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93rd Anniversary! Harlem's Savoy Balloom's Legacy and Impact

The legendary Savoy Ballroom was a large ballroom for music and public dancing located at 596 Lenox Avenue, between 140th and 141st Streets in  Harlem . The Savoy was the one ballroom in the area to be called the "World's Finest Ballroom".  The ballroom was 10,000 square feet in size, was on the second floor and a block long. It could hold up to 4,000 people. The interior was painted pink and the walls were mirrored. Colored lights danced on the sprung layered wood floor. It contained a spacious lobby framing a huge, cut-glass chandelier and marble staircase. 






It was in operation from March 12, 1926 to July 10, 1958, and owned by white entrepreneur Jay Faggen with Jewish businessman Moe Gale (or gangster, as our dear old friend who worked there Charles Dorkins told us). It was managed by African-American business man and civic leader Charles Buchanan (who was also secretary and treasurer).

The ballroom was modeled after Faggen's downtown venue, Roseland Ballroom (a mos…
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Black History Month 2019: Harlem's Famed Lindy Hop Dance History and its History Makers

The last day of the month: However for Harlem's rich history Black History Month  is really year round and quite bountiful.  When it comes to Harlem's signature cultural dance of the Lindy Hop the history and its History Makers there are many and their contributions priceless.

Within the last 9 months or so in NYC there have been efforts to talk of this rich history in both the downtown area and uptown in Harlem.  As a quick overview and musing we'll examine a few of these a bit to show the importance of getting history straight - or accurate.

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Just a few days before NYC's Mid Summer Night Swing event opened - our BEST outdoor dance party! - there was a free panel discussion on "The History of Lindy Hop".  It was moderated by Zita Allen, a Dance critic, author, and professor...and it was to trace the evolution of Lindy hop from its Harlem Renaissance roots to its modern-day revival.  Here is a video of what happened here https://www.facebook.com/LCSwin…

Historic Harlem Nights! October 26th thru the 29th: The American Lindy Hop Championships Festival

Historic Harlem Nights - Jazz and Dance! The American Lindy Hop Championships Festival: ALHC October 26th thru 29th

YES online registration has Closed- but that doesn't mean you cannot get in - YOU CAN!
You may purchase the door
ALL Weekend Pass to Social Eves - $125    Harlem Evening Socials  - $25

There are a couple ofFREE events  - see below



So see you for Historic Harlem Nights!  
More details below and the schedule:
Make Harlem GREAT Again! Join us for some exciting Jazzy
Hoppin Idlewild Nights at the National Black Theater with 
The American Lindy Hop Championships (ALHC). Legends 
of Harlem's famed Lindy Hop dance art form will return 
home for evenings of HOT music and dance reminiscent of 
the famous Savoy Ballroom!

We are welcoming back 97yr young Harlem Dance Legend , 
Entertainer and globetrotter Norma Miller; Harvest Moon 
Ball Champions and Savoy Ballroom Legends Sugar 
Sullivan, Sonny Allen and Barbara Billups.  Then we have 
the only second generation Harvest Moon Ball Champio…

He Set the WORLD on Fire! Swinging the Blues to Lindy Hop with Jazz Legend Eddie Durham

Saturday Night July 15th 2017 - the FINAL NIGHT of Mid Summer Night Swing (MSNS) in New York City.

Some heavy hearts are obvious as this classic and Special Summer dance staple nears it's end.  But one person's heart is touched to hear her family's musical legacy blaring from the DJ Booth, a bit more than they anticipated.

On thisnight the MSNS DJ played -  on average -  three to four of Eddie Durham's compositions for Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Bennie Goodman or 
Jimmie Lunceford. This year she heard Blues In The Groove (Lunceford), Sent For You Yesterday & Here You Come Today (Basie), WHAM REBOP BOOM BAM (Benny Goodman) and Durham's Infamous ARRANGEMENT of IN THE MOOD for Glenn Miller, one of the most famous arrangements globally.

These were all played in a row, right before the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra HRO) hit their musical stride at 7:30.Not too much later theHarlem Renaissance Orchestra performed you could hear TOPSY and SWINGING the BLUES (Basie versions…