Natalie’s Lounge

Daniel Rubin, a staff writer with the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote:

Natalie’s has been going for more than 60 years, since it was just another light in a constellation that included the Powelton Bar & Club, the Click, the 421 Club, Treys, the Downbeat, Peps, and so on.

Coltrane played here. So did Hank Mobley, Tony Williams, Johnny Coles, Shirley Scott, Philly Joe Jones, Sam Reed, Mickey Roker, and Grover Washington Jr. Drummer Lex Humphries lived across the street and served as music director. Now the job belongs to Lucky Thompson, who has run the weekly jam sessions for seven years.