Drop Me Off In Harlem, Ella Fitzgerald, 1933 (video)

“Drop Me Off in Harlem” is a 1933 song composed by Duke Ellington, with lyrics written by Nick Kenny. A.H. Lawrence writes that the song originated from an off the cuff remark from Ellington. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of the most indelible images that we’ve posted this year…

Ella Fitzgerald Debuts At Amateur Night at the Apollo, Nov. 21, 1934

Michael Jackson did, James Brown did, Lauryn Hill and Jimi Hendrix did, and so did the Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Prince. And, on Nov. 21, 1934, at 17 years old, Ella Fitzgerald did, too. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of the most indelible images that we’ve posted this year…

Harlem Nights Star, Della Reese Passes At 86

Harlem fave Della Reese, the iconic jazz, gospel and pop singer who later moved into television and film, and starred in Harlem Nights, has died. She was 86. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of the most indelible images that we’ve posted this year that set 2022 apart.

Historic Renovation, $70M Capital Campaign, And Leadership Transition 

Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo, announced today that after two decades of leading the iconic cultural and civic non-profit dedicated to providing a platform for Black creativity, she will step down on June 30, 2023. PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of the most indelible images that…

HWM Pick: One Apollo Night With Grammy Winner Malian Musician Oumou Sangaré At The Apollo Theater In Harlem

World Music Institute in association with The Apollo presents Malian musician and GRAMMY Award-winner Oumou Sangaré for an incredible one-night-only performance at the world-famous Apollo in Harlem, New York.  PHOTOGRAPHY The fabulous Ms. Hegamin, Harlem recording superstar “Queen Victoria.” One of the most indelible images that we’ve posted this year that set 2022 apart.