Harlem’s Earl ‘Snakehips’ Tucker (video)

Earl “Snakehips” Tucker (1905 – 1937) became known as the “Human Boa Constrictor” after the dance he popularized in Harlem in the 1920s called the “snakehips (Dance)“. Continue Reading →

133rd Street, Harlem, 1920′s (video)

Thirteen.org just took a trip to 133rd Street in Harlem for their City Concealed series, and below is their video on the early Jazz scene there. Continue Reading →

Apollo Holds Auditions for 2013 Amateur Night Season

Since the legendary Apollo Theater opened in 1934, its signature live show, Amateur Night, has been a definitive career-making opportunity for new talent. Continue Reading →

Congrats to the Apollo Theater for Winning a National Trust for Historic Preservation Award 2012

We congratulate the Apollo Theater announced today that it is one of 16 historic New York City locations that received a preservation grant as part of the Partners in Preservation competition… Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Sistas the Musical

By Walter Rutledge

A fun evening of music and the inspirational power of family was had by all at Sistas the Musical last Thursday. The musical is now running off-Broadway at the St. Luke Theatre (308 West 46th Street) on Thursday at 7 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday at 4:30pm. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Amateur Night Returns to the Apollo

By Walter Rutledge

The legendary Apollo Theater, located at 253 west 125th Street ,will begin a new season of its signature program, Amateur Night. Dubbed the world’s most famous and enduring amateur talent competition, Amateur Night returns to the Apollo stage on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7:30pm. Continue Reading →

Harlem Jazz Museum Acquires Trove By Greats

For decades jazz cognoscenti have talked reverently of “the Savory Collection.” Recorded from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s by an audio engineer named William Savory, it was known to include extended live performances by some of the most honored names in jazz — but only a handful of people had ever heard even the smallest fraction of that music, adding to its mystique. Continue Reading →