The Red Arrow Jazz Club was a venue, specializing in Dixieland, that existed from 1951
until mid 1960. It was located in Stickney, Illinois, just Southwest of Chicago, and
West of the "sleepy" town of Cicero. From 1959 until 1962 it was the largest privately owned jazz venue
under roof in the Chicago area. It seated over 350 and often had "standing room
only" audiences during special concerts. It was the brainchild of Otto J. Kubik
Sr., my father.
The Red Arrow was once described as:
"a landmark not only in the history of jazz, but in the pages of
Chicago history. Once a meeting place for big-time mobsters and their
ladies, it was also one of the real roarers of the Roarin' Twenties.
Over the years it has mellowed into an extremely hospitable place where
informality is the keyword and Jazz is STILL King."
These web pages chronicle the history and performers. I grew up, listening to
these performers and wish I could share the warmth of their sounds of music with you as well. We
have a limited number of short "clips" here to help give a feeling
of being there. These are very limited in length and
content. Unfortunately you'll have to rely on personal recordings and
memory to really go back.
Otto J Kubik