He was a (underrated) vocalist, performer and bandleader of one of the most popular African American big bands during that era with the Cotton Club as his home stage.
Cab Calloway was known to hire the best musicians and pay them top wages. He was convinced that when he had top sidemen it made him look good.
His sidemen included such great musicians as trumpeters Doc Cheatham, Dizzy Gillespie and Jonah Jones, tenor saxophonists Ben Webster, Chu Berry, Illinois Jacquet, Ike Quebec and Sam Taylor, pianist Bennie Payne, guitarist Danny Barker, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Cozy Cole, and others.
I highly recommend to watch the Cab Calloway documentary «Sketches» (1 hour).
At The Clambake Carnival
The song starts at 1:33. The sound quality is poor but you get the idea ;).
Because Cab Calloway isn't singing in that song, it's not so obvious that it's by him and his orchestra.
«At The Clambake Carnival» is a lightly swinging tune with a simple base rhythm. Therefore it's also very suitable for (Balboa) beginner classes.
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Artist: Cab Calloway
Album: [easyazon-link asin=»B000QZYYS8″ locale=»us»]New York 1937-1938, Vol. 2 Disk B[/easyazon-link]
Tempo: 191 bpm
Dance: Balboa, Lindy Hop
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