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Swing is still king when Cab Calloway Orchestra visits BIG ARTS

By Staff | Dec 23, 2009

The Cab Calloway Orchestra, directed by Cab’s grandson C. Calloway Brooks, returns to BIG ARTS’ Schein Performance Hall on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. The performance will begin at 8 p.m.

Smooth, shiny instruments all in a row, red-hot lyrics, 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.

These days, under the baton of the legend’s grandson, 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 hi-jinks.

Tickets are $46 for loge seats, $41 for floor seats, and students are admitted for $15.

The Cab Calloway Orchestra concert is being sponsored by Patron Sponsor John M. and Mary Jo Boler.

Want to read more about this of any of the upcoming concerts and events at BIG ARTS? Please visit us at www.BIGARTS.org for more event and performance information including links to performer’s sites.

To purchase tickets, stop by BIG ARTS, located at 900 Dunlop Road in Sanibel, or call the Marks Box Office at 395-0900.