Avis ANDREWS: The Sepia Prima Donna

Billed alternately in the ads as “Sepia Prima Donna”, “The Sepian Nightingale”, “Siren of Songs”, “Songbird of the South”, “Bundle of Blues”, “Popular and petite songbird”, “The aristocrat of song”, “The Broadway Favorite and Singing Sensation”, “Second to Marian Anderson” or “Greatest colored soprano” (sic). Still: if we had to rely on Cab Calloway’s autobiography to find out a little more about this singer who was the canary for the orchestra for more than 7 years, we wouldn’t get very far! The Hi De Ho Blog invistigated and tells you almost everything about a great singer (cousin of the singer and TV star Leslie Uggams) admired then and forgotten today. Read the full story →

Eugenie BAIRD: the one-duet singer

Eugénie BAIRD et une des chanteuses de jazz qui ont chanté en duo avec Cab Calloway. Parmi elles, on peut compter également June Richmond, Dotty Salters, Aida Ward, Josephine Baker, Ethel Waters et, naturellement ses filles, Lael, Chris et Cabella.   Read the full story →