Rock 'n' Roll Revue

Rock 'n' Roll Revue

Performances by Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, Nipsey Russell, Dinah Washington.

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Rock 'n' Roll Revue


Musical70 Mins1955

In the 1950s, at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y., comic Willie Bryant emcees a variety show comprising some of the biggest names in African-American music, comedy and dance. On hand to document the historic event is filmmaker Joseph Kohn, who points a steady lens on the lively performances of jazz legends Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Sarah Vaughan; stand-up comic Nipsey Russell; and the dynamic tap dance team of Charles "Honi" Coles and Cholly Atkins.


  • Confident
  • Creative
  • Spectacular
  • Amusing