Hide-Ho, The Duke Plays the Palace: African-American Entertainers
To acquaint the students with the African-American entertainers
who performed in Cleveland during the 1940s.
| vibraharp || ||Lionel Hampton
|| ||Stage Door Canteen|
|virtuoso || ||Duke Ellington
|| ||Erskine Hawkins |
|syncopation || ||Django Rheinhardt
|| ||"Black, Brown, and Beige Suite"
|dulcet || ||Cab Calloway ||
||"King of the Hi De Ho"|
|sepia revue || ||"Stormy Weather"
|| ||"Minnie the Moocher" |
|savants || ||Tin Pan Alley ||
|jive music || ||Paul Robeson
|| ||tonal color|
- Who were some of the African-American entertainers who performed
in Cleveland during the 1940s?
- Distribute copies of the handouts to the students. Have the
students use the handouts to answer the questions for discussion
|a. ||What types of entertainment did African-American performers provide for the community during the 1940s?|
|b. ||Were these entertainments restricted to the African-American audience?|
|c. ||How do you know to which audience these performances were aimed?|
|d. ||Where did Duke Ellington perform ?|
|e. ||Where did Lionel Hampton and Cab Calloway perform? |
|f. ||Does the place where these entertainers performed tell you anything about the type of performance they presented?|
|g. ||Look at the list of records in the Pete's Subway Record Shop advertisement. Do you recognize the names of any of the performers? What types of music are listed?|
|h. ||Look at the prices for concert tickets in the ad for Paul Robeson's appearance. How do these ticket prices compare with the price of a concert ticket today?|
|i. ||Look at the ad for Erskine Hawkins appearance. What does the ad assume you know?|
- The teacher might want to bring some samples of the performance
of each of the above for the students to listen to. "Duke
Ellington's Greatest Hits," Intersound Inc., 1989, is a good
- Have students examine how the acceptance of African-American
music styles has changed over the last 50 years. Have students
discuss how they feel music will change in the future.