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

Archival footage features jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many more

Ella Fitzgerald performing on the Ed Sullivan Show (Photo Courtesy of SOFA Entertainment/UMe)
Ella Fitzgerald performing on The Ed Sullivan Show (photo courtesy of SOFA Entertainment/UMe)

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.

Louis Armstrong performing on the Ed Sullivan Show (Photo Courtesy of SOFA Entertainment/UMe)
Louis Armstrong performing on The Ed Sullivan Show (Photo Courtesy of SOFA Entertainment/UMe)

Here’s the schedule for the streams of jazz segments in April. You can stream each segment on demand, but only on the dates specified.

THU 4/1 Louis Armstrong When It’s Sleepy Time Down South January 27, 1957
THU 4/1 Benny Goodman I Want to Be Happy June 19, 1960
FRI 4/2 W.C. Handy St. Louis Blues February 6, 1949
FRI 4/2 Lionel Hampton How High the Moon August 21, 1960
FRI 4/2 Turk Murphy & Dixieland Brass Band Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home September 26, 1965
SAT 4/3 Louis Armstrong On the Sunny Side of the Street January 27, 1957
SAT 4/3 Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ray McKinley In the Mood May 19, 1957
SAT 4/3 Count Basie, Joe Williams Roll ‘Em Pete November 22, 1959
SAT 4/3 Gene Krupa Sing, Sing, Sing June 26, 1960
SAT 4/3 Pete Fountain Tiger Rag May 14, 1961
SUN 4/4 Erroll Garner Misty March 26, 1961
SUN 4/4 Louis Armstrong Muskrat Ramble October 15, 1961
MON 4/5 Louis Armstrong Basin Street Blues July 15, 1956
MON 4/5 Woody Herman and His Orchestra Caldonia March 24, 1963
TUE 4/6 Louis Armstrong So Long Dearie October 4, 1964
THU 4/8 Louis Armstrong Now You Has Jazz September 20, 1959
FRI 4/9 Louis Armstrong When It’s Sleepy Time Down South October 8, 1961
SUN 4/11 Louis Armstrong Royal Garden Blues October 8, 1961
MON 4/12 Louis Armstrong Now You Has Jazz March 5, 1961
TUE 4/13 Louis Armstrong Struttin’ With Some Barbecue January 27, 1957
WED 4/14 Louis Armstrong, Eileen Farrell  ‘S Wonderful  September 20, 1959
FRI 4/16 Harry James Lester Leaps In February 14, 1960
FRI 4/16 Louis Armstrong That’s My Home March 5, 1961
SUN 4/18 Louis Armstrong Tiger Rag March 5, 1961
FRI 4/23 Louis Armstrong When It’s Sleepy Time Down South July 2, 1961
SAT 4/24 Louis Armstrong When the Saints Go Marching In September 20, 1959
MON 4/26 Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington Duke’s Place December 17, 1961
WED 4/28 Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington In a Mellow Tone December 17, 1961