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Historic Lenox Ave. Harlem Jazz Clubs

The following list give the addresses of other jazz clubs that are no longer found in Harlem, their fate and/or their most famous featured band or star:

--Congo Room of the Capitol, West 115th & Lenox Avenue, c. 1940

--Bamville Club, 65 West 125th Street, c. 1920-1930 - Coleman Hawkins

--The Plantation, West 126th near Lenox Avenue, c. 1930 - rivaled Cotton Club; Cab Calloway

--Club Cabaret, 416 Lenox Avenue, c. 1923-25

--Club Baron, 437 Lenox Avenue, c. 1940-46

--Goldgraben's, I.G. Café, 439 Lenox Avenue, c. 1919-30;
Renamed Baron's Lounge - favorite hangout for musicians after work at other clubs

--Elk's Rendezvous, 464 Lenox Avenue, c. 1930-45 - held social club dances

--Club Harlem, West 130th & Lenox Avenue, c. 1927-29; Renamed Harlem Grill

--Gee-Haw Stables, West 132nd Street between 7th & Lenox Avenue,
c. 1940-45;  an after-after-hours club later a gas station.

--Lincoln Theatre, 58 West 135th Street, c. 1909-
installed a $10,000 Wurlitzer organ for Fats Waller; now the Metropolitan Church 


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The Elk's Café, Lenox Avenue between West 137th and West 138th Streets, c. 1917-20

--Capitol Palace, 575 Lenox Avenue, c. 1922-50 - now a playground

--Brittwood Bar & Grill, 594 Lenox Avenue, c. 1932-42 - Willie Gant's Musical Maniacs;

--Savoy Ballroom, 596 Lenox Avenue  140th - 141st .  From 1926 to 1958

--Rhone's Orchestra Club, 625 Lenox Avenue, c. 1920-35 later Lenox Club, a.k.a. "The Breakfast Club"

--Golden Gate Ballroom, Lenox & West 142nd Street, c. 1939-50 - luxurious ballroom

--The Cotton Club - 644
Lenox Avenue, corner of W. 142nd Street, 1918-1936

 

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