In jazz jargon, woodshedding refers to the time-
honored practice of learning one’s instrument. Gordon Polatnick, a jazz jack-of-all-trades, opened up EZ’s Woodshed over a year ago in Harlem in this same
spirit, providing a performance space where local musicians, seasoned veterans and aspiring neophytes alike, can gather to woodshed, promote and network. “As a jazz fan, I wanted a place where I would feel like this is where I would want to hang out, because I’m that into it.” Located in the heart of what was once known as “The Stroll”, a meeting place in the ‘20s and ‘30s for Harlem artisans; where musicians came to mix, mingle, get gigs and score; where once grew the Tree of Hope; a block down from the original “Swing Street” (133rd), packed with speakeasies in the heyday of the Prohibition; and two blocks from the former Monroe’s Uptown House, a birth spot for bebop - EZ’s is keeping the tradition alive.
Directions: Between 131st and 132nd Streets
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