"The trademark Calloway image, which combined an almost cat-like grace on the bandstand with a singing style that could be slyly insinuating one moment and wildly exuberant the next, came into full bloom on a night in 1931 when he was leading his band in a radio broadcast from the Cotton Club in Harlem."
John S. Wilson, The New York Times
Cab Calloway's hit "Minnie The Moocher" became the first 78 record by a Black performer to sell one million copies.
The most significant composer in jazz history.
Leader of the famous Count Basie Orchestra.
The First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, Lady Ella.
Boundary breaking jazz composer, arranger, and pianist.
Born in the Mississippi Delta.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.
Black musical tradition is a part of its core.
The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.
A blend of African-American oral and musical traditions.