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51st and Broadway

In NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm

As a NYC photographer finding unique moments, unique opportunities to document black and white landscapes of the city is an ongoing challenge.  Over the next 25 entries, I will share with you images partnered with interesting pieces of new york city history.  Let the stories unfold…..

Dreams can come true!

Al Jolson lived “The American Dream.”  Born in Lithuania, Jolson rose through the ranks of vaudeville as a comedian and a blackface “Mammy” singer.  By 1920, he had become the biggest star on Broadway.

Jolson was born Asa Yoelson in Seredzius, Lithuania, sometime between 1883 and 1886 and was the first openly Jewish man to become an entertainment star in America.

Al Jolson was to jazz, blues, and ragtime what Elvis Presley was to rock ‘n’ roll.  He paved the way for African-American performers like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Ethel Waters.

*information found at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/broadway/stars/jolson_a

Until next time.

Teresa51art

adventure is life, live it! ®

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