Black Talkies on Parade presents the third installment of Ken Burn’s Jazz Series, Our Language, this Saturday May 26th at 2:30 pm. This episode centers around jazz in the early 20’s. Singers and soloists are the centerpiece of this episode with legends like Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw. As the Harlem Renaissance takes full swing jazz transitions into nightclubs in Chicago and New York. Establishments like Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom and Cotton Club are a few of the hotspots spotlighted. Not only are people watching the musicians in these clubs, but they’re also dancing the latest styles, like the Charleston and the turkey trot. The episode also continues to follow Louis Armstrong, who had become known as “The World’s Greatest Trumpet Player”.
The afternoon will be hosted by Executive Director Lloyd Clayton and film committee member Shawnee Gibbs will lead a post screening discussion.