in memoriam



Squat Theatre Nightclub - Concert Chronology 1979-1981
Year/ Event/ Date/ Notes

Compiled and annotated by Rafael Sa'adah (who was called Aaron at that time, and out of sheer enthusiasm worked as a DJ at the Squat club); he compiled the chronology based on his notes and library research (last updated 12/21/04)
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1980 1981

In memoriam:

Musicians and others associated with the Squat Rock Blues & Jazz Theatre who have passed away

Martin Fischer Keyboardist with Defunkt and the Futants, and a friend to Squat > East Village Eye [ x ]

Martin Fischer obituary in the East Village Eye, April 1980

George Scott III Bass player for John Cale, the Contortions, 8 Eyed Spy, and the Raybeats

Alan Gowen Keyboardist with National Health

Anya Phillips Manager and partner of James Chance

J.B. Hutto Leader of J.B. Hutto and the Hawks

Nico (Christa Paffgen) Our friend

Charlie Rouse Saxophonist for Thelonious Monk, performed at Squat with his own band, Cinnamon Flower

Reverend Frank Wright Expatriate free jazz saxophonist, recorded with Albert Ayler, performed at Squat

Richard Sohl Keyboardist for the Patti Smith Group, performed at Squat with Lenny Kaye

Philip Wilson Drummer for Butterfield Blues Band and many others, performed at Squat with his own band, Magic

Left Hand Frank Craig Blues guitarist and one of our most frequent performers

June Tyson Vocalist with the Sun Ra Arkestra

Sun Ra Leader of the Arkestra

Miguel (Mik) Ortiz Lead vocalist with Noise 'R' Us and a good friend to Squat

Steve McCall Free jazz drummer and member of Air, performed at Squat as one of our "Jazz All Stars"

Sunnyland Slim Performed on opening night at Squat

Johny Copeland Performed on opening night at Squat

James Jackson, Jr. Member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, his performances on a large drum he made by hand from a tree trunk were always a highlight of the show

Robert Palmer Music critic for the New York Times and a supporter of the club

Denis Charles Free jazz drummer, performed at Squat with Saheb Sarbib

Dorothy Donegan Legendary Chicago jazz pianist, performed at Squat as a guest of Sun Ra

Lester Bowie Member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, brother of Joe and Byron Bowie

Frank Lowe Free jazz saxophonist

Winston (the Lion) Grennan Legendary reggae drummer, member of Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Steve Lacy Friend and mentor to our club manager Janos Gat


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