In the early 1930s, whites opened a jazz club in nearby Culver City to rival the Club Alabam
. Sebastian's Cotton Club attracted the city's movie stars and celebrities who wished to dine, dance, and hear the latest jazz in the "most lavish and best attended" spot in the city; it was said to be the "equal of modern Las Vegas" with its club acts, floor shows, and gambling rooms in the rear.
On the first stage of this trip, in December, Evans photographed in Alabam
a, especially in Selma, and in Louisiana, in and around New Orleans.
It's that block in which resides the Club Alabam
and the Dunbar Hotel.
What song am I tapping out on the back of your hand?" By age 11, Mary had done her first amateur recording, showing already impressive pipes as she belted out Irving Berlin's "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam
At the same time that Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie (Bird) Parker, Machito and Chano Pozo were fusing African-American and Afro-Cuban sounds back East, Chicanos and Chicanas joined the Black faces jumping to the rhythms of Dexter Gordon, "Baron" Mingus, and Gerald Wilson at the Orpheum, Club Alabam
, and the Down Beat Club in Los Angeles.
88), "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam
In addition, New York stations did numerous remote broadcasts from local nightclubs and dance halls like the Club Alabam
, the Plantation Club, the Savoy Ballroom, and the Roseland Ballroom - all of which featured black jazz orchestras.