February 23, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Cab Calloway and Me

Here are some clips from the American Masters doc by Gail Levin: Cab Calloway Sketches. This will run nationally Monday night at 10 Eastern. I am one of the sketchers. Dig these crazy clips, man. My fave is Cab himself giving us a guided tour through swing era Harlem, complete with an authentic illustrated map, now deftly animated by Asterisk Studios. Enjoy.

First, above, is yours truly drawing Cab to Minnie the Moocher, who then animates and dances with Alvin Ailey’s amazing Matthew Rushing,. Thanks again to Asterisk

Cab himself on the the golden age of Harlem (or at least one of them):

A fun story by members of the Blues Brothers band about Cab during the making of the Blues Brothers movie:

Here’s the trailer for the film:


  1. Presh says:

    I very much enjoyed watching you create during the program. You’ve resurrected Calloway, bursting with energy, joy and musicality. Please keep us posted on when prints of these illustrations become available for purchase!

  2. Steve says:

    THANKS Presh. It was a great pleasure to do. Cab still swings.

  3. mort & doris fleischer says:

    We love your work Steve and we are so proud of you. Love, Mort & Doris

  4. Steve says:

    Mort and Doris:
    This means a lot. I’m proud you’re proud. Email me and tell me how you are doing: steve.brodner@gmail.com.
    Best always,