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Ralph Brown papers

Title
Ralph Brown papers, [ca. 1930-1980] (bulk [ca. 1980s]).
Author
Brown, Ralph, 1914-1990.

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oversized folder 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 727 oversized folder 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
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.6 lin. ft. (1 archival box, 1/2 archival box)
Summary
The Ralph Brown Papers focus on the career of this tap dancer, with an emphasis on performances in the 1980s. Among the documents are his public relations material as well as programs for the show "1000 Years of Jazz" when it toured nationally and internationally, and the special gala at Washington, D.C.'s Ford Theatre. Brown's performances in the Broadway and Paris productions of "Black and Blue" are represented by programs, reviews, contact lists and associated material. A file discusses other tours he made to France, 1983-1989. Programs (1930s-1988) for a variety of venues in which he appeared primarily in New York and France, contracts, and news clippings can also be found in this collection.
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Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Source (note)
  • Vernece Crawford
Biography (note)
  • An African American tap dancer, Ralph Brown danced with the Mills Brothers Show and was a regular at the Hoofer's Club in Harlem, and the Cotton Club with Cab Calloway's Orchestra in the 1930s. He also performed with other well-known orchestras such as Duke Ellington's and Jimmie Lunceford's, and toured with Count Basie, followed by the USA tour which presented Eubie Blake's "Shuffle Along" revue. In the 1940s he danced at New York's Paramount Theater sharing the bill with the Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald, Buck and Bubbles, and the Cootie Williams Orchestra, and was a regular at Harlem's Apollo Theater.
  • Brown began teaching tap dancing during the 1950s and 1960s when there were fewer live performances of this art form. In 1979, with the resurgence of interest in tap dancing, he joined the music and dance revue "1000 Years of Jazz" together with the Original Hoofers. The show opened in Montreal and toured South America, and in 1980-1984 it continued in Europe and the United States. In 1982 the show played the "Festival at Ford's," which was held at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. where the entertainers performed for President Reagan and guests. Brown returned to Paris in 1985 with the musical "Black and Blue," and danced in the Broadway production of this revue from 1989 until his death in New York 1990.
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Sc MG 727
OCLC
  • 642044411
  • 642044411
Author
Brown, Ralph, 1914-1990.
Title
Ralph Brown papers, [ca. 1930-1980] (bulk [ca. 1980s]).
Biography
An African American tap dancer, Ralph Brown danced with the Mills Brothers Show and was a regular at the Hoofer's Club in Harlem, and the Cotton Club with Cab Calloway's Orchestra in the 1930s. He also performed with other well-known orchestras such as Duke Ellington's and Jimmie Lunceford's, and toured with Count Basie, followed by the USA tour which presented Eubie Blake's "Shuffle Along" revue. In the 1940s he danced at New York's Paramount Theater sharing the bill with the Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald, Buck and Bubbles, and the Cootie Williams Orchestra, and was a regular at Harlem's Apollo Theater.
Brown began teaching tap dancing during the 1950s and 1960s when there were fewer live performances of this art form. In 1979, with the resurgence of interest in tap dancing, he joined the music and dance revue "1000 Years of Jazz" together with the Original Hoofers. The show opened in Montreal and toured South America, and in 1980-1984 it continued in Europe and the United States. In 1982 the show played the "Festival at Ford's," which was held at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. where the entertainers performed for President Reagan and guests. Brown returned to Paris in 1985 with the musical "Black and Blue," and danced in the Broadway production of this revue from 1989 until his death in New York 1990.
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