The Weeksville Lost Jazz Shrines of Brooklyn (WLJSB) project emerged out of a series of questions developed by the WHC research staff in an October 2008 proposal concerning the cultural legacy of jazz history in Central Brooklyn. Between the 1930s and 1960s, Central Brooklyn was home to a unique and rich jazz culture; one very similar to that of the well-known jazz scene of Harlem, between 1940-1960. Created by the research staff from 2007-2011, the WLJSB collection examines this Brooklyn Jazz culture, through key musical artist of the aforementioned time period. Brooklyn is the birthplace of dynamic jazz musicians such as Max Roach, and Randy Weston, Central Brooklyn housed some of the most important and prominent jazz venues during the time period. These venues included: Blue Coronet, Kingston Lounge, Club La Marchal, and Putnam Central. Within these infamous venues, a myriad of jazz artists performed namely Miles Davis, Jitu Weusi, JoAnn Cheatham, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, and Randy Weston.

 

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