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Harlem Renaissance

As Gay as it was Black

Lindy Hop with Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at Lincoln Center- Eden Atencio and David Graybill Jr.

Major Musicians of the Harlem Renaissance

Some of the major musicians and actors/actresses who are usually viewed as part of the Harlem Renaissance are:

 
 Lil Hardin Armstrong  Louis Armstrong
 Josephine Baker  William "Count" Basie
 Eubie Blake  Lucille Bogan
 Perry Bradford  Cab Calloway
 Edward Kennedy
 "Duke" Ellington
 Ella Fitzgerald
 Dizzy Gillespie  Earl "Fatha" Hines
 Billie Holiday  Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson
 James Price Johnson  McKinney's Cotton Pickers
 Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe
  AKA "Jelly Roll Morton
"
 Charlie Parker
 Ma Rainey  Cecil Scott
 Bessie Smith  Mamie Smith
 Victoria Spivey  William Thomas "Billy" Strayhorn
 Fats Waller  Ethel Waters
 Fess Williams  William Henry "Chick" Webb

 

Major Dancers, Comedians and Actors/Actresses of the
Harlem Renaissance

Some of the major dancers, comedians, and actors/actresses who are usually viewed as part of the Harlem Renaissance are:

  • Jackie "Moms" Mabley
  • Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham
  • Nicholas Brothers
  • Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
  • Mamie Smith
  • Ethel Waters
  • Egbert Austin "Bert" Williams

The Harlem Renaissance (Black History in Two Minutes or so)

Also see "An Archive for Virtual Harlem" for biographies, history, and more.

Last updated on Oct 7, 2022 3:20 PM