THE CAB CALLOWAY ORCHESTRA ™
C. Calloway Brooks - Director
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The Firefly Festival Presents:
THE CAB CALLOWAY ORCHESTRA
DIRECTED BY CAB’S GRANDSON,
Saturday, June 15
Smooth shiny instruments all in a row, red-hot lyrics, silky smooth ensemble work, spicy brass harmonies,a joyful audience bouncing and swaying to irresistible rhythms, and the sound of “Hi Di Ho!” filling theaters on cue: These have been the classic trademarks of concerts by The Cab Calloway Orchestra ever since the 1920s. They are the ingredients that made the orchestra a hit when it played the Palais Royale in downtown South Bend in 1939, and it’s the same mix that gives the group its energy and popularity today. These days, under the baton of Cab’s grandson, Calloway Brooks, the Orchestra delivers the same sizzling jazz sound and snazzy stage style, producing the jump, blues, and boogie sounds of “swing that is king and jive that’s alive.” The band, some of whose amazing musicians have played with the group for decades, uses original vintage orchestrations as a point of departure, creating an authentic brand of hot Cotton Club-style music and hijinks.
Growing up in a musical family, Orchestra Director Calloway Brooks had the advantages of both nature and nurture. He started playing guitar at age seven, won his first awards at the advanced age of nine, and later graduated from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. He says that the many years of experience with his famous grandfather were a cornerstone of his musical education. It’s not surprising that Brooks has appeared with a veritable “Who’s Who” of jazz and big band orchestras and stars, or that he performs at venues ranging from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center to the Rome Opera House. The Firefly Festival is pleased to welcome Brooks and the high-spirited Cab Calloway Orchestra to Michigan to kick off the 22nd annual season.
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