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New York’s Best-Kept Jazz Secret

(William S. Niederkorn, The Brooklyn Rail)  Walk by the Bahá’í Center at 53 East 11th Street in Manhattan on a Tuesday evening and you might not even notice a small wooden billboard with black letters painted on a white background, announcing “Jazz Live Tonight.”

That sign is all there is on the scene to steer you to the best-kept jazz secret in New York. Jazz lives at the center’s concert hall, the John Birks Gillespie Memorial Auditorium. The concerts there hardly ever get as large an audience as they deserve, so a small coterie of initiates have had some of the most personally electrifying musical experiences imaginable week after week for over seven years now in a program called Jazz Tuesdays.