Leroy Stretch Jones
The Golden Age:
Whitey's Lindy Hprs.
Symphony in Black:
A Rhapsody of Negro Life
10 mins., black & white, 16mm. FAB 6260
Willa Mae Ricker
The Big Apple
Call Of The Jitterbug
Can't Top the Lindy H
Day At The Races
All That Jazz
Outline Jitterbug Hist
Radio City Revels
The Spirit Moves
Stompin' at the Savoy
Swingin'at the Savoy
Symphony in Black
film of extraordinary historic and esthetic interest features Duke Ellington
at the piano presumably composing the title symphony, crosscut with shots
of a band playing the music. Includes the numbers "Jealousy", and the four
parts of the composition in order: "The Laborers", "A Triangle (Dance,
Jealousy and Blues)", "A Hymn of Sorrow" and "Harlem Rhythm". In the second
part an uncredited 18-year old Billie Holliday sings the blues while watching
a couple dancing Lindy Hop in silhouette behind a window shade. Dancers
are not credited but Terry Monahan of the Jiving Lindy Hoppers suggests
that they are "Snake Hips" Tucker (see below) and Bessie Dudley.
Also on the film is the eccentric dancer (that's a style, not an opinion) Earl "Snakehips" Tucker demonstrating his gifts in an appropriately surrealistic film sequence. Not to be missed.
This filmis part of a video collection called
and his Orchestra, available through SavoyStyle Swing Dance Shop.
Written and researched by Judy Pritchett with Frankie Manning (C)1995,1996,1997. May be reproduced only with explicit written permission. Last updated:1 September 1997.Send your suggestions, corrections or comments to email@example.com This Archive is also part of the World Lindy Hop Federation Archives maintained by Keith Hughes.