Episode Detail: The True Welcome (1929-1935) - Jazz
“The True Welcome” (Part 4 of 10) covers the Depression's early years (1929-35). “The jazz age was over,” says narrator Keith David, and jobs for jazzmen and women were scarce. But Duke Ellington (“he taught us the meaning of style,” says Ossie Davis) prospered, as did Fats Waller and Art Tatum. Harlem danced the lindy hop. Benny Goodman began playing his “genuine jazz.” And Louis Armstrong began to sing---like no one had before him.