The no-cover daytime jazz club EZ's Woodshed in Harlem is closing after two and a half years. Its owner, Gordon Palotnick, took a quixotic stab at sustaining the music that is identified with Harlem. Instead of a smoky late-night club, Palotnick opened a weekdays-only, daytime juke joint that only served soft drinks; and he didn't charge a hefty cover charge either. Despite his best efforts--immersing himself in hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and going out himself to get takeout food for customers--Polatnick had to close EZ's Woodshed on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. He is unrepentant about his failure and content in the happiness that his short-lived venture provided him.
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