Have you heard? The rich history of the Harlem music scene is not something to pass over! Minton's Playhouse is no exception.
Harlem was the epicenter of jazz and big band culture in the late 1920's and 1930's motivating a music revolution that would change New York City forever. Night clubs, saloons and theaters were flourishing, providing an outlet for happiness through the Great Depression and inspiring musicians to write more, play more, and perform more... Leading Harlem into a whirlwind! Musicians came from cities all over the country... Chicago, and Kansas City being the major two, and opened venues like the famous Savoy Ballroom, The Cotton Club with Duke Ellington, and Minton's Playhouse in 1937, becoming the birthplace of bebop and providing a retreat for jam sessions of huge named musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few. Minton's originally opened in the first floor of the Cecil Hotel, stayed open until 1974, when a fire unfortunately forced it to close. After many renovations, the Uptown Lounge at Minton's Playhouse reopened in 2006, closed again in 2010, and reopened in 2012, where is has thrived since.
This Harlem beauty is a historical experience, listening to the best jazz players in the city, arguably, maybe even the country. One of my first date night experiences in Manhattan was at Minton's, where I immensely enjoyed the high class southern style cuisine (I could eat my weight in that okra, it is NO joke, ya'll), and the craft cocktails that perfectly accompanied our meal. The music brought me right back to the 1930's... Well... The culture of the 1930's, because then I would be as old as my grandma... Anyhoo- I was engulfed in the true vibe of what Harlem used to be, and I saw what motivated these musicians to keep going, and was mesmerized by the rich history of my own neighborhood. In that moment, I felt lucky to live in New York, lucky to have experienced a historical landmark, and thankful this existed to change our music scene forever.
Minton's is just one example of how Harlem's rich culture has contined to thrive through it all, and just another reason why #uptownliving is the way to go. #moveuptown #nobutreally #doitnow