Claflin News

The Cab Calloway Orchestra to Perform at Claflin University Oct. 18

Oct 10, 2012

The sounds of “Hi-De-Ho” will be coming from Claflin University on Thursday, Oct. 18 as the legendary Cab Calloway Orchestra performs.

The Calloway family has been dazzling audience since the roaring 1920s.  Jazz legend the late Cab Calloway started the family tradition and led one of the best African-American big bands during that era.  Now, his grandson, Calloway Brooks, has picked up the baton to deliver the authentic sound of a jazz orchestra coupled with a snazzy stage style. 

“We humbly encouraged the community to visit Claflin University and witness the uplifting and smooth harmonies of one of the nation’s premier jazz orchestras,” said Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Peggy Ratliff, chair of the Alonzo Webster Wright Lyceum Series committee. 

This Alonzo Webster Wright Lyceum Series event will be held in the auditorium of the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available for $10 to the general  public and $5 for non-Claflin students.  Admission is free for all Claflin faculty, staff and students.

Brooks is a graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and credits his years with Calloway as the bedrock of his musical enlightenment.    In the past, he has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and with countless other famous jazz musicians.  Brooks has played at such venues The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and the Rome Opera House.

The Lyceum Series was established by Vergil Wright, a former Claflin professor, who gave the University $100,000 to create a lyceum series in honor of his father and Claflin alumnus, Rev. Alonzo Webster Wright.  The Lyceum Series exposes the Claflin family and the community to well-known and established musicians while nurturing the academic and social growth of students.

For more information on the concert, please contact Carolyn Ravenell by phone at (803) 535-5232 or by e-mail at

Claflin Photos