‘American Masters’ to Air Cab Calloway Tribute Program

PBS special premieres Feb. 27

The PBS program American Masters will pay tribute to Cab Calloway during Black History Month with the new music documentary Cab Calloway: Sketches, premiering nationally Monday, February 27 from 10-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

A singer, dancer, bandleader, and consummate showman, Calloway 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 signature song “Minnie the Moocher,” his portrayal of Sportin’ Life in the 1952 touring production of Porgy and Bess, and his role in The Blues Brothers (1980), Calloway influenced many musicians, dancers and performers, including Michael and Janet Jackson, Matthew Rushing (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Uptown) and many of today’s hip-hop artists.

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The film will stream after the PBS premiere on the American Masters website .