The Jazz History Tour

Presented by author Garrett Peck and Politics and Prose

Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m.

 

Jazz and prohibition came together like an irresistible force in 1920’s Washington. Join Politics & Prose on a walking tour in the diverse Shaw neighborhood, home of U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” to learn more about an aspect of the city that even many long-time residents have not explored.

Led by Garrett Peck, author of Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren’t, the tour will begin at the historic Howard Theatre (620 T Street, NW), the cultural centerpiece of Shaw, and will then continue west to the many Jazz Age clubs along U Street, including Bohemian Caverns, Club Bali, the Minnehaha Theatre (now Ben’s Chili Bowl), and Murray’s Palace Casino. Participants will learn about the Race Riot of 1919, the unusual story of a decorated policeman-turned-bootlegger, and the African American artists, performers, and poets who turned this neighborhood into a vaunted nightlife scene rivaled only by Harlem.

And what Jazz History Tour wouldn’t be complete without a beverage? A post-tour happy hour will take place at Right Proper Brewing Co., formerly the site of Frank Holliday’s Pool Hall, where a teenaged Duke Ellington learned to love music. (Cash bar.)

The Jazz History Tour will take place, rain or shine, on Sunday, May 27, from 3 p.m. Participants using public transportation should use the Shaw/Howard metro stop on the yellow and green line trains, which is on the same block as the theater. If exiting the stop, walk north on T Street and take a right. Drivers should plan on arriving a little early to find proper street parking. The walk costs $45.

The tour involves 1.5 miles of walking and a few staircases, so please wear good walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, water, and a Metro card to take the subway.

 

For more information, contact Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

Howard Theatre

Poster for Concert at Howard Theatre

Bohemian Caverns

Advertisement for Bohemian Caverns, formerly Club Crystal Caverns

Louis Armstrong at Club Bali

Advertisement for Cafe Trinidad, formerly Club Bali

Minnehaha Theatre

Right Proper Brewing Co., former site of Frank Holliday's Pool Hall

Duke Ellington mural near former Minnehaha Theatre

Return Policy: Refunds are only guaranteed up to seven days before the trip.

Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren't Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781609492366
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Published: History Press (SC) - March 25th, 2011

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