The Legendary Willie “The Lion” Smith Harlem Jazz Man, Cantor, Duke Ellington Mentor, Harlem Hellfighter And More

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholf Smith, November 23, 1893 – April 18, 1973, also known as “The Lion”, was a Harlem cantor, jazz pianist, and a master practitioner of Harlem stride Continue Reading →

133rd Street, “Swing Street,” The Start And Development Of The Harlem Renaissance 1933-1945

Following the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, 52nd Street replaced 133rd street as “Swing Street” of the community of Harlem. Become an Harlem World Insider – Sign-Up For Our Newsletter!

Pod’s And Jerry’s, A Legendary Harlem Speakeasy, Billie Holidays First Gig, And More

Pod’s and Jerry’s, officially the Catagonia Club, was a cabaret and jazz club on 133rd Street in Harlem, New York from 1925-1948. Become an Harlem World Insider – Sign-Up For Continue Reading →

Harlem Stride Piano Style Developed During The 1920s And 1930s In Harlem, NY (Video)

Harlem Stride Piano, stride piano, commonly abbreviated to stride, is a jazz piano style that was developed in the large cities of the US East Coast, mainly in Harlem, New Continue Reading →

Harlem Man William James “Count” Basie 1904 – 1984 (video)

William James “Count” Basie August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984, was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing Continue Reading →