In These Harlem Jazz Clubs, Musicians and Audience Became One

“You went for the scene,” said Gerald Cyrus, who spent the 1990s photographing Harlem’s jazz clubs and jam sessions. Then they went away.

Twenty-odd years ago, Gerald Cyrus wandered into a Monday night jam session at St. Nick’s Pub, a jazz club in Harlem. There he found a very different scene from the one downtown, where he had spent years taking photographs at the Village Vanguard and other spots.