Sacramento : Air Check ; Capital Public Radio ; National Public Radio, .
Sound recording — 2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 3 leaves (22 x 28 cm.)
Program from the
1931 show: I'll make fun for you (Cab Calloway)
(Please give me) something to remember you by (Lethia Hill)
Minnie the moocher (Cab Calloway & ensemble)
The mystery song (Eddie Rector)
St. Louis blues (Cab Calloway)
Just a gigolo (The Cotton Club Trio)
Farewell blues (The Cotton Club Band).
Bombal relates the story of the Cotton Club in New York City, with studio recordings of artists and songs introduced and performed at the club. He also presents a broadcast by Hellmut H. Hellmutt of the Reichs-Rundfunkgesellschaft, a supplier of pre-recorded programs to radio stations in Germany of the midnight show of April 20-21, 1931. It is the only known complete broadcast from the original location of the Cotton Club on 142nd Street at Lennox Avenue in Harlem and among the earliest surviving sound documents of German radio. The broadcast was discovered in the vaults of Sony/BMG by Sony/BMG archivist Michael Brooks. The last track on the disc is a copy of an excerpt from the news talk show Insight, in which Jeffrey Callison interviews Matías Bombal about the Swingin' at the Cotton Club program.