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. 

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

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)

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. 

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

On September 5th, 1969, Jimi Hendrix with the Gypsy Sun & Rainbows band performed outside 139th Street and Lenox Avenue at the United Block Association Benefit concert in Harlem, New York.

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

By Lil Nickelson The Harlem Swing Dance Society (“THSDS”) is leading a dance renaissance in Harlem, the birth place of the lindy hop and swing. 

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 →

Dancers Celebrate Harlem’s Frankie “Ambassador of Lindy Hop” Mannings 100th Birthday

This weekend, over 2,000 swing dancers from at least 50 different countries descend on Harlem, New York to celebrate the 100th birthday of the late Harlem dancer Frankie Manning, known Continue Reading →

Three Nights of Live Music and Swing Dancing Celebrating the Life of Frankie Manning

The Frankie Trifecta is a celebration of the centennial of dance legend Frankie Manning, the most celebrated Lindy Hop dancer in history. 

Harlem’s Frankie Manning

Frankie Manning (May 26, 1914 – April 27, 2009) was an American dancer, instructor and choreographer. Manning is considered one of the founding fathers of the Lindy Hop.

The Harlem Globetrotters, A Game Of ‘Reems’ And Equality

A long time has passed since the first teams were formed by athletic clubs in the 1920s, but basketball still occupies a prominent place amongst Harlem’s entertainments.