Hip-hop is the music of today's youth, but in the 1930s, the big bands and swing reigned supreme. From Harlem and the Paramount Theatre in New York City, to the Palomar Ballroom and the Castro Theatre on the West Coast, energetic, dancefloor-filling jazz was all the rage. When Swing Was King -- part of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco's Giants of Jazz on Film series -- offers up vintage film clips of greats like Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Gene Krupa, Quincy Jones and more. The clips are presented by Mark Cantor, a film historian who's been hailed as "an essential resource" for jazz footage by no less than documentarian Ken Burns. This Kanbar Hall event also features a live performance by the Klipptones, who'll revisit the sounds of the big bands, both classic and modern.
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