Cabell “Cab“ Calloway (Dec. 25, 1907 – Nov. 18, 1994) ranked among the most famous black stars in the 1930s, a charismatic and unique performer. He was a jazz vocalist, dancer and bandleader of one of the most popular African American big bands during the Harlem Renaissance and jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s. Calloway was also an ambassador for his race, leading one of the most popular African American big bands during the Harlem Renaissance and 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 [...]
YouTube is full of surprises. Again and again you can discover new clips and documentaries about Swing dancing. Yesterday, I’ve found (via Facebook) a documentary from 1988 about Lindy Hop, uploaded by “sabinoson”. The Call Of The Jitterbug A film by Jesper Sorensen, Vibeke Winding and Tana Ross. Edited by Rachel Reichman. Featured among others are Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, George Lloyd and Mama Lu Parks.
Some of you who attended Herrang Dance Camp last summer, had the opportunity to watch the documentary “The Unforgettable Hampton Family“, together with Dawn Hampton in person. The interest was appropriately high and the library, where it was shown, fully packed. At the end of September, buddhaboogie, better known as big band leader George Gee, published the documentary on his YouTube channel. The documentary celebrates the Hamptons, a talented African-American family who overcame poverty and prejudice to build successful musical careers. The Unforgettable Hampton Family is a production of BetterThanFiction Productions for WNET. Produced, written and directed by Julie Cohen. [...]
Today, Frankie Manning – the Ambassdor of Lindy Hop – would have turned 97. Happy Birthday Frankie, we all miss you! Are you new to this blog? Then I would like to welcome you and take the chance to spotlight the posts about Frankie Manning I have published so far. One year ago I was running a Frankie Manning week and published five posts in a row, here they are: 24 May 2010: DJ Chrisbe’s Song of the Week #12: Shiny Stockings One of Frankie Manning’s favourite swing songs. Written by Frank Foster, performed by Count Basie Orchestra. 25 May [...]
Two years ago today, Frankie Manning passed away. For all of us, who had the opportunity to meet and learn from Frankie, it bears repeating how inspiring he was. It’s our task to spread Frankie’s love for Lindy Hop and for any people! Here is another video clip I haven’t shared with you so far: Related posts: Frankie Manning: Never Stop Swinging (Documentary) Frankie Manning “The King Of Swing”: Article on FLYP Hellzapoppin, Then and Now Clayzapoppin vs. Hellzapoppin Biographie Frankie “Musclehead” Manning – in German If you enjoyed this post please click LIKE below - or share or retweet [...]
As the Louis Armstrong House Museum tweeted yesterday, their Museum Collections are available for online browsing: The Louis Armstrong House Museum holds the world’s largest archives devoted to a single jazz musician. Its collections encompass more than 5,000 sound recordings, 15,000 photographs, 30 films, 100 scrapbooks, 20 linear feet of letters and papers, and six trumpets. Researchers, record companies, publishers, film producers, public school students, and many others routinely use these materials. Since 1994, more than a dozen books and recordings have been published based on research from the collections, including Terry Teachout’s Pops, a notable book of 2010. Source [...]
Facebook might be overwhelming but sometimes I discover interesting things like these rough cut clips from an upcoming feature documentary “THE SAVOY KING: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America” which seems to be in post-production now. THE SAVOY KING, produced/directed/written by Jeff Kaufman, is about the Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald and Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom. These clips are from the latest cut of the film, finished on October 6, 2010. Rough Cut Clip: “Ella Fitzgerald Vignette” Interviews with Norma Miller, Frankie Manning and Van Alexander, among others! Rough Cut Clip: “Chick Webb Vignette” Interviews with Norma Miller, [...]
This is the last post of the Frankie Manning week series. While doing some research for my Frankie Manning week here on Shuffle Projects, I found another gem on the web: A beautifully designed online-magazine called FLYP. Read and watch the article about Frankie “The King Of Swing” by Amy Van Vechten, issued on 10th September 2008. Do you like this entry? Please leave a comment! Get new posts by RSS feed or by e-mail. Related Posts: Biographie Frankie “Musclehead” Manning – in German Frankie Manning: Never Stop Swinging (Documentary) Clayzapoppin vs. Hellzapoppin Song of the Week: Frankie’s favourite Song [...]