The Dunbar Hotel
The Dunbar Hotel, originally known as the Hotel Somerville and was once one of the most prestigious hotel in LA’s African-American community. In the early 1930s, a nightclub opened at the Dunbar, and it became the center of the Central Avenue jazz scene in the 1930s and 1940s. The Dunbar hosted Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Lena Horne, and many other jazz legends.
Long out of favour and located in a now less prestigious neighbourhood it holds on by virtue on it’s legacy and a still excellent Jazz bar that revels in it’s history.
It is currently owned by Leonard Feather and managed and run by the Dunbar Star Hotel Group.