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Tap Dancer worked with DukeCopyright © 2002
Buster Brown was one of the last great tap dancers from the era of the 1930s. He worked the gruelling TOBA circuit of black vaudeville theatres, and toured with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Cab Calloway, both in the USA and internationally. He considered being asked to work with Duke as his greatest honour, and performed with the band for the Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, a big tap fan. He could be seen dancing in the films Something to Shout About (1943) and The Cotton Club (1984), and starred in the musical Bubblin' Brown Sugar (1976) for three years. He became a Professor of Dance at Harvard, Duke and New York Universities.
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