Jimmy’s Chicken Shack Harlem, NY 1930-1980’s

March 24, 2018

Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, was a famous eatery and jazz spot frequented by Malcolm X and comedian John Elroy Sanford, known as Redd Foxx (below) located at  763 St. Nicholas Avenue, between West 148th and 149th Streets, in Harlem, NY.

Twix N Mix on Tumblr wrote that Malcolm X and Redd Foxx:


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In the early 1940s before converting to The Nation of Islam, Malcolm Little then known as “Detroit Red” became close friends with Jon Sanford aka Redd Foxx then known as “Chicago Red”. They both were sharp dressers and resembled each other with their red hair. They worked at Jimmy’s Chicken Shack in Harlem and hustled the street together.

Jimmy’s Chicken Shack is also the place where jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker Jr., washed dishes before his big break.

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One Comment

  1. I came here because, reading in the book “The Dead are Rising,” I remembered that Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, where Malcolm worked was the same place Charley Parker worked in as his only square job he ever worked. Sure enough. Then to meet up with Redd Foxx was a treat, knowing that he and Malcolm were running in the same lanes during those years…truly special information. Thank you Jimmy’s for being a crossroads where cultural heroes came and went.

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