The Record Collection

Pepper Adams: The Little Vienna (1960)

Soundboard recording

Track list:

01 – Bluesology
02 – Scrapple from the Apple
03 – What’s New
04 – Zec
05 – Woody ‘n’ You


Pepper Adams – sax
Keith White – piano
Stan Zadak – bass
Billy Barwick – drums

Recorded: Little Vienna Restaurant, Montreal, QC, Canada; May 13, 1960.

1481 Stanley St.

May 6-8: Montreal: Gig at the Little Vienna with Keith White.
May 13-15: Montreal: Return engagement at the Little Vienna with Keith White (p), Stan Zadak (b), and Billy Barwick (d).
On the 14th Toots Thielemans sits in on harmonica and Adams and Thielemans do cigarette comedy routines.


The Little Vienna:

Stanley Street, in the early sixties, was my very favourite street in all of Montreal. It was lined on one side with coffee shops and European restaurants.

The back door of Sir George Williams University opened on to the street next door to the Stanley Tavern.

Across the street was The Little Vienna Restaurant ā€“ a really good, 50 seat, no compromise Viennese establishment owned by Mr. (Fred) Nash.

Mr. Nash was a short, jolly restaurateur from Vienna. He had a quick smile and a pleasant word for everyone entering his premises.

He was a competent entrepreneur with a heart of gold ā€“ a combination that usually has a short shelf life.

His potato soup was to die for, and word of mouth made his restaurant a favourite for jet setters and business people from Germany and Scandinavia.
—Rene Thomas (via