Episode #48 | Chris Calloway | Singer, Actress, Entertainer

Santa Fe's reigning diva of the night, Chris Calloway, jazz singer and daughter of famous Cotton Club bandleader Cab Calloway, died at age 62 in 2008, after battling breast cancer since 1987. A Santa Fe resident since 1991, the vivacious vocalist sang with her father's Hi-De-Ho Orchestra for two decades until his death in 1995.

In addition to touring widely, she went on to sing in a Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! that starred Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey. She later portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday in the Lanie Robertson play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill.

In 2001, Santa Fe Stages produced Calloway's one-woman show, Clouds of Joy: The Spiritual Journey of Blanche Calloway, about her Aunt Blanche, who was a pioneering bandleader in the 1930s.

In this interview, Chris talks about cancer as a teacher, and about her long career in show business.

Listen to Calloway's 2006 interview here
Listen to Calloway's 2008 interview here