Cafe Bohemia’s History

Café Bohemia was initially opened in 1955 by Jimmy Garofolo. He had owned and operated it as a restaurant, bar, and stage since 1949. In 1955, saxophonist Charlie Parker offered to play in the club to pay his bar tab, which unofficially began the room’s short life as a jazz club.

Parker died before the beginning of his engagement at the Bohemia, but the hype generated around his name was enough to garner further support for the new club. Please continue reading to learn more about Café Bohemia.

Miles Davis & John Coltrane
Man With Sunglasses Playing Trumpet

Legends That Played in the Club

  • Miles Davis Quintet
  • Art Blakey’s original Jazz Messengers
  • Kenny Dorham’s Jazz Prophets
  • Oscar Pettiford wrote the song “Bohemia After Dark” (in the spirit of the club)

Miles Davis’s Prestige Recordings

  • Workin’
  • Relaxin’
  • Steamin’
  • Cookin’

Davis’s recordings were meant to convey the spirit of the group’s performances at the Bohemia. It is evident on Workin’ where the band’s set closer “The Theme” is played at the end of each side of the record, and one piano trio number, "Ahmad's Blues."

Miles Davis' Round About Midnight cover photo was taken by Marvin Koner during the quintet's stay at the club in 1956. The picture retains the actual coloring, cropping out from the original.

Michael Zieleniewski has reopened this club by keeping the integrity of the original masterpiece. The club is bringing great music to jazz lovers with a new start. We always have new events for you.

Don't miss out on this fantastic 1950s jazz club. Visit today and if you have any questions, connect with them.

Clip at New York Times
The New York Times