One of my loyal readers, Trevor Hutchison, let me know that Michael McQuaid and a troupe of enthusiastic dancers had created a Cotton Club show — with several performances of Ellington songs posted on YouTube. Here’s “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo,” performed in front of an audibly enthusiastic audience. Shades of the Savoy Ballroom in the glory days!
For the record, the dancers in this clip are Cam Mitchell, Noni Clarke, Evan Hughes, and Francine Jeffery. Other clips feature Andy Fodor, Shob Nambiar, Keith Hsuan, Shaz Callaghan, Anthony Wheaton, Sarah Farrelly, Harry Doan, Loz Yee and Nicole Smith. Swing,you cats!