The Ed Sullivan Show channel celebrates appearances by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, and Woody Herman and His Orchestra, plus playlists for Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Jazz Music with Dave Brubeck Quartet, Gene Krupa, Nat King Cole Trio and more.
Established by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 2021 marks the 20th year of Jazz Appreciation Month, which celebrates the cultural and historic impact of jazz music.
The Ed Sullivan Show brought jazz music to millions of American television viewers and has been acknowledged for its pioneering jazz appearances by the Library of Congress, which described the popular show as “a landmark television program, and unquestionably one of the most important chronicles of mid-20th century popular culture.”
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The Ed Sullivan Show was frequently international in scope, including Jazz performers who enjoyed worldwide acclaim.
Jazz appreciation on The Ed Sullivan Show YouTube channel kicks off today with Benny Goodman (“I Want To Be Happy”) and Louis Armstrong (“When It’s Sleepy Time Down South”).
On Friday, rarities such as W.C. Handy’s 1949 performance of “St. Louis Blues,” Lionel Hampton (“How High The Moon”), and a rousing segment by Turk Murphy & Dixieland Brass Band performing “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home” make their premiere.
The weekend continues on Saturday with Louis Armstrong (“On The Sunny Side Of The Street”), Pete Fountain (“Tiger Rag”), Count Basie with Joe Williams (“Roll ‘Em Pete”), Gene Krupa (“Sing, Sing, Sing”) and Glenn Miller Orchestra/Ray McKinley (“In The Mood”).
On Sunday, April 4, 2021, look for Erroll Garner (“Misty”) and Louis Armstrong (“Muskrat Ramble”).
Additional jazz segments include Harry James Band (“Lester Leaps In”), Woody Herman And His Orchestra (“Caldonia”), and, closing the month, performances by Louis Armstrong with Duke Ellington.
Throughout its historic 23-year primetime run (1948-1971), The Ed Sullivan Show brought the hottest performances from around the world and introduced emerging talent to America’s living rooms every Sunday night.
The show featured some of the earliest or first televised performances of music superstars including Stevie Wonder, The Band, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, The Mamas and The Papas, The Supremes, and The Rolling Stones.
Among the voluminous gems in this vast catalog are iconic clips most of which have not been seen in decades.
The Ed Sullivan Show is the most popular primetime variety show in American history.
For nearly a quarter-century, East Harlem’s Ed Sullivan hosted the greatest array of talent on television, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, and Motown artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations, and The Jackson 5.
Every Sunday night at 8 pm EST on CBS from 1948-1971, The Ed Sullivan Show showcased a wide variety of pop culture from the worlds of music, comedy, novelty, and much more.
The library of 1,000 hours includes over 10,000 performances.
In 1990, Andrew Solt formed SOFA Entertainment Inc. and acquired The Ed Sullivan Show from the Sullivan family.
The Ed Sullivan Show is the most respected and revered variety show in television history.
SOFA Entertainment is the copyright holder of the original Ed Sullivan programs and over 150 hours of newly created programming.
Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for UMG.
Working in tandem with all of the company’s record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, opportunities in new technologies, and an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives to engage all types of consumers across multiple entries points and platforms.
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