The Cotton Club was a famous night club in New York City that operated during Prohibition. While the club featured many of the greatest African American entertainers of the era, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Ethel Waters, it generally denied admission to blacks. During its heyday, it served as a chic meeting spot in the heart of Harlem, featuring regular "Celebrity…
Fannie Mae Bragg Duncan, founder of the Cotton Club of Colorado Springs, CO. She hosted such luminary performers as Fats Domino, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, and rhythm and blues guitarist BB King. It was a place where blacks could mingle and socialize freely, without the demeaning segregationist codes imposed at other establishments.... .
Cotton Club poster: The Cotton Club was a New York City night club located first in the Harlem neighborhood and then in the midtown Theater District. The club operated from 1923 to 1940, most notably during America's Prohibition Era. The club was a whites-only establishment even though it featured many of the best black entertainers and jazz musicians.
Margot Webb, a Cotton Club dancer (circa 1934) who gained even more notoriety as a ballroom dancer with her partner Harold Norton. They performed as “Norton and Margot” in the 1930s and 1940s. Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Amel Larrieux’s mother) has a wonderful book, Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era, with a wealth of information on their career
Music and entertainment: Was popular at parties and at the movies in the 1920` s. "There was music from my neighbor`s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars." Gatsby`s parties were filled with music to keep his guests entertained.....Nick Carraway "The Great Gatsby" Pg43