Cotton Club Dancers Bust Some Moves

Filmed May 23, 1933, Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill show how to move to Duke Ellington’s Bugle Call Rag. Both Dudley and Hill were Cotton Club dancers, though this was not filmed at the Cotton Club. Bessie Dudley died January 16, 1999 at the age of 88. I’ve not yet been able to find information about Florence Hill.

The band is Duke Ellington, Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown, Barney Bigard, Otto Hardwick, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Benny James (subbing on guitar), Wellman Braud, and Sonny Greer. Thanks to ellingtonweb.ca for the band member info.