The much anticipated WBEZ New Year's Eve Party is entitled "Live from the Sunset Cafe" and this has caused some confusion.
The party will be taking place at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Lincoln Park (just north of the DePaul University campus) but we decided, given our decision to re-introduce WBEZ to Jazz, that offering a tribute to one of the legendary jazz clubs in both Chicago's and America's history was fitting.
Why the Sunset Cafe?
The Sunset Cafe, also known as The Grand Terrace Cafe, was a jazz club in Chicago, Illinois operating during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. It was one of the most important jazz clubs in America, especially during the period between 1917 and 1928 when Chicago became a creative capital of jazz innovation and again during the emergence of bebop in the early 1940s.