Listen to the song 'Little Child,' featuring 9 year-old Cecelia 'Lael ' Calloway singing with her father Cab Calloway (see photo below) accompanied by a 19-piece orchestra. Recorded at Paramount Studios in NYC, 1957.


Entertaining Author
Storyteller
Vocalist
Performing Artist
Historian

Hosting Director,
The Calloway Legacy
Preservation Project

For more than 30 years Cecelia has performed Calloway songs, storytelling workshops, lectures, demonstrations, presentations and concerts; in schools, hospitals, senior homes, museums, community centers, including The Eubie Blake Cultural Center in Baltimore, MD, where her father Cab grew up as a little boy. Today, Cecelia continues the preservation, development and production of the life and history of Cab Calloway and the Calloway legacy. For more than a decade she has operated her C.L. Calloway Entertainment entity, and also organized a business network operation and Co-founded a not for profit organization, The Cab Calloway Foundation, Inc. of New York.

Cecelia Calloway is the Hosting Director of The Calloway Foundation which operates in her old Calloway homestead in pursuit to keep Cab Calloway's dream alive. Cecelia is hosting his legacy and ongoing projects called Yesterday Meets Today. She is also the niece of legendary first black women big bandleader (Cab's older sister) Blanche Calloway. At the age of 4 she traveled to several foreign countries with Cab, her mom and older sister Chris Calloway, legendary vocalist and performer. When Cecelia was 8 years old she began her musical career recording songs at Paramount studios in New York with her father Cab accompanied by a 19 or more piece orchestra. One of the songs recorded was a duet with Cab and Lael Calloway entitled "Little Child". This song hit the charts during the era when other celebrity artist were listed on the same chart such as Danny Kaye, Nat King Cole and other legends of our time. You can listen to this enchanting song by clicking on the link at the top left of the page.

Cecelia has appeared with her father in Jet, Ebony, and Tan Magazines, in news articles, on many concert tours (Dallas, California, New Orleans, Chicago, Paris, Australia, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, etc.) and on the televised broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show. At an early age she was a part of a live televised broadcast series with Cab and the Calloway family on Ed R. Murrow 'Person to Person' TV show, visiting the CAB ship. During her childhood years between 7-17 years old she help host and entertain functions at the Calloway home in White Plains with her mom and sisters for celebrity friends, associates and dignitaries visiting Cab. The Cab ship is where all the star studded celebrities visited. It's an icon/trade mark location and virtually priceless, which still possesses all of their spirits. Before his death, Cab expressed a desire that the house be kept to help preserve his musical legacy. Cab Calloway, called Greenburgh (White Plains), New York home for many years and often said he would like to have his legacy kept alive here.

Here are just a few of these legendary performers and people who spent time rehearsing and celebrating life at the estate with the Calloway family...

Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., E. Simms Campbell. Dinners with Dizzy Gillespie, Loentyne Price, Pearl Bailey, Slappy White, Gordon Parks, Eddie Haywood, Nipsie Russell, Michael Jackson, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, big parties with the Harlem Globe Trotters, Lionel Hampton, Panama Francis, Dave Brubeck, Billy Eckstine, Roy Campanella and Cab's band members; Milt Hinton, Fletcher Henderson, Chuck Berry, Cozy Cole, and the great producer of Hello Dolly, David Merrick.

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