Published on May 6th, 2020 | by University Communications0
Students perform 1920s and 1930s music in Virtual Cotton Club
From their home studios, the Saint Leo Singers, Saint Leo Chamber Singers, and Saint Leo Rhythm Machine came together to perform American standards from the 1920s and 1930s in a performance called the Virtual Cotton Club Concert. The performance was organized by the music program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Cotton Club was a New York City nightclub that operated during the era of Prohibition and Jim Crow era racial segregation. While African Americans were initially not able to attend the Cotton Club, the venue featured some of the most popular African American entertainers of the era.
The Saint Leo performers celebrated the spirit of jazz clubs and speakeasies with a combination of solo and ensemble performances. Songs in the performance included, “Girl from Impanena,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”