The early 20th century popular music'in'Harlem was Ragtime, the virtual Hip Hop music of it's day! Many of the neighborhood'syoung Black and Jewish musical talents,'which included Duke'Ellington, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers where influenced by those evolving rhythms!
By 1914, Harlem'was the second largest Jewish community in America, with composers like Gershwin, Hammerstein, and Rodgers working in collaboration with their rising African-American neighbors and counterparts W.C. Handy, James Reese Europe and'Ellington to craft what would become America's songbook.
This tour explores their old neighborhood, Harlem's historic Mt. Morris Park which include their homes and the era's theaters, synagogues and more! Visit nearby 125th Street, stopping at the Apollo Theater and'its walk of fame'which commemorates James Brown, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and others.
Stroll the historic'neighborhood of 'M.t Morris Park and see the former Mt Zion'Temple, where as young men'the composer Lorenz Hart and the comedian Milton Berle were bar mitzvahed. See the home of'Cantor Yoslle Rosenblatt, the'"Jewish Caruso." Visit Marcus Garvey Park where composer Richard Rodgers played as a child and today hosts the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival! See the venue the singer Sophie Tucker, the "Last of Red Hot Mamas," shares with Malcolm X!