‘Lady Day,’ Billie Holiday Signed By Al Hirschfield, 1930’s

billie holdiay print by hershfieldA wonderful Billie Holiday ink drawing, titled “Lady Day,” (she also use the nickname the “Prez”), it is hand signed by illustrator extraordinaire Al Hirschfeld.  Continue Reading →

Billie Holiday’s Upper West Side Home For $12.95M

200381497NY Curbed reports that you don’t have to be able to sing your heart out to own the former Upper West Side home of jazz great Harlem fave Billie Holiday, but you will need more than twice as much as you would have six years ago. Continue Reading →

Souleo: Meet the Unforgetable Personalities Of Harlem’s Iconic, Paris Blues Bar

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While the jazz-fueled heyday of the Harlem Renaissance era has long since played its last note, there are a few places in the historic ‘Black Mecca’ that continue to honor its legacy amid rapid gentrification.

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Apollo Theater Announces New Hologram Initiative

apollo theater signThe Apollo Theater announced today that it will expand its daytime programming that celebrates the iconic Theater’s legacy and enduring impact. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Diana Ross’s New Love Tour At NJPAC

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First it was Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, now its Diva Diana Ross, can the fall get any better? by The legendary Diana Ross returns to New Jersey on Wednesday, September 16 as a part of her In The Name of Love Tour. Tickets are on sale now.
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Watch Four Live Performances By Harlem’s Billie Holiday

Billie_HolidayBillie Holiday’s name has been in the news lately for some reasons that remind us of the tragedies she sang about and those she endured. First, there was the story of the rather appallingly tone-deaf PR firm who thought one of Holiday’s most well-known recordings, “Strange Fruit”—a song about lynching—would make a great name for their brand. Continue Reading →

Apollo Theater Partners with Jazz Musician Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

apollo partner with louisanaThe Apollo Theater announced today its new artistic partnership with renowned jazz musician Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which will include a range of major contemporary annual themed events and programs that will celebrate the origins of jazz, the continued innovations within the genre and build a younger audience for the art form. Continue Reading →

Billie Holiday Sings ‘Strange Fruit,’ Harlem, 1939 (audio)

Billie_HolidayStrange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday (lived in Harlem during this time), who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Continue Reading →

Leonard Harper, Harlem, New York 1925

leonard harper in harlem1Leonard Harper (born April 9, 1899 in Birmingham, Alabama- died February 4, 1943, Harlem, New York) was a producer /stager/ choreographer in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Ellsworth Raymond “Bumpy” Johnson

640px-BumpyJohnsonAlcatrazPrisonCroppedEllsworth Raymond Johnson (October 31, 1905 – July 7, 1968) — known as “Bumpy” Johnson — was an American mob boss and bookmaker in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Continue Reading →