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Colored Musician's Club

Colored Musician's Club. Photo by Mark Paradowski


145 Broadway Street
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.55-7-8
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Next to: 137 Broadway
Across from: Elsinghorst Bros. Building, 146 Broadway , Michigan Avenue Baptist Church


Colored Musician Club of Buffalo
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Physical Description

Two story brick commercial building

Current Condition

  • In good condition and still in use.
    • The club is still in use as a venue and a small collection of the heritage is displayed in its museum.


  • The building was erected sometime around 1890
    • The name on top of the building is "Zifle's"
  • On May 13, 1935 it was officially incorporated by local African American musicians as a place to play, practice, and perform.
    • The original membership was comprised of musicians who had unionized as Buffalo Local 533 in 1917, seperate from the all-white American Federation of Musicians Local 43 which was segregated at the time.
    • The Club is full of history and many famous artists have performed there including Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Added 2013-03-18 • Last changed 2016-12-19