The Buffalo Colored Musicians Club at 145 Broadway is as endearing a place as it is historically significant. Upon entering the club you are met by an overwhelming presence which resonates from the club's rich history. The club is like a home away from home for many Buffalo residents who are long time members. For them, the club holds memories of times past when it was nothing for jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald to be passing through. Sometimes members would even be picked up by a band on tour, travel down South on the "chitlen' circuit", and come home with crazy Above plaque mounted on CMC building.
stories of life on the road. In addition to inspirational run-ins with the famous and elite, the club fostered an environment where people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds could come together over a mutual love of the American phenomenon called jazz. Besides the bonds of friendship made between members of the club, involvement in the jazz movement has provided strength and hope to Buffalo's African American community since its formation. The Colored Musicians Club embodies these positive forces and provides a place which allows dreams to take shape into reality.