The Block Island Times
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Celebrity Club photos

Aug 09, 2013
Courtesy of: Blake Filippi Filippi, Governor Licht, and Duke Ellington

The Celebrity Club was by all accounts the first integrated jazz club in New England. Opened by Paul Filippi — known on the island as the founder of Ballard’s — in 1949, it closed just a scant five years later.

The Celebrity Club is being honored with a jazz performance and the unveiling of a plaque that commemorates the club. Read the full story that appeared in the Aug. 10 edition of The Block Island Times here.

 

Paul Filippi with Count Basie (Courtesy of: Blake Filippi)
Paul Filippi on stage (Courtesy of: Blake Filippi)
Paul Filippi with Mel Burgess (Courtesy of: Blake Filippi)
Sarah Vaughn (in white) and Nat King Cole (Filippi's left) (Courtesy of: Blake Filippi)
The Celebrity Club is being honored with a plaque in Randall Square, where the club once stood. (Courtesy of: Blake Filippi)
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