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The 55 Bar Mixtape


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All About Jazz celebrates the iconic 55 Bar and the essential role it plays as an establishment where bands are born and sounds shaped over time thanks to its longstanding commitment to jazz. Adored by patrons and musicians since the '80s, the 55 Bar has faced difficult economic challenges during the pandemic and as a result, need our support to continue operations (learn more). If you have the means, please make a donation and help 55 Bar reach its financial goal through their GoFundMe campaign.
This mixtape is the companion to our article The 55 Bar: Music and Stories.

Below you will find the songs selected by Ben Allison, Steven Bernstein, David Binney, Michael Blake, Steve Cardenas, KJ Denhert, Henry Hey, Wayne Krantz, Donny McCaslin, Oz Noy, Ben Perowsky, Jean-Michel Pilc, Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Kendra Shank, and Tessa Souter. The playlist identifies the selector, and the details of the song they picked.

That's just the tip of an iceberg of amazing music that exists thanks to The 55 Bar, but it does a pretty good job of evoking the unique atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind speakeasy-turned-jazz-mecca.

Happy listening!


  • Michael Blake: Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout "Soul Drums" Who Burnt the Bacon? (Self-released) 00:00
  • Ben Perowsky: Mike Stern "Ha Ha Hotel" Is What It Is (Atlantic) 02:41
  • Chris Potter: Chris Potter "The Wheel" Underground (Universal) 08:46
  • Donny McCaslin: Donny McCaslin "Stadium Jazz" Casting for Gravity (Greenleaf) 15:37
  • Tessa Souter: Tessa Souter "Usha's Wedding" Obsession (Motéma) 22:54
  • Ben Allison: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe "Roll Credits" Little Creatures Run the World (Sonic Camera) 25:50
  • Henry Hey: Rudder "Lucky Beard" Matorning (Nineteen-Eight) 31:56
  • KJ Denhert: KJ Denhert "What's My Name—Parts I, II & III" Lucky Seven (Motéma) 36:14
  • Wayne Krantz: Wayne Krantz "Infinity Split" Greenwich Mean (Self-released) 47:15
  • Jean-Michel Pilc: Jean-Michel Pilc "Etude in Rhythm" [unreleased] 53:41
  • Steven Bernstein: Spanish Fly "Thirteen" Rags to Britches (Knitting Factory) 59:12
  • Steve Cardenas: Steve Cardenas "Language of Love" Blue Has a Range (Sunnyside) 1:00:28
  • Oz Noy: Oz Noy "Chocolate Soufflé" Looga Looga Loo (Abstract Logix) 1:06:55
  • Kendra Shank: Kendra Shank "Water From Your Spring / Beautiful Love" Mosaic (Challenge) 1:14:15
  • Adam Rogers: Adam Rogers Dice "Dice" Dice (Adraj) 1:22:54
  • Dave Binney: Dave Binney "Inner Urge" [unreleased] 1:29:42




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