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JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s HARLEM IN HAVANA- Preserving An American Entertainment Legacy
Cunningham's compelling new film delves into the legend and truth behind Leon Claxton's epic stage revue, Harlem in Havana- a so-called ‘colored jig show’ that helped launch the careers of entertainment heavyweights Chuck Berry, Rufus Thomas, Redd Foxx, Fontella Bass and Merceditas Valdes. One of the leading attractions on the world’s largest carnival midway in the 1930‘s, 40s, 50s and 60s, Harlem in Havana had profound impact on American entertainment and popular culture in ways that still exist today.
Part of a larger work known as the Harlem in Havana Project, Leslie Cunningham (Leon Claxton’s granddaughter)
Slated for release in late 2015, JIG SHOW is currently in the early stages of production. Cunningham is currently collecting stories from the last of the living performers to grace her grandfather’
You can help preserve American entertainment history. Donate to the documentary film project at http://www.jigshow.com or http://www.harleminhavana.com.
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