City: New York
Address: 210 W. 118th St.
Closed doors in: 1974
Famous for: Early jam sessions with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie
Founded by tenor saxophonist Henry Milton in 1938, Minton's Playhouse pioneered the development of modern jazz and bebop with their famous in-house jam sessions featuring the top jazz musicians of the day, including Thelonious Monk, Charlie Christian, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. Some of its other famous clientele included author Ralph Ellison and musicians Roy Eldridge. In favor of booking big-name acts, Minton's changed its open jam policy, which eventually led to the club's demise in 1974.