Cab Calloway: Sketches

Full Episode

A singer, dancer and bandleader, Cab led one of the most popular African American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s, with Harlem’s famous Cotton Club as his home stage. Best known for his “Hi de hi de hi de ho” refrain from signature song “Minnie the Moocher,” portrayal of Sportin’ […]

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Biographic Essay: Cab Calloway’s Rennaissance

In 1980, Cab Calloway was (re)discovered by a new generation, in a filmed tribute to black music, The Blues Brothers. Long-term jazz fans, young initiates or blossoming rappers would be filled with the spirit of the last living jazz legend.

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Cab Gives a Tour of Harlem

In this clip, Cab Calloway gives a tour of historic Harlem Jazz clubs with an animated map. Swing by the Cotton Club, which was home to the Cab Calloway Band, and learn about where the singers and band leaders and dancers went to get the best fried chicken. Cab Calloway: Sketches premiering nationally Monday, February […]

Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For

Something to Live For

Her first dream was to be a dancer. Growing up in New York, she was inspired by “Snake Hips” Tucker, studying his serpentine moves and practicing them constantly with friends. Then, one fateful night at the Apollo Theater in 1934, the headlining Edwards Sisters brought down the house with their dancing. Amateur Hour began immediately […]