American Masters

Cab Calloway's Straight Hair

Clip: Season 26 Episode 2 | 1m 49s

Horn player Gerald Wilson, jazz writer Gary Giddens, and jazz critic/cultural historian Stanley Crouch discuss how Cab's straight hair, unusual in people of African American descent, and his ability to toss it while performing, played into his persona and popularity as an entertainer. Cab Calloway: Sketches premieres nationally Monday, February 27 at 10 p.m. (check local listings).

Aired: 02/26/12

Rating: NR

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