Chris Calloway is heir to an American musical legacy. For 20 years she performed with her father, the legendary Cab Calloway, and his Hi De Ho Orchestra, across the United States and around the world. Chris and Cab- extraordinary entertainers- singers- actors- showmen; their musical repertoire derived from the era of The Great American Songbook-Gershwin, Porter, Rogers, Berlin, Arlen… the greatest American tunes… big swing bands… and uptown Harlem at the Cotton Club!
There were Broadway nights: Chris appeared in the “all black” production of “Hello Dolly” starring Pearl Bailey- and Hollywood days of movie and television appearances.
Chris moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1980s and has delighted audiences with her cabaret performances and one-woman theater performances for nearly two decades. She was officially deemed ‘Santa Fe’s Reigning Diva of the Night’.
In 1999 Chris put together her father’s last Hi De Ho Orchestra – which became the brilliant centerpiece of the New York City JVC Jazz Festival. From there Chris and the band went on a 55 city tour called “Cab Calloway’s Legend of Swing.”
In the spring of 2001, the Santa Fe Stages International Theater Festival produced Chris’ one-woman show, “Clouds of Joy” – which she wrote and starred in- about her aunt, Blanche Calloway.
After the big band tour, Chris had a recurrence of her 1987 diagnosis of breast cancer. She now works closely with the New Mexico Cancer Institute and the Susan B. Korman Breast Cancer Foundation in Richmond, VA. “I am a new breed of Cancer patients; people who are LIVING with Cancer,” Chris proclaims. “It is a profound blessing and a miracle of modern science and technology. I am grateful and humbled.”
The Calloway Legacy:
Blanche Calloway (1902-1978): Older sister of Cab Calloway, Blanche was a popular singer and bandleader. During the 1920s she starred in several African American Revues, recorded with Louis Armstrong and was the first black woman to front an all-male band, Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys.
Cab Calloway (1907-1994): was a legendary fireball of talent who’s infectious “Hi-De-Ho’s,” scatting and jiving – in a rich and vibrant baritone voice became the spirited cry of people wanting to be happy.
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