JAZZTIMES: Archival Jazz Clips from The Ed Sullivan Show Featured in April

The show’s YouTube channel to feature historic appearances by Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Billy Eckstine, and more

Remembered most for world-changing appearances by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, The Ed Sullivan Show, which aired in primetime from 1948 to 1971, featured artists and celebrities across just about every genre, including jazz. During April, Jazz Appreciation Month, the show’s official YouTube channel will feature full segments of appearances by jazz artists on the show over the years—from Louis Armstrong and Count Basie to Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Many of these clips are being made available digitally for the first time. Interestingly, Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s performance of “The Inflated Tears & Haitian Fight Song,” which was already on the channel, was the final musical performance in the show’s history. READ MORE