The Cotton Club was a New York City night club located first in the Harlem neighborhood on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue from 1923 to 1935 and then for a brief period from 1936 to 1940 in the midtown Theater District. The club operated most notably during America's Prohibition Era. The club was a whites-only establishment even though it featured many of the most popular black entertainers of the era, including musicians Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Willie Bryant, vocalists Adelaide Hall, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Aida Ward, Avon Long, the Dandridge Sisters, the Will Vodery Choir, The Mills Brothers, Nina Mae McKinney, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and dancers Bill Robinson, The Nicholas Brothers, Charles 'Honi' Coles, Leonard Reed, Stepin Fetchit, the Berry Brothers, The Four Step Brothers, Jeni Le Gon and Earl Snakehips Tucker.For Cotton Club and beyond, use our New York City trip planner to get the most from your New York City vacation.
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Cotton Club Reviews
Après la messe Gospel, nous sommes allez prendre un brunch dans ce lieu mythique. Alors certe il a un peu vieilli mais nous avons passé un agréable moment. Le buffet devrait permettre à chacun du trou... more »After the Gospel mass, we are going to have brunch in this mythical place. So CERTE it has a little aged but we had a nice time. The buffet should allow everyone to find their happiness even if American food is somewhat caloric and that is not my thing too. So if you want to finish the visit to the Bronx and Harlem on a note full of jazz and Gospel, that's to be done. I put a very good note not for the food but for the ambience.
We were looking forward to the evening at The Cotton Club, we both enjoy jazz music so thought this would be a great option for a night out. The music was the only thing that was decent about this pla... more »
The movie was great! Im a big fan of the 20's and love the fact the venue is located by the water..
You do realize the original Cotton club was whites only it was a joint for only white people to hang out Im so black people joining a event is like promoting racism so if you don’t feel welcome black people do your history
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