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The Beehive

The Beehive was a popular, hard-bop era, jazz nightclub at 1503 east 55th street .  Charlie Parker played his last gig in Chicago here, and Sonny Rollins (who was then living in Chicago) joined the Clifford Brown and Max Roach Quintet here after Harold Land (the previous tenor player) returned to Los Angeles to attend to a family emergency (reputedly the birth of a child).  Between 1953 and 1955, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, dexter gordon, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis also appeared here.  Jimmy Yancey worked the keys at the Beehive from 1948 to 1951, and Junior Mance served as house pianist from 1953 to 1954.

1503 east 55th street
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