Jazz: Swing - The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939)

Jazz: Swing - The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939)

Sat, 04/24/2021 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

As the 1930's come to a close, Swing-mania is still going strong.

But some fans are saying success has made the music too predictable. Their ears are tuned to a new sound - pulsing, stomping, suffused with the blues. Jazz continues with part 6 Swing - The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939) on Saturday, April 24 at 4 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Count Basie and the Kansas City sound reignite the spirit of swing. By the decade's end, Duke Ellington has been hailed as a hero in Europe, amid anxious preparations for war. And weeks after that war begins, Coleman Hawkins startles the world with a glimpse of what jazz will become, improvising a new music on the old standard, "Body and Soul."