Peacock Alley (jazz club)

Peacock Alley was one of St. Louis's most important jazz clubs in the 1950s.[2][3] It was located in the former Mill Creek Valley neighborhood at 2935 Lawton Boulevard (the street no longer exists).[2] It was close to Union Station, so it was favored among musicians due to the proximity.[2] The venue was initially opened in 1944 in the basement of Midtown Hotel as the Glass Bar.[2] In 1955, the Glass Bar was remodeled and renamed to Peacock Alley.[2][4] Some sources report that it was located in Gaslight Square, although this is incorrect.[5] It attracted performances from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, the Chet Baker Quartet, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach, Kai Winding, Art Blakey and many others.[2]

City Hospital #2 at 2945 Lawton Boulevard in 1920. The building was adjoined to Centenary Hospital, built in 1902; eventually, this building would be the Midtown Hotel which housed Peacock Alley.[1]

It closed in the 1960s.

See also


  • Miles and Me, Quincy Troupe.
  • City of the Gabriels: The Jazz History of St. Louis, Dennis Owsley.


  1. "OLD MEDICAL COLLEGE, HOSPITAL WILL BE RAZED". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 1960-11-18. p. 21.
  2. Olson, B.R. (2016). That St. Louis Thing, Vol. 2: An American Story of Roots, Rhythm and Race. Lulu Press, Incorporated. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-4834-5799-4. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  3. Owsley, D.; Terry, C.; Sheldon Art Galleries (2006). City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973. Reedy Press. p. 129. ISBN 978-1-933370-04-0. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  4. Owsley, Dennis (2014-07-25). "The Jazz History Of St. Louis-Part 4: The 1950s". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  5. Tremeear, J. (2011). Wicked St. Louis. Wicked. Arcadia Publishing Incorporated. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-61423-343-5. Retrieved 2018-05-12.