While temperatures are already blazing, summer doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday, June 21, the Summer Solstice.
Ella Fitzgerald wasn’t born in Harlem, but she thrived in Harlem from staring on Amateur Nights at the Apollo Theater, to performing at the the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.
This October, the Apollo Theater today announced some special additions to its lineup for 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella on Saturday, October 22nd, 2106, at 8 p.m, a special concert celebrating the centennial of Apollo Legend and the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald.
“Drop Me Off in Harlem” is a 1933 song composed by Duke Ellington, with lyrics written by Nick Kenny. A.H. Lawrence writes that the song originated from an off the cuff remark from Ellington.
Michael Jackson did, James Brown did, Lauryn Hill and Jimi Hendrix did, and so did the Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Prince. And, on Nov. 21, 1934, at 17 years old, Ella Fitzgerald did, too.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture today announced its 2017 Annual Women’s Jazz Festival honoring the centennial birthday of Ella Fitzgerald and her continued influence on the evolution of jazz.
The legendary Harlemite Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes (June 28, 1905 – September 26, 2001), was an African-American fashion designer and costumer based in Harlem who designed the original Playboy Bunny custome.
Norma Miller, born December 2, 1919 -, is a Lindy hop dancer known as the “Queen of Swing”.
Tony and Emmy Award-winning star of stage and screen [easyazon_link identifier=”B000002Z3C” locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Leslie Uggams[/easyazon_link] (Hallelujah, Baby! and The Leslie Uggams Show) has joined the ranks of Emmy TV Legend as a recent interviewee of the Archive of American Television.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the theater’s stage from November 29th – December 31st, 2017.
Dorothy Dandridge wearing the fabulous “Mermaid Gown” dress by Harlem designer to the stars Zelda Wynn Valdes. In 1948, Valdes opened her boutique, Chez Zelda, on Broadway and 158th Street, Harlem New York.
Harlem has always been a combination of high and low, from the 1920’s to the 1930’s Mae West made a name for herself on the Vaudeville circuit with plays as a connoisseur of Harlem culture.
The Harlem born Lillette Jenkins-Wisner dubbed Queen of the Keys, Lillette is an internationally renowned concert pianist and vocalist.
Patti Austin, born on the 10th August, 1950, is an American R&B, pop and jazz singer. Austin was born in Harlem, New York to Gordon Austin, a jazz trombonist, and Edna Austin and was raised in Bay Shore, New York on Long Island. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have referred to themselves as her godparents.
Artistic Director Robert Battle announces a variety of exciting happenings in connection with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Lincoln Center season at the David H. Koch Theater June 14 – 18, 2017.