Episode Detail: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939) - Jazz
"Swing: The Velocity of Celebration" (Part 6 of 10) covers 1937-39---years when "Americans seemed to have an insatiable appetite" for swing, says narrator Keith David. Among the highlights: the tenor sax emerges as a major jazz instrument, thanks to Coleman Hawkins and his rival, Lester Young; and pianist Count Basie takes the jazz mecca Kansas City---and then the nation---by storm. Basie also hires Billie Holiday. She was, says Branford Marsalis, "the greatest jazz singer of them all."