Italian Hall

Italian Hall (HMZ34)

Location: New Orleans, LA 70116 Clarendon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 57.926', W 90° 3.793'

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1020 Esplanade Ave.

This imposing complex was assembled out of old buildings (one by architect James Gallier, dating to 1835) and new construction from between 1912 and 1920. As the Unione Italiana, which combined many Italian benevolent societies, it was the home of both the Contessa Entellina Society Band, made up of Albanian-Sicilian Italian-Americans and the Roma Band, of Sicilian Italian-Americans. During their rivalry a musician could be in one, not both. Many jazz bands played here for dances including the New Orleans Rhythm Kings upon their return to New Orleans. In 1929, it housed the Jones-Collins Astoria Hot Eight recording session, the first racially-integrated recording in New Orleans; Westwego-born clarinetist Sidney Arodin (Arnondin) jumped the color barrier.New Orleans Jazz Commission - 2001
HM NumberHMZ34
Year Placed2001
Placed ByNew Orleans Jazz Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 783406 N 3318584
Decimal Degrees29.96543333, -90.06321667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 57.926', W 90° 3.793'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 57' 55.56" N, 90° 3' 47.58" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1020 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans LA 70116, US
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