KET looks back at the 1940s
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010
Lexington in the ’40s: Swingin’ in the Bluegrass looks back at Lexington’s World War II era clubs, dance halls and ballrooms, which drew such legendary musicians as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman and the incomparable Louis Armstrong. The program airs Friday, Feb. 19 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2.
Through a combination of interviews, archival photographs and old film footage, the documentary examines the days of great music and dancing in clubs like Joyland, The Green Dome and the Cotton Club and in the ballrooms of the Phoenix and Lafayette Hotels. Footage from the National Archives of both downtown Lexington and the University of Kentucky–not seen since WWII–is also featured in the program.