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Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival Recreates Small’s Paradise

May shows aim to revive classic Harlem jazz atmosphere

Sachal Vasandani

From 1925 until 1986, Small’s Paradise (or, as it was later known, Big Wilt’s Smalls Paradise) was one of the most popular and most prestigious music clubs in Harlem. Waiters bounced across the floor, dancing the Charleston while serving drinks, and the jazz musicians of the day would play for huge crowds while patrons fought for space on the dance floor.

The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival wished to honor Small’s’ legacy and perpetuate its unique atmosphere. They are hosting a series of concerts at Harlem USA (2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd., 2nd Floor) as part of the annual festival where the ambience of Small’s will be recreated through sensational concerts, jam sessions and educational presentations. The schedule is as follows:

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