Chick Webb was considered one of the giants of swing back in the late 20’s & 30’s. His music was very upbeat and fun for its time. Some blushed (the older generation) at this type of music with strong thumping and kids dancing with their partner in the most un-lady like ways. Why, was this devils music? If it was the devils music, he sure has good taste!
Chick was mentored by Duke Ellington, toured with Louis Armstrong, argued with Jelly Roll Morton, jammed with Artie Shaw, married a beautiful dancer, discovered and practically adopted Ella Fitzgerald, beat Benny Goodman and Count Basie in legendary battle of the bands.
The Savoy Ballroom was the home of the amazing Lindy Hop dancers, and the first venue in
Passing away at the young age of 30, Chick’s brief, inspiring life illuminates the society-changing power of music and the ability of everyone (with or without disabilities) to reach beyond their apparent limits.
If you can find Chick Webb and his Orchestra- “Stomping at the