CBS’s Bill Whitaker’s Harlem History Is The North Star Of His Journalism

Longtime CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker said journalists must remain free to “hear the dispossessed, free to challenge the status quo,” and “free to present truth to the powerful.” Continue Reading →

Craig Zadan, Neil Meron Developing Musical Event Series At Fox About Harlem’s Cotton Club

Fox is developing an event series about the Cotton Club, the hottest club in Harlem in the roaring ‘20s, Variety has learned. Continue Reading →

Alicia Keys, Seinfield, Koons And Others Celebrate Stella McCartney’s New Collection In Harlem

Harlem’s storied Cotton Club is an unusual site for a fashion show (the 125th Street incarnation celebrates its 40th anniversary this year—the original one opened in 1923), and Jerry Seinfeld is an unusual guest at one, but that is Stella McCartney‘s world. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Alicia Keys And Others Celebrate Stella McCartney Collection At The Cotton Club

“I could listen to this music all night,” Jerry Seinfeld said, soaking up the sounds of the jazz band at the Cotton Club, the site of Stella McCartney’s pre-fall 2017 presentation. Continue Reading →

“Drop Me Off In Harlem,” By Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington, 1933 ( Video)

Duke Ellington at the piano and Louis Armstrong on trumpet rehearse Leonard Feather's "Long, Long Journey" during a session at the RCA Victor recording studio in New York Jan. 12, 1946. (AP Photo)

“Drop Me Off in Harlem,” sang by Harlem legends Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington, composed by Duke Ellington, with lyrics written by Broadway columnist Nick Kenny in 1933. Continue Reading →

Cora La Redd, Harlem’s “Terpsichorean Riot,” -1968 (Video)

lora walker in harlemCora LaRedd, the brilliant Harlem singer and dancer of the 1920s and 1930s, known for her hard-hitting rhythm-tap style, was often announced as the “Terpsichorean riot.” Continue Reading →

Duke’s Belongings In His Sister’s Harlem Apartment Go Under The Hammer

3466F6DE00000578-3600155-image-m-89_1463713586132If Duke Ellington was the king of jazz, Harlem was his kingdom.

And on Wednesday, the neighborhood celebrated the music connoisseur with an auction of his most prized possessions – just a few blocks from the Cotton Bar where it all started in the 1920s. Continue Reading →

Harlem New Year’s Ball With Cab Calloway At The Cotton Club, 1937

American bandleader and singer Cab Calloway leads an orchestra during a New Year's Ball at the Cotton Club in New York, 1937.

Bandleader and singer extraordinaire Cab Calloway leads an orchestra during a New Year’s Ball at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, 1937. Continue Reading →

Harlem From Duke To The Cotton Club, 1930’s (video)

1930's harlemThis fantastic video showing bits of Harlem, the Cotton Club, street views and Duke Ellington in the 1930s was recently restored and uploaded by YouTuber Guy Jones. Continue Reading →

Hello, Jimi Hendrix London Apartment Opens To Public

_86348072_hendrix_houseJimi 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 historical buildings, the Renaissance, Cotton Club, the Lafayette Theater, Connie’s Inn, the Ubangi Club, the Audubon Ballroom, the Savoy Ballroom, the Harlem Opera House, Continue Reading →