BANDSTAND BACK WALL MURAL
The Sunset Cafe, also known as The Grand Terrace Cafe, was a jazz club in Chicago, Illinois operating during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. It was one of the most important jazz clubs in America, especially during the period between 1917 and 1928, when Chicago became a creative capital of jazz innovation and, again, during the emergence of bebop in the early 1940s. By 2018, the building housed a beauty and sundries supply store. The only clue as to its past fame was the back wall of the bandstand, with its iconic mural, which dates to a 1937 remodel, at which time the club was renamed The Grand Terrace Café.
From its inception, the club was a rarity as a haven from segregation, since the Sunset Cafe was an integrated or "Black and Tan" club where African Americans, along with other ethnicities, could mingle freely with white Americans without much fear of reprisal. Many important musicians developed their careers at the Sunset/Grand Terrace Cafe. The building that housed the Cafe still stands at 315 E 35th St in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. Originally built in 1909 as an automobile garage, after a 1921 remodeling it became a venue with around 100 tables, a bandstand and dance floor. Owned by Louis Armstrong's manager, Joe Glaser, the venue played host to such performers as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Johnny Dodds, Bix Beiderbecke, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa and Earl "Fatha" Hines and his orchestra's members: Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan.