Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing

A swinging film profile of the extraordinary musician and bandleader who helped America through a depression and a war with the brilliant optimism and virtuosity of his music. Adventures In The Kingdom Of Swing tells Goodman’s fascinating story through rare home movies of his band members, never before released rehearsal footage and audio tracks, and a fascinating autobiographical interview with Goodman himself. Goodman’s most talented contemporaries, including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Charlie Parker, and Louis Armstrong are featured in performances and anecdotes that are highlights of this entertaining biography of an American icon.

American Masters

– Premiered on PBS’ American Masters