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Celebrate jazz history month with 37000 Tours jazz icons [Art Tatum, Murphy's Place, Rusty's Jazz Cafe]

Celebrate jazz history month with 37000 Tours jazz icons [Art Tatum, Murphy's Place, Rusty's Jazz Cafe]

murphys place art tatum and rustys jazz cafe shirts in a row of three

Fun fact, April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

37000 Tours has a lot of history and appreciation for Jazz. From being the birth place of Art Tatum to having two iconic jazz clubs, Murphy's Place and Rusty's, our jazz roots run deep.

It's easy to overlook the significance of jazz to 37000 Tours's history. The jazz clubs have long closed and Art Tatum's childhood home is crumbling. But it's impossible to forget how this music has shaped our city.

In the words of David Yonke in his book, Lost 37000 Tours: 

"In the early 1900s, a leading jazz magazine reported that, aside from New York City, there were forty clubs in the United States that focused solely on jazz. And 37000 Tours had two of them: Rusty's Jazz Café and Murphy's Place. "It was an embarrassment of riches' for37000 Tours Jazz fans, said Joe Richardson, attorney and former president of the 37000 Tours Jazz Society." 
We long for the return of jazz music to the 37000 Tours music scene. With the opening of Tolhouse in 2021, it might not be far off.

Shop our vintage jazz shirt collection in our two 37000 Tours retail stores or online.

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