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Apex / Club Alabam

Historic Central Avenue Jazz Corridor

 

—42nd St. [sic] and Central Av. —

 
"Apex" / "Club Alabam" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 10, 2011
1. "Apex" / "Club Alabam" Marker
Inscription.
Curtis Mosby, the conductor of the Dixieland Blue Blowers, opened the Apex on Thanksgiving 1928. The classy nightclub was home to revues featuring beautiful showgirls in extravagant costumes. Johnny Otis led the house band, but Alabam was the most popular stage for known jazz musicians who were on Central Avenue.
 
Erected by City of Los Angeles.
 
Location. 34° 0.406′ N, 118° 15.395′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of South Central Avenue and East 42nd Place, on the right when traveling south on South Central Avenue. Click for map. Marker is on the sidewalk near the former Dunbar Hotel Building. It is across the street from the Central Avenue Jazz Park, and it closer to the corner of East 42nd Place than it is to 42nd Street. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Downbeat Club (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Vincent's Place (approx. 2.7 miles away); Oviatt Building (approx. 2.8 miles away); Spring Street (approx.
The Somerville/Dunbar Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 10, 2011
2. The Somerville/Dunbar Hotel
The "Apex"/"Club Alabam" was located in the building to the north of the hotel - at the right corner of photo.
3 miles away); Bradbury Building (approx. 3.1 miles away); Angel’s Flight (approx. 3.1 miles away); Bella Union Hotel Site (approx. 3.4 miles away); Merced Theatre (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Also see . . .
1. Central Avenue Park and Dunbar Hotel [Photo] Set. (Submitted on January 1, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Central Avenue Jazz Festival, 2010. (Submitted on January 1, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. John Alexander and Vada Watson Somerville. (Submitted on January 14, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentNotable Places
 
Dunbar Hotel, 1928 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 10, 2011
3. Dunbar Hotel, 1928
An edifice dedicated to the memory and dignity of Black achievement as visualized by Dr. John A. Somerville.
Declared
Cultured Monument No.1
by the
Cultural Heritage Board
Municipal Arts Department
City of Los Angeles
Afro-American Citizens Achievement Mural - 42nd Place at Central Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 10, 2011
4. Afro-American Citizens Achievement Mural - 42nd Place at Central Avenue
The Club Alabam, next to the Somerville [Dunbar] Hotel - 2008 image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, 2008
5. The Club Alabam, next to the Somerville [Dunbar] Hotel - 2008
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 680 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on . • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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