Body and Soul: An American Bridge
Focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard, “Body and Soul”—one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire—this lively documentary examines some of the cross-cultural encounters between American Jews and African-Americans. Composed by Jewish composer Johnny Green in 1929, the song was performed by Louis Armstrong a year later. In 1934, the song’s recording by The Benny Goodman Trio, which included the Black pianist Teddy Wilson, led to the historic smashing of the color barrier in popular music.
Guest Speaker: Director Robert Philipson.
Underwritten by Rayna and Richard Ravitz.