During Prohibition and beyond, Harlem's Cotton Club was the hippest and most glittering hangout for (white) society, and it even attracted, and influenced, some of the hippest composers of the 20's and 30's: George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel, Darius Milhaud. The Cotton Club's musical legacy is peerless. And it is the music of Cotton Club house bandleaders Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, along with its great stars like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and many more that the RPO will celebrate this weekend at Kodak Hall. Jeff Tyzik conducts this final pops concert of the season, and the soloists include trumpeter Byron Stripling, who does a mean Satchmo; tap dancer Ted Levy; and vocalist Miche Braden, all digging into such pop music standards, as "Stormy Weather," "Minnie the Moocher," and "Ain't Misbehavin."
RPO Pops presents "A Night at the Cotton Club" on Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. 8 p.m. $22-$99. 454-2100; rpo.org.