E is for Eleven. Thursday was the wedding anniversary of myself and the manservant; eleven years of wedded bliss. Well, maybe not all the time “bliss” but certainly 11 years.
E also stands for Excuse… now as most of you know I don’t need much of an excuse to enjoy a drink or two. So eleven plus excuse equaled a Thursday night out.
We went to Bohemian Caverns to see The Pharaoh Sanders Quartet (Pharaoh – tenor sax; William Henderson – piano; Ira Coleman – bass; Joe Farnsworth – drums)
Bohemian Caverns started out in 1926 as the Club Caverns in the basement of a drugstore. In the 1950’s the name was changed to Crystal Caverns and later to Bohemian Caverns.
The club closed down in September 1968 when civil disturbances after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination led to a loss of business.
It reopened in 1999 as the U- Street corridor redeveloped.
During its life the club has hosted Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk… the list goes on and, actually, the last time Pharaoh played here was with John Coltrane!!
I felt that I could just reach out and touch him: