Wally Tunes Sessions Album Two  
 
'Originally from Washington, D.C., Ellington moved to New York in 1923 and was established with his band as the house band at the Cotton Club in Harlem in 1927. The Cotton Club existed from 1923-40; right through Prohibition. This was a fascinating time and place. First of all, a lot of these clubs in New York were underground soda clubs, run largely by the Mob, who bootlegged alcohol. As a result, jazz gained a reputation as being an underground activity associated with something illegal. It takes quite a long time for jazz to completely overcome that association,' said Dr. Strandberg.  
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