Jimmie "Zoot Suit" Maddin, Inspiration for New Restaurant Opening in Cabo


Glendale, New York, where Jazz Clubs were smokin' in the 1940s. Glendale, not long after the Japanese surrendered to end World War II in September 1945, the city's streets were swinging with the sounds of jazz. With 82,000 residents, Glendale joined Hollywood, Central Avenue in Los Angeles and other regional hot spots as a major destination for those who wanted to hear the big bands in the years following the war.

Cozy clubs thick with smoke popped up on the landscape. Before long, the Silver Slipper, Melody Room, Round Robin, and Pike's Verdugo were all offering up jazz played by cool cats. Saxophonist Jimmie Maddin played in many of the clubs. The era is remembered as a time when the clubs were packed with eager audiences. The jazz scene was complemented with extremely talented musicians and people supported it!

Jimmie Maddin passed away in 2006 at the age of 68. He is adored and remembered by his family, friends and his only child Jimmy Maddin. In honor of his father's legacy, on Saturday, October 12, Jimmy Maddin had an exclusive private opening of JM Italian Steak House.

Now open to the public, tourists and locals may enjoy this wonderful dining experience. JM Italian Steak House offers an array of appetizers, including crab cakes, oysters rockefeller, tuna sashimi and antipasto. Salads include wedge salad which is complimented with blue cheese dressing and Caprese salad with delicious balsamic vinegar. They also serve pizza, and all pizza dough is made with extra virgin olive oil and they have many varieties to choose from.

Entrees consist of chicken, seafood or beef. Chicken Marsala, Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Angelo, as far as seafood, you may choose from Scottish Salmon, Branzino, tuna steak, lobster fra diva la, shrimp scampi, cioppino which is steamed clams, shrimp, mussels, served in an incredible broth. If you are a steak lover, Jimmy's Favorite, Steak Sinatra is highly recommended, It is seared filet of beef, onions, green peppers, artichoke hearts blanched off pasta, red wine, and garlic. In addition, there are incredible USDA prime cuts of meat including 12-ounce filet cut to order. And yes, JM Italian Steak House also has pasta dishes that Jimmy starting preparing when he was 10 years old. The pasta dishes are made from Grandmother Bella's scratch recipe with flour from Italy.

Most impressively you may view the memory wall of Mr. Jimmie Maddin, one of Los Angeles' most prolific and longest-running jazz-R&B stylists. Maddin arrived in Los Angeles' in 1947 to begin a staggering run as a musician, club owner, television personality and record producer. Although a stone jazz head, Maddin specialized in crazy, hopped-up rhythm and blues, first captured on 1950s “Boogie Boo,” where his gutsy, playful tenor sax and coolly detached vocal combined for an irresistibly charming sound. The fact that it featured Benny Carter, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Red Callendar didn’t hurt either.

Maddin made friends with mobsters Mickey Cohen who he said "was a wonderful guy,” movie stars like Jack Haley who gave Maddin his first guest TV shot, resulting in KTLA’s weekly Jimmie Maddin Show and John Carradine, and “all of Errol Flynn’s ex-wives.” He also flouted L.A.’s unwritten yet inviolate segregation law, using mixed bands, encouraging mixed audiences, and even duetting with Jeanette Baker on Johnny Otis’ TV show. The LAPD’s displeasure was often evident, but Maddin just kept on; his proto-rock & roll heat. You can check him out in the 1959 AIP flick Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow which opened doors for many. He later produced the Seeds’ first album Sky Saxon wrote “Pushin’ Too Hard” in Maddin’s car. An offbeat move typical of Maddin’s freewheeling methods. Maddin continued blowing his sweet, hot sound at his Capri Lounge overseeing a wild, unpredictable and perpetually swinging session. His goodhearted enthusiasm never faltered, and its loss is one all of Los Angeles mourned.

Jimmy Maddin, Jimmie's son, purchased the restaurant earlier this year from Tim Galluzzo of Salvatore G's Italian Restaurant. Jimmy renovated the restaurant and it is very warm, has an inviting feel, and you step back in time. JM Italian Steak House will offer an array of live music nightly; Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and relaxing background piano dinner music.

Jimmy Maddin was a renowned chef in Las Vegas for over 26 years and wants to bring a bit of Vegas to Cabo. In honor of his father's legacy, Jimmy will offer CDs of his father's band for a purchase price of $20.00 USD, of that amount he is donating $19.50 USD to restore and ship instrumental musical equipment from Hollywood, California. He will donate the equipment to local Mexican schools in need of instruments for their students. Jimmy's father's first saxophone was given to him, a purchase he could not afford, that gift changed his life. Jimmy wants to give back to the young local music students in hopes of inspiring them. JM Italian Steak House is located on Zapata St. just off Hidalgo, half a block down from La Dolce, one street west of Tesoro Resort and Hotel. Valet parking is available.