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From Africa to Jazz - 2

Wednesday Noon, 20 March 2013
Penn Valley Community College, 31st and SW Trafficway
1722 East 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO

See:
http://www.TraditionalMusicSociety.Org
http://www.lisahenryjazz.com/

Santana Carlos Buggin Smith (as the dancing Cab Calloway)
Santana Carlos "Buggin" Smith (as the dancing Cab Calloway)

Description from Bird Fleming: "As the story goes.....all the major clubs of the Harlem Renaissance were hot beds of African America music and dance....obvious rhythm and dance movements....but these clubs, being segregated were attended by white patrons only (except for big prize fighter, pimps, gangsters and  hustlers (blacks with $).

"On their way to work the black help (cooks, bartender, waitresses and musicians complain about the situation as the walk around the back of the club to the 'Colored Only ' entrance....during which time young Katherine Dunham wants to go in with her aunt (one of the help) to watch the show....telling her no she can not , Katherine manages to sneak in later and becomes (noticeable till the end)

"Upon setting up the club for business the help can't wait till the white guests leave to close the club down they can have the own dance jam session!"

Jungle Jive
Jungle Jive - Selah Thompson (at top)

Dominique Sanders (bass)
Dominique Sanders (bass)

Lisa Henry
Lisa Henry

Santana Carlos Buggin Smith (as the dancing Cab Calloway)
Santana Carlos "Buggin" Smith (as the dancing Cab Calloway)

Caravan/Samba - Selah (left) and Jaya
Caravan/Samba - Selah (left) and Jaya


Backstage photo: L-R: Elisha Israel, DJ Malabre, Bird Fleming and (holding camera) "Brother" John Anderson

Solo Lady (India Morrison) (as Josephine Baker)
Solo Lady (India Morrison) (as Josephine Baker)

Jam after hours at the club
Jam after hours at the club

 

"Brother" John Anderson (as MC Carmel Brown of the famous Harlem Club Bird Land )

Musicians as The Duke Ellington Band

Lisa Henry (Ella Fitzgerald)
Dominique Sanders (bass)
Charles Perkins (sax)
DJ Malabre (drums and percussion)
Elisha Israel (percussion)
Bird Ellington Fleming (percussion)

First Selection:
Jungle Jive (Dance)
India Morrison
Jaya Phillips
Kiera Cooper
Sierra Williamson
Selah Thompson (male dancer)
Jayveona Whitely (as the young Katherine Dunham)

Second Selection:
A Train  (Music..see above)

Third Selection:
Caravan/Samba (Dance)
Couple (Selah and Jaya)
Second Girl (Sierra Williamson) joins the couple...
Solo Lady (India Morrison) (as Josephine Baker)
Little Girl (Jayveona Whitley) (as the young Katherine Dunham)

Forth Selection:
Minnie the Moocher
Santana Carlos "Buggin" Smith (as the dancing Cab Calloway)
Brother John Anderson aka Camel Brown (as the voice of Cab Calloway)
Background dancer in the silhouette (Terri Brown) as "Minnie" 

Fifth Selection:
Mood Indigo
The "Duke Band"
Lisa Henry (as Ella Fitzgerald)

Final Selection:
It Don't Mean a Thing" (Big Jitter Bug Dance)
Dancers:
Vanessa Gibbs
India Morrison
Jaya Phillips
Kiera Cooper
Sierra Williamson
Jayveona Whitely
Carlos Santana "Buggin" Smith (Cab Calloway)

Extra Cast:

Table Stage Right (left in photos): Two Ladies
Pam Mansfield (in purple dress)
Linda Carroll

Table stage Left (right in photos):
Lady #1 Elizabeth Walsh (in red dress)
Lady #2 Kelly Berry (in black dress)
Male Escort: Willie Stewart (as Bumpy Johnson...notorious Harlem gangster)
Male at the Bar: Ron Sutherland (uptown bachelor at the bar with his pooch)




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