Savoy Ballroom

Savoy Ballroom (HMJGU)

Location: New York, NY 10037 New York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 49.051', W 73° 56.284'

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Here once stood the legendary Savoy Ballroom a hothouse for the development of jazz in the Swing Era. Visually dazzling and spacious, the Savoy nightly featured the finest jazz bands in the nation, and its house bands included such famous orchestras as those of Fess Williams, Chick Webb, and Teddy Hill. The great jazz dancers who appeared on its block-long floor ranged from professionals like Whitey's Lindy Hoppers to everyday Harlemites. During a time of racial segregation and strife, the Savoy was one of the most culturally and racially integrated of institutions, and its fame was international. It was the heartbeat of Harlem's community and a testament to the indomitable spirit of and creative impulse of African-Americans. It was a catalyst for inspiration where dancers and musicians blended influences to forge new, wide-spread, and long-lasting traditions in music and dance.

Whether they attended or not, all Americans knew the meaning of "Stompin' at the Savoy."

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1926 - 1958
Year Placed2002
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 3:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 589556 N 4519042
Decimal Degrees40.81751667, -73.93806667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 49.051', W 73° 56.284'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 49' 3.06" N, 73° 56' 17.04" W
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Area Code(s)212, 917, 646
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 624 Esplanade Gardens Plaza, New York NY 10037, US
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