Colored Musicians Club Jazz Museum

145 Broadway Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 - United States




The Colored Musicians Union, AFM Local 533 was formed in 1917. A year later upstairs from the office would become the Colored Musicians Club an after hour gathering place for local and touring musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Miles Davis and many more. The museum is interactive so you will be able to touch, view, and listen to the great music that once played in this Historic building. And the Club upstairs is still operating with live performances weekly.


The Museum is a multimedia archive where the visitors can view and interact with artifacts that represent the long history of the club. There are videos to view, many songs played by and sung by the many artists, local musicians and vocalists that came to the Local 533 and the Colored Musicians Club.

Enjoy the various touch and play exhibits. Photos and written materials to view and knowledgeable staff to answer all questions.

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