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Americana: A New Voice for a New Nation - 1930's Broadway and Jazz

This is the sixth concert of a six- part music series on the second Sunday afternoons from May through October 2019.

Each musical performance will include educational and entertaining readings related to the history of that era.

Tickets for each concert are $10 and will be available at the door and on Eventbrite. Stay tuned!

Supported in part by a grant from the Mid Cape Cultural Council.

Broadway theatre contributed some of the most popular standards of the 1930s, including George and Ira Gershwin's "Summertime" (1935), Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s "My Funny Valentine" (1937) and Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s "All The Things You Are" (1939). These songs still rank among the most recorded standards. Johnny Green’s "Body and Soul" was used in a Broadway show and became a hit after Coleman Hawkins’ 1939 recording. It is the most recorded jazz standard of all time.

In the 1930s, swing jazz emerged as a dominant form in American music. Duke Ellington and his band members composed numerous swing era hits that have become standards: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (1932), "Sophisticated Lady" (1933) and "Caravan" (1936), among others. Other influential bandleaders of this period were Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Fletcher Henderson. Goodman's band became well-known from the radio show Let’s Dance and in 1937 introduced a number of jazz standards to a wide audience in the first jazz concert performed in Carnegie Hall.