JUMPIN & JIVIN
From the hidee-hidee-hidee-hi of Cab Calloway to the swingin sounds of Artie Shaw, see and hear performances of timeless classics by the jazz greats of the 1940s and 50s. Culled from an archive of rare short films called the first music videos many made for Soundie machines, the visual jukeboxes of the era this collection allows you to experience jazz as it was performed in the nightclubs and music halls where it was born. You ll be jumpin and jivin to the sounds of Louis Jordan ( Honey Chile ), Fats Waller ( Ain t Misbehavin ), Honeysuckle Rose, Your Feet s Too Big ), the Count Basie Orchestra ( Take Me Back Baby ), Gene Krupa ( Let Me Off Uptown ), the Delta Rhythm Boys ( Take the A Train ), the Treniers ( It s Rock, It s Roll, It s Swing ), Dizzy Gillespie ( Oop Bob Sh Bam ), Lena Horne ( Unlucky Woman ), Billy Eckstein ( Rhythm in a Riff ), Duke Ellington ( Sophisticated Lady ), and many more.
Includes printed program notes
Soundies are fascinating time capsules not only of music but of social history, dance styles and fashions in 1940s America. -- Washington Post, June 2007
This DVD is amazing! The kind of release that is music to a cinephile's ears. -- MovieWeb, June 2007
This is great stuff -- not just historically speaking, but musically, as well -- and I can't wait for Volume 2. -- The Times Union (Albany, NY), July 2007
This treasure trove of jazz performances certainly belongs in the collection of every true aficionado of jazz. -- Big Band Report
Well worth the effort. My TV is still jumping. -- Brattleboro Reformer