American Masters

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Season 26 Episode 2 | 54m 39s

Explore the life of this pioneering jazz legend who charmed audiences with his bravado and showmanship. Cab led one of the most popular African American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s, with Harlem's famous Cotton Club as his home stage, best known for his "Hi de hi de hi de ho" refrain from signature song "Minnie the Moocher."

Aired: 02/26/12

Expired: 06/30/15

Rating: TV-14

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