Swing Era: Performance Gallery

Swing Era: Performance Gallery

Count Basie's band, with singer Jimmy Rushing, 1943


Tommy Dorsey-led band in 1941
Dorsey shown with trombone; vocalist Jo Stafford back row, second from left; Frank Sinatra, back row, right

Glenn Miller Orchestra, 1939

Jimmy Durante at the Cotton Club with Buffalo mayor Zimmerman and Mrs. Zimmerman, 1936
The famous New York Cotton Club allowed only whites as customers. Durante observed, "It isn't necessary to mix with colored people if you don't feel like it. You have your own party and keep to yourself. But it's worth seeing. How they step!"

Publicity photo of Cotton Club performers the "Hot Chocolates" in 1936.

Singer Cab Calloway at the Cotton Club on New Year's Eve.

The Cotton Club in 1940.

Swing dancers at the Hurricane Club in New York, 1943. Duke Ellington was the featured performer.

The jukebox was a new technological development of the Swing Era.

Dancers at a jazz club in Washington, D.C., early 1940s.
Photo by William P. Gottlieb