Introducing Jazz Night at Fairway Market Cafe in Harlem

image003Come enjoy great food and music at Jazz Night at the Fairway Market Café (2127 Broadway) every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 to 9pm starting Wednesday, June 18th. Continue Reading →

Open House Weekend An Apollo 80th Anniversary Celebration

Shirley Caesar 3 300 dpiIn celebration of African-American History Month and our 80th Anniversary, the Apollo Theater will open its doors for a Free Weekend to give visitors an understanding of our rich history, a preview of our future activities, and an honoring of a few of the “family members” that have helped us get to this point.  Continue Reading →

“King” George Clemons in Harlem, 1966

king george2“King” George Clemons grew up in Virginia. During the 60’s he moved up to New York and started singing in clubs in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Ella Fitzgerald Debuts At Amateur Night at the Apollo, Nov. 21, 1934

042412-national-this-day-black-history-ella-fitzgeraldMichael Jackson did, James Brown did, Lauryn Hill and Jimi Hendrix did, and so did the Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Prince. And, on Nov. 21, 1934, at 17 years old, Ella Fitzgerald did, too. Continue Reading →

Jimi Hendrix in Harlem, 1965 (video)

After Jimi Hendrix’s discharge from the army, he earned his living as a traveling musician on the so-called Chitlin’ Circuit—the circuit of venues throughout the segregated South that booked black musicians. Continue Reading →

Palm Cafe, Central Harlem, 1949

563054_429494113744884_1108206783_nThe Palm Cafe at 209 West 125th Street. The palm was a one of the most well known jazz establishment in Harlem. The photo from 1949 shows the semi-circular awning of the cafe and one can barely make out “Palm Cafe” printed at its circumference. Continue Reading →

Palm Cafe, 1950 in Harlem

The Palm Cafe at 209 West 125th Street. The palm was a one of the most well known jazz establishment in Harlem. Continue Reading →