Three Nights of Live Music and Swing Dancing Celebrating the Life of Frankie Manning

Frankie manning dancer in harlem 1The Frankie Trifecta is a celebration of the centennial of dance legend Frankie Manning, the most celebrated Lindy Hop dancer in history.  Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Billie “Eleanora Fagan” Holiday

Billie Holiday Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Continue Reading →

HW Remix: Knocking on Harlem’s Door

harlem100726_560We thought this story by Chris Smith that orignally ran in the NYMagazine on November 3, 2010 would be informative as we head into the primary elections in June 2014.

It’s a campaign-kickoff rally straight out of the playbook: festive red-white-and-blue posters, lapel buttons featuring the smiling candidate, a soundtrack of upbeat and strenuously unobjectionable tunes. Continue Reading →

Glenn Caldwell “The King Of Harlem Hairdressers”, 1940-2005

25cityroom-barber1-blog480In 1983, Glenn Caldwell, a music teacher from Maryland, was playing saxophone in a South Carolina bar and began talking with a singer whose dapper outfit and slick hair seemed from a bygone era. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Renaissance Casino, 1924

Harlem Renassance BallroomThe Harlem Renaissance Ballroom opened in 1923. The casino was built by the black-owned Sarco Realty Company. The Ballroom at 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, quaked with the frenzied rhythms of the Lindy Hop. Continue Reading →

Fredericka Carolyn “Fredi” Washington, Harlem (video)

Fredi washingtonFredericka Carolyn “Fredi” Washington (December 23, 1903 – June 28, 1994) was an accomplished African American dramatic film actress, … 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 →

The Douglas Theater, Harlem, 1920

On 143rd Street and Lenox Avenue sat the Douglas Theater, depending on which of my sources is correct, either 600 or 2200 seats (which in 1935 expanded to 2300, which could indicate that an orchestra pit was covered over to add more seating). Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: Celebrating Matthew Rushing

By Walter Rutledge

60802435On Tuesday, December 17, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presented Celebrating Matthew Rushing an evening of dance honoring Mathew Rushing’s twenty-year association with the company.  Continue Reading →