GONE album “Cotton Club Revue of 1958”

Released in March 1958 to support the Cotton Club Revue, which was then touring in Miami and the USA (see our forthcoming article), this LP is Cab Calloway’s very first album – in the modern sense. Despite genuine qualities, this record went straight into the dustbin of discographers and jazz critics. It seems nevertheless to warrant some interest since, besides its two releases at the time, an unofficial vinyl emerged 30 years ago and an official release even popped up on CD in August 2014. Read the full story →

Lammar WRIGHT as told by Wilmer WISE, his bandstand friend

Lammar WRIGHT (1905-1973) was an incredibly talented trumpeter who played in Cab’s orchestra between 1930 and 1944. He was one of the Missourians when Cab grabbed the band. Wilmer WISE (born in 1936) is another incredibly talented trumpeter, who has been playing in many fields, from big bands, Broadway pits, philharmonic orchestras, to rock and soul studio groups. We were honored to meet and interview him in October 2011 about his bandstand friend, Lammar Wright with whom he worked between 1956 and 1967. Read the full story →

Cab: top afroamerican star in cartoons

  Avec une bouche dessinée comme s’il avait mangé sa bouillie au sabre, avec son extravagance et sa personnalité scénique, Cab était naturellement un sujet idéal pour la caricature. Mais c’est du côté des dessins animés que l’on doit regarder. Cab Calloway apparaît en effet en tête devant des personnalités noires au moins tout aussi influentes que lui à l’époque. On n’est jamais très loin des stéréotypes racistes. Read the full story →