14 Jan 2015

A Short History of Jazz - The 1930s (Swing)

A Short history of Jazz event

A Short History of Jazz: The 1930s - Swing was recorded live at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea in August 2014 by Radio New Zealand. Photo RNZ/Steve Burridge.

Hear about the new levels of sophistication that jazz improvisation reached in the 1930s in this talk-with-music presented by New Zealand School of Music lecturer Ben Wilcock.

Tasked with covering the entirety of 1930s jazz in just one hour, Ben Wilcock chooses to focus on two significant composers from this fertile musical era: Fats Waller and Cole Porter.

Live music performances, including versions of 'Ain’t Misbehaving', 'Night and Day', 'Honeysuckle Rose', 'Anything Goes', 'Begin The Beguine', 'Crazy About My Baby' and 'Jitterbug Waltz', are performed by Ben Wilcock, Dan Yeasbley, Adrian Jensen, and John Ray.