The Buffalo Colored Musicians Club is the only remaining African American club its located at 145 Broadway in Buffalo NY. It's a historical preservation site which promotes historical research and the preservation of jazz in Buffalo with its newly added museum. The club had a huge impact on the city because the music brought people of all racial backgrounds together during the Jazz era. Some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald just to name a few have been known to frequent there.
The Colored Musician Club was started by local African American musicians during segregation many of its member chose to organize to have a venue for performing, meeting and practicing. Most of the union were mainly white and black musician were not allowed to join union alongside of thier white counterparts so they organized independently forming local 533, American Federation of Musicians.
Since its incorporation in May of 1935, the Colored Musician’s Club has remained a venue rich in history and culture Thus the club represents a living monument to the significance of jazz and to civil rights in Buffalo. Still standing, it today features live jazz Monday through Thursday and on Sundays. The club also hosts the annual Queen City Jazz Festival.
For more tour info go to their website http://www.coloredmusiciansclub.org/default.html
About The Colored Musicians Club Museum
Days: Wednesday - Saturday
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Or contact us for scheduled appointment and groups.
Tickets are just $10 for adults.
Discounted tickets available for children, senior citizens, teachers and military.
About the Museum
Having received its Act of Incorporation in 1935; designation as a historical landmark in 1979; and designation as a historical preservation site in 1999, the Colored Musicians Club has a very rich and significant history. Located in the same building, the CMC Museum is a multimedia archive where the visitors can view and interact with artifacts that represent the long history of the club. Parts of the CMC collection can also be made be available to scholars and researchers.