy Tyner (1973)

Recorded performances at the club include:[3]


  1. Paul ODonnell. "Beyond the Boardroom with Stewart Kohl". The Plain Dealer. April 5, 2008
  2. Janas, Marci, "The Wellspring of Sweet Basil: Mel Litoff and Phyllis Weisbart Litoff", Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Vol. 103, No. 3, Winter 2005/2006
  3. Hinweise nach Discogs, Allmusic bzw. Cook/Morton: Penguin Guide to Jazz

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