Some exciting news! We have been working in collaboration with Julia Loving and Ronald Jones who will be running a very special event at the historic Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem on Sunday, May 26th as part of Memorial Day weekend events! A perfect way to mark Frankie Manning’s 105th birthday!

More great news: The featured band of the night at the Alhambra will be the amazing Charles Turner III and Uptown Swing!

About the Historic Alhambra Ballroom

THE ALHAMBRA BALLROOM was orig­i­nally built as the Alham­bra The­ater in 1905. It began as a vaude­ville venue, even­tu­ally show­ing movies. In 1926 it opened an upstairs ball­room host­ing leg­endary per­form­ers Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Mor­ton, Frank­ing Man­ning and a swing­ing wait­ress named Bil­lie Hol­i­day. With a swing­ing band per­form­ing on stage, this site became one of the most his­toric dance halls in the coun­try. At the height of its influ­ence, the likes of Cab Cal­loway, Duke Elling­ton and Count Basie brought the mighty sounds of their big bands to the stage incit­ing swing dancers to bat­tle it out.

More details coming soon! Click here to get the updates. 

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