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The Cotton Club

Cotton Club

by Jamia, Eli, Amy, Olivia, Anthony, and Jakev

 
The Cotton Club is located at 644 Lenox Street in Harlem. During the 1920's and 1930's, the Cotton Club was one of the "hot spots" for jazz in New York City. Famous people who may have listened to Duke Ellington play at the Cotton Club are Jimmy Durante, Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman, and Irving Berlin. The Cotton Club is important in Duke Ellington's life because his orchestra often played there.
 
One interesting fact about the Cotton Club is that people came to see Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong perform. A second interesting fact is that the menu featured "soul food" dishes like fried chicken and barbecued spare ribs and also exotic Chinese and Mexican dishes. A third interesting fact is that the Cotton Club had an admissions policy of "whites only". A fourth interesting fact is that the Cotton Club has a room that is horseshoe shaped.
 
 
 
 
Sources:
 
Book Title: The Harlem Jazz Era
Author: Stuart A. Kallen
Date: 2004
 
Book Title: The 1920s
Author: Erica Hanson
Date: 1999
 
Book Title: Music: An A-Z Guide
Author: Nicola Barber
Date: 2001
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