Create an
Account

Popular in 1930-1940 See All Popular Shows

  • Live at the Cote Dazur

    Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

    This latest addition to the Norman Granz collection, brings together two of the greatest names in jazz: Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald. The film sees Duke performing live in the South of France with Ella Fitzgerald as his special guest . You'll also enjoy unseen footage of Duke Ellington in one of his last ever live performances jamming with Joe Pass, Ray Brown and Louie Bellson.

    Added to My Q

  • Legends in Concert

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 46 min

    This film presents a 45 minute selection of Frank Sinatra's finest songs, written by some of the world's most influential songwriters, including such hits as 'High Hopes' and 'Old Man River' all drawn from television appearances spanning his heyday period from the 40s to the 50s.

    Added to My Q

  • Keeping Score Copland and the American Sound

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 33 min

    Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, Rodeo—these pieces sound unmistakably American. But this “American sound” we take for granted has existed for only a hundred years or so. And in many ways this sound was the creation of one man, Aaron Copland.

    Added to My Q

  • At Carnegie Hall

    Count Basie

    Year: 1981

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    Jazz legend Count Basie and His Orchestra perform a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, with guests Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett and George Benson.

    Added to My Q

  • The Swingtime Collection:Half Past Jump Time!

    Various Artists

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    Soundies from the '40s and Snader Telescriptions from the early '50s bring us these jumpin', jivin' performances. Along with giants we'll never forget (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway), you'll see unsung heroes of the swing era, some of whom never recorded commercially, and songs not available in any other format by performers both famous and obscure!

    Added to My Q

  • The Life of a Jazz Singer

    Anita O' Day

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

    Anita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, said it was the greatest rendition of the song ever made. Anita was a musical genius and pioneer who broke reverse race barriers. She was commonly regarded as one of the top female artists of her time, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. The film portrays her as a woman who lived her life the way she wanted without ever looking back. She speaks openly about how she had to overcome great adversities, including a 20-year addiction to heroin and alcohol. She chose never to have children and married for only a brief period. She lived an often lonely life that was sustained only by her passion for music. Personalities talk about her quirky personality, while jazz critics and her few still living contemporaries speak of her extraordinary talent and how amazing it is that she continued to sing for so long. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, shortly before her death, the death of an icon.

    Added to My Q

  • Aram Khachaturian

    Aram Khachaturian

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 23 min

    This multi-part documentary is based on the memoirs of Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Rare archival materials have been gathered from Russian archives in Moscow and Armenia, family members have been interviewed on camera, and research is underway for a film that will be the first in the West to document the life and music of one of the world's most loved composers.

    Khachaturian was the President of the powerful Composer's Union of the Soviet Union, and as a communist party functionary wielded great influence over the course of Russian music. However, he was also a comrade and personal friend to the dissident composers of the time - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and others.

    This film is about the fine line a man had to tread between being a loyal party functionary on the one hand, and a fighter for artistic freedom on the other.

    Added to My Q

  • Willie the Lion

    Willie Smith

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 57 min

    Willie the Lion documents the remarkable life and career of William Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, better known as The Lion, a highly influential figure in the history of jazz. In addition to a full life that included a stint in the army, Smith composed numerous tunes and his piano style influenced such famous figures as Thelonious Monk, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 04: Jungle Music - Jazz

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the evolution of jazz music that took place throughout the South, taking a look at the broader musical principles that first set the style of music apart.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 06: Rude Songs - Vaudeville & Music Hall

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary focuses on music hall style, taking a look back at the concert halls that spawned a large-scale industry in the world of music, as well as the creative styles that sprung from it. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Mae West, and more.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 08: Diamonds As Big As The Ritz - The Musical

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the advent of the musical, and how musical theater influenced the sounds of pop music. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Galt MacDermott, Agnes de Mille, and more.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 09: Swing That Music - Swing

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1976

    Runtime: 52 min

    In this installment in the All You Need Is Love documentary series, filmmakers examine the advent of swing music, a style that spanned racial borders and had an impact on the evolution of rock. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, and more

    Added to My Q

1930-1940 A — Z 12 Available Shows

  • The Life of a Jazz Singer

    Anita O' Day

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

    Anita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, said it was the greatest rendition of the song ever made. Anita was a musical genius and pioneer who broke reverse race barriers. She was commonly regarded as one of the top female artists of her time, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. The film portrays her as a woman who lived her life the way she wanted without ever looking back. She speaks openly about how she had to overcome great adversities, including a 20-year addiction to heroin and alcohol. She chose never to have children and married for only a brief period. She lived an often lonely life that was sustained only by her passion for music. Personalities talk about her quirky personality, while jazz critics and her few still living contemporaries speak of her extraordinary talent and how amazing it is that she continued to sing for so long. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, shortly before her death, the death of an icon.

    Added to My Q

  • Aram Khachaturian

    Aram Khachaturian

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 23 min

    This multi-part documentary is based on the memoirs of Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Rare archival materials have been gathered from Russian archives in Moscow and Armenia, family members have been interviewed on camera, and research is underway for a film that will be the first in the West to document the life and music of one of the world's most loved composers.

    Khachaturian was the President of the powerful Composer's Union of the Soviet Union, and as a communist party functionary wielded great influence over the course of Russian music. However, he was also a comrade and personal friend to the dissident composers of the time - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and others.

    This film is about the fine line a man had to tread between being a loyal party functionary on the one hand, and a fighter for artistic freedom on the other.

    Added to My Q

  • At Carnegie Hall

    Count Basie

    Year: 1981

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    Jazz legend Count Basie and His Orchestra perform a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, with guests Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett and George Benson.

    Added to My Q

  • Live at the Cote Dazur

    Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

    This latest addition to the Norman Granz collection, brings together two of the greatest names in jazz: Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald. The film sees Duke performing live in the South of France with Ella Fitzgerald as his special guest . You'll also enjoy unseen footage of Duke Ellington in one of his last ever live performances jamming with Joe Pass, Ray Brown and Louie Bellson.

    Added to My Q

  • Legends in Concert

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 46 min

    This film presents a 45 minute selection of Frank Sinatra's finest songs, written by some of the world's most influential songwriters, including such hits as 'High Hopes' and 'Old Man River' all drawn from television appearances spanning his heyday period from the 40s to the 50s.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 04: Jungle Music - Jazz

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the evolution of jazz music that took place throughout the South, taking a look at the broader musical principles that first set the style of music apart.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 06: Rude Songs - Vaudeville & Music Hall

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary focuses on music hall style, taking a look back at the concert halls that spawned a large-scale industry in the world of music, as well as the creative styles that sprung from it. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Mae West, and more.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 08: Diamonds As Big As The Ritz - The Musical

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the advent of the musical, and how musical theater influenced the sounds of pop music. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Galt MacDermott, Agnes de Mille, and more.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 09: Swing That Music - Swing

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1976

    Runtime: 52 min

    In this installment in the All You Need Is Love documentary series, filmmakers examine the advent of swing music, a style that spanned racial borders and had an impact on the evolution of rock. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, and more

    Added to My Q

  • Keeping Score Copland and the American Sound

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 33 min

    Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, Rodeo—these pieces sound unmistakably American. But this “American sound” we take for granted has existed for only a hundred years or so. And in many ways this sound was the creation of one man, Aaron Copland.

    Added to My Q

  • The Swingtime Collection:Half Past Jump Time!

    Various Artists

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    Soundies from the '40s and Snader Telescriptions from the early '50s bring us these jumpin', jivin' performances. Along with giants we'll never forget (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway), you'll see unsung heroes of the swing era, some of whom never recorded commercially, and songs not available in any other format by performers both famous and obscure!

    Added to My Q

  • Willie the Lion

    Willie Smith

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 57 min

    Willie the Lion documents the remarkable life and career of William Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, better known as The Lion, a highly influential figure in the history of jazz. In addition to a full life that included a stint in the army, Smith composed numerous tunes and his piano style influenced such famous figures as Thelonious Monk, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington.

    Added to My Q

You May Also Like These Genres