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.
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