Posts Tagged ‘Philly jazz history’

Redevelopment In Sharswood: Will It Come At The Expense Of Preservation?

Redevelopment In Sharswood: Will It Come At The Expense Of Preservation?

February 24, 2016  |  Preservation

The Philadelphia Housing Authority's most ambitious redevelopment plan in a decade will radically reshape the Sharswood neighborhood. The agency has acquired more than 300 row homes and commercial buildings through eminent domain and preservationists are worried they will be torn down > more

1890 Cyclist Clubhouse And Jazz-Age Hothouse Resists Wrecking Ball

1890 Cyclist Clubhouse And Jazz-Age Hothouse Resists Wrecking Ball

January 8, 2016  |  History

The Shadow wheels us into the new year with this late 19th century bicycle clubhouse in North Philadelphia that later became a legendary spot for live jazz and R&B > more

At 52nd And Spruce, An Epic Spot Is Still Empty

At 52nd And Spruce, An Epic Spot Is Still Empty

September 28, 2015  |  History

The corner building at 52nd and Spruce has changed more hands in its nine decades on the block than one can count. The Shadow does the math on this overlooked West Philadelphia landmark > more

Bedding Down At The Hotel Carlyle

Bedding Down At The Hotel Carlyle

September 14, 2015  |  History

The Shadow checks in for a short stay at the Hotel Carlyle in Francisville, one of the city's last boarding house hotels, and another address with a long, strange story to tell > more

At Liberty Place, The Ghost Of Hot Jazz

At Liberty Place, The Ghost Of Hot Jazz

February 20, 2015  |  History

Long before One Liberty Place leveled the area with sky-high apartments and upscale shopping, Ranstead Street used to belong to Billy Krechmer. His little jazz club burned with Swing and Dixieland brass for over 28 years. Music historian and archivist Jack McCarthy has the skinny on this long-lost gem > more