Hep To The Jive

Clarke Peters begins a celebration of his musical hero: singer, bandleader, film star, dancer and chief hepster Cab Calloway.

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20071114

Cab Calloway at 100

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Clarke Peters begins a celebration of his musical hero - singer, bandleader, film star, dancer and chief hepster Cab Calloway.

It's the 100th anniverary of Cab's birth.

He rose from the back streets of Baltimore to lead the best-paid black swing orchestra of the 1930s, was a pioneer in radio and drew new audiences in the 1950s in musical theatre.

20071121

Clarke Peters continues a celebration of his musical hero - singer, bandleader, film star, dancer and chief hepster Cab Calloway.

The revised series also marks the centenary of Cab's birth.

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With his outrageous suits, jive talking, powerful singing and hi-de-ho-ing, Cab becomes a legend at New York's famous Cotton Club.

20071128

Clarke Peters continues his celebration of his musical hero - singer, bandleader, film star, dancer and chief hepster Cab Calloway.

The revised series also marks the centenary of Cab's birth.

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The Cab Calloway Orchestra becomes one of the highest-paid bands of the swing era - no real surprise with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Ben Webster as sidemen.

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Clarke Peters presents the second in a four-part celebration of singer, bandleader, film star and dancer Cab Calloway.

Cab becomes a legend at New York's famous Cotton Club.

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Clarke Peters presents the third in a four-part celebration of singer, bandleader, film star and dancer Cab Calloway.

His band becomes one of the highest-paid of the swing era.

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Clarke Peters presents the last in a four-part celebration of Cab Calloway - tracing his transformation from band leader and singer to an icon of African-American music.

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This episode traces Cab's transformation from band leader and singer to an icon of African-American music.