Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington 1889-1974 (video)

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Duke Ellington, Cotton Club, 1930′s

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Continue Reading →

Harlem Renaissance’s Anise Boyer, 1930′s

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“… the cutest brown skin girl in Harlem.” – Walter Winchell 

Pretty as a picture Anise Boyer went from being Harlem’s most popular chorine to becoming apart of America’s number one dance team Anise and Aland in the glorious Harlem era in the 1930s. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Isabel Washington

isabel washingtonIsabel Washington, was born in Savannah, Ga.,. Isabel and her sister Fredi Washington became popular performers during the Harlem renaissance in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Ginny’s Salon Series: After Midnight Moderated By Marcus Samuelsson

"After Midnight" Day Light Savings Time ReminderThe event will feature a panel discussion with Tony-nominated Director and Choreographer Warren Carlyle; Best Featured Actress nominee Adriane Lenox; and Best Costume Designer nominee Isabel Toledo of the 7-time Tony nominated Broadway musical, After Midnight.  Continue Reading →

Woody Allen’s Harlem Renaissance, Not In Black And White

scarlettjohansson_woodyallen-e1309615363784First of all before we talk about the Wood mans art. What is he looking at in the photo above, Scarlett Johansson’s Jewelry (cough, cough) or those things on each side of the jewelry? Continue Reading →

James Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford, 1940-1972 (video)

James Melvin “Jimmie” LuncefordJames Melvin “Jimmie” Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era. Continue Reading →

Up the Book Staircase (‘Paris Blues Revisited’)

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Albert Murray, acclaimed essayist and author of several novels including Train. Whistle. Guitar has those floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that loom over you, hinting at timelessness. My acquaintance with his famed Harlem apartment is secondhand, but I’ve seen those shelves. Continue Reading →

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 →

Harlem Fish Market, 1920′s