‘Cab Calloway Orchestra’ Expected to Deliver a Night of Jazz to River Campus


by News Bureau on Friday, Sep. 23, 2011


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 23, 2011—“The Cab Calloway Orchestra” will perform a mix of jazz, jump, blues and boogie music when it takes the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall stage Oct. 7 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will offer sounds of an authentic hot modern jazz band under the direction of Calloway Brooks, grandson of the famous Cab Calloway who led his jazz orchestras at the Cotton Club in the 1920s. The Orchestra, based out of “Birdland,” the historic jazz club in New York City, performs in jazz clubs and other venues throughout the United States.

The energetic performances include talented musicians who have played for the Cab Calloway Orchestra for decades, and they give the audience an experience of “swing that is king and jive that’s alive.”

“You can’t get much closer to the original Cab Calloway than this,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus, who booked the show. “There are a lot of big bands out there playing their originator’s charts, but none have the legitimacy that Calloway Brooks brings to this one.”

Brooks, a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, credits the knowledge and experience he gained from his grandfather as the cornerstone of his music education. Brooks obtained his first guitar at age 7 and won his first musical awards at age 9 from the Guild Institute of Music. He went on to study with Charles Banacos, Jaki Byard, Robert Cogan, Hankus Netsky, Mick Goodrick and MacArthur Award winner Ran Blake.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.