We’ve written about EZ’s Woodshed several times here on U.F. That’s why we were saddened to learn that Gordon Polatnick, the owner of the club had fallen on hard times. Polatnick has resorted to hosting rent parties in order to keep the club’s doors open. NY1 recently aired a piece about Gordon’s situation and hopefully he will now get the support he needs in order to continue offering free jazz to the neighborhood.
Polatnick says he considers this neighborhood a historic jazz district. In fact, rent parties like his have historic roots in the neighborhood.
According to the NY1 report, Polatnick is hoping that someone with a better business plan can come in to rescue the club. He admits that his original plan of sponsoring a day club with no cover charge probably wasn’t the most profitable idea:
“Having a place open during the day for free music didn’t work as far as bringing in money, but I’ve also been selling works of jazz,” said Polatnick. “I’ve been selling art of people who do jazz-oriented art around the city and CDs of local artists, since I’m all about New York City jazz.”
Source: NY1: Arts