barbes08.jpegThe UTNE Reader takes a look at New York's jazz scene in their latest issue, and more specifically how the epicenter has shifted from Manhattan to Brooklyn. They recall that back in the day "the music especially thrived in areas where crime and abandoned buildings kept the cost of living low for artists like Charlie Parker, who rented an apartment at 151 Avenue B." So where can one find the best live jazz now, without shelling out the big bucks? Their answer is the not quite crime-laden, and not so inexpensive neighborhood of Park Slope. Specifically they point readers towards Tea Lounge (on Union Street) and Barbès (on Ninth Street). While aware that jazz has existed in the borough for decades, they note "this new crop of performance spaces, record labels, and jazz-oriented artist collectives" is making it all legit and reputable. [via Brooklyn Paper]