Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Music They Played on 7th Street
Oakland Walk of Fame
“The Harlem of the West Coast”
Come explore and learn about a glorious brea in Oakland's musical history! The music they played on 7th Street, Oakland Walk of Game pays tribute to the great musicians, club owners, record companies and related independent businesses that put 7th Street on the map as a top entertainment destination. This installation is dedicated to those who created, produced, presented and played America's indigenous musical art forms - Blues, Jazz and Gospel.
West Oakland's 7th Street gained notoriety beginning in 1918 with the opening of Sid Derring's Creole Cafe, a famous venue for New Orlean-style Jazz and Big Band dance. Over the next 40 years, a plethora of A-list performers graced the famed entertainment district, including Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, Sammy Davis Jr., Lowell Fulson, Count Basie, King Oliver, and Kid Ory, among others.
Special recognition must be given to the legendary 7th Street club owners, Mr. Harold "Slim" Jenkins and Ms. Esther Mabry. Jenkins opened Slim Jenkins Supper Club on the day Prohibition ended in 1933 and the venue quickly became the place to "See and be Seen" until it closed in the early 1970's. Along
The Oakland Walk of Fame is a collaboration between the Bay Area Blues Society and the City of Oakland.
(88 plaques in 22 groups of 4 honor those who made 7th Street. Their names are present here east to west. )
Slim Jenkins Bob Geddins Ester & William Mabry, Ester's Orbit Room Raincoat Jones Little Esther Phillips Dinah Washington Billie Holiday Eartha Kitt Big Mama Thorton The Pointer Sisters Etta James Aretha Franklin Lowell Fulson Saunders Samuel King B.B. King Jimmy McCracklin Terrible Tom Bowden Teddy Blues Master Watson Wylie Trass Carl Green Sugar
Erected by Bay Area Blues Society and the City of Oakland.
Location. 37° 48.317′ N, 122° 17.714′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on 7th Street near Chester Street, on the left Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1451 7th Street, Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Seventh Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberty Hall (about 500 feet away); Food & Ships (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Pardee House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Jefferson Square Park (approx. one mile away); First Unitarian Church of Oakland (approx. one mile away); Lafayette Square Timeline (approx. one mile away); Chabot Observatory (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. The Oakland Walk of Fame is located in front of the BART station. Currently, only one-half of the Oakland Walk of Fame has been built, another section is planned further down 7th Street.
Also see . . . The Harlem Renaissance in the American West - Black Past. Book review: The first five essays explore the Harlem Renaissance in five major western cities: Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay area. The first four had the largest urban African American populations during the period of the Harlem Renaissance in the West, while (Submitted on February 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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