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. Continue Reading →


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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 piano during the Harlem Renaissance. Continue Reading →


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