Best Un-Landmarked Music Landmark (Midtown) (2008)

42 West 38th Street

Looking at the nondescript brown brick loft building at 42 West 38th Street, you'd never guess that anything earthshaking happened here, ever. But this is where, on the top floor, the Victor Talking Machine Company used to have one of its recording studios, and this is where, on February 26, 1917, five white kids from New Orleans made the very first jazz record: "Livery Stable Blues" b/w "Dixie Jass Band One Step," by the Original Dixieland Jass [sic] Band. Not the best, not the coolest, but the first. That's still gotta count for something.


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