The Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, New York, 1930

The Savoy Ballroom was a large ballroom for music and public dancing located at 596 Lenox Avenue, between 140th and 141st Streets in Harlem, New York City.  Support Harlem World Continue Reading →

Jimi Hendrix At The United Block Association Benefit Concert In Harlem 1969 (video)

Support Harlem World Magazine, free since 2003. Thank you. __________ On September 5th, 1969, Jimi Hendrix with the Gypsy Sun & Rainbows band performed outside 139th Street and Lenox Avenue at the United Block Association Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Norma “Queen Of Swing” Miller, 1919 – (Video)

Support Harlem World Magazine, free since 2003. Thank you. __________ Norma Miller, born December 2, 1919 -, is a Lindy hop dancer known as the “Queen of Swing”.

Herbert “Whitey” White Exported The Lindy Hop From Harlem To The World (Video)

Herbert “Whitey” White (that’s him above in the white tie and white streak in his hair), a former bouncer (and ex-prize fighter) at the [easyazon_link identifier=”0813035171″ locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Savoy Ballroom[/easyazon_link] exported Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Ella Fitzgerald Sings Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ In Berlin 1968 (video)

Support Harlem World Magazine, free since 2003. Thank you. __________ Ella Fitzgerald wasn’t born in Harlem, but she thrived in Harlem from staring on Amateur Nights at the Apollo Theater, Continue Reading →

The Harlem Swing Dance Society: Promoting The Lindy Hop in Harlem

By Lil Nickelson Support Harlem World Magazine, free since 2003. Thank you. __________ The Harlem Swing Dance Society (“THSDS”) is leading a dance renaissance in Harlem, the birth place of Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Ruby Bailey, A Fashion Pioneer NY 1912 – 2003

Ruby Bailey was born in Bermuda in 1905 and arrived in the United States in 1912 with her mother and sister. She lived in Harlem until her death in 2003 Continue Reading →

Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD At The Apollo Theater In Harlem

In anticipation of the New York premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, a co-production between the Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia, the Apollo has announced today that it will offer related Continue Reading →

Hello, Jimi Hendrix London Apartment Opens To Public

Jimi Hendrix spent many years in Harlem at the Palm Cafe, the Apollo Theater and many more venues. As some of you may know Harlem has had a number of Continue Reading →

In A Dance Class Harlem’s Rangel Sits And Reflects

In 1950s Harlem on a Sunday afternoon, Alma Carter arrived at the Savoy Ballroom in a mauve-colored strapless ball gown. “I wore a tiara with diamonds,” she said, quickly adding, Continue Reading →

Harlem History

The original settlers of Harlem were the Wecksquaesgeek Indians, who raised corn and tobacco, and called their land Quinnahung, or Planting Neck. The Weckquaesgeek tribe, was a subset of the Continue Reading →

Harlem Singer, Dancer, And Female Impersonator Henry “Rubberlegs” Williams (Video)

Henry “Rubberlegs” Williams, July 14, 1907 – October 17, 1962, was an American blues and jazz singer, dancer and occasional female impersonator. Support Harlem World Magazine, free since 2003. Thank you. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Jessie Waddell, Founder Of The West Indian Carnival, NY 1920’s

Many slaves brought the tradition of African outdoor ceremonies to the Caribbean. However, once enslaved, they were prohibited from holding public celebrations despite their slaveholders’ engagement in street parades like Continue Reading →

Harlem Man William James “Count” Basie 1904 – 1984 (video)

William James “Count” Basie August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984, was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing Continue Reading →