The Historic Colored Musicians Club Museum

145 Broadway Ave.

Hours: VIP Access: 9:00am/General Public: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Last admittance: 4:30 pm
Photos and filming with permission
Wheelchair accessible: Yes – one step at street level
Public restrooms: Yes

Offering: Self-guided tours; exhibits; audio/visual

Visitor Experience: The CMC has been a “ground zero” for jazz in Buffalo for over 100 years. Visitors to the Museum can catch a short documentary film every 30 minutes which chronicles the struggle of African American musicians of Local 533 to be able to play venues city-wide. Interactive exhibits trace historic influences on modern music and manipulatives with authentic musical instruments allow visitors to follow the creative process in the composition of favorite songs.

Building Description:
Designed by architect Joseph Geigand, this brick building was erected in 1888-89 for German shoemaker Charles Zifle. By the 1930s, it had been rented out to an insurance agent who was also a founding member of Colored Musicians Local 533. Starting in 1935, the building has served as a social, artistic and educational center for local musicians as well as a performance hub where luminaries on the national scene occasionally drop in to make music with “regulars.”