Jazz, Blues & Nightlife in Birmingham’s Tuxedo Junction

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The Bama Street Collegians led by Erskine Hawkins got their start performing at Tuxedo Junction before hitting it big in New York City. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Public Library.

The Magic City is home to countless cultural influences that contribute to our city’s vibrant culture. In the 1920s and 1930s, Tuxedo Junction stood within the Ensley neighborhood. Its dance halls brimmed with the latest jazz music and dances—including the Jive Dance which originated there.

By night it was the heart of the black community’s social paradise, and it will always be immortalized by Erskine Hawkins’ famous jazz tune “Tuxedo Junction”.

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