Jazz in Harlem! Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre! These are words that resound with meaning and history, the history of American music. Enjoy a succulent Soul Food dinner in a local restaurant and spend the evening at a local Jazz club, or help discover the next rising star at the Apollo.
- The original Cotton Club
- The Savoy Ballroom
- Apollo Theater
- Lincoln Theater
- Minton's Playhouse
- Soul Food at Syvia's
Come and relive the high-stepping, fun-loving nights of the 1920's! Tour the neighborhood with one of the professional city guides and learn about Harlem's role in the history of jazz and the roles of it's noted jazz musicians in giving New York it's musical edge.
See the site of the original Cotton Club, where Duke Ellington and Lena Horne spent hours wowing crowds from around the world. Drive past the site of the Savoy Ballroom where Benny Goodman and Chick Webb fought it out during their 'Battle of the Bands', and where the 'Charleston', 'Lindy', 'Hop' and the 'Big Apple' dances were firmly cemented into American culture.
See the world-famous Apollo Theater, where Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald won the popular Amateur Night, which still boasts standing room only audiences every Wednesday night. Pass by the Lincoln Theater, where Fats Waller's passion underscored Vaudeville shows, and Minton's Playhouse, where bebop was born and where Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk started the tradition of jam sessions.
On Monday, Thursdays and Saturdays, discover Harlem's hottest bebop spot, where jam sessions and musical intrigue go on into the wee hours of the morning. Enjoy the easy-going, convivial atmosphere as you mingle freely with the locals and experience the shared essence of Harlem. (We pick up the tab for your first two cocktails!)
On the way to the music, you'll dine at Sylvia's legendary restaurant---famous for it's soul-shattering 'Soul Food'.
So forget the A Train. Make a reservation and experience a great night out in Harlem!