Billie Holiday’s Harlem: The Jazz Age and the Birth of the Black Music Industry

Billie Holiday’s Harlem: The Jazz Age and the Birth of the Black Music Industry

Photo courtesy of NYPL Photo Collection

Take a walk through Central Harlem to see spots where the jazz age thrived and the Black music industry began after WW1, with a focus on Billie Holiday’s life in the area.

  • Follow in Billie Holiday’s footsteps, from her first residence in New York City to the site of her first performances less than 10 blocks away.
  • Stroll through the famous Strivers Row, and see buildings where jazz musicians lived and gathered in the 1920s.
  • Peer into the modest parlor room that birthed the first Black record label and stand in front of the home of the most famous and influential early Black music publisher.
  • Visit 133rd Street — the original “Swing Street ” and see locations of the colorfully-named clubs that made it the top jazz destination in the city during prohibition, including the Tillie’s, Pod & Jerry’s, the nearby Hot-Cha and Uptown Clubs and more.

About the event:

On this tour led by Mark Satlof, a 23-year-resident of Central Harlem / Strivers Row and an Untapped New York Insider himself, Insiders will get rare insight into the locale of one of the most creative periods ever in the arts — the Jazz Age in Central Harlem, which took place alongside the flowering of visual arts, poetry and prose known as the Harlem Renaissance. (Stick around afterwards and get tips on lunch spots!)

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