Hot Jazz in a Veterans Club Basement in Harlem

On a Sunday afternoon in February, the staccato chords and rousing bass lines of a Hammond B-3 organ shook the walls of American Legion Post 398 in Harlem.

Ba-ba-doo-dee-dee-deep. Bum-ba-ba-ba-bummm.

Hundreds of people had crammed into the humble basement

Paterson teens audition for Amateur Night at The Apollo

PATERSON — In pursuit of their dream, three teenage girls from Paterson left their homes at 3:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning and headed for 125th Street in Manhattan.

With one of their fathers driving, the girls arrived at their destination before dawn and found about 65