Harlem Hep Cats

Dive into New York's swingingest jazz bar

Words: Lee Tulloch, Photography: Tony Amos
Melvin Vines
Bill Peck
Sweet Lee
Catherine Harley
Bill, Melvin
Melvin Vines
the bar
Bill Peck
Samuel Hargress Jr
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From the street, it doesn’t look encouraging, but that’s Harlem for you. A string of Christmas lights hangs limply outside, even though it’s October. There’s a little picket fence under a dismal awning. The boulevard is almost deserted. For those looking for nightlife in the big city, this is probably not anyone’s first choice. But Paris Blues is the dive of your dreams – a genuine local bar with sizzling hot jazz run by Harlem’s coolest cat.

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