Chris Calloway ~ Santa Fe
Calloway (d. 2008), the daughter of the legendary Cab Calloway, made her home in Santa Fe for many years, where she was known as the “Reigning Diva of the Night.” Her consummate talent as a singer combined with her comic timing, her irreverent humor, her ability to laugh at herself and her circumstances set her apart as a performer.
Chris performed her final concert with the Bert Dalton Trio at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 20, 2008. The audience was spellbound. Chris sang beautiful material made famous by her godmother, Lena Horne. In her one-of-a-kind style, she told delightful stories of her birth and childhood. Although Chris was in the final stages of her struggle with cancer, she performed at the top of her game. The entire concert was skillfully recorded by Daniel Ward, and is presented in its entirety with minimal editing. As fate would have it, this was her last public performance, and is a testament to her greatness.
above: Chris Calloway singing “Kicking The Gong Around,” filmed at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe, NM. The video is a Stars Never Fade Production.
for more information: The Chris Calloway Lena Horne Songbook