Julius “Old Man River” Bledsoe Harlem NY 1920’s (video)

A critic from the New York Morning Telegraph described him as "a singer who can pick the heart right out of your body—if you don’t look out."Jules Bledsoe 1897–1943, was a baritone from Waco, Texas and one of the first African-American opera stars to perform in the United States who moved to Harlem in the 1920’s. Continue Reading →

OKLAHOMA! 60th Anniversary By Harlemites Rodgers And Hammerstein

60th classics_oklahoma_1The Academy Award -winning musical team West Harlemites Rodgers & Hammerstein’s American classic OKLAHOMA! returns to theaters nationwide for the first time in wide release in 60 years. Continue Reading →

Rodgers And Hammerstein Harlem, NY, 1940-50’s

Rodgers_and_Hart_in harlemRichard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) met in a brownstone on West 119th Street while both attended Columbia University in West Harlem, New York. Continue Reading →