Linton’s Restaurant

Linton’s was a 24-hour diner located on the “Golden Strip.” After their gigs, jazz musicians would gather here and sometimes hold jam sessions. In an interview with All About Jazz, Jymie Merritt recalled:

AAJ: That sounds like great fun and very productive at the same time. Another general location at around the same time, as I understand it, was on Columbia Avenue [now Cecil B. Moore Boulevard- eds.] in North Philadelphia near Temple University. There was a restaurant called Linton’s.

JM: Oh, yeah. Right on Broad Street off Columbia Avenue.

AAJ: Yes, exactly. And were you involved with the guys who used to gather there?

JM: Yeah. I used to eat there. And when we’d finish eating, we’d leave a tip. And then Philly Joe [Jones] would go around and collect the money for himself as we went out the door. [laughter]

AAJ: So he’d keep the tips!

JM: He was really ingenious.

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