Hazel The “Darling of Café Society” Scott, 1920 – 1981 (video)

Hazel-Scott-James-J-Kriegsmann_0Hazel The “Darling of Café Society” Scott, (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981). She was called the “Darling of Café Society” back in 1939 when New York City was alive with the sounds of swing. A sexy siren sitting bare-shouldered at the piano, Hazel Scott captivated audiences with her renditions of classical masterpieces by Chopin, Bach and Rachmaninoff. Continue Reading →

Apollo Club Harlem Returns

Apollo TheaterBy Walter Rutledge

Apollo Club Harlem returned to the Apollo Theater for four performances Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, February 23, 2014. The evening consisted of a pre-show musical interlude by pianist Isaac Ben Ayala, a lively revue and post show dancing on stage for orchestra patrons. Continue Reading →

James Gavin’s ‘Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne’ in Harlem

tod story on gavin at newshourBy Tod Roulette

This is February and Black History Month is half done, but there are so many stories and facts to uncover about African Americans and our history. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: ‘Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne’ By James Gavin

lena-horneHere’s a great pick by HW contributor Todd Roulette. It’s James Gavin, author and journalist most recent book, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, 2009). Continue Reading →

Apollo Theatre Handbill, Harlem 1953

$(KGrHqZ!lYE8FV4bhCNBPHssjrg0g~~60_57Here is a great two sided, blue ink on white paper handbill from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, in 1953. Continue Reading →

Kass Fashion Report: The Great Gatsby: Harlem Renaissance Style

GGatsby_Kass_ Pic#2This fashion spotlight pays homage to the early 1920’s and the timeless fashion inspirations therein. Continue Reading →

The Baby Grand, Harlem, 1953

The Baby Grand Bar at 319 West 125th Street (between st. Nicholas and 8th avenue), opened in 1953, it was a saloon with a bright mural of a piano above the door and a rich Art Deco décor. Continue Reading →