Shim Sham Breaks – TOBA


In the Alphabetical Jazz Steps 3 with Chester Whitmore
In the Shim Sham Routine performed by Frankie Mannings & Erin Stevens

Historic References

Theatre Owners Booking Association, or T.O.B.A., was the vaudeville circuit for African American performers in the 1920s. The theaters mostly had white owners (the recently restored Morton Theater in Athens, Georgia, originally operated by “Pinky” Monroe Morton, being a notable exception) and booked jazz and blues musicians and singers, comedians, and other performers, including the classically trained, such as operatic soprano Sissieretta Jones, known as “The Black Patti”, for black audiences. Learn more on the Wikipedia page.

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