The Cab Calloway Orchestra
directed by Calloway Brooks
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About Cab Calloway and Calloway Brooks
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The whole audience bouncing and swaying to the irresistible rhythm. . . Everybody singing HI-DE-HO! They're echoing the King himself, Cab Calloway, as he thrusts his baton into the air, and in his Zoot Suit, jumps, twirls and signals to the band to begin another joyous chorus. Who could forget the incredible sounds and imagery of Cab Calloway and his hot Jazz Orchestra, directed by his grandson, Calloway Brooks.

The Cab Calloway Orchestra continues to delight audiences nationally from the historic jazz club 'Birdland' in New York City to jazz and other venues all over the country under the baton of Cab's grandson C. Calloway Brooks. The Calloway family has been dazzling audiences since the 1920's and this year is no exception. Calloway Brooks, along with the Cab Calloway Orchestra deliver both the authentic sound of a hot Jazz Orchestra and a snazzy stage style-bringing out a Jump, Blues, and Boogie experience of 'Swing that is king and Jive that's alive.' Using the Calloway bands original vintage orchestrations as a starting point, coupled with the awesome musicians who have played with this big band for decades, The Cab Calloway Orchestra creates the authentic unforgettable sensation of a Modern Jazz Orchestra in full flight.

Cabell (Cab) Calloway became famous leading his hot jazz orchestras at the Cotton Club in the late 1920's. Among the great famous musicians who came from the Calloway Orchestra over the years were famous trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Jonah Jones, Doc Cheatham, and Shad Collins trombonists Tyree Glenn, and Quentin Jackson, saxophonists Chu Berry, Illinois Jacquet, Benny Carter, Ike Quebec, Ben Webster, Hilton Jefferson and Eddie Barefield, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Cozy Cole and Panama Francis. Cab's career went on to include major films and musicals such as Stormy Weather, Porgy and Bess, The Cincinnati Kid, Hello Dolly!, The Blues Brothers and even a music video with Janet Jackson. Cab passed in 1994. In 1995, Cab Calloway was inducted posthumously into the International Jazz Hall of Fame.

Available with 2010
"America's Got Talent" star
ALICE TAN RIDLEY
as special guest artist


About Calloway Brooks the 'Prince of Hi De Ho'

Brooks obtained his first guitar at age 7 won his first musical awards at age 9 from the Guild Institute of Music and went on to become a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, the first major Conservatory in the US to offer a degree in Jazz Music.

During his years in Boston, Brooks studied with such luminaries as Charles Banacos, Jaki Byard, Robert Cogan, Hankus Netsky, Mick Goodrick, and MacArthur Award winner Ran Blake. He also credits the many years of experience with his grandfather Cab Calloway as a cornerstone of his musical education.

A smaller group, The Cab Jivers, drawn from the larger orchestra, is also available.