From the early 1930s through the late 1950s, the joint, as the phrase goes, was jumping in Overtown. Back then locals called the area Colored Town, and the stretch along Second Avenue between Sixth and Tenth streets -- known variously as Little Broadway, the Strip, and the Great Black Way -- teemed with a handful of hot clubs that presented popular jazz artists. Over the years, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, and many others packed the Harlem Square Club, Cotton Club, Clover Club, Rockland Palace hotel, and the Flamingo Lounge at the Mary Elizabeth Hotel. They performed for enthusiastic audiences composed of blacks and whites, despite the fact that such race-mixing violated a city law. "Nobody paid much attention to it when there was a big-name entertainer... More >>>