A Facebook post made by the Jazz club on May 10 said that they needed to make $1,000 by Wednesday (May 15) in order to stay in business. They didn't go into detail at the time, but after creating the donation account, club owner Zarleen Watts explained their situation.
"Schwartz's Point Jazz Club is in need of funds to pay various bills that all came at the same time after we had to replace the furnace recently. All bills are due by mid-May," the post reads. "We so appreciate any help and please continue to support the Point by joining us regularly. We are family-owned and operated. The family doesn't get any compensation, except some tips occasionally. All funds will go towards keeping this little Jazz club open."
As of now, donations for the GoFundMe have surpassed the $1,000 goal.
Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club occupies the lower half of the faux-stone and plaster, not-quite-Flatiron building that sits on the north end of the five-way intersection at Vine Street and West McMicken Avenue, just north of Findlay Market. If you’ve driven up Vine from Over-the-Rhine to the area around the University of Cincinnati, you’ve probably seen it.
Though low-key, Schwartz’s Point is everything a Jazz club should be — intimate, warm, funky and comfortable. Schwartz’s Point was designed to emulate the small back-alley Jazz clubs of Paris, clubs where owner and founder Ed Moss (who passed away in 2016) played in his youth. Schwartz’s features a variety of Jazz and is open Thursday through Saturday.
In a 2013 interview with Moss, he called the club and its uniquely triangular listening room “an incredibly hip acoustic situation. There is no bounce and it all works, it doesn’t matter if it’s solo, trio or orchestra. The place is designed for music.”
Moss' daughter Zarleen inherited the club and has poured a lot of time and love into Schwartz's Point and expanded the food offerings on the menu.
While the current financial goals have been met, the community's presence is still necessary to continue the club's legacy.
Schwartz's Point Jazz & Acoustic Club, 1901 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine.
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