Nat And Maria Cole, The Wedding Of The Century In Harlem, 1948

They were dressed to the nines!  After all, it was Sunday in Harlem.  Harlemites were known to dress their best, in the finest materials, and in the latest of styles for the Sunday afternoon fashion parades on the avenues.  Continue Reading →

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New Harlem’s Allan Harris CD-Eddie Jefferson 100 Yrs.

With his gruff, gravelly voice, his penchant for hep cat diction, and the serpentine bebop turns of his vocalese creations, the late Eddie Jefferson might not seem the ideal match for a classic romantic crooner like Harlem Allan Harris. Continue Reading →

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Ida “The Shoo Shoo Baby” James, Harlem, 1950’s (Video)

ida-jamesIda Mae James was born in 1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. Ida’s mother taught her how to sing, she travel the country doing amateur night shows until she was discovered on the Radio Kiddie Hour in Philadelphia, PA. Continue Reading →

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Harlem Fave Gregory “On My Way To Harlem” Porter Talks At Build

We loved Gregory Porters On My Way To Harlem,” the two-time Grammy-winning vocalist Gregory Porter’s 3rd Blue Note album, “Nat ‘King Cole’ & Me,” is a heartfelt tribute to his idol, the legendary singer, pianist and Capitol recording artist Nat King Cole. Continue Reading →

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Harlem’s Allan Harris At Smoke Jazz Club In Harlem

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Harlem based Allan Harris, a world-class vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, returns to Smoke in support of his latest album Nobody’s Gonna Love You Better: Black Bar Jukebox Redux. Continue Reading →

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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Lady Gaga Visits LGBT Homeless Shelter In Harlem

lady-gaga-in-harlemLady Gaga’s new album Joanne was hailed as the singer’s most personal work to date upon its release in October; now, the “Million Reasons” singer has given fans an even deeper glimpse into her life during a powerful segment on NBC’s TodayContinue Reading →

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HW Pick: Jazz at Lincoln Center Honors America’s Timeless Vocalists

Ray Charles and nat king cole1On Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, Jazz at Lincoln Center will celebrate the timeless artistry of some of the most beloved vocalists and composers in American history. Continue Reading →

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Lee Daniels To Direct Harlem’s Apollo Theater Doc

lee-daniels-empire-premiere-la-2015-billboard-650Lee Daniels is set to direct The Apollo Film Project, an authorized documentary chronicling the history of the famed theater in Harlem, White Horse Pictures announced Thursday. Continue Reading →

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“Harlem Blues” Nat King Cole, 1958 (video)

Nat_King_Cole_(Gottlieb_01511)Today TimeOut New York selected Nate King Cole’s “Harlem Blues” number #41 on their list of The 100 best NYC Songs list. As far as we’re concerned, Nate King Coles “Harlem Blues” is numbero uno in our book – especially if they get married in Harlem.

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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 →