When Gene Kelly tap danced to Cab Calloway’s orchestra

  En 1934, lors d'une tournée du côté de Pittsburgh, Cab Calloway dut faire face au départ impromptu des Nicholas Brothers, bien décidés à tourner leur premier film à Hollywood. Pour les remplacer, son agent lui envoya sans les avoir vus les jeunes (et blancs !) Fred et Gene KELLY. Voici le récit de cette anecdote peu connue qui permet à des danseurs de claquettes blancs de danser en compagnie d'un orchestre noir, chose plus qu'improbable à cette époque... Read the full story →

Death of Fayard, last of the NICHOLAS Brothers

  Au début, ils étaient 2 : les fabuleux Nicholas Brothers, Harold (mort en 2000) et Fayard (91 ans). Depuis le 24 janvier dernier, il n'y a plus que les images pour se souvenir de ce duo de danseurs étonnants que Cab croisa plusieurs fois dans sa carrière : au Cotton Club et surtout avec le film « Stormy Weather ». Read the full story →

Dotty SAULTERS: the petite singer larger than life (part 1)

She was the canary in Cab Calloway’s orchestra between 1943 and 1947 and her rather garish voice is heard on many live recordings… Nevertheless, she is actually a complete stranger in the eyes (especially the ears) of jazz connoisseurs.  Do not rely on reference books either: they do not even know she exists.  Yet Dotty SAULTERS was a helluva little woman, a singer and exceptional entertainer, not to mention a great tap dancer.  She was married to Honi Coles, the great tap dancer, and her life was always pulsed by the rhythm.  And what rhythm!  What a woman!  The Hi De Ho Blog reveals everything we know about Dotty Saulters. Here's the first of 3 part biography about Dotty: the first one is her life BEFORE working with Cab Calloway...   Read the full story →

Cotton Club Revue Season #2: 1958, from Miami to...

The second year, expected to fulfill the hopes of the first season, didn’t happen the way it was supposed to. With many changes in the leading parts, certainly lacking pizzazz, with a downgraded show, the 1958 Cotton Club Revue had also had to face bad luck. Even the GONE Album recorded to support the show was released right after the closing of the engagement in Miami… But it takes much more to dishearten Cab Calloway! Read the full story →