Dandy Wellington, born and raised in Harlem NY, grew up with one foot on the stage and jazz thumping through his veins. His 1930s New Orleans style has made him a stand-out fixture in New York’s jazz landscape. He’s played at numerous New York hot spots such as Hotel Chantelle, Ella Lounge and Macao Trading Co and has received press mentions in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Post, Metromix and Time Out New York. Dandy will perform at Henry A Liquor Bar, Hudson next Wednesday, September 25th from 7-9 PM.
You are known for your 1930′s sense of style. What inspires you about that decade of fashion and music?
There is something about the cut and fit of that era that is consistently flattering on most men. Different from the slimmer, and boyish silhouette of the 1920s, the 1930s gives a much bigger presence. The shoulders on the jackets were built up to give the effect of a broad chest, and the waist were very defined, creating an almost “superhero-like” stance on the wearer. In the 1930s, the Jazz Age was coming into its adolescence, but in Harlem, the music was in full swing with names like Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald,Teddy Wilson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. Harlem was where Jazz had thrived, and being from Harlem, I honor that tradition with my band.
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