Ken Burns: Jazz

Season 1 Episode 6

Swing: The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939)

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Aired Unknown Jan 22, 2001 on PBS
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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. 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."moreless
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