Paradise Theater

Address: 
3711 Woodward Avenue
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Postal Code: 
48201
Opened: 
1941
Closed: 
1952
Capacity: 
2,286
Associated Venues: 

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The Paradise Theater was as important to Detroit as the Apollo Theatre was to Harlem. Opened Christmas Eve 1941, when new owners Ben and Lou Cohen reopened Orchestra Hall as the Paradise Theatre, the place that Detroit audiences once went to hear Prokofiev, Gershwin and Horowitz began featuring contemporary talent such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Pearl Bailey. The theater’s name was taken from Paradise Valley, the area just east of Woodward Avenue, home to a large percentage of Detroit’s African-American community and to the principal black entertainment district at St. Antoine and Adams streets. The Paradise became a celebrated club, offering the best in jazz, bebop and blues.

Concerts

Event Datesort ascending Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
Erroll Garner / Sarah Vaughan 02/07/1950 Erroll Garner
Sarah Vaughan
Erroll Garner / Sarah Vaughan 02/06/1950 Erroll Garner
Sarah Vaughan
Erroll Garner / Sarah Vaughan 02/05/1950 Erroll Garner
Sarah Vaughan
Erroll Garner / Sarah Vaughan 02/04/1950 Erroll Garner
Sarah Vaughan
Erroll Garner / Sarah Vaughan 02/03/1950 Erroll Garner
Sarah Vaughan
Dinah Washington 02/02/1950 Dinah Washington
The Ravens
The 4 Elgins
The Chocolateers
Joe Thomas
Dinah Washington 02/01/1950 Dinah Washington
The Ravens
The 4 Elgins
The Chocolateers
Joe Thomas
Dinah Washington 01/31/1950 Dinah Washington
The Ravens
The 4 Elgins
The Chocolateers
Joe Thomas
Dinah Washington 01/30/1950 Dinah Washington
The Ravens
The 4 Elgins
The Chocolateers
Joe Thomas
Dinah Washington 01/29/1950 Dinah Washington
The Ravens
The 4 Elgins
The Chocolateers
Joe Thomas
Dinah Washington 01/28/1950 Dinah Washington
The Ravens
The 4 Elgins
The Chocolateers
Joe Thomas
Dinah Washington 01/27/1950 Dinah Washington
The Ravens
The 4 Elgins
The Chocolateers
Joe Thomas
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/26/1950 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Ray Nance
The Orioles
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/25/1950 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Ray Nance
The Orioles
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/24/1950 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Ray Nance
The Orioles
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/23/1950 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Ray Nance
The Orioles
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/22/1950 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Ray Nance
The Orioles
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/21/1950 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Ray Nance
The Orioles
Duke Ellington Orchestra 01/20/1950 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Johnny Hodges
Ray Nance
The Orioles
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra 01/19/1950 Dizzy Gillespie
John Acea
John Coltrane
Willie Cook
Matthew Gee
Al Gibson
Paul Gonsalves
Charles Greenlee
Jimmy Heath
Sam Hurt
Al McKibbon
Jesse Powell
Don Slaughter
Elmon Wright
Specs Wright
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra 01/18/1950 Dizzy Gillespie
John Acea
Joe Carroll
John Coltrane
Willie Cook
Matthew Gee
Al Gibson
Paul Gonsalves
Charles Greenlee
Jimmy Heath
Sam Hurt
Al McKibbon
Jesse Powell
Don Slaughter
Elmon Wright
Specs Wright
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra 01/17/1950 Dizzy Gillespie
John Acea
Joe Carroll
John Coltrane
Willie Cook
Matthew Gee
Al Gibson
Paul Gonsalves
Charles Greenlee
Jimmy Heath
Sam Hurt
Al McKibbon
Jesse Powell
Don Slaughter
Elmon Wright
Specs Wright
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra 01/16/1950 Dizzy Gillespie
John Acea
Joe Carroll
John Coltrane
Willie Cook
Matthew Gee
Al Gibson
Paul Gonsalves
Charles Greenlee
Jimmy Heath
Sam Hurt
Al McKibbon
Jesse Powell
Don Slaughter
Elmon Wright
Specs Wright
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra 01/15/1950 Dizzy Gillespie
John Acea
Joe Carroll
John Coltrane
Willie Cook
Matthew Gee
Al Gibson
Paul Gonsalves
Charles Greenlee
Jimmy Heath
Sam Hurt
Al McKibbon
Jesse Powell
Don Slaughter
Elmon Wright
Specs Wright
Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra 01/14/1950 Dizzy Gillespie
John Acea
Joe Carroll
John Coltrane
Willie Cook
Matthew Gee
Al Gibson
Paul Gonsalves
Charles Greenlee
Jimmy Heath
Sam Hurt
Al McKibbon
Jesse Powell
Don Slaughter
Elmon Wright
Specs Wright

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