Monday, April 5th, 2021

Jazz Featured on The Ed Sullivan Show’s YouTube Channel in April

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and all month long the official YouTube channel of The Ed Sullivan Show will feature jazz segments from the famous variety show’s archive. Though best known for groundbreaking appearances by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, Sullivan’s program had a long history of presenting a wide variety of performers, from comedians to novelty acts (Topo Gigio, anyone?) and, of course, jazz. Among the many jazz artists who performed on the show during its run from 1948 to 1971 were Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie with Joe Williams, and Erroll Garner. Segments from those artists and several more can be seen during April on the channel. There’s even a rare clip of W.C. Handy performing “St. Louis Blues” in 1949.