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…

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…

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Theater poster for the Rhyth Mania Revue at the Cotton Club, Harlem, NYC.    Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.

Theater poster for the Rhyth Mania Revue at the Cotton Club, Harlem, NYC. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.

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Inside the Cotton Club, One of NYC’s Leading Jazz Venues of the 1920s and ’30s

Inside the Cotton Club, One of NYC’s Leading Jazz Venues of the 1920s and ’30s

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The Cotton Club might be Harlem’s most famous surviving jazz venue, but during the Harlem Renaissance that started after World War I and ended sometime during the Great Depression, it was also the neighborhood’s most notorious. It had been opened by Jack Johnson, the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion, as the Club Deluxe (or Club De Luxe) in 1920.

The Cotton Club might be Harlem’s most famous surviving jazz venue, but during the Harlem Renaissance that started after World War I and ended sometime during the Great Depression, it was also the neighborhood’s most notorious. It had been opened by Jack Johnson, the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion, as the Club Deluxe (or Club De Luxe) in 1920.

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"The Cotton Club" (1984) / Director: Francis Ford Coppola / Writers: William Kennedy (screenplay), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay) / Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane

"The Cotton Club" (1984) / Director: Francis Ford Coppola / Writers: William Kennedy (screenplay), Francis Ford Coppola (screenplay) / Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane

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There is no need to say anything more but 'The Cotton Club'. It is amazing that there are still original Cotton Clubs in the States and they still have the vibe of Prohibition era. I think this poster is an ad for the movie but it reminds me about the atmosphere of those clubs.

There is no need to say anything more but 'The Cotton Club'. It is amazing that there are still original Cotton Clubs in the States and they still have the vibe of Prohibition era. I think this poster is an ad for the movie but it reminds me about the atmosphere of those clubs.

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."Baby Esther" Jones, the original Betty Boop, performed at The Cotton Club in the late 1920's

."Baby Esther" Jones, the original Betty Boop, performed at The Cotton Club in the late 1920's

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The 1920s weren't deemed roaring without a reason -- a beautiful look at the glamor and glitz that defined New York in the 1920s!

The 1920s weren't deemed roaring without a reason -- a beautiful look at the glamor and glitz that defined New York in the 1920s!

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