Billie Holiday’s Harlem and the Birth of The Jazz Age

Tour Highlights

  • Follow in Billie Holiday’s footsteps, from her first residence in New York City to the site of her first performances

  • Hear about the locations of some of the most famous jazz clubs in history including the place where Ella Fitzgerald made her name

  • Visit the site of Duke Ellington’s first New York gig

  • Stroll through the famous Strivers Row micro-neighborhood and see buildings where important and influential jazz musicians such as Fletcher Henderson, Eubie Blake and W.C. Handy lived and gathered in the 1920s

  • Peer into the modest parlor room that birthed the first Black record label

  • 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 This Tour:

On this tour led by Mark Satlof, a 25-year-resident of Central Harlem/Strivers Row, guests will get rare insight into the locale of one of the most creative periods ever in the arts — the Jazz Age in Central Harlem. This era took place alongside the flowering of visual arts, poetry and prose known as the Harlem Renaissance.

Stick around afterwards and get tips on where to grab lunch!

All historical images via Library of Congress

About Tour Guide:

Mark Satlof is a fourth generation New Yorker, a 25-year resident of Strivers Row in Central Harlem, and a jazz aficionado. He is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and a regular guide for Untapped New York’s Insiders. He received a BA in History from Columbia University. In addition to sharing his knowledge of NYC as a tour guide, as a board member of the landmarks advocacy organization Save Harlem Now! he is an advocate for preserving Harlem’s architectural gems and historic sites. With 30+ years in music and entertainment PR and currently a President at the top music PR firm, Shore Fire Media, Mark has worked with dozens of major stars including some who first made their mark in Harlem.

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