Coleman Hawkins, One Of The First Prominent Jazz Musicians In Harlem 1920’s

Coleman_HawkinsColeman Randolph Hawkins November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969, nicknamed Hawk and sometimes “Bean”, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. Berendt explained: “there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn”.  Continue Reading →

Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD At The Apollo Theater In Harlem

charlie parker miles davisIn 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 cultural events for the public at the legendary Theater as well as other community institutions. Continue Reading →

Harlem Man William James “Count” Basie 1904 – 1984 (video)

Count_Basie_in_Rhythm_and_Blues_RevueWilliam James “Count” Basie August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984, was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Continue Reading →

Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Children, Expands to Harlem

Jazz Aa Linclon Center WeBop Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell1Jazz at Lincoln Center’s popular early childhood education program, WeBop, continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with expansion to Harlem. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Harlem’s ‘Mary Lou Williams,’ A Film Presented By African Voices Magazine

mary lou williamsMary Lou Williams was a true Harlemite, who was jamming with McKinney’s Cotton Pickers at Harlem’s Rhythm Club. Louis Armstrong entered the room and paused to listen to her. Mary Lou shyly tells what presently happened: “Louis picked me up and kissed me.” Continue Reading →

5 Best Historic Spots In Harlem

1. Langston Hughes’ Harlem Brownstone

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One of the most prominent figures during the Harlem Renaissance, acclaimed poet and author Langston Hughes resided in his Harlem brownstone, which is located on 20. East 127th Street in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Lewisohn Stadium, Harlem, New York, 1915 (video)

Lewisohn Stadium was an amphitheater and athletic facility built on the campus of the City College of New York. It opened in 1915 and was demolished in 1973.Lewisohn Stadium was an amphitheater and athletic facility built on the campus of the City College of New York in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Connie’s Inn, Harlem, New York 1923

connies innConnie’s Inn was a Harlem, New York City nightclub established in 1923 by Conrad (Connie) Immerman in partnership with his brothers, George and Louie Immerman. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Camille A. Brown and Dancers- Mr. Tol E. RAncE

Camille Brown and Dancers 4 Christopher.DugganBy Walter Rutledge

Camille A. Brown and Dancers presented Mr. Tol E. RAncE at the Kitchen Tuesday, April 2 through Saturday, April 6. Continue Reading →