Juanita Boisseau, one of the original dancers at the Cotton Club in Harlem, died last week at age 100. Boisseau worked with some of the Jazz world’s most famous musicians including Lena Horne, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Funeral services for Juanita Boisseau will take place on Friday and she will be interred on Long Island, NY1.com reports.
The Cotton Club, which was run by gangster Dutch Schltz, was open from 1923 to 1940, through the Prohibition Era. It is ironic that such great black entertainers played at the club because it was a white-only establishment.