In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Art D’Lugoff, owner of the Village Gate nightclub

As a young man, D’Lugoff drifted around the country holding an eclectic series of jobs, from driving a cab in Los Angeles, to serving as a tree surgeon’s assistant, and later a union organizer. When he returned to New York, he set out on a career as a concert promoter eventually buying his own venue. The Village Gate, though most often associated with jazz, was a general artistic hotbed that hosted actors, comedians, and musicians of all genres; D’Lugoff had a keen eye and ear for picking the acts the public would flock to see. The club closed it’s doors in 1994—a victim of skyrocketing rents in Manhattan.