The Cotton Club was where many African Americans entertainers got there starts. It only served white customers.
The Cotton Club was part of the Harlem Renaissance, which made both jazz and blues popular. The Cotton Club is still open today just in a different location.
By: Miles Hirsch Credits: Walled Lake Weekly
Duke Ellington was one of the original Cotton Club performers with many other African American entertainers.
"Everything, and I repeat, everything had to swing. And that was just it, those cats really had it; they had that soul. And you know you can't just play some of this music without soul. Soul is very important"-Duke Ellington