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Billie Holiday in Newark: Museum shows classic photos of Lady Day at Sugar Hill nighclub

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PHOTOS BY JERRY DANTZIC/JERRY DANTZIC ARCHIVES Billie Holiday and her pet Chihuahua Pepi at the Sugar Hill nightclub in Newark in 1957. Go to 913 Broad St. in Newark, and you won’t find anything too remarkable. It’s a typical intersection in the heart of New Jersey’s biggest city. There’s a small bank, a chicken shack, a tutoring service, a hovering sense of things coming into being. But a half century ago, there was a nightclub on the corner of Broad and Green, and it was a cornerstone of local jazz culture. Sugar Hill wasn’t large — it could accommodate about 150 listeners. Nevertheless, in …

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