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Royal Roost Café

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1580 Broadway Avenue
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Opened: 
1948

Ralph Watkins originally opened the Royal Roost as a chicken restaurant. After a difficult start, Watkins was persuaded by Sid Torin (D.J. Symphony Sid) to try presenting modern jazz at the club. Beginning in 1948 the club began to showcase the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Dexter Gordon, Tadd Dameron and Max Roach. The new programme drew large crowds and the club soon took on a second name, the Metropolitan Bopera House. In 1949 a records label, Roost Records, was founded by Arthur Faden, Bill Faden, Monty Kay and Ralph Watkins which recorded many of the musicians who performed at the club. In September 1948 Miles Davis debuted his nonet at the club. By the early 1950s the jazz component of the Roost was moved to Watkins's new club, Bop City.

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Featured Artist(s)
The Charlie Parker Quintet 09/03/1948 Charlie Parker
Tadd Dameron
Miles Davis
Max Roach
Curley Russell
The Charlie Parker Quintet 09/04/1948 Charlie Parker
Tadd Dameron
Miles Davis
Max Roach
Curley Russell
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Billy Eckstine 12/09/1948 Billy Eckstine
Charlie Parker
Miles Davis
Al Haig
Tommy Potter
Max Roach
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Billy Eckstine 12/10/1948 Charlie Parker
Billy Eckstine
Miles Davis
Al Haig
Tommy Potter
Max Roach
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Billy Eckstine 12/11/1948 Charlie Parker
Billy Eckstine
Miles Davis
Al Haig
Tommy Potter
Max Roach
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Billy Eckstine 12/12/1948 Charlie Parker
Billy Eckstine
Miles Davis
Al Haig
Tommy Potter
Max Roach
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet 12/23/1948 Charlie Parker
Miles Davis
Al Haig
Tommy Potter
Max Roach
The Charlie Parker Quintet 12/24/1948 Charlie Parker
Kenny Dorham
Al Haig
Tommy Potter
Max Roach
The Charlie Parker Quintet 12/25/1948 Charlie Parker
Kenny Dorham
Al Haig
Tommy Potter
Max Roach
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Flip Phillips / Charlie Ventura 01/01/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Al Haig
Joe Harris
Shelly Manne
Tommy Potter
Curley Russell
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Flip Phillips / Charlie Ventura 01/02/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Kenny Dorham
Al Haig
Joe Harris
Shelly Manne
Tommy Potter
Curley Russell
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Flip Phillips / Charlie Ventura 01/03/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Kenny Dorham
Al Haig
Joe Harris
Shelly Manne
Tommy Potter
Curley Russell
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Flip Phillips / Charlie Ventura 01/04/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Kenny Dorham
Al Haig
Joe Harris
Shelly Manne
Tommy Potter
Curley Russell
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Flip Phillips / Charlie Ventura 01/05/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Kenny Dorham
Al Haig
Joe Harris
Shelly Manne
Tommy Potter
Curley Russell
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Flip Phillips / Charlie Ventura 01/06/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Kenny Dorham
Al Haig
Joe Harris
Shelly Manne
Tommy Potter
Curley Russell
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/07/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/08/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/09/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/10/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/11/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/12/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/13/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/14/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/15/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura
The Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Ventura / Flip Phillips 01/16/1949 Charlie Parker
Flip Phillips
Charlie Ventura

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