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07-14-2012, 12:34 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
As I said, the decline was inevitable anyways for reasons I have gone into. But to ignore what was lost would be to lessen something that was truly great in our past. A good example of what was lost that few reading on this board even knew existed:
Wylie Avenue, 1932.
Sprawling over blocks, the Hill District overlooked downtown Pittsburgh. A predominantly Jewish neighborhood in the early twentieth century, the Hill District became one of the most energetic and powerful African American neighborhoods in the country from the 1930s to the 1950s. Variously called "the crossroads of the world" or "Fun City," the Hill District flourished as a center for business and art, and drew bustling crowds both day and night. The music scene this environment fostered rivalled that, at times, of the most groundbreaking cities in America.
Clubs and the Social Scene. . .
Wylie Avenue, 1932. In the 1940s and 1950s, Pittsburgh's Hill District became the definitive center for music and nightlife between New York City and Chicago.
Among many other talented musicians who frequented the Hill, jazz greats like Count Basie, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Art Blakey, George Benson, Artie Shaw, Jack McDuff, Ahmad Jamal, Mary Louise, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstein, Art Coltrain, Dexter Gordon, Errol Garner and Duke Ellington all came and played.
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