Season 1, Episode 5 Swing: Pure Pleasure (1935-1937)

First Aired: January 17, 2001

"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.

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  • Premiered: January 8, 2001
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: Ken Burns' panoramic 10-part essay on `America's music.' Jazz, says narrator Keith David, is `creation on the spot.' Not so with this documentary series: It took six years to produce and featured some 500 pieces of music and 75 interviewees. The opinions o… (more)

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