I’ll Be Glad when You’re Dead You Rascal, You – 1930’s

Max Fleischer paired Betty Boop with viper man Louis Armstrong in the mid 1930’s. In it Fleischer mixes jazz, live action,

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New Orleans – 1920’s

Newsreel documentary from the 1920’s with photography and animations illustrating old New Orleans, the Crescent City, at work and at

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Black Music in America: From Then Till Now – 1970’s

This tremendous educational documentary from the mid-1970’s examines the priceless contributions of African-Americans to musical heritage, so closely tied to

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Rare Live Jazz at New Orleans Bar – 1953

Thomas Jefferson – trumpet Willie Humphrey – clarinet Wendell Eugene – trombone Quentin Batiste – piano Clem Tervalone – bass

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Cab Calloway: Minnie Moocher – 1950’s

Performing his signature number, Cab Calloway sings Minnie the Moocher in this performance from the 1950’s. As ever he adds

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Ana Lani & Ray Kinney: Hawaiian Hula Song w/Steel Guitar – 1940’s

Hawaiian Hula Song, a classic. A seductive beauty does the hula while a duo play on guitar and slide. During

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Louis Jordan: You Gotta have a Beat – 1940’s

In this film, Louis Jordan is going to school you on the difference between now and then, between yesterday and

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Martha Davis & Her Spouse – 1950’s

It’s clear that Martha Davis wears the pants in this relationship. Influenced by the great Fats Waller, she and her

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Louis Jordan: How Long Must I Wait for You – 1940’s

Louis Jordan performs “How Long Must I Wait for You” with his Timpany Five. Considered by some to be no

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Whistler & His Jug Band: Foldin’ Bed – 1929/30

Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to

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