Live Performance Spotlight: “Geechy Joe” by Cab Calloway
I haven’t done many live performance music video spotlights this year, so I will pick it up again now. As I mentioned during Black Music Month in May, jazz musician Cab Calloway has become one of my favorite black musicians of the past. He was a charismatic performer with a big voice, smooth dance moves, and amazing scatting skills. Not to mention, a cool enough intellect to create his own slang dictionary known as The Hepster’s Dictionary.
This performance is my number one favorite Cab Calloway performance. Taken from my favorite blues and jazz film Stormy Weather, it is one of Cab Calloway’s most famous appearances. The moment he walks out on stage in his zoot suit, you know you are in for a treat. Showcasing his vocal range, dance moves, and powerful stage presence, this is an iconic performance that everyone should watch.