America's Music Film Series: Swing Jazz


Swing Jazz

Wednesday, October 23
4 – 6 p.m.
Bush Auditorium, Bush Science Center



Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6: Swing, the Velocity of Celebration
Ken Burns (2001)

The pulsing Kansas City sound of Count Basie's Band came to New York and quickly reignited the spirit of swing. Soon Basie's lead saxophonist, Lester Young, challenges Coleman Hawkins for supremacy, matching the old sax-master's muscular sound with a lighter, laid-back style of his own. Young teams with Billie Holiday for a series of masterful recordings. By the decade's end, Chick Webb has achieved national fame by taking a chance on a teenage singer named Ella Fitzgerald.

Accolades for the film include:
Five Emmy nominations
Television Critics Association Award – Outstanding Achievement
Writers’ Guild of American Award – Best Documentary

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International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss (1986)

From the Piney Woods School in the Mississippi Delta to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, this toe-tapping film tells the story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, America’s first integrated all-women swing band. A 16-piece band with a strong brass section, heavy percussion, and a deep rhythmic sense, the Sweethearts were not just a novelty but featured many of the best female musicians of the day.

Accolades for the film include:
Oberhausen, Leipzig, New York Film Festivals
Silver Award – Philadelphia Film Festival
Blue Ribbon – American Film Festival



This event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the America's Music film series, visit the website, here.