Grammy award winning American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was described as having ”one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.”
Biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust into stardom after a winning amateur night performance at Harlem‘s Zeus Theater. In fact, Vaughan was frequently accompanied by a friend, Doris Robinson, on her trips into New York City. Sometime in the fall of 1942 (when Sarah was 18 years old), Vaughan suggested that Robinson enter the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest. Vaughan played piano accompaniment for Robinson, who won second prize. Vaughan later decided to go back and compete herself as a singer. Vaughan sang “Body and Soul” and won. The prize, as Vaughan recalled later to Marian McPartland, was $10 and the promise of a week’s engagement at the Apollo. After a considerable delay, Vaughan was contacted by the Apollo in the spring of 1943 to open for Ella Fitzgerald. Of course the rest is history.
Here is Sarah Vaughan singing “Shadow Of Your Smile” in 1964.
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This week is going to be in the 90′s! The City has officially opened all 54 outdoor New York City public swimming pools.
Public pools will remain open until Labor Day (September 2, 2013).
General hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stay cool, keep hydrated and get refreshed in one of the public pools near you.
Lasker Pool in Central Park
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Happy 4th of July Harlem! It’s going to be a hot and sunny weekend with temps in the high 80′s / low 90′s see NYC 5 Day Forecast. The 37th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will start at 8 pm EST live in New York City on the Hudson River. Macy’s Barges Map shown here from 24th Street to 42nd Street. Special holiday events are scheduled all throughout the city including Harlem Tavern‘s second year anniversary and 4th of July bash. With temperatures expected to reach in the low 90′s Friday and Saturday you can stay cool at one of the NYC Public Swimming Pools including Harlem Lasker Pool in Central Park.Central Park.
Also Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park & Pool and Washington Heights along the Hudson in the 140′s are great areas to enjoy your “staycation” in New York.
Get outside and enjoy your Holiday weekend!
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