Big Names of the Roarin' 20s

Thursdays in July


Every Thursday evening in July, tune into Stingray DJAZZ, travel back in time to the 20th century, and watch performances from the turbulent times of the 'Roarin' Twenties. Experience the pulse of legendary musicians who ushered in the golden age of jazz: pianist Earl Hines touring with trumpet player Louis Armstrong, and 'The Duke' Ellington and his ensemble, which impressed audiences of the New York Cotton Club.

Thursday, July 5 at 21:00 CEST | Louis Armstrong: Live in Australia

Following a highly successful small-group jazz concert at New York Town Hall on May 17, 1947, Armstrong's manager Joe Glaser dissolved the Armstrong big band on August 13, 1947 and established a six-piece small group. This group was called the All Stars, and in 1964 Louis Armstrong recorded his biggest-selling record, Hello, Dolly! He made assorted television appearances, especially in the 1950s and 1960s – the recorded film was a TV Show in Australia when Armstrong was at the peak of his career. Armstrong kept up his busy tour schedule until a few years before his death in 1971. He also toured Africa, Europe, and Asia under sponsorship of the US State Department with great success, earning the nickname ‘Ambassador Satch’.

Thursday, July 12 at 21:00 CEST | The Definitive Collection: Duke Ellington

Born Edward Kennedy Ellington on April 29, 1899, Duke Ellington is one of the world's greatest musicians and composers. Duke and his orchestra toured the world, notching up thousands of performances over his 50-year career. He performed for everyone, from Queen Elizabeth II and President Nixon to common folks. The United States government awarded him the highest civil honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Watch “the Duke” in action in this wonderful program featuring performances throughout his long career. Witness the girls dance as Duke's fingers tinkle the ivories to play his greatest hits, including the immortal “Black and Tan Fantasy”!

Thursday, July 26 at 21:00 CEST | Earl 'Fatha' Hines Trio live in Comblain-la-Tour

With his powerful arms, Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines embraced nearly every era of jazz piano. Credited by many with transforming the genre with his trumpet style keyboard approach, Hines inspired such artists as Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Nat Cole, Bud Powell, Stan Kenton, and Oscar Peterson. As leader of Chicago’s Grand Terrace Café, his career paralleled that of Duke Ellington at New York’s Cotton Club. Fellow pianists and critics regard Hines as a genius on his instrument, which is showcased in this recording with Roland Haynes (bass) and Wallace Bishop (drums).