T. Oliver Reid Brings Drop Me Off In Harlem

tn-500_stephensorokoff-237Singer and Broadway star T. Oliver Reid leads what he describes as “a club hopping journey through the swanky clubs and low down joints of 1934 Harlem,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andy Razaf, and more. Continue Reading →

The Harlem Riot Of 1964

800px-Demonstrators-Harlem-1964On Thursday, July 16, 1964, James Powell was shot and killed by police Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan. The second bullet of three fired by Lieutenant Gilligan killed the 15-year-old African American in front of his friends and about a dozen other witnesses. Continue Reading →

Apollo Theaters Gordon “Doc” Anderson And Billie Holiday, 1950’s

Apollo Theaters Bob Anderson And Billie Holiday 1940sApollo Theater house photographer Gordon Anderson laughs it up with diva Billie Holiday, behind-the-scenes at the Apollo Theater, In Harlem, New York, 1950’s. Continue Reading →

Josef (Yossele) Rosenblatt, Harlem, 1912 -1933

rosenblattJosef (Yossele) Rosenblatt (May 9, 1882 – June 19, 1933), was Ukrainian-born in Bila Tserkva chazzan (was the most famous cantor in the world) and composer in Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →

Sponsored Love: Win ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’ Theater Tickets

satchmo-on-broadwayJohn Douglas Thompson will repeat his performance in the New York premiere of Terry Teachout’s one-man Louis Armstrong play Satchmo at the Waldorf, previews began on Feb. 15 at the Westside Theatre. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Eugene Jacques Bullard, The First African American Fighter Pilot

Eugene Jacques Bullard (1894-1961) was the first African American to fly a fighter plane and was known as the “black swallow of death” for his courage during missions. He led a colorful life, much of it in Europe. Continue Reading →

Harlem Jazzmobile Founder Billy Taylor

800px-Billy_Taylor_(jazz)Billy Taylor (born William Taylor; July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator. Continue Reading →

Rare Louis Armstrong recording released (video)

Louis Armstrong was in Washington on January 29, 1971 to perform at the Inauguration against the advice of his doctors of then incoming National Press Club President Vernon Louviere, a fellow native of New Orleans. Continue Reading →