Cab Calloway (1907-94) was a pioneering jazz and scat singer who led one of the most popular African-American big bands during the Big Band Era. He was famous for his years at the Cotton Club in Harlem as a charismatic showman. Perhaps his greatest musical hit was “Minnie the Moocher” with its ‘Hi-De-Ho’ refrain. His film roles ranged from appearances in Stormy Weather (1943) and Porgy and Bess (1953) to Hello Dolly! (1967) and The Blues Brothers (1980).
Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests with Oasis audiences from her island home on Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she especially enjoys exploring the artist behind the art. Jane’s presentations benefit from her gifts as a storyteller, independent scholar, performer, and composer.