Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jumpin' Jive with Cab

I don't know if it gets any better than this!

Cab Calloway!

Here's a clip from the movie "Stormy Weather" (1943) featuring Cab Calloway and his orchestra performing "Jumpin Jive". The Nicholas Brothers [thanks, '74] cut loose with some mighty fine dancing. Fred Astaire called this one of the greatest dance scenes ever filmed.

Next is the 1934 short, Hi-De-Ho. It starts off slow, but about 62 seconds in, the music explodes. And Cab does some wondrous, frenzied dancing of his own while leading the band. The plot takes a suspenseful turn toward the end.

Michael who?

I'd bet that most people know Cab Calloway for "Minnie the Moocher."

"A truly hallucinatory animated interpretation." That was one description of the Betty Boop cartoon featuring Cab's performance of "St. James Infirmary Blues." (Check out the background as it scrolls by. Did I see five aces back there?)


He can't leave without a little of that Reefer Man.

Hit it, Cab!

Yes, it is.

The "Jumpin' Jive" number from "Stormy Weather," but in this version Fayard Nicholas (60 years later) is watching himself dance. Great reactions...


Anonymous said...

Nice stuff!

By my judgement, Cab Calloway invented the music video.

One of the Nicholas Brothers (Fayard, I think) lived until recently and was in the "challenge dance" scene in the Greg Hines movie "Tap".


GULAHIYI said...

You're the second person to recommend that movie, Tap. I need to see that one.