Jazz - Swing: The Velocity of Celebration - 1937 to 1939 - Part 6
Part 6 of 12
The pulsing Kansas City sound of Count Basie's Band comes to New York and quickly reignites the spirit of swing. Soon Basie's lead saxophonist, Lester Young, challenges Coleman Hawkins for supremacy, matching the old sax-master's muscular sound with a lighter, laid-back style of his own. Young teams with Billie Holiday for a series of masterful recordings. By the decade's end, Chick Webb has achieved national fame by taking a chance on a teenage singer named Ella Fitzgerald.
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