Print of Cab Calloway dancing at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Photograph by
Subject of
Calloway, Cab, American, 1907 - 1994
David "Panama" Francis, American, 1918 - 2001
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 4 3/8 × 6 1/2 in. (11.1 × 16.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 5 1/16 × 7 1/8 in. (12.9 × 18.1 cm)
A black and white photograph of Cab Calloway performing with his band at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Calloway is pictured just left of center, in profile turned towards his proper right, his right hand raised and blurred as if in motion. His left hand holds a microphone stand, tilted so the microphone is near his turned face. He wears a plaid tuxedo jacket with white shirt, dark pants and bow tie, and white pocket square. Directly behind Calloway is an upright bass, the face of the player only partially visible behind Calloway's shoulder. Another man stands behind the bass. To the right of him is a drummer, Panama Francis, seated at a white drumkit with "CC" on the large bass drum at the front. The two visible musicians both wear dark colored suit jackets, patterned neck ties, and white pocket squares. To the left is a grand piano, the bench and player out of frame. Behind Calloway's band is an orchestra seated at paneled stands with a logo marking resembling "JM" or "NM." In the background is a striped curtain. There are no inscriptions or markings, front or back.
Place captured
Havana, Cuba, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
Composers (Musicians)
Conductors (Musicians)
Jazz (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cabella Calloway Langsam
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
2 image(s)