Nick’s in the 50s

Nick's on the corner of West 10th & 7th Avenue, NYC (Photo by Hank O'Neal)

Musician Steve Barbone writes, 'Nick's on west 10th was one of my favorite haunts between 1950-1960. The jazz was vibrant and the bands I saw were led by Pee Wee Erwin, Phil Napoleon, or Billy Maxted.'  More…

Photo courtesy

Photo courtesy Kenny Davern

Pianist Johnny Varro was a frequent performer at Nick's in the 1950s.

Nick's was a haven for movie stars, mobsters, and sports heroes. Kenny Davern, late 1950s, with Alice Fay and Phil Harris, and bandleaders Pee Wee Erwin(top center) and Red Nichols(top right)            

Bandleader Phil Napoleon

Pee Wee Erwin band on the bandstand at Nick’s, 1959 (Photo courtesy Kenny Davern)