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Crawford Grill

 
 
Crawford Grill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 13, 2011
1. Crawford Grill Marker
Inscription. A center of Black social life where musicians such as Art Blakey, Mary Lou Williams, John Coltrane drew a racially mixed, international clientele. Here, Crawford Grill number 2, the second of three clubs opened 1943; was owned by William (Gus) Greenlee, later by Joseph Robinson.
 
Erected 2001 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 26.731′ N, 79° 58.676′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of Wylie Avenue and Elmore Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Wylie Avenue. Touch for map. Located in front of the former Crawford Grill, in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louis Mason, Jr (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Johnson Studio (about 400 feet away); Freedom House Ambulance (about 700 feet away); Joshua (Josh) Gibson (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Muslim Mosque of Pittsburgh (approx. 0.2 miles away); Art Blakey (approx. 0.3 miles away); August Wilson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Greenlee Field (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
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Crawford Grill Marker and former Crawford Grill image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, March 13, 2011
2. Crawford Grill Marker and former Crawford Grill

1. Long-dormant center of Hill jazz scene seeks a new life. (Submitted on March 16, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Crawford Grill - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Hill District's onetime jazz mecca Crawford Grill waits for second chance. Sunday, March 6, 2016 Tribune-Review article (Submitted on April 15, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEntertainment
 
"Woogie" Harris image. Click for full size.
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3. "Woogie" Harris
"Woogie" Harris was a prominent Pittsburgh businessman and one of the founders of the Crawford Grill. Here he is pictured at the piano, on a small elevated stage behind a bar, while several patrons enjoy the music. Courtesy the Library and Archives Division, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on July 26, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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