Dance the night away at the illustrious Players Club, surrounded by the sounds and stories of jazz. Founded in 1888, the Players was the first members-only club of its kind in American history and dedicated itself to the pursuit of arts in the heart of the city. New York City, a constantly bumping hot bed of the arts, was also the engine behind the release of the first “jass” record, Victor 18255, in May 1917.
Your evening behind the curtain at the club will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of jazz on record. Phonograph DJ MAC and Michael Haar will illuminate the audience on the early history of the jazz genre inside the Players’ Theater, surrounded by the portraits and tankards of Players past.
MAC will bring his crank-up phonographs, which he invites attendees to personally inspect as he and Michael Haar spin and discuss early jazz 78rpm discs. Dandy Wellington and His Band will join the stage to serenade your ears and set your dancing shoes aflame.
Throughout the evening, Atlas Obscura attendees will have the rare chance to dip behind the curtain into the grand space. Sip cocktails and search through the largest private collection of stage memorabilia for artifacts, which includes a framed charcoal etching of William Shakespeare’s gravestone and a skull originally belonging to Booth’s father, willed to him by an executed prisoner whom he befriended while in the drunk tank. Other highlights include a painting of actor Joseph Jefferson by John Singer Sargent as well as a portrait of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, along with the letter Edwin wrote to the public apologizing for the actions of his brother.