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American Masters: Cab Calloway – Sketches

Explore the life of this pioneering jazz legend who charmed audiences with his bravado and showmanship. Cab led one of the most popular African American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s, with Harlem's famous Cotton Club as his home stage, best known for his "Hi de hi de hi de ho" refrain from signature song "Minnie the Moocher."
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Explore the life of this pioneering jazz legend who charmed audiences with his bravado and showmanship. A singer, dancer and bandleader, Cab Calloway led one of the most popular African-American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s, with Harlem’s famous Cotton Club as his home stage. Best known for the “Hi de hi de hi de ho” refrain from his signature song “Minnie the Moocher,” for his portrayal of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess (1952) and for his role in The Blues Brothers (1980), Calloway influenced countless performers, including Michael and Janet Jackson, and many of today’s hip-hop artists.

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