Episode Detail: Swing: Pure Pleasure (1935-1937) - Jazz
"Swing: Pure Pleasure" (Part 5 of 10) recalls the years 1935 to '37, when "jazz came as close as it ever came to being America's popular music," says narrator Keith David. The reason: swing. It "unleashed forces that people didn't know existed," says critic Gary Giddins." The result: "pure physical pleasure." Swing's king: Benny Goodman, who's profiled, as is Jimmy Lunceford, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw (who's also interviewed) and Billie Holliday.