Episode Four, The True Welcome

DVD - 2004
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Amid the hard times of the Depression, new dances, the Lindy Hop and Swing caught on at the dance halls of New York even as the jobless lined the streets and drought ruined Midwest farms. Jazz, during 1929 through 1935, lifted the nation's spirit. Record sales boomed while Armstrong became a major entertainer as singer, trumpeter, band leader, radio and film performer. Ellington's elegance, compositions, brilliant band films and recordings created a huge following in America and abroad. This segment also visits the careers of Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Billy Rose, Chick Webb, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and the record producer, John Hammond.


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Feb 09, 2021

Excellent! Ken Burns with great detail and overall sweep of period.

Oct 21, 2016

GREAT Episode 4 of Ken Burns' Jazz series. Lots of 30's Depression emphasis in this one, with focus on Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and, a bit later Benny Goodman. Interesting focus on race relations, etc. and how radio broadcast (particularly the 3 hour Saturday night 'Let's Dance') made jazz music generally available. And a few multi-racial ballroom venues made everyone 'welcome'. Loved seeing all that Lindy Hop dancing.
Interesting for me to learn about drummer Chick Webb.

Jan 11, 2012

When I try to place a hold on this episode the system says "Hold not allowed." How come?

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