Joani Presents

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Valli Haus
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Joani Presents
6413 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91606


Joanie Hannon, also known as Joani Waldor, is a musician and businesswoman perhaps best known for Joani Presents, the North Hollywood nightclub and musical venue that she owned between 1961 and 1973. During the mid-1950s, Hannon was the drummer for an all-girl band that toured Europe and Asia under the auspices of the United Services Organization (USO). In 1958, she was the drummer in the all-girl band portrayed in the Billy Wilder film, Some Like It Hot. Between 1957-1958 she owned and operated Joanie's Bar in Palm Springs, California. Hannon was then part owner (with her brother David) of a lesbian- and gay-oriented bar in the Studio City area of North Hollywood before opening Joani Presents, which featured performances by well-known jazz musicians and other entertainers. In 1991, Hannon relocated to Humboldt County in Northern California, where she presided over a night club she owned in Garberville during the 1990s.