Memory tour of Manhattan Theaters: The Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter

Cab’s appearance: November 1955

47th Street-Broadway


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The Latin Quarter in the Fifities (from Keller Whalen's collection. Thanks, Keller!)


On the same spot as the Zanzibar (and thus the same spot as the Cotton Club!), the Latin Quarter was a beautiful nightclub where dancers could catch a cold very easily…

Here, Cab Calloway appeared for a couple of weeks in November 1955.

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His own orchestra did not back him for this gig. His repertoire was:

  • St James Infirmary Blues,
  • Minnie the Moocher,
  • That Old Black Magic,
  • Learning the Blues,
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So,
  • Summertime,
  • Jumpin’ Jive
  • Cha Cha.

Christopher Calloway adds: “When he grew older, Cab’s voice was better and better. His best singing was during the Sixties. He had a great ear and perfect control.”

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Cab Calloway with Latin Quarter chorus girls. Alway in control!
With singer Lynn Christie and showgirls Mary Bokino and Joe Holocone.


Notice that Christopher Brooks was born on October 3, that year (see picture below)!

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From Jet Magazine, October 20, 1955.

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