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The D'Lugoffs story - Avi Ohry, MD

In 1993, just before departing to a short sabbatical in New York City (a special program of the rehabilitation of brain injured people, at Long Island Jewish M.C.), a friend of mine who knew about my love to jazz music, gave me the phone number of his relative, Art D'Lugoff, the owner of The Village Gate jazz club in New York.

Upon landing in NYC, I called Mr. D'Lugoff, who first invited us for a lunch in a West Side restaurant.

In this picture, Art sits first on the right, Karin, my wife third on the right. I am third on the left and my brother Benny, forth on the left. Art invited us to a few unforgettable jazz events in his club, and told us his story: he was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, who opened his club in 1958 in the corner of Bleecker and Thompson Streets, at Greenwich Village. The best jazz musicians played there. He became a very influential impresario in NYC. He won the Paul Robeson Award in 1992.The club was closed down in 1994 and he died in 2009 aged 85. D'Lugoff's wife, Avital ( sits in between Art and Karin) , worked as a photographer. Margalit Fox published an obituary of Art in the NY Times on Nov. 6, 2009.

I haven't met Art's brother, who was a silent partner to his famous brother: Dr. Burton D'Lugoff. He was a retired internist and addiction specialist who was the former director of outpatient addiction services at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and a co-founder of the Village Gate nightclub in New York City. “While still a medical school student, Dr. D’Lugoff collaborated with his friend, Bob Nemeroff, a composer, and together they wrote “Cindy, Oh Cindy,” which became a hit for The Tarriers, a folk group, in 1956…. He and his brother, Art D’Lugoff, produced a benefit concert to help raise funds for Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer, who had been blacklisted in the late 1950s by the House Un-American Activities Committee. That concert, proved to be the inspiration for what became the Village Gate "( 1). , Burton Charles D’Lugoff was born also in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. After earning a bachelor’s degree from New York University, Burton worked as a reporter for the newspapers PM and The Compass."

Searching the Pubmed site for Burt, revealed that he had published ten articles, on: patient-practitioner agreement and outcome of care (2); addiction (3 ); hypertension (4); allergy (5 ); on teaching hospital (6).


2. Starfield B, Wray C, Hess K, Gross R, Birk PS, D'Lugoff BC. The influence of patient-practitioner agreement on outcome of care. Am J Public Health. 1981 ;71(2):127-31.

3. Hawthorne JW, Zabora JR, D'Lugoff BC. Out-patient detoxification of patients addicted to sedative-hypnotics and anxiolytics. Drug Alcohol Depend. 1982 ;9(2):143-51.

4. Glasgow MS, Engel BT, D'Lugoff BC. A controlled study of a standardized behavioral stepped treatment for hypertension. Psychosom Med. 1989 ;51(1):10-26.

5. Norman PS, Winkenwerder WL, D'Lugoff BC, Tignall J. Controlled evaluations of repository therapy in ragweed hay fever. J Allergy. 1967 ;39(2):82-92.

6. Schmidt CW Jr, Zieve PD, D'Lugoff BC. A practice plan in a municipal teaching hospital: a model for the funding of clinical faculty. N Engl J Med. 1981 ;304(5):263-9.

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