Organized in 1918 and charted in 1935, the Colored Musicians' Club has long provided rehearsal space and social opportunites for Buffalo's African American musicians. From its beginnings, it hosted jam sessions with some of the foremost jazz artists in the country, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmy Lunceford and Ella Fitzgerald. The club bought this building in 1944, and rented spece to local 533, American Federation of Musicians, the colored musicians' union of Buffalo. When local 533 merged with the white local 43 in 1969, ownership of this building by the club insured its survival as a thriving institution.
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