Orson Wells ‘Macbeth’, Lafayette Theater, Harlem, 1936 (video)

VoodooMacbethFor days, Harlem residents strolling anywhere between Lexington Avenue and Broadway from 125th to 140th Streets had seen the word “Macbeth” for Orson Wells stenciled in glowing paint at every corner.
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Vivian Harris, the Voice of the Apollo Theater (video)

vivian harris harlem ownVivian Harris, the woman known as the ‘voice of the Apollo’ for her long association with the famous Harlem theatre. Continue Reading →

Fats Waller On The Keys In Harlem

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Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an influential jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, and whose best-known compositions, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose”, were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame posthumously, in 1984 and 1999. Continue Reading →