The Apollo Theater in Harlem is where the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, began her career on Amateur Night. She was often referred to as the First Lady of Song and noted for her amazing scat singing.
Many famous singers and musicians have performed at the Apollo, including my favourite jazz singer Etta James, I love her song At Last.
Jimi Hendrix won the first place prize in an amateur musician contest at the Apollo in 1964.
Other performers whose careers started at the Apollo include Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown & The Famous Flames, King Curtis, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Parliament-Funkadelic, Wilson Pickett, The Miracles, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Rush Brown, Stephanie Mills, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Short, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Sarah Vaughan, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, and Machine Gun Kelly.
I bought this cute little jacket in Harlem across the street from the Apollo. It’s a heavenly shade of blue, soft mesh fabric with a handkerchief hem and two big coconut buttons.
I wore it over a white top and also with a blue top.
The front of this top has a keyhole opening and the back has a mesh detail.
Harlem has many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Harlem Burger has delicious veggie burgers.
Lovely to sit outside on a warm day in August.
Happy Labour Day weekend my friends!
Earth, Wind and Fire performed at the Apollo. We danced to this song in class today.