“Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, And Madness,” The Book That’s Inspiring A Movie

Here’s the book Deconstructing Sammy, that inspired Byron Allen to aqiure the rights to film the life story of Harlem’s Sammy Davis Jr. Continue Reading →

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Well’s Restaurant In Harlem, The Best Chicken And Waffles In The World 1938-1982

Wells Restaurant (to those in the know it was “Wells” and “Wells Supper Club”), was generally regarded as the home of the best chicken and waffles in the world on (Seventh Avenue, now re-named) Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between 132nd and 133rd Streets in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s ‘Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,’ Film Review

The Hollywood Reports that reports that Director Sam Pollard dives into the 60 years of show business career of the iconic entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., for American Masters. Continue Reading →

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Fabulous Harlem Legend Leslie Uggams Named Emmy TV Legend (Video)

Tony and Emmy Award-winning star of stage and screen [easyazon_link identifier=”B000002Z3C” locale=”US” tag=”harlemworld-20″]Leslie Uggams[/easyazon_link] (Hallelujah, Baby! and The Leslie Uggams Show) has joined the ranks of Emmy TV Legend as a recent interviewee of the Archive of American Television. Continue Reading →

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10th Great Jazz On The Great Hill In Harlem

Bring a picnic blanket, snacks, and dancing shoes for the fun event! Co-presented with Jazzmoibile, the 10th Great Jazz on the Great Hill features live music and swing dancing in a beautiful park setting. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s “Queen Of The Keys” Lillette Jenkins-Wisner (Video)

The Harlem born Lillette Jenkins-Wisner dubbed Queen of the Keys, Lillette is an internationally renowned concert pianist and vocalist. Continue Reading →

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Harlem Lyricist, The Legendary Mack Gordon, 1904 – 1959

Mack Gordon (right), born Morris Gittler, June 21, 1904 – February 28, 1959, was an American composer and lyricist of songs for the stage and film. Continue Reading →

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Harlem Fave Maurice Hines Is “Tappin Thru Life” With The DIVA Jazz Orchestra

maurice-hines1With tap dancer, vocalist and Harlem native Maurice Hines (above left), music director and drummer Sherrie Maricle, pianist Jackie Warren, bassist Amy Shook, alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino, tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss, baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, lead trumpeter Liesl Whitaker, trumpeter Jami Dauber, and trombonist Sara Jacovino. Continue Reading →

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Welcome To Rao’s, New York’s Most Exclusive Restaurant In Harlem

raos-harlem-restaurantWhen Frank Pellegrino Sr. walked into Rao’s on a Tuesday night recently, wearing a black blazer, white shirt, gray slacks, gold bracelet, and signet ring, he led with his black velvet smoking slippers. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Lorenz Milton “Rodgers And” Hart 1895 – 1943

Lorenz Hart from harlemLorenz Milton Hart (May 2, 1895 – November 22, 1943) was the lyricist half of the Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Allan Harris And Others Celebrate Frank Sinatra

allan-harris-in-harlem1Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to celebrate the centennial of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra with Family Concert: Who Is Frank Sinatra? The concert takes place on Saturday, February 6 at 1pm & 3pm with Harlemite Allan Harris and others at Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York. Continue Reading →

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Patsy’s The Best Pizza In Harlem

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“Best pizza I have ever had, and this is saying a lot coming from a native New Yorker. Amazing. I have never had a pizza so thin, it truly is paper thin. However, it compensates for its thickness with its taste…. Continue Reading →

Harlem Fave Sinatra At 100 At Symphony Space

frank sinatra1Even though Frank Sinatra was not a Harlemite he visited Harlem often, eating pizza at Patsy’s, he hung out at Sugar Ray Robinson’s Eatery on 136th Street, danced with Harlemite Alice Barker and much more. Continue Reading →

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102 Year Old Harlem Renaissance Dancer, Watches Video Of Herself Dancing For The 1st Time (video)

dance in harlem renaissanceDavid Shuff and Mark Cantor, both from the Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive, found the old footage that had been filed under the name “Barker.” Continue Reading →

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Sugar Ray Robinson In Harlem, 1940’s

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The New York Times published a piece on Sugar Ray Robinson and his glory days in Harlem. And the UpTownFlavor ran this piece, so we thought it might be cool to look back over some Sugar Ray’s favorite places to hang out in Harlem. Continue Reading →