October 31st 2014
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Kicking off during the 2012 Open House Chicago weekend October 13 - 14, the Chicago Blues Museum presents ‘Architects of Jazz-The Sutherland Lounge’ Exhibit celebrating the historic jazz venue “Sutherland Lounge” on Chicago’s South Side, at the official re-opening of the legendary jazz room at 4657 S. Drexel Boulevard through Heartland Alliance & Housing.
As one of the first integrated hotels in Chicago, the Sutherland opened its famed lounge to black patrons in 1952, which soon served as the center of the city's experimental jazz scene during the fifties & sixties, hosting such legendary jazz performers as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, and Dinah Washington. The lounge and the building’s meeting spaces later became headquarters for local black politicians and civil rights groups.
The exhibit features rare images and memorabilia from the museum archives a presentation of jazz and blues footage; other activities include live music performances paying tribute to the Sutherland legends, as well as Bronzeville bus tours through community historic points of interest.
The Sutherland Hotel and our exhibit is part of the OpenHouseChicago 2012 weekend by the Chicago Achitecture Foundation when thousands of people come out to visit known and hidden-treasures buildings all over the city and its neighborhoods for those two days.
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