An extraordinarily adept assemblage of film clips, rare recordings and archival footage from the late 50s-early 60s. Rhapsody In Black is a remarkable musical history of a time when these brilliant artists faced racism at home but were welcomed to Canada's airwaves by the fledgling CBC - and the results were magical.
Hosted by Toronto Jazz singer, Molly Johnson now these 'buried treasures' can be enjoyed once more thanks to a digital transfer and restoration of the original kinescope recordings.
1958 - Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady, Don't Get Around Much Anymore
1958 - Cab Calloway: Minnie the Moocher
1955 - Ella Fitzgerald: A Tisket A Tasket, Oh Lady Be Good, Imagination
1955 - Billy Eckstine: September Song
1959 - Sarah Vaughan: Misty
1961 - Nat King Cole: Stay With Love
1959 - Marian Anderson: Ave Maria
1959 - Sammy Davis Jr: Gypsy In My Soul, Perdido
1960 - Della Reese: Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)