Garry Moore is the host and narrator and introduces many of the original 1920's groups from Chicago where a new brand of jazz was developing. Its history in music and folk lore is recalled by old hands at jazz: Red Allen, Lil Armstrong, Buster Bailey, Mae Barnes, Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman, Johnny Guarnieri, Bob Haggart, Milt Hinton, Gene Krupa, Meade Lux Lewis, Jimmy McPartland, Al Minns and Leon James, Kid Ory, Pee Wee Russell, Blossom Seeley, Johnny St. Cyr, Zutty Singleton, Joe Sullivan and Jack Teagarden. Seen on film: Bix Biederbecke, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. Musical director of the hour-long, filmed and taped show is Bernard Green. Written and produced by William Nichols. Director: James Elson.
July 7, 1969-July 14, 1972 (SYNDICATED). During the three-year run of his American talk show, David Frost taped the show (approximately 750 programs) each week, Monday through Thursdays. The series was syndicated by Westinghouse.
Benny Goodman plays a number of clarinet solos and in conversation with David Frost discusses many memories and anecdotes related to his life including when he began first playing the clarinet at age nine, his first work doing an impression of Ted Lewis playing "When My Baby Smiles at Me," early influences in his life such as King Oliver and other well known orchestras at the time, his memorable meeting with Bix Beiderbecke, wonderful memories during his reign at the Paramount Theatre, and the privilege of playing with Toscanini.