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—June 2010. Polis is This and Lowell Blues screening, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 20565 Tel: 202.842.6272
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Sandy's Jazz and Blues Revival


Sandy's Jazz and Blues Part 1

Sandy's Jazz and Blues Part 2


For over 50 years Sandy's Jazz and Blues Revival brought musical legends to the small seacoast town of Beverly, Massachusetts. Unannounced guests, recording dates and jam sessions were the rule at this intimate family owned nightclub. In maintaining this venue Sandford Berman brought multi-cultural enrichment, musical education and entertainment to Boston's North Shore.

During Sandy's 50th anniversary in 1983, Joe Cultrera, Henry Ferrini, Elaine Wing and Greg Burke documented a stellar lineup of Jazz & Blues Allstars. The video includes bits and performances by:  Brownie Magee,  Dr.Clark Terry, Tracy Nelson, Buddy Rich, Toots Theilemans, John Lockwood, Alan Dawson, Big Joe Turner, Tiny Grimes, Larry Coryell and Michael Urbaniak.


Soon after this historic anniversary year, Rose Berman, the club's martriach fell ill. Sandy relinquished his club duties to nurse his aging mother. Rose died and Sandy passed away several years later in 1992, leaving the building to a newly formed non-profit. The Berman Center for the Performing Arts was launched to restore the facility into a world-class Jazz and Blues education and Performing Arts center. After a valiant struggle the venture failed when the city of Beverly refused to accept the Center's non-profit status. The building was sold to pay back taxes and Sandy's was razed and replaced with two small condominium units.


"Somewhere tonight Sandy is organizing a jam session. Latest additions to his almighty sky-band: the great Nick Brignola, Dave Van Ronk..."
FJ Hadley


Among the hundreds and hundreds of internationally acclaimed artists who performed at Sandy's Jazz Revival were:

Joe Williams Clark Terry
Louis Armstrong Count Basie
Benny Carter Betty Carter
Chick Corea Stan Getz
Dexter Gordon Stephan Grapelli
Woody Herman Earl "Fatha" Hines
Helen Humes Philly Joe Jones
Elvin Jones Roland Kirk
Buddy Rich McCoy Tyner
Muddy Waters T-Bone Walker
Howlin' Wolf Fabulous Thunderbirds
Dr. John Tiny Grimes
Bob Brookmeyer J.C. Higginbotham

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