Jazz and Comedy

By | August 6, 2012

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Jazz funnyman Cab Calloway
A lot of people probably don’t think of jazz as something that’s all that funny. But there’s more than one way to get a laugh out of all things jazz. In this hour, we’ll talk with stand-up comic Jeff Cesario about how his former life as a jazz musician helps make him a better comedian. And we’ll bring in our jazz historian Lewis Porter to talk about jazz’s vaudeville roots and how jazz lost its sense of humor in the 1950s. That plus a look at jazz prankster Dizzy Gillespie and plenty of jazz guaranteed to make you smile, are all coming up in this hour of The New Jazz Archive. (59:00)

Photo: Legendary bandleader and jazz funnyman Cab Calloway


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