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The Infamous Jazz Shrines of Harlem


The legacy of Harlem can be defined by the bastion of artists that collectively showcased their brilliance within the famed New York enclave. However, we would be remiss if we ignored the significant institutions that made this possible. To speak of the “jazz shrines of Harlem” is, in many ways, to speak of sacred ground. Throughout Harlem’s history, there have been several institutions that have provided the platform for artistic greatness and achievement. As we celebrate those figures that magically graced the borough with their talents, we too want to celebrate the spaces that took on a life of their own as iconic venues shaping the careers of musicians and the history of performance art as a whole. Today we celebrate the stage. These are the jazz shrines of Harlem…”

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For The Revivalist.