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[http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip/49303072_012.do link Original Onyx Club circa 1935 footage]
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New York City was the hub for jazz music in the 1930s and 1940s. In the early 1930s Harlem was the hot spot for live jazz in the city. However by the late 1930s the best live jazz had moved uptown to clubs like '''The Onyx Club,''' where Stuff Smith reigned, The Three Dueces, Jimmy Ryans, and The Famous Door.
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The success of what became known as Swing Street was due, in part, to these clubs all being within walking distance of each other and all bringing in the greatest jazz musicians in the world. After-hours "cutting contests" between soloists were commonplace. It was an extraordinary period but by the 1950s 52nd Street was no longer what it had been in the 1930s and 1940s. This photo was taken just after the WWII.

Current revision as of 04:10, 10 May 2009

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