CAB CALLOWAY

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Cab Calloway (1907-1994) was a U.S. singer, composer, and bandleader.

Calloway was born on 25th December 1907 to a middle-class family in Rochester, New York, and lived there until 1918. He later lived in Baltimore, Maryland. His father, Cabell Calloway II, was a lawyer, and his mother, Martha Eulalia Reed, was a teacher and church organist. His parents recognised their son's musical talent, and he began private voice lessons in 1922. He continued to study music and voice throughout his formal schooling. Despite his parents' and vocal teachers' disapproval of jazz, Calloway began frequenting and eventually performing in many of Baltimore's jazz clubs, where he was mentored by drummer Chick Webb and pianist Johnny Jones.

After graduating from high school, Calloway joined his older sister, Blanche, in a touring production of the popular black musical revue Plantation Days (Blanche Calloway herself went on to become an accomplished bandleader before her
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CAB CALLOWAY Cab Calloway - Thelma Carpenter, Avon Long - Thelma Carpenter : Songs From Blackbirds / Songs From Shuffle Along album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cab Calloway - Thelma Carpenter, Avon Long - Thelma Carpenter : Songs From Blackbirds / Songs From Shuffle Along
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1953
CAB CALLOWAY Cab Calloway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cab Calloway
Swing 1956
CAB CALLOWAY Cotton Club Revue 1958 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cotton Club Revue 1958
Big Band 1958
CAB CALLOWAY Hi De Hi De Ho album cover 5.00 | 4 ratings
Hi De Hi De Ho
Big Band 1960
CAB CALLOWAY Blues Make Me Happy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues Make Me Happy
Swing 1962
CAB CALLOWAY Singin' N' Swingin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Singin' N' Swingin'
Swing 1978
CAB CALLOWAY Kicking The Gong Around album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kicking The Gong Around
Swing 1982

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CAB CALLOWAY Cab Calloway '45: Live at the New Cafe Zanzibar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cab Calloway '45: Live at the New Cafe Zanzibar
Big Band 1996
CAB CALLOWAY Minnie The Moocher album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Minnie The Moocher
Big Band 2004

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CAB CALLOWAY Frantic In The Atlantic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frantic In The Atlantic
Big Band 1987
CAB CALLOWAY Best of the Big Bands: Cab Calloway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of the Big Bands: Cab Calloway
Big Band 1989
CAB CALLOWAY Cab Calloway & Co (Disc 1) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Cab Calloway & Co (Disc 1)
Big Band 1992
CAB CALLOWAY Best of Big Bands: Cab Calloway ,Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of Big Bands: Cab Calloway ,Vol.2
Big Band 1993
CAB CALLOWAY Are You Hep to the Jive? album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Are You Hep to the Jive?
Big Band 1994
CAB CALLOWAY Cruisin' With Cab album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cruisin' With Cab
Big Band 1994
CAB CALLOWAY A Portrait of Cab Calloway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Portrait of Cab Calloway
Big Band 1998
CAB CALLOWAY Cab Calloway - Greatest Hits (Planet Jazz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cab Calloway - Greatest Hits (Planet Jazz)
Big Band 1998
CAB CALLOWAY King of Hi-De-Ho: 1934-1947 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
King of Hi-De-Ho: 1934-1947
Big Band 1999
CAB CALLOWAY Forever Gold album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Forever Gold
Big Band 1999
CAB CALLOWAY Keep That Hi-De-Hi in Your Soul: 1933-1937 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Keep That Hi-De-Hi in Your Soul: 1933-1937
Big Band 1999
CAB CALLOWAY Minnie the Moocher album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Minnie the Moocher
Big Band 2000
CAB CALLOWAY The swinging Big Band Leader with Chu Berry album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The swinging Big Band Leader with Chu Berry
Big Band 2000
CAB CALLOWAY The Early Years: 1930-1934 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Early Years: 1930-1934
Big Band 2001
CAB CALLOWAY Hi-De-Hi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hi-De-Hi
Big Band 2001
CAB CALLOWAY Big Band Legends: Cab Calloway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Band Legends: Cab Calloway
Big Band 2001
CAB CALLOWAY The Chu and Dizzy Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chu and Dizzy Years
Big Band 2003
CAB CALLOWAY The Gold Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gold Collection
Big Band 2004
CAB CALLOWAY Hep Cats and Cool Jive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hep Cats and Cool Jive
Big Band 2005
CAB CALLOWAY The Scat Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Scat Song
Big Band 2005
CAB CALLOWAY The Hi-De-Ho Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hi-De-Ho Man
Big Band 2006
CAB CALLOWAY Cab Calloway album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cab Calloway
Big Band 2006
CAB CALLOWAY Jumpin' Jive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jumpin' Jive
Big Band 2007
CAB CALLOWAY Hi De Ho Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hi De Ho Man
Big Band 2008

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CAB CALLOWAY Hi De Hi De Ho

Album · 1960 · Big Band
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It all kicked off for Cab Calloway back in 1931 even though his Orchestra previously known as The Missourians started going in 1930 when Cab took over the reins, it was the release of that all time song which today is still played and listened too by many, being “Minnie The Moocher” . Cab’s Orchestra had been opening for Duke Ellington around the same time as well performing with him in the most famous Jazz Club in history, The Cotton Club. Duke and his Orchestra often toured and had time off which was no problem for Cab as he then headlined at that Club which also broadcast it’s shows over the radio live, so many Americans were exposed to this wonderful style and approach Cab Calloway possessed. He was man of so many talents, not only did he sing, lead the orchestra, he danced like no other except for maybe Bojangles. Cab showed Michael Jackson how to do it with “The Buzz” because Cab was going backwards looooooong before Mike with his “Moonwalk”. Not only that Cab was wonderful on stage and nobody played “Sportin’ Life” from “Porgy and Bess” like Cab, after all having sung “Reefer Man with his Orchestra in the thirties, playing a dope peddler was right up Cab’s alley “so to speak” (the part was written with Cab in mind for the role), which he played on Broadway and toured throughout the time of the production during the fifties.

“The Hi De Ho Man” is another one of those Calloway songs that is instantly recognisable and many a different take Cab recorded with the tune, ( “Hi De Ho Miracle Man, Hi De Ho, Romeo and Juliet, and Hi De Ho Serenade”). “Kickin’ The Gong Around” was another Minnie, “Wah-Dee-Dah” ,” Zah Zuh Zah” were a couple more songs from many and all had one thing in common with the singing, being Scat which derived from Louis Armstrong’s influence. There was a term used by Cab Calloway to describe his music being Jive and there is plenty of that here, with a few ballads thrown in with the release of his 1960 album “Hi De Hi De Ho”. They all said at the time with the album’s reception, ”the originals were better” from his Big Band period in the thirties but once again, time has proven those critics wrong. They should of read from Cab’s “Hepsters Dictionary” which Cab to put together so all could speak or understand Jive talk. Some people are born with a gift commonly called charisma and Cab used this to great effect in all facets of his artistic skills which turned him into one hell of a showman.

The album backed by Cab’s Orchestra comprises many of his most famous song’s and all today are Jazz Standards with two song selections included that are from the Gershwins’ “Porgy And Bess” but it is the title “Hi De Ho Man” which opens the album with scat from beginning to end, delivered with plenty of that Cab gusto and one must realise the song’s opening scat is almost impossible to put in writing. Throughout the album the Orchestra’s backing vocals esp. during these Jive tracks provide a wonderful repetition throughout the Chorus’. “I’ll Be Around” is a beautiful Alec Wilder ballad being sung in a slight formal manner which just seems to make it even sweeter. “Summertime” the old chestnut of a tune from “Porgy and Bess” is given the perfect touch from Cab and although his character did not sing this one in the Production, Cab sure delivers it beautifully. Sportin’ Life (Porgy and Bess, Cab’s character) sings the next of the album’s tracks being “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and with a beautiful low verse and muted trumpet backing, co- joined by a much different raucous take of a chorus and even a bit scat thrown in by Cab for good measure and is another of the album’s delights. “Kickin’ The Gong Around” is the answer for “Minnie The Moocher” . The last track on the record’s first side is an absolutely full swing approach to that old Jazz classic “You Rascal You”. “Minnie The Moocher” opens side two with a wonderful rendition, followed by another beautiful ballad “I See a Million People”. Another all time Jazz classic is next, given a wonderful touch as well being one of Cab’s old hits, “Saint James Infirmary”. Cab had worked with Al Jolson and often when I hear “Stormy Weather” I sense Al’s influence but Cab had that Black American touch bringing a wonderful interpretation to this beautiful Jazz standard and even though it is hard to find an album highlight due to the fact all the songs are within, “Stormy Weather” just seems to always bring me a smile. “The Jumpin’ Jive” finishes up with “The Jim Jim jump is a jumpin’ jive, makes you hip hip on the mellow side, oh hop do do di, etc”

Classic Jazz from one of the original masters. Believe it or not, this is not currently available on cd but the record has been reissued. “Grab one before they all go” No matter how old you are, you will be smiling after.

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