Richard Huey’s Aunt Dinah’s Kitchen In Harlem NY 1940’s

b7f317c22c3ba5820ab4d5ff3d488eb5Times Square has its Sardi’s. But for Harlem‘s theater folk in the 1930s and 1940s, Broadway star Richard Huey’s restaurant called Aunt Dinah’s Kitchen was the joint most relished. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Historic Benta’s Funeral Home Diversifies Its Services

bentas with Jason-BentaSome of New York’s more successful mortuary families from Harlem to Hollis have adapted their approach to funerals and diversified their business holdings. Continue Reading →

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Book By Roxanne Orgill

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In this picture book Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill, it is aimed at kids age 8 and up, Orgill recounts the history of jazz through a couple of dozen poems — each accompanied by beautiful and happy drawings by Detroit artist Francis Vallejo. Continue Reading →

Count Basie And His Band Live At The Apollo Theater Harlem 1948 (video)

count basie band at the apollo theater in harlem

The guys are swinging on this clip of Count Basie (who lived in Harlem) taped live with Clark Terry (Trumpet) Buddy De Franco (Clatrinet) and Wardell Grey (Tenor Sax) at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, between 1948 and 1950. Continue Reading →

Live At Gin Fizz Harlem With SOUL UNDERSTATED

slow gin fixx harlemFollowing a phenomenal summer tour schedule throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including performing at renown festivals such as the Toronto Jazz Festival opening for Al Jarreau and acclaimed venues like the Blue Note, SOUL UNDERSTATED (SU) continues to give it’s fans fierce soul stylings with a new monthly residency at Gin Fizz Harlem. Continue Reading →

Jodie Watley, Harlem Renaissance Orchestra Come to Lincoln Center

JodyWatley (2)The 27th season of New York’s greatest outdoor dance party – Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing – takes over the open-air ballroom in Damrosch Park (West 62nd Street between Columbus &; Amsterdam) from Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, July 11.   Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Mercedes (Carmen) McRae, 1920


April 8, 1920 Mercedes McRae, jazz singer, composer, pianist and actress, was born in Harlem, New York. McRae began studying the piano at eight. Continue Reading →

The Savoy Ballroom, Harlem, New York, 1930

the savoyThe 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.  Continue Reading →

Interview: Harlem Lover Tia Fuller

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Beautiful music, from a talented artist, the Harlem lover releases her latest album Angelic Warrior this month. The veteran pauses to reflect on working with Beyonce’, Esperanza Spaulding, her fave thing to do in Harlem and teaching at a Catholic school. Continue Reading →