Queen's Jazz Mural Panorama


From forgotten-ny.com:"Southern Queens' ascendance as a mecca for jazz musicians began in 1923 when Clarence Williams, a successful musician and entrepreneur from Plaquemine, Louisiana, purchased a home and eight lots at 171-37 108th Avenue. Anticipating the increasing popularity of jazz in the north, Williams moved first to Chicago in 1920 and then to New York with his wife, singer Eva Taylor, in 1923. Desiring open spaces reminiscent of his upbringing in the Louisiana delta, Williams made his home in Queens. He would be the first in a lengthy line of jazz musicians to come to southern Queens. There are precious few memorials to St. Albans/Addisleigh Park's jazz heritage. This now-fading mural on the northern side of Linden Boulevard as it passes under the Long Island Railroad depicts many of the jazz and entertainment giants who resided here."

The panorama of the mural above was taken on 7/13/07. The location is approximately 180-19 Linden Blvd, Queens, NY. Some of the jazz greats pictured are: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Illinois Jacquet, Lena Horne, Count Basie and Fats Waller